Project Description

Hair Art Design

// Program Overview

26 Weeks | 20 Hours per week | 15 Students per Class

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 By replacing outdated methods with an innovative, fresh approach, JCI and AXIS Training Systems were the first to launch a program that considered the future of hair: the Hair Art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.

Admissions Information

// Course Outline

  • 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.

This 13-week period will allow students to continue perfecting the techniques that they’ve learned, while learning new techniques, on salon clients. This practice is supervised and allows students to get real-world experience in a salon setting on campus.

This module will teach you:

  • 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.
  • Career planning
  • Freelance Session Work Seminar
  • Cover letter and resume preparation
  • Bridal Hair Seminar
  • Avante Garde Day
  • Guest Speakers
  • All classic cuts-on mannequin
  • Focus on individual needs
  • Prepare for final graduation presentation


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 | The Natural

// Instructors

Foster Eastman
Foster EastmanFounder and Owner AXIS Salons and Training Systems
Nicole Bocking
Nicole BockingInstructor Hair Art Design
Jenny Guzzo
Jenny GuzzoInstructor Hair Art Design
Amanda Viera
Amanda VieraInstructor Hair Art Design
Steven Van Horn
Steven Van HornInstructor Hair Art Design
Danna Sihota
Danna SihotaInstructor Hair Art Design
Josh Daurie
Josh DaurieInstructor Hair Art Design