At the Aveda Institute Madison we take ancient skincare practices and build them into an education that empowers both body and mind. Our Esthiology Curriculum focuses on skin care training with an emphasis on dermanalysis, facial manipulations, makeup and plant aromaology. Our 600-hour holistic program prepares our students for vast opportunities in a growing field.

  • Full-Time and Part-Time programs available
  • Financial aid and scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Tuition includes professional kit & iPad
  • Complimentary continued education after graduation


The esthetics program at Aveda Institute Madison does more than just educate our students in how to care for skin. As an Aveda school we have developed a curriculum that prepares our students for an uplifting career.
With a refined focus on technology, and an iPad provided to each student, we want our students to be prepared for the esthetics industry, and the demands of today.
We know, however, that your education goes beyond graduation, which is why we always welcome our students back for continuing education opportunities and additional certifications.
At Aveda Institute Madison we work to support you from the beginning of your education and throughout your career.


At The Aveda Institute Madison, we focus on a curriculum that builds a solid foundation of success for our students. Many of the skills and techniques that our program focuses on include:

  • Waxing
  • Facials
  • Anatomy
  • Skin Physiology
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Body Treatments
  • Makeup and Color Analysis
  • Business Management
  • The Living Aveda philosophies and techniques
  • Lash Addict Lash Extension Certification – Now Included! 

With program curriculum tailored to today’s demanding esthetics industry, you can stay calm knowing that you will feel confident in yourself and your future success. Our salon clinic is outfitted beautifully, giving you access to professional quality supplies and an environment that is similar to some of the most refined and sought after spas.
Fueled by the Aveda branding that many spa owners and clients are looking for, you will receive an education focused on holistic practices, that focuses on more than just skin, but on the mind, body, and spirit.
Our instructors are dedicated to this methodology, attending an Ayurveda summit each year as they seek to expand their knowledge and spread these philosophies and practices onto the next generation of Aveda professionals.

  • Small Student-to-Instructor Ratio provides individualized training.
  • We are committed to technology as part of our mission in educational excellence. Learn more, here.
  • Student Leadership Council meets monthly to provide business and management skill training.
  • Student Assemblies provide monthly recognition and communication to students, showing the value of positive team meetings.
  • Multiple Career Fairs introduce you to prospective employers and allow you to gain confidence interviewing with salons and spas while still in school.
  • Student Fashion Shows provide you with the opportunity to exercise creativity in makeup, hair, choreography, fashion design, teamwork and community awareness.
  • Photo Shoots provide you with the opportunity to learn photographic hair and makeup techniques.
  • An Advisory Board of Industry Leaders annually review the school’s curriculum and offerings.
  • The Education Fund provides you with the opportunity to learn demonstrated skills from Aveda Global experts, as well as nationally recognized industry leaders.

The Aveda Institute of Madison has prepared me, given me the confidence and shaped me with the professional skills needed to enter a great industry. Today I am in the process of starting my own salon with great confidence. Esthiology Graduate, Vinitha

Enrolling in AIM was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m so proud to tell people that I am an Esthetician and love the field more and more every day. The teachers were absolutely amazing and prepared me for the industry better than I ever expected. I would recommend AIM to anyone that is interested in Esthetics. Thank you AIM for helping me find my dream job! Esthiology Graduate, Katie


Our online curriculum system, called LearnAveda, is filled with training options and updates that can see you through graduation. When you enroll at the Aveda Institute Madison you will receive your very own iPad to access this amazing platform as well as access to help your skill stay fine-tuned and in demand. We strive to be environmentally conscious and digital learning helps reduce the use of paper and other materials.


The Institute campus is in the heart of the city, nestled among museums, shopping, restaurants, outdoor venues, nightlife and near the UW Madison campus.


We utilize an educational methodology that is unique to the Aveda Institute Madison. We feature a module program that assists you in mastering the practical skill in our Aveda Clinic Lab as you are learning the theory and lecture element of each milestone. When incorporated with our smaller class sizes, this type of module program can allow you to hone your skills faster than you would have believed possible.

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