Higher School of Applied Sciences (VIST)


Higher School of Applied Sciences (VIST) is higher education and research organisation which implements 1st and 2nd cycle programmes Cosmetics and Photography – only ones of a kind in Slovenia.

We are active in the field of dermocosmetic research, where our main focus is on influence of products, nutrition and procedures on skin.

Study programs

Cosmetics, 1st cycle (Bachelor Degree): 3 years, 6 semesters, 180 ECTS credits
Modular studies (parts of 1st cycle programe): Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Wellness, Make-up, Entrepreneurship in cosmetics, Pedicure and Manicure
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Cosmetics, 2nd cycle (Masters Degree): 2 years, 4 semesters, 120 ECTS credits

Photography, 1st cycle (Bachelor Degree): 3 years, 6 semesters, 180 ECTS
Modular studies (parts of 1st cycle programe): Advertising and Fashion Photography, Photography Techniques, Fine Art Photography, Multimedia Photography, Journalism Photography

Cosmetics 1st and 2nd cycle programs are modern, knowledge based, practice-oriented study programs, unique to Slovenia and there are only few comparable programs throughout Europe. Programs are beauty therapy & wellness oriented. They cover variety of cosmetic and wellness fields and also make-up design.

Masters program is more specialized, covers special topics of beauty therapy as pre- and post-surgical beauty therapy, beauty therapy for special conditions of skin.

Photography 1st cycle program is modern practice-oriented study program, comparable to similar programs around the world. It covers a broad range of photography topics at the level of an undergraduate study course, featuring a wide range of subjects and specializations,

Research: Efficacy trials for cosmetic products and procedures
In the Institute for Cosmetics we are active in the field of dermocosmetic research.

Dermocosmetic studies leaflet
We conduct efficacy trials* and provide the tests and reports to substantiate variety of cosmetic claims for both, products and procedures.

*efficacy trials: a set of procedures conducted to test the product’s intended purpose in order to substantiate claims about what product/procedure does

We provide:

Moisturisation testing
Anti-wrinkle assessments
Skin tone & Colour /Lightening assessments
Skin Elasticity / Skin Firmness assessments
Spot-Prone Skin Assessments
Imaging of the dermis and subcutis /Dermis regeneration assessments
Collagen and Elastin assessments…& much more


Higher School of Applied Sciences (VIST)
Cesta na Brdo 69 1000 Ljubljana
01 283 17 00