FASHION DESIGN - COLORADO

Fashion Design
IN
Colorado

The world of fashion never sleeps. While other industries may change standards, expectations, and techniques every few years or even more sporadically, the rules of fashion seem to change on a monthly basis. What people wore a year ago may not be what you see on the shelves anymore. What does this mean for you, as someone who is passionate about clothing, design, and fashion? It means that this field is always changing and developing, and it needs fresh input from new fashion professionals to evolve.

If you have ever thought about the possibility of a career in fashion, this may be the time to learn more about your educational options and get started. The growing fashion community of Colorado is home to a variety of schools with respected fashion design programs.

State License Requirements
N/A

There is a significant amount of work that goes into the creation of any garment, and as a fashion designer, you have to be comfortable with every single step of the process. You may get started in the industry with a two-year Associate's degree program, but undergraduate Bachelor's degree programs often provide experience in a greater variety of specialties, techniques, and work settings.

Education Details

By looking at the curriculum of a fashion program, you can see how diverse and multifaceted this field is.

The courses listed here are often included in Colorado fashion programs:

  • Industry Sewing
  • Applied Draping Techniques
  • Fashion Sketching for Design
  • Business of Fashion
  • Computer Aided Fashion Design
  • Creative Design Applications
  • Pattern Drafting Color and Design
  • Theory Collection Development

Practical work experience is valuable in any industry, but it is particularly crucial in fashion design. You may wish to select a school with connections to local designers and companies, since an internship can help you build in-demand skills and prepare for future employment opportunities. The amount of money you spend on your education depends on whether you attend a public or private college, as well as your residency status. Regardless, don't be afraid to use financial aid programs to minimize your expenses. The CFDA Scholarship Program awards scholarships of $5000 to $10,000 each.

License Renewal
N/A
License Renewal Hours
N/A
License Renewal Period
Careers
$59,770 
Salary
29.8%
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

After finishing your education, there are several employment opportunities you may wish to consider as a fashion professional. You may work for a wholesaler, retailer, or boutique. Entry-level jobs may involve creating designs quickly and for a variety of demographic groups to meet market needs. As you move up in your career, you may have more say over the projects you take on. If you become a freelancer, you may create pieces of clothing for individual clients, do spec work for clothing companies, and market yourself as a brand. The fashion industry of Colorado has seen steady growth in recent years, leading to an expected 19% boost in fashion designer jobs through the year 2022 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a Colorado fashion designer is $53,400 per year (O*Net, 2016). The hours you spend networking and attending fashion events can pay off for years to come. Become active in a local group like Fashion Denver and participate in events like Colorado Fashion Week to propel your career forward.

Working as a Fashion Designer

No one knows what the future of fashion is. That's the exciting part of working as a fashion designer—you play a part in creating the future of fashion. Getting established in this field now gives you a front row seat to upcoming trends, styles, and market needs.

State board Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7800
Fax Number: 303-894-0364
E-mail Address: dora_barber-cosmetology@state.co.us

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology if you need help replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address or for any additional questions about obtaining a Colorado state cosmetology license.

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Find the Beauty Schools in Colorado that interest you below,

Avalon School of Cosmetology

2231 S Peoria St,
Aurora, CO 80014

Program: Cosmetology

Avalon School of Cosmetology Avalon is dedicated to provide an educational experience in that will empower our graduates to go far in the beauty industry Avalon School of Cosmetology has been serving the professional Avalon School of Cosmetology Avalon is dedicated to provide an educational experience in that will empower our graduates to go far in the beauty industry Avalon School of Cosmetology has been serving the professional beauty industry for more than 40 years. Our experienced educators will provide you with one of the most outstanding educational experiences available. And through partnerships with some of the top beauty companies in the world, Avalon offers you access to current professional products and techniques, across a variety of exciting and creative programs. The end result is an experience like no other - an experience that can be found at Avalon School of Cosmetology Programs Cosmetology and Esthetics Avalon's Cosmetology courses provide the perfect balance of education and experience, giving you plenty of chances to put your skills to the test. But not only will you gain real-world experience with the cosmetology process, but you'll also receive invaluable instruction on the business of beauty - giving you everything you need for a successful career. A complete esthetics program requires an in-depth knowledge of a variety of disciplines, and hinges on the ability to learn and perfect proper techniques. In addition to fostering an in-depth understanding of all the components of the facial process, Avalon's Esthetics courses will also reveal effective waxing practices and outline regenerative treatments for repairing skin cells around even the most-difficult parts of the body. Career Placement Avalon places great importance on your career upon completion. To assist our graduates in starting their new careers, we provide them with networking prospects and access to current job opportunities Avalon School of Cosmetology is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Science (NACCAS). For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important consumer information, please click here.  
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Stacey James Institute

16534 Keystone Blvd,
Castle Rock/Parker, CO 80134

Program: Cosmetology

Welcome! Stacey James Institute was built as a high end salon & spa instructional facility to provide students the ultimate experience while learning their new career. We are conveniently located east of I-25 Welcome! Stacey James Institute was built as a high end salon & spa instructional facility to provide students the ultimate experience while learning their new career. We are conveniently located east of I-25 on Lincoln Avenue and Jordan Road in Parker, Colorado. We feature ample free parking & we are also located next to many eateries and shops. Why should you choose to attend Stacey James Institute? The vision for Stacey James Institute was formed out of Stacey's creative talent and her desire for students to have the best quality education possible. At Stacey James Institute we have a learning environment that is state of the art, upbeat, positive, and comfortable. We use a hands on approach to learning and recognize that every student is also our client. We feel that every student should graduate feeling confident to enter the industry ready to work. We want you to feel confident in knowing the retro styles along with the current trends in the industry. We'll give you the opportunity to learn in a working environment and to experience situations that salons have daily. At Stacey James Institute there will always be a professional in attendance making sure you are comfortable every step of the way with your education. In fact we require that our instructors have a minimum of 2 years documented experience working "hands on" in the industry and we also put them through continual training. Many Stacey James instructors have built successful careers and currently still maintain an active clientele. Their goal is to pass their knowledge of the industry on to you, and to give you the tools to succeed in the ever changing beauty world. Courses Available Cosmetology Course includes: • Shampooing • Rinsing & Conditioning • Hair Coloring • Haircutting • Hairstyling • Chemical Texture Services • Manicuring & Pedicuring • Application of Artificial Nails • Facials & Skin Care • Facial Makeup • Hair Removal • Laws, Rules & Regulations • Disinfection & Sanitation • Safe Work Practices • Management • Ethics • Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship Hair Styling Course includes: • Shampooing • Rinsing & Conditioning • Hair Coloring • Haircutting • Hairstyling • Chemical Texture Services • Laws, Rules & Regulations • Disinfection &  Sanitation • Safe Work Practices • Management • Ethics • Interpersonal Skills &  Salesmanship Esthetics Course includes: • Facials & Skin Care • Facial Makeup • Hair Removal • Laws, Rules & Regulations • Disinfection & Sanitation • Safe Work Practices • Management • Ethics • Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship Accreditations and Financial Aid Stacey James Institute is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303-990-1171, FAX: 303-996-1330 Stacey James Institute is currently in the accreditation process with NACCAS (The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences, Inc.) We provide in house financing as well as outside lenders are also available. Goals / Objectives / Licensing / Placement 1. To teach and familiarize students in the current methods and theories of cosmetology, hairstyling, esthetics, and nails. 2. To qualify and prepare students for the State Board examination. 3. To graduate proficient, qualified, and competent students who can go on to be successful in the field of their choice. 4. To provide assistance, advisement, and mentoring. Stacey James is dedicated to the success of our graduates and we help with job skills development & offer assistance to graduates such as job lead referrals through our relationships we have built with other salons & spas throughout the community. Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enroll students. However, at Stacey James we know the education you will receive is second to none! We pride ourselves in graduating students who are competent and ready to work in the industry. Come see for yourself the state of the art, upbeat, positive, and comfortable learning environment. We invite you to come take a stress free tour of our school, sit in on one of our classes, and/or talk to one of our graduates.  
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International Salon and Spa Academy

5707 North Academy Boulevard,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Welcome to the International Salon and Spa Academy! We have been established since 1971 and offer the most comprehensive training programs in Colorado Springs. Students are provided a learning environment conducive to academic Welcome to the International Salon and Spa Academy! We have been established since 1971 and offer the most comprehensive training programs in Colorado Springs. Students are provided a learning environment conducive to academic excellence and "real world" experience. Not only does our training provide our students with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills to succeed in their chosen field, we also provide each student with a firm foundation in business training to insure success in their career and their life. We are able to meet the needs of most anyone seeking a career in the personal care industry. We are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences and offer financial aid for those who qualify. WE OFFER PROGRAMS IN: Cosmetology Barbering Hairstyling Esthetics (skin care) Nail Technician Our mission is to enhance the personal well being of our guests, provide a realistic training environment for our students and insure the financial stability of our students, staff and organization. Careers/Job Opportunities Once you have completed your education and training at International Salon and Spa Academy you will have the skills and experience needed for a great new career. The Beauty Industry is growing and many great job opportunities are available. Some of the career options include: Hairstylist Color Specialist Salon or Spa Manager Salon or Spa Owner Product Representative Consultant Contact Us Today!
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Toni&Guy Hairdressing - Colorado Springs

5125 N Academy Blvd.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Our Story Over 40 years, Bruno Mascolo and his brothers Toni, Guy and Anthony have built the TONI&GUY name into a powerful brand, with recognition and presence throughout the world. TONI&GUY culture combines Our Story Over 40 years, Bruno Mascolo and his brothers Toni, Guy and Anthony have built the TONI&GUY name into a powerful brand, with recognition and presence throughout the world. TONI&GUY culture combines the allure of high fashion with hairdressing, adapting couture styles to the individual tastes and preferences of each client. More than just classrooms and techniques, the sleek design and progressive curriculum of TONI&GUY academy immerses students in a unique environment and provides an exceptional learning experience. Combining our distinct approaches to hairdressing and education, TONI&GUY has established learning facilities that produce talented and well-trained hairdressers and color technicians for salons across North America. Our academies bring the quality and consistency to hairdressing education that make TONI&GUY legendary in the salon industry. We also offer world-class continuing education to instructors, as well as advanced training to licensed hairdressers and technicians. Our Program Our program is designed to give you all the necessary tools to step into the hairdressing industry with confidence and ease. In addition to technical skills, we teach students how to think on their feet, paving the way for a successful, lifelong career. TONI&GUY Academy instructors have integrated years of professional education and development with state guidelines and procedures, to cultivate the ultimate in hairdressing education. ONLY DAY CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE. WE DO NOT OFFER NIGHT CLASSES. The TONI&GUY Experience As a student at TONI&GUY Academy, you will be exposed to much more than your typical coursework. With a hands-on atmosphere, we have developed a variety of venues through which students can get involved and express their creativity. Student Soirees These are student produced fashion runway events, designed to show off what participants have learned in color, cutting, styling and makeup to fellow students, friends and family. Annual Photographic Awards Students have the opportunity to enter their work into the prestigious TONI&GUY Photographic Awards contest, which culminates at the industry renowned annual TONI&GUY hair show, attended by several thousand students and stylists from across the country. Shape Your Own Future A TONI&GUY education gives you the foundation to take your career wherever you want to go - literally. Become a platform artist and travel internationally, build a superstar portfolio, or set the next trend. Our graduates have gone on to style the hair of celebrities and rock stars, get features in international magazines, work on-set at fashion photo shoots and films, be interviewed by trade publications, appear on makeover shows, and encounter many other exciting opportunities. Where are they today? NICOLE BROOKS - Stylist, TONI&GUY "My parents recommended I go to cosmetology school, and they wanted me to go to the best school. I'm glad I listened to my parents." Nicole was recently interviewed by well-known industry forum behindthechair.com. SARA HUDDLESTON - Stylist, Seventeen Studio Spa & Salon "I knew graduating from TONI&GUY Academy would open doors for me. The education is highly respected; TONI&GUY academy graduates are the most sought after in the hair industry." In addition to taking on clients, Sara became an instructor just several months after entering the salon. MCKENZIE NUTT - Stylist, Wilborn Hair Company "My education is my life. I live and breathe it. I'm only 19 years old and I already have a successful career as a stylist." McKenzie has been featured in several publications for her achievements. Financial Aid TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy is accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Financial aid is available to eligible students. The Academy participates in the Federal Pell Grant Program and the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Additionally, private lenders are also available. Application and results of aid should be complete prior to admission into the program. If a student decides to pursue alternative funding, this must be satisfied prior to enrollment approval. To apply for federal aid, please contact our Financial Aid Department.
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Aveda Institute - Denver

700 - 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

Program: Cosmetology

OUR STORY Aveda Institute Denver offers programs in Cosmetology, Esthiology, and Massage Therapy to prepare students for the state board examination while earning real-life salon/spa experience. Through hands-on practical training and theoretical experience, OUR STORY Aveda Institute Denver offers programs in Cosmetology, Esthiology, and Massage Therapy to prepare students for the state board examination while earning real-life salon/spa experience. Through hands-on practical training and theoretical experience, our students (future professionals) learn the latest industry information from our certified educators in combination with Aveda and Milady's curriculum. Study abroad internships, workshops, lectures from industry masters and industry events create an extension of educational experience beyond the clinic floor and classroom to provide our future professionals with the education needed to begin working immediately after graduation. At Aveda Institute Denver-it's more than just preparation for a career, it's a lifestyle. Aveda Institute Denver is located in the Historic Denver Dry Goods Building, in the heart of downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall. Our 17,000 square-feet location offers real-life salon and spa experience with seven hands-on classrooms, two clinic floors, over 100 cosmetology clinic floor stations, 12 shampoo stations and 12 spa treatment rooms. We also have an exclusive men's-only salon. THE INSTITUTE MISSION "Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world". - Horst Rechelbacher, founder Aveda PROGRAMS COSMETOLOGY: Express your creativity and talent in hair, skin, nail care and makeup application. Our Cosmetology course incorporates 1800 hours of extensive hands-on learning to provide you a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. Upon completion, you'll be ready to succeed as a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician and Nail Technician. ESTHIOLOGY: Learn specialized Aveda Facial Techniques to purify balance and renew the skin; waxing; makeup; body & back treatments. Our Esthetics course incorporates 600 hours of extensive hands-on learning to provide you with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. Upon completion, you'll be ready to succeed as a licensed Esthetician. MASSAGE THERAPY: Learn a balanced study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, aromaology, spa treatments, and body movement techniques. In the Massage Therapy program, you can discover the power of touch. Learn how you can relieve stress, reduce tension and alleviate muscle pain through our 600 hours extensive hands-on learning in the Massage Therapy course. EXPERIENCE THE AVEDA DIFFERENCE Photoshoots, Leadership, Hair & Makeup Shows, Wellness, Workshops, Master Series, Community Care, Industry Days, & Neighborhood Beautification. CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES Editorial Remix: Grow your ability to market your skills as a makeup artist. Design your future in the world of beauty. Learn from respected Makeup Artists about the evolution of makeup, color theory, intense eye application, makeup for all ages, makeup for photography and editorial styling. You are provided with a professional photo shoot to help build your portfolio and an Aveda makeup kit to help start your business. Tuition varies. Study Abroad: Annually, the Institute will host a week long study abroad opportunity that will be available to all currently enrolled students and alumni. Students will have exposure to global Aveda education as well as personal travel time. Tuition varies based on trip and location. Application process applies. New York Fashion Week: Annually in September, the Institute hosts this opportunity in New York City that will be available to all currently enrolled students and alumni. Students will work behind the scenes with global fashion, hair, and makeup designers to assist with model readiness. Student will have exposure to Aveda education as well as personal travel time. Tuition varies. Application process applies. Participate in NAHA, BEACON, & EDWIN NEAL competitions! The future can take you anywhere! Request Information about tuition, enrollment, program requirements, and more!  
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IntelliTec College- Grand Junction

772 Horizon Dr,
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Program: Cosmetology

Programs Offered: Cosmetology Massage Therapy Cosmetology: Got a talent for making yourself and others look their best? Turn that gift into a career in the beauty industry as a skilled Cosmetologist!! What does a Cosmetologist Programs Offered: Cosmetology Massage Therapy Cosmetology: Got a talent for making yourself and others look their best? Turn that gift into a career in the beauty industry as a skilled Cosmetologist!! What does a Cosmetologist do? Cosmetologists cut, color and style all types of hair along with performing many other hair services using Matrix CRAFT methodology. In addition, other beauty services learned include manicures, pedicures and skin care services, as well as the basics of applying makeup. How will IntelliTec College prepare me for a Cosmetology Career? Develop hands-on skills and learn how to: Shampoo, rinse and condition hair and learn how to select and apply appropriate products Provide four basic cuts and develop more complex techniques Apply permanent waving and hair relaxing chemicals Complete hair coloring procedures & coloring for special effect Learn to select and apply skin care products for facials Perform spa manicures and pedicures, including the incorporation of aroma-therapy and paraffin wax treatments Apply cosmetology laws, rules, and state regulations to a business plan Incorporate business ethics, management, interpersonal skills and sales How long will it take to complete my education? The Cosmetologist Certificate Program at our Pueblo and Grand Junction campuses is designed to be completed in 15 months. Massage Therapy It’s possible to have a fulfilling career helping others feel better while earning a good income. IntelliTec can get you there in 9 months What does a Massage Therapist do? Massage therapists treat clients through touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in general wellness. In addition, many Massage Therapists talk with clients about medical history and desired results, evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body and manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body. How will IntelliTec College prepare me for a Massage Therapist Career? Our massage therapist classes will teach you these current industry skills and techniques to help you design client therapy plans: Massage for special populations such as sports and prenatal Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hydrotherapy and Spa services Hot & cold stone massage Advanced massage techniques including deep tissue and myofascial release Client assessment, treatment planning, and documentation Building & marketing a massage business Advanced client intake including pathology screening and SOAP charting Knowledge of anatomy and physiology Kinesiology including palpation skills How long will it take to complete my education? The Certificate Program at our Pueblo and Grand Junction campuses is designed to be completed in 9 months.
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