Who We Are

Space tailored for your education.

Set your sails for new concepts, an industry always evolving and a foundation to start your career in where you flourish.


noun, [at-l-yey, at-l-yey; French atuh–lyey]
a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan, or designer.

 Located right on Mainstreet in the heart of downtown Hopkins, Minnesota, The Atelier Academy is a boutique-style beauty school that benefits from both the diverse culture of the Twin Cities as well as the comfort of small-town Minnesota. Here, we can offer our students a hands-on education built on the most comprehensive cosmetology programs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. 


Our clinic floor is open the the public, for anyone who wishes to receive hair, waxing, makeup or nail services. From highlights to luxury pedicures to airbrush makeup, our students offer a wide range of services. If you are interested in receiving salon services from one of our students, see our Guest Services menu.


Teamwork makes the dream work.

William Anderson
Founder, Instructor
Felicia Daley
Alicia Helling
Michelle Poirier
Academy Director, Admissions
Jessica Solie
Matthew Holmes Martinez
Lisa Popp
Instructor, School Manager
Elizabeth Campbell
Johneil Evans
Amanda Hansen
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Jasmine Brown
Kara Wattunen

A Better Beauty School

The Atelier Academy of Beauty was founded by William Anderson, a local hairdressing legend and owner of the luxurious Lili Salon Spa in the Galleria. His vision was to break free from the traditional beauty school education and create an academy dedicated to furthering the craft of cosmetology in Minnesota. Of course, a school this rigorous would need to be small and nimble enough to offer a cutting-edge education that changes with the latest techniques and trends. To  achieve this, we partner with world-renowned brands like Mizani, Redken, OPI, and Pivot Point, immersing students in the beauty industry with the best tools and essential product knowledge available.

Education and real-world success is the core commitment here. After teaching the essentials for a Minnesota cosmetology license, we go on to teach career-savvy skills that win top jobs: career searching and interviewing, effective consultations, and communication skills that build clientele. So far, every Atelier graduate has passed their cosmetology state board exams, and have accepted positions in top-rate  salons and spas.

Finally, we believe that  flexibility is key. Classes are maintained small enough so that teaching style, curriculum, and even the schedule, is adjusted for every student. There is no such thing as one perfect education, so we try to achieve the ideal education for each student.

Quick Steps to Launcing Your Career

Visit the Academy

A tour is a great way to meet our team and see the space. Our academy offers multiple Open Houses a year that can save you money and offer a great way to meet many of the faculty. To set up a tour, contact admissions.

Fill Out An Application

Download an application online or receive a copy of an application on your visit to Atelier Academy! Be sure to request a copy of your high school transcript as it is part of the admissions process.

Get Accepted!

Once your application has been received, processed and admitted, receive a letter letting you know you are onto the next step, formalizing your admissions process. Select an available start date and complete enrollment information to secure your spot!

Begin Your Program

Depending on which program you start, your special kit is ordered, books are waiting for you on Day 1....and it is time to start your education preparing you a career in the beauty industry.

Graduate and Launch Your Career

Celebrate your hard work with a diploma and state board papers required to get your license! You have been interviewing and now you are ready to start your career where you knew your heart always belonged. Welcome to the industry!

Student calculates if one of the cosmetology careers would be a positive investment

Invest in your career

Enroll in an Atelier Academy program today.
Can't wait to get started? Fill out an application today.

Who Do You Want To Become?

I want to do it all.

Be a star hairdresser or a jack of all trades with facials, nails, and eyelash extensions. Options are limitless with a cosmetology license.

I want to be a hair technician.

Take on luscious locks and modern crops, transform hair with color and texture. Make hair an artform with a hair license.

I want to be a nail tech.

Master the manicure and perfect the pedicure. Nail art, acrylic extensions, and soothing massage are your forte with a nail license.

I want to be an eyelash extension artist.

An acute sense of detail and designer eye launch a career in one of the biggest lash trends.

I want to expand my continuing education.

Courses for professional and sanitation procedures satisfy license renewal requirements.

I want to be an instructor.

Quality education sets up the success for the industry's future. Leave your mark here for generations to come.

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