Blanche Macdonald
Blanche Macdonald Centre

SPARKLE AND STYLE AT OUR WANDERING STARS FASHION DESIGN GRAD SHOW. A runway framed by candlelight. Stained glass and gothic arches. A gathering of Vancouver’s fashion and media elite. And, of course, the debut collections from more than 30 Fashion Designers with bold futures ahead of them.
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Signature Series
Signature Series Special Events

BLANCHE MACDONALD ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR MAKEUP ROYALTY AYAMI NISHIMURA! Two fun-filled days of lectures, laughs, life-lessons, high fashion makeup demos and an exclusive hands-on creative masterclass by Ayami Nishimura, one of the most celebrated avant-garde makeup artists in the world. Read More

Beauty School News

SHAINA AZAD BLENDS ARTISTRY AND INNOVATION. Shaina Azad takes the business of Makeup seriously. Her life has been a whirlwind since graduating. Whether she's beautifying clients, shining on sets or developing products and marketing strategies for SUVA Beauty, none of it would be possible without her can-do attitude. Read More

Canada's Top Fashion School Graduate Alex S. Yu

HAUTE IN HONG KONG – BRIAN CHAN TAKES ON THE GOLDEN GLEAM OF LOUIS VUITTON! As Visual Merchandiser-In-Charge, Client Advisor, and In-Store Trainer of luxury shop Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong’s premiere shopping district, Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising graduate Brian Chan thrives in the interplay of hands-on creativity and business. Read More

Canada's Top Hairstyling School Graduate news

SARAH KROOK BRINGS ECO-CONSCIOUS STYLE AT INSPIRE HAIR DESIGN! Blanche Macdonald Pro Hair graduate Sarah Krook refines the balance between business and creativity in her bustling salon, Inspire Hair Design, nestled in her home of Victoria, BC. For Sarah, education is key. Teaching her stylists to use the freshest techniques and the most eco-conscious products is all in a day's work for her. Read More

Esthetics / Nails
Canada's top Esthetics and Nail school news

JESSE HAMADE LIVES LUXURY AT HOLT RENFREW! Blanche Macdonald Esthetics graduate Jesse Hamade is Holt Renfrew’s Cosmetics and Skincare department swan, gliding serenely on the surface but working hard underneath all the same. Her success is the result of impeccable interpersonal skills, with a flair for sales and an eagerness to take on any new challenge. Read More


Blanche Macdonald Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Established in 1960, the Blanche Macdonald Centre has always been at the forefront of advanced education. The College is recognized worldwide for delivering an international-based curriculum that responds to the needs of the industry.

Our agenda is to provide excellence in education on a local, national and global scale. Our staff is comprised of caring professionals dedicated to helping you find the means to discover and express your creative vision and unique potential. With our specialized focus on the Applied and Creative Arts, the College is able to foster a dynamic, collaborative and reality-based learning environment that best prepares our graduates for industry success.

With over one thousand students per year and three campuses in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the Blanche Macdonald Centre is Canada’s premium leader for professional training in Makeup Artistry, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Hairstyling, Esthetics / Spa Therapy and Nail Technology.


Makeup School: Makeup Artistry

With an endless stream of awards and nominations including Emmys, Geminis, Leos and Ariels, our Makeup faculty and graduates continue to garner international recognition. They list outstanding credits in Makeup for Fashion, Television, Film, Airbrushing, Special Effects and Prosthetics. Equally impressive are the ongoing guest lecturers and advanced training with Academy Award winners and Celebrity Makeup Artists including Ve Neill, Howard Berger, Tami Lane and Sharon Gault.

On the roll of credits, you can find the names of BMC Makeup graduates in major blockbusters and feature films including The Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter movies, the Twilight series, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (featuring Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell), Watchmen, Night at the Museum and its sequel, 2012 (with John Cusack and Thandie Newton), G.I.Joe: Rise of Cobra, New in Town, Haunting in Connecticut, I Love You Beth Cooper, Wolverine, I am Legend, the highly acclaimed indie film Juno, the X-Men movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Apocalypto, Fantastic Four, Hellboy, I Robot, The Chronicles of Riddick, the Scary Movie franchise, White Chicks, Jumanji, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Brothers Grimm, Santa Clause 2, The Sixth Day, the Oscar-winning Capote and many more.


Fashion School: Fashion Design

Fashion design runs the gamut from high to low, conservative to alternative and couture to disposable. Whether you consider fashion to be artistry, personal expression or a reflection of the times, fashion design is an integral part of our everyday lives.

The creation of a single fashion design involves hundreds of decisions and dozens of processes. From the initial inspiration and conceptualization, garment sketches or fashion illustrations are often used to fully render the design. As your design begins to take shape, you have to factor in fashion trends and forecasting, market research and how you want to build your collection and brand.


Fashion School: Fashion Merchandising

Fashion is a multi-million dollar business, billions, in fact. The demand for highly-trained fashion merchandisers continues to increase exponentially with the accelerated growth of the fashion and retail industries. As these industries flourish, career possibilities are endless.

Fashion merchandisers command fluid skills that can be transferred to a multitude of diverse and challenging career opportunities: retail buyers, visual merchandisers, store planners, inventory control specialists, wholesale agents, manufacturers, retail managers, fashion stylists, fashion show coordinators, model and talent agents, fashion public relations specialists, entrepreneurs and many more.


Hair School: Pro Hair

Moving well beyond the traditional paradigm of hair school training, the college provides you with an unparalleled approach to hair education. With a thorough and complete immersion into all aspects of hair, this progressive curriculum will allow you the flexibility and fluidity to work in diverse work environments and industries, from salon, platform, competition, editorial, runway, television production studios to film sets.

This is the first Hair Program in Canada to integrate the essential skills and application relating to hair for television and feature films.


Esthetics School: Esthetics / Spa Therapy

Blanche Macdonald Estheticians/Spa Therapists have endless career opportunities on a local, national and international level. Working at some of the world’s most prestigious spas, salons, hotels and resorts, graduates can provide a holistic approach incorporating deep pore facials and body care with water therapies, relaxation massages and aromatherapy or apply the latest anti-ageing treatments with the most up-to-date laser technology, micro-dermabrasion machines and photo rejuvenation equipment.

The Esthetics Diploma Program is a successful integration of high-touch with high-tech. You will receive the essential hands-on experience of performing a range of treatments and services, from conventional, progressive, to alternative.


Beauty School: Nail Parlour

Working well beyond tried and true manicures and pedicures, graduates of the Professional Nail Technician program are exposed to a vast and varied curriculum.

Treatments include sculptured nails - gel and acrylic applications, fills and repairs, working with ultra-violet light, hot oil treatments, paraffin dips, aromatherapy hand and foot massage, natural nail scrubs, 3D nail art etc. Business studies include entrepreneurship courses, sourcing out products and suppliers and how to start your own nail bar.


Further information

For further information on the programs, admission requirements and registration details, please contact an Admissions Director at the Blanche Macdonald Centre by email at or by phone at 604.685.0347 for the Uptown Campus, 604.685.0337 for the Downtown Campus, or 604.685.5560 for the Midtown Campus.

Blanche Macdonald Centre is a wholly owned division of Pacifique Riche Enterprises Ltd.

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