Hair Art Design Diploma Program

In 2004, JCI and AXIS Training Systems teamed up because there wasn’t a curriculum out there that addressed the changing needs of hairdressers and their clients. By replacing outdated methods with an innovative, fresh approach, JCI and AXIS Training Systems were the first to launch a program that considered the future of hair: the Hair Art Design Program.

Our 6-month, hands-on program is broken down into 20 hours per week, with the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes. If you’re currently working, our flexible class times make retraining for a new career more doable than ever. Student loans are also available for those who qualify.

Your workspace should inspire you our teaching salon is no exception. Located in Gastown, the salon occupies a 1,200 square foot loft-style space, putting you at the centre of Vancouver’s creative and cultural hub. The school is run exactly like the AXIS Salon, so you’ll learn how to provide clients with a professional salon experience.

As for your teachers, they are top-working professionals and guest instructors who are dialled into industry trends. They’ll help you build strong foundations in cutting, colouring and styling so that upon graduation, you’ll have the skills and confidence to start working immediately.

“The hair art design course has offered me an amazing learning experience. As a result, I feel confident and excited to practice my skills in the industry. I believe that I’ve gained much more than I was expecting to do with the instructors who are creative and inspirational!” — Kelli Chan

Pick A Career That Suits Your Style

Hair Stylist In A Salon Or Spa As a hair stylist, you’re responsible for bringing your client’s vision to life. Whether it’s a simple trim or a full-blown colour transformation, you’ll use your creativity and skill to help them achieve the look they want. You’ll be expected to offer a range of services, including shampooing, cutting, colouring, styling and a client favourite: the scalp massage.

Platform Stylist If you love the thought of being on the road and meeting new people, a platform stylist could be the perfect fit. As a representative for product companies, you’ll do creative platform work for tradeshows, salon education, and trend development.

Sales Rep Are you a people person? If you thrive in social situations and know how to lead a conversation, you could work as a sales representative. As a sales representative, you’ll represent one or more product lines and are responsible for building relationships with salons, spas, and schools, so that they can distribute and sell your products.

Film & TV Hair Stylist (Union Or Non-Union) If working on set is totally up your alley, you could become a hairstylist for film and TV. That means you’re responsible for providing styling services for any and all cast members of a film, TV series or commercial. The needs of the cast may vary— so be prepared to offer everything from simple grooming to edgy cuts and styling.

Freelance Stylist Want to work on your own terms? As a freelance hair stylist, you’re in charge of drumming up your own business and clients. You can pick and choose what work you accept, but most freelance projects include fashion shows, weddings, commercial photo shoots and more.

Salon Manager Maybe you like the thought of running the show. As a salon manager or owner, you’re responsible for managing a team of stylists and are in charge of hiring, scheduling, and reviewing your employees. You’ll also tend to duties like reception, inventory control, restocking, and tracking success.

Hair Instructor If you love what you do and want to share that passion with others, becoming a hair instructor is a no-brainer. As an instructor, you’ll draw from your experiences to help upcoming stylists develop their skills and build confidence. You’ll also be in charge of demonstrating hairdressing techniques and giving students the insider perspective on the industry.

Hair Styling School


“Throughout my 30 years in the hair industry, I have worked with students from many academies across North America. I personally feel that the Hair Art Design Program at JCI produces the most industry-ready young talent out there. Their students have confidence, skill and a great foundation for success.”

Philip Ferreira International Trend Vision Gold Winner / Wella Top Stylist & Platform Artist     

“As a salon that strives to be cutting edge and dynamic, our relationship with JCI continues to be a positive venture. We have the privilege of welcoming students into our environment during their work experience practicum. The students at JCI are always eager to jump in and motivated to learn about the industry. It is already apparent that their first few months of schooling have prepared them for what the world of hair has in store. JCI students are privileged to have instructors who the industry holds in high regard. We are fortunate to have a handful of JCI grads on our team. These team members are dynamic, constantly growing both personally and professionally. JCI has been a stepping stone for some very successful stylists. Notably, Andree Rodriguez, a JCI grad currently in our apprenticeship, is a finalist for the 2014 Contessa’s. We can always count on JCI to provide a strong foundation for up-and-coming stylists.”

Bruce Peters Zazou Salon and Spa
“Everything was great and I’m so glad I chose JCI. My instructors were wonderful. I’m ready to take on the “real world” and use my skills gained at JCI!” — Meagan Wilson

“I have had many young graduates from John Casablancas training academy in my salon years. The students have great salon working knowledge right from the get-go; mainly because all of the teachers at the school are top stylists that also work some days every week at Axis, one of the top Vancouver salons. I think this working relationship is a huge benefit to the students as they are given an understanding of the reality of working in a real salon way before they come to have a work experience in other salons. My current right-hand stylist assistant, Bailey, is actually a very recent graduate of the school. She graduated only six months ago and yet is going to be working alongside me on stage in my upcoming show presentation as a stylist in her own right. She will be showing and talking about things she has learned and experienced. She is starting to live and experience the dreams and goals that all young stylist graduates should have. So much of this confidence is because of the early training she received at the JCI academy.”

Jon Paul Holt Avantgarde Hair Vancouver

“My name is Anthony Crosfield and I own Union Salon in Vancouver B.C. I hold positions on the Design Team with NIOXIN, and I am an Educator and Platform Artist with Wella Professionals. As an employer and active hairdresser in this industry for over 30 years, I firmly believe in the mentor/mentee relationship. The JCI Institute produces students willing to participate in this environment. Presently, at Union Salon, we have many past graduates employed, several at the senior stylist level. All have proven themselves as exemplary employees, willing to reach and surpass all goals and challenges set before them. Time and time again, I am witness to the successful graduates of the JCI Institute consistently produce. Without hesitation, Union salon would hire any graduate of this hairdressing program, as they are set for success in this industry.”

Anthony Crosfield Union Hair Salons Owner / Hairdresser Superstar Winner

“Prior to beginning the HAD program, I had no idea what to expect. Moving to a new city and beginning a completely new industry was both exciting and nerve-wracking. The administration answered all of my program and living arrangement inquiries. My fellow students soon became close friends. Gastown is always an exciting place to commute to every day and the instructors were both immensely inspiring and knowledgeable. I am so proud of all I have learned, all of the work I have completed, and for my future as a stylist.

Daneka Mcketridge 

“I had an overall amazing experience at JCI. The Hair program was exactly what I thought it would be and I learned so much. All the testimonials I read matched up to the program and institute.”

Sebastian Arias Douartt 

“I am glad that I chose to come back to JCI. It was great the first time I came, and great the second time. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge over the last six months, and I am excited to learn more. I appreciate that we got to meet so many guest speakers; it encourages me to get to know more people in the industry. The instructors were amazing. They made it possible for me to succeed.”

Andrea Alleyne


“JCI was a blast! Super hands-on learning from day one. The instructors have been in the industry for years and from all different specialty backgrounds. What an honour to learn from all of them! We have all felt encouraged from the first day and that will be carried over into the real world.” — Kathryn Spearman


“My overall experience at JCI was amazing-so much so, that I wish I didn’t have to leave. Staff and instructors were all fabulous, and it has been a pleasure getting to know and learn from every one of them. Leaving the program, I felt confident, excited, and inspired. I feel like I have a great support team behind me if I ever need anything. Thank  you to all at JCI!”

Christina Toneff

“JCI’S Hair Art Design program was a great selection for education in Hairdressing and Salon atmosphere. I have a firm groundwork and feel confident entering my salon as an apprentice.”

Alisha Knowsley

“My overall experience was amazing and worth the investment. I was doubtful about taking the course, but the instructors and friends made it seem easy. I enjoyed learning and coming to school every day and never felt frustrated. The teachers were super helpful and knowledgeable about their passion and inspired me more throughout the months. I couldn’t be happier where I am today and the amount of knowledge I learnt in 6 months. I feel super confident and ready for the real world.”

Priva Prandivan


JCI hair grads are working throughout the province and across the country in every big name salon out there.

Christina Thomson – @thedyelot Co-owner at The Dye Lot

Christina graduated at the top of her class from JCI’s Hair Art Design program in 2006. Since then, she’s made a name for herself as both a stylist and entrepreneur. After spending 3 years working at AXIS, Christina co-opened The Dye Lot— a wildly successful salon in North Vancouver. The Dye Lot has been voted among the top salons in both The Georgia Straight and North Shore News. Christina’s other business ventures include The Wig Room, which offers custom cut/coloured hair pieces for clients, and Hair 101: an in-person tutorial service that will help you crush your hair goals.

Elissa Wolfe – @elissawolfe  Master Stylist and Colour Expert at AXIS Salon, JCI Instructor 

Elissa took home the Top Student Award in her graduating class at JCI. On top of her training at JCI, she’s also studied creative cutting at Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles. Now, Elissa works as a Master Stylist at AXIS. A self-proclaimed hair nerd, Elissa truly believes there are no days off when you love what you do, which is why she continues to push herself and take on new creative opportunities. She’s made Vancouver’s Top 20 Best Hair Stylists List and was also a semi-finalist for Wella Trend Vision. Elissa’s extensive experience and natural ability to teach lead her back to JCI, where continues to bring out the best in her students as a Senior Instructor.

Brittany Ostash – Stylist at AXIS Salon

Brittany graduated from JCI’s Hair Art Design program and has proved to be a rising star in the industry. Not only is she an in-demand stylist at AXIS, but she’s also gaining momentum on the national stage. Brittany was voted one of the top 5 finalists at the Contessa Awards, securing her title as one of Canada’s best new hair stylists. She’s also had her work published in Salon magazine— one of the most influential magazines in the industry. With a whole world of potential in front of her, we can’t wait to see what Brittany accomplishes next.

Karl Brown – @karlgbrown Master Stylist at AXIS Hair Salons and Field Education Trainer for WELLA

Karl is truly a master of his craft. Upon graduating, he went on to hone his teaching skills as an instructor at JCI. Opportunity then knocked in New York, where Karl trained under Nick Arrojo. Continuing his work abroad, Karl spent 2 years in the U.K. at London’s Pimp & Pinups. Now you’ll find Karl back in Vancouver, where he has a renowned reputation as a blonde and colour-correction specialist at AXIS. No stranger to accolades, Karl has earned himself a spot on Vancouver’s Top 20 Best Hair Stylists List, and he was also ranked 2nd Top Hair Stylist in the Westender. Karl is also the secret behind Instagram influencer Samantha Ravndahl’s famous locks.

Shawn Sheepers – @shawnscheepers  Owner at Hair Soda

Shawn’s career started in the most unconventional way: he opened a salon first, then decided to study hair. Initially, Shawn had intended to take care of the photography side of his salon, Hair Soda, but after seeing the impact that could be made through hair, Shawn decided to enrol at JCI to see where it could take him. He graduated in the top of his class and is now not just an owner of Hair Soda, but a stylist as well. Shawn’s speciality? He’s an expert in men’s barbering— consider him your go-to guy for classic cuts, skin fades, beard and hair designs, and edgy styles.

Lisa Hau – @chopshop.vancity Owner of Lisa’s Chop Shop

Lisa attended JCI’s Hair Art Design program on a well-deserved scholarship. After graduating, she went on to pursue a career at the Chop Shop on Granville Street. There, she learnt from some of the top talents in the industry, and after honing her craft decided to forge her own path. Just eight months out of school, Lisa established her own Chop Shop as a sole ownership franchise. Now, she specializes in edgy styles, while simultaneously running a successful salon. Lisa’s drive, passion, and creativity make her one to watch in the industry.




Hair Immersion — Week 1-6

Family And Friends — Week 7

Practice Makes Perfect — Week 8-21

Barbering Essentials — Week 10

Inside The Industry — Week 22

That’s A Wrap — Week 23-24

MAX STUDENTS: 15 per class

TOTAL PROGRAM LENGTH: 24 weeks (6 months) (Including breaks and holidays)


Seating is limited, move one step closer to your dream career by contacting JCI at or calling us directly at 604-688-0328



  • Customer Service at the basin
  • General customer service
  • Textbook- 4 chapters
  • Product knowledge
  • Demos
Classic Cutting
  • Long hair
  • Long hair with layers
  • Bob
  • Graduated bobs
  • Short vertical cuts
  • Scissor over comb
  • Theory
  • All-over colour
  • Semi-permanent
  • Permanent
  • Virgin applications
  • Highlights/lowlights
  • Blow-drying (back combing)
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flatiron techniques
  • Roller sets

After working on mannequin heads for the first 6 weeks, it’s time to put your skills to test on REAL HUMANS! Start thinking of whom you’ll bring during this week for FREE services.

  • Cuts
  • Blows
  • Textbook- 9 chapters
  • Customer service
  • Demos
  • Review all classic cuts
  • Creative variations on clients
  • Creative variations on clients
  • Multi-colour applications
  • Bleach outs
  • Highlights/lowlights
“I am very happy that I took this course. I feel like I am set up for success and I am excited to start my career as a stylist. I will miss JCI.” — Cassie Tessier 

  • Blowouts
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flatiron techniques
  • Up do’s-classic to Avante Garde
  • Braids
  • Roller sets
  • Barrel curl sets
The Classics
  • Finger waves/skip waves
  • Perms
Barbering Essentials Week 10
  • History of men’s barbering, tools of the trade
  • Modern approaches to men’s styling and barbering
  • Clipper work
  • Scissor over comb, trimming facial hair, hair tattooing
  • Working on live models

In addition to your training at JCI, you’ll complete 20 hours of work experience in a salon of your choice.

  • Cuts, colours, blowouts, up do’s
  • Salon protocol
  • Networking
Inside the Industry Week 22
  • Career planning
  • Freelance Session Work Seminar
  • Cover letter and resume preparation
  • Bridal Hair Seminar
  • Avante Garde Day
  • Gues Speakers
That’s A WRAP Week 23-24


  • All classic cuts-on mannequin
  • Focus on individual needs
  • Prepare for final graduation presentation
Breakdown of Marks

Cutting 30% (approximately 60 haircuts)

Colouring 30% (approximately 30 colours)

Textbook 30%

Attendance 5%

Total 100%

Passing grade 70%

“The teachers are nothing less than amazing. The best school experience ever!” — Megan Van Male

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