Get Started in Cosmetology School

Do you have a passion for all things beauty and are looking to start your beauty education? Then consider International Academy’s cosmetology program. Our program has training that takes you from on-trend coloring techniques to precision cutting and everything in between!

We have made it our mission to help students succeed in their education and their futures in the industry. Our programs are designed to be in a hands-on learning environment to help you better prepare. You can work with real clients under the direction of our talented, licensed instructors at the student salon.

Our Cosmetology Program

The overall goal of our cosmetology program is to train students in the skills needed in order to be successful in the future. Our program can teach creative hair styling, the science behind skincare, the art of nails, and more! All while preparing you to sit for your Florida state board exam.

Our cosmetology program is broken up into four levels:

  • Basic Skills: Orientation of the field of cosmetology using theoretical and practical in a classroom setting, working on manikins. While we start our curriculum with bookwork, you can quickly move on to the next phase.
  • Intermediate Skills: A continuation of basic skills and expanding concepts of cosmetology using theoretical and practical in a classroom setting, working on manikins and live models. In this phase, you can start practicing your skills with actual clients.
  • Advance Jr. Skills: Continuation of theoretical and practical skills in school lab salon setting working with clients and perfecting of skills and knowledge required for the workplace. You can expect to spend more time working with clients at our school salon and spa, where all services are provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.
  • Senior Skills: Preparation for state board licensure examination,
    theoretical knowledge, and practical skills will be perfected to employment competency level. Our goal is to make sure you’re prepared to become a licensed professional, and our Senior Skills section can help you get there.

If you have a love for beauty and helping people, then International Academy’s cosmetology program can help turn those passions into a career. Our programs are designed with student success in mind as we want you to achieve your goals.

If you have a love for beauty and helping people, then International Academy’s cosmetology program can help turn those passions into a career. Our programs are designed with student success in mind as we want you to achieve your goals.

International Academy is proud to announce that we are now using Cima’s digital curriculum.

Check Out Our Student Kits

As a part of our curriculum, you’ll be given student kits depending on what level of our cosmetology program you’re at. These kits give our students the opportunity to use professional products and tools that you’d find in professional salons. Not only do you get to use these tools during your time in school, but once you graduate you’ll be able to take them with you!

Freshman Kit
  • Mist Bottle
  • Shampoo Cape
  • Chemical Cape
  • 2 Manikins
  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Curling Iron
  • Clips
  • Tint Bowls
  • Color Brushes
  • Blow Dryer
  • Professional Shear Set (2 Shears)
Sophomore Kit
  • 1 Extra Long Hair Manikin
  • 1 Male Manikin
  • Razor with blades
  • Hand Mirror
  • Clippers
  • Trimmers
  • Guards
  • Flat Iron
  • Large Curling Iron
Senior Kit
  • 1 Manikin
  • Graphite Comb Set
  • Manicure/Pedicure/Nail Tool Set
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Professional Makeup
  • Acrylic Nail Kit
  • Emory Boards
  • Tool Caddy
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toe and Finger Spacer

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Imagine Your Dream Career

Does your dream career include working flexible hours, using your creativity, and making a difference? Maybe your dream career even involves working for yourself! If so, cosmetology could be your perfect fit.

Once you graduate from our cosmetology program, students prepare to sit for their state board exams in order to earn their cosmetology license. Once licensed, then you can start searching for the amazing opportunities the cosmetology industry has to offer.

Cosmetology Program FAQs

Enrolling into cosmetology is an exciting decision, but a confusing one too. If you have questions, you’re not alone! Below are some answers to questions we’re commonly asked!

How long is your cosmetology program?

Our cosmetology training program is 1200 hours and can take as little as nine months to complete.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes! International Academy is an accredited institution, meaning we do offer financial aid to those who qualify. We don’t believe that finances should get in the way of your beauty education.

What do the weekly class schedules look like?

We offer three different schedules for you to choose from, these include: 

  • Full-time Days: 30 hours per week, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Part-time Days: Minimum of 20 hours per week, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Part-time Nights: Minimum of 20 hours per week, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

We choose to offer different schedules because we know how tricky it can be to balance beauty school and life. If you were worried about how you could make time for class, there may be a good option for you at International Academy.

Start the Admissions Process

If you believe that International Academy is right for you, then schedule a tour with us by either contacting us at 1-386-767-4600 or by filling out the form.

Before you can apply for our cosmetology program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be beyond the age of compulsory education which is sixteen (16) years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

We don’t want anything to hold you back from going to cosmetology school! Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about our curriculum, financial aid, or what to expect at beauty school. Our team is always ready to provide you with everything you need to make the right decision for you.


I searched for six months looking for a school where I could learn cosmetology and fully learn esthetics in the same place. When I finally found International Academy, I thought it was too good to be true. The Administration was so caring and attentive to anything that I needed to make my transition to Daytona and into school as easy as possible. Also, the facilities at International Academy are amazing! The equipment and products that we trained with are of the highest quality. The equipment in the school spa is more up-to-date and high-tech than many of the professional spas out there today. I feel like International Academy has thoroughly prepared me to be one of the best in the beauty industry!

Sharon A.

Everything is great now since moving up North and graduating from International Academy. I got my dream job in Maryland. I seriously couldn’t be happier! I have been busy with bookings and double booked for 2 months out! My high energy really works in this industry. I'll be continuing my education but I’m so grateful for you everyone at International Academy.

Carina D.

Hair has always been a great passion of mine, and when I knew cosmetology was the career I wanted to pursue, I looked long and hard for a loyal school. I found the perfect one, International Academy! So, I packed up my bags from Chicago and moved down to Florida. I learned great skills in coloring and cutting and had lots of feed back from all of the great, knowledgeable teachers. I have now been doing hair for 5 years and am having great success!

Cheryl H.

. . . After many years as a practicing lawyer and not yet ready to retire, I decided to re-visit the skincare business. Being an active octogenarian I enrolled at the International Academy, a private school, graduated, and obtained my state license as an esthetician. IA is a fabulous school, providing interesting classes, patient teachers, and an overall pleasant [experience]. I have been actively working in a salon in Florida and loving every minute of it. Who says you can’t learn a new skill and start a new career at 80!


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