Express your creativity, interact with clients and be the one to make people look and feel their best through a career in hairdressing, beauty therapy or barbering. These careers offer endless potential across many industries and can take you around the world.
You'll learn from industry professionals who will teach you both theory and practical skills in our modern salons and clinics. You'll gain valuable industry knowledge by operating clinic and salon days with real clients, replicating industry practices and dealing with the challenges involved. When you graduate, you'll be industry-ready and highly capable with good problem-solving skills.
NB: If you’re still at high school, a Dual Enrolment programme at Ara can equip you with skills while you continue your education at school. Find out more here.
Facilities and resources
Our purpose-built facilities provide a professional salon environment with up-to-date equipment and industry-leading products such as Matrix, La Clinica, Image, Pier Auge and Kryolen.
Industry and community
We work closely with businesses and organisations in the hair and beauty therapy industries, and an advisory committee, to ensure our programmes will equip you with the skills employers need. These relationships also enable us to facilitate work experience opportunities that often lead to employment.
You can be confident that a qualification from Ara gives employers a clear signal that you have the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to be effective in the workplace from day one.
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