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Blanche Macdonald Centre - About the College

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. 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.

At our foundation of our world-class education is the superior calibre of our award winning and highly distinguished educators and industry experts. We will guide you, mentor you and train you as you learn and practice every aspect of your new found education. You will develop a solid and comprehensive base of skills, knowledge, experience and confidence upon which to build your professional future.

Walk through our doors and you will gain more than an education. You will gain a family for life. In the embrace of our creative community, you will find kindred spirits and artistic souls awaiting your arrival. We celebrate diversity and difference, and hold creativity and education as our most prized possessions. Come and walk with us. Connect with mentors and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. The students you meet in the classroom today will be your colleagues and collaborators in the industry of tomorrow. They are the peers with whom you will shape your future. This is the beginning of your professional network.

Our industry-forward program and our focus on professionalism provide unparalleled training for the real world. Our collaborative approach to education, paired with our progressive, cutting-edge curriculum, prepares you for a seamless transition from classroom to industry. Through hands-on practical sessions, classroom collaboration, professional photoshoots, timed exercises, creative challenges and a huge diversity of projects and assignments, you’ll develop your creativity and technique in the pursuit of mastery and the realization of a rewarding career.

As a Blanche Macdonald graduate, a world of doors will be open to you. Not just because you carry the Blanche Macdonald Diploma. But because, by the time you graduate, you will have built a solid foundation of skills and techniques, passed down like family heirlooms from the best of the business. Upon that foundation you will have applied the subtle yet critical life skills that will launch your career. Confidence. Professionalism. Poise. The skills and knowledge you gain here will be your round-the-world ticket, and your all-access pass to opportunities that cross a vast spectrum of careers and continents. This is a world-class education that has no bounds, and that knows no boundaries.

We believe that each student’s education includes not just intellectual but personal growth. It is our hope and belief that you will discover friends and mentors within our walls and that these rich connections will endure a lifetime.

Government Certification and Accreditation

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

The College is fully licensed, bonded and accredited. The Blanche Macdonald Centre holds a designation certificate issued by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of British Columbia, holds an Educational Quality Assurance (EQA) and is a designated learning institution with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

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Makeup School

Makeup School


Our Makeup Programs put you at the face of the Pro Makeup Industry.


Learn Makeup Artistry at Canada’s leading Makeup school. In our state of the art makeup studios you’ll train with award-winning industry experts and master the skills to build a world-beating career. From winning eye makeup techniques to the latest special effects makeup technology, our professional makeup courses cover every aspect of the business. Whether you hope to be a TV & Film professional, bridal specialist, freelance makeup artist or special effects master, we’ll prepare you to join the ranks of our prestigious alumni who are shaping the Makeup world in Canada and across the globe.

Fashion School

Fashion School


Get runway ready with our cutting-edge Fashion Programs.


Our industry-leading fashion courses take you into the beating heart of the fashion world to give you the most comprehensive training available. From Fashion Management and Styling to Fashion Illustration and Merchandising, our expert instructors will show you the business inside out. In our creative labs you will style, design, create and produce. On collaborative projects you will develop creative, business and teamwork skills. In our classrooms you will delve into fashion history and learn about fashion careers. Over one life-changing year you’ll gain the skills to become a world-class Design or Marketing Professional.

Hair School

Hair School


Hands-on-hair training meets real salon experience.


Join us for a year of intensive Pro Hair training with top Industry experts. Our cutting edge hair styling courses will equip you with the business and technical skills to open career doors. Learn from a team of industry experts and master a range of professional hair styles and techniques as you gain real salon experience at Q&A, our professional student salon. In our hair studios and on the salon floor you will gain the competitive edge to step straight into the heart of the hair industry.

Esthetics School

Esthetics School


The creation of beauty is more than skin deep.

Gain the essential skills to build a meaningful career in Spa Therapy. From business development and spa management to esthetician training and laser technician courses, our program will transform you into a skilled spa therapist. Our expert instructors will mentor you in every aspect of spa therapy and cosmetology. Our holistic approach to Esthetics education integrates the study of a person’s mind, body, spirit and lifestyle. Learn how to provide an exceptional experience for your clients as you master a wide range of classic and cutting edge techniques and treatments.

Nail Technician Courses

Nail School


Learn the business of Nail Art from tip to toe.

Our Pro Nail Program combines art, science and business to give you the diverse skill set you need to succeed as a professional Nail Technician. From masterful manicures and perfect pedicures to acrylic and gel nail art, our expert instructors will give you the most complete nail training possible. Develop business skills, cultivate client care techniques and get creative with nail art designs. Over six hands-on months of painting, creating, experimenting and exploring, our Nail courses will give you the base coat to transform your passion into a rewarding career.

Seeing is believing. From the visual eye, the Freudian id, to the dotting of the I’s, it is our identification and belief in the power of individual expression, the realization of personal fulfillment and the extension of charity and community that have enabled the Blanche Macdonald Centre to create a world-class educational institution for the creative and applied Arts.

Allow us to bring your talents into focus. This is an education that fully engages you, taps into your talents, pushes your boundaries and maximizes your potential. With our emphasis on learning by doing, learning from the best and most of all, learning about yourself, your education at the Blanche Macdonald Centre will be transformational.

We are a wonderful hybrid of ethnicities, age ranges, idiosyncratic personalities and life experiences. We embrace unique perspectives, varying opinions and original thought. Face to face, our exteriors may vary but side by side, our core values remain the same.

Every single person has their own unique story. They come from different cultures, different cities, different nations. They speak and dream in different languages. Yet these differences don’t divide us. They unite us. They make us stronger. These differences form the beautiful mosaic of our dynamic culture. They make us the rainbow community that we are.

We embrace diversity and inclusivity.
We nurture originality and creativity.
We uphold education and excellence.

From our culture, our community to the evolution of your chosen career, the Blanche Macdonald Centre is fully committed to your education.

May we extend to you this personal invitation. Please join us. We welcome you here.

Lily Lim
President, Blanche Macdonald Centre

DESIGNATION

The Blanche Macdonald Centre holds a designation certificate with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), and is an Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designated institution. Both of these quality designations are issued by the provincial government of British Columbia, Canada, under the authority of the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The EQA designation is Canada’s first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education, indicating that a post-secondary institution meets or exceeds the provincial government’s quality education standards. The Blanche Macdonald Centre’s EQA designation is recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection.

 

CIC DESIGNATED LEARNING INSTITUTION

The Blanche Macdonald Centre is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. A DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. Our DLI Number is O19257719332. For more information about studying at Blanche Macdonald as an International Student, please see our dedicated page For International Students (link).

 

ESTABLISHED IN 1960

The Blanche Macdonald Centre has been an industry leader in fashion and beauty education since 1960. Today, over five decades of experience and expertise inform and shape our innovative, cutting-edge programs that change with the needs and demands of the industry. But one thing will always stay the same: our fearless commitment to world class, exceptional education.

 

PROVIDING A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION IN A BOUTIQUE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT

Post-secondary education can be a daunting endeavour. No matter the distance, whether you are relocating from another continent, another country, another city or travelling from another neighbourhood, the prospect of change and making this commitment can be exhilarating, exciting and nerve wracking. We understand. That’s why we focus on creating environments and support systems that guide you through your education with helping hands. With over 1000 students a year, we consciously designed our college not as one large building but three individual campuses with intimate classroom settings. Instead of anonymity, we all become familiar faces. There is educational, career and personal support at each campus and within each department. Our multilingual staff go to supreme efforts to help our students settle into their new college life. Our Financial Aid Department help students and their families create financial budgets, assist them step by step through the student loan process and even after graduation, advise them with government loan repayment. Our students and our creative community work together. Students move between campuses, the store and the salon, collaborating with other creative talent and industry professionals.

 

THREE CAMPUSES

The Blanche Macdonald Centre has three state-of-the-art campuses across central Vancouver, Canada. To set up an appointment to visit one of our campuses, please contact us by phone or email, or fill out our online form here and an Admissions Director will be in touch with you.

Uptown

Our Uptown Campus houses the departments of Professional Makeup Artistry, Esthetics/Spa Therapist and Nail Technology, a full Apple Mac Computer Lab and administrative offices. Located inside City Square, an award-winning, architecturally spectacular mall, the 30,000 square foot campus features a stylish and spacious interior. From our bright makeup studios and serene, atmospheric Esthetics wing to the airy atrium of the grand reception area, it is a unique learning environment designed to emulate Blanche Macdonald’s makeup, esthetics and nail training ethos.

Downtown

The Downtown Campus is a multi-million dollar facility on Robson Street, located in the hub of Vancouver’s fashion and shopping district. This 18,000 square foot campus houses the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising faculties, the Professional Hairstyling Program with numerous Hair studios and theory rooms, and a 24-station Apple Mac Computer Lab. Stylish, sleek and modern, the Downtown Campus is an ideal environment for the highest levels of professional hair and fashion education. Not only does it feature the very best training facilities and technologies, it places students in the enviable position of learning in the very centre of one of North America’s most exciting cities.

Atelier

The Atelier campus is our state-of-the-art, multidimensional learning space where education, retail and entertainment converge. An architectural jewel of polished concrete, glass, and engineered hardwood, the campus is the second home to our Professional Makeup and Hairstyling Programs as well as our first ever student-operated Hair Salon, Q&A Salon, and our very own storefront, CurliQue Beauty. The soaring, contemporary gallery space extends over 25,000 square feet, commanding a coveted corner of Robson Street. Atelier’s contemporary makeup and hair classrooms provide the perfect setting for our progressive programs, with spacious, open-plan learning studios and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Vancouver’s most important fashion and shopping hub.

 

RETAIL STORE: CURLIQUE BEAUTY

Curlique Beauty is our professional retail space nestled into the bustle of Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. Our shelves are stocked with a diverse and carefully selected collection of products that has made CurliQue a hot spot for makeup, hair, and skincare lovers, professional artists, and everyday product aficionados alike. CurliQue is much more than a beauty boutique – it is our creative classroom where we celebrate education, retail and entertainment. It is a vital field for practice, a launching pad for our future Makeup Superstars, and a unique venue where we regularly host industry events, speaker seminars, retail training and professional workshops.


SALON: Q&A

Q&A is our Learning Laboratory where our Pro Hair students take their skills to the salon floor. Located in the busy hub of Robson Street in Vancouver, our student-operated salon is always bright, buzzing and stocked with gorgeous product – from the luxe Cuban lily scent of Oribe to the eco-conscious pastels of the Kevin Murphy collection. Over countless hours, our Pro Hair students provide cuts, colour and chemical services to real clients in real time. This hands-on, practical approach to education gives our students the invaluable opportunity to hone and sharpen their technical skills while building a loyal clientele – all before they graduate.

At the Blanche Macdonald Centre we employ around 150 exceptionally qualified and caring instructors.

All of our instructors are active professionals who balance their careers with their commitment to teaching and have an average 10 years of educational experience. Each one has forged a successful career in their chosen industry. Many have won awards and garnered international recognition. They may be fresh from the set of an Oscar winning movie, the boardrooms of global brands, or the runways of International Fashion Weeks. They bring that experience and expertise directly to the classroom – and straight to you.

Though their individual paths differ, they are united in a commitment to excellence, a passion for education, and proven expertise in their field. The success of the college and our graduates is largely due to our team of instructors and directors who provide a highly personalized approach to teaching and an unwavering commitment to world-class education.

Every student deserves the chance to receive the education and develop the skills that will lead to a productive and meaningful place in the world. Our faculty will work closely with you in setting and meeting educational, creative, and professional goals. They are fiercely dedicated to helping you explore and cultivate your unique potential to become a successful and skilled professional.

At Blanche Macdonald every student is unique. So is every education. We live this philosophy by crafting collaborative, cutting edge programs that embrace excellence and celebrate diversity. We are fiercely committed to transformational education and fearlessly passionate about fulfilling your potential. Within our walls we cultivate a culture of integrity and respect. Outside our walls you will have our support for life.

FIVE PROMISES

AS A BLANCHE MACDONALD STUDENT YOU WILL…

1. BECOME PART OF OUR FAMILY

We can’t say it enough: our students are family. It’s how we do everything – from our hiring practices and the way we conduct our interviews to the way communicate, train our staff, coach our instructors and develop our programs. It’s our philosophy. And we live it every single day.

2. BENEFIT FROM EXCEPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CARE

Each and every student who enrolls here is an individual. We promise that you will never get lost in the shuffle or become a number. Our Admissions Directors will welcome you with open hearts and minds. Our Instructors will mentor you and support you as you learn your craft. Our Career Directors will help you find opportunities and shape your career. This commitment to you starts the first time you contact us and lasts for a lifetime.

3. RUB SHOULDERS WITH INDUSTRY POWERHOUSES

We have developed relationships with global fashion and beauty masters, and we regularly invite them to share their wisdom and experience with our students. Through exclusive special events, demos and workshops you will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the global fashion and beauty elite. Past speakers have included Make Up For Ever Creator Dany Sanz, Oscar Winners Howard Berger and Ve Neill, Emmy Award winners Eve Pearl and Makeup Director Todd McIntosh, and many more. It’s all part of the Blanche Macdonald Experience.

4. LEARN TO COLLABORATE AND CO-CREATE

The Fashion and Beauty industries are deeply collaborative and community-oriented. You’ll work closely with fellow students in a series of hands-on projects and experiences. We’ll immerse you in real-life environments, from behind-the-scenes retail and special events to live demos and advanced training with international experts. Your education will mirror the collaborative industry you’ll be joining once you graduate, and the skills you learn will be directly transferable to any job you choose.

5. HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WITH AN INDUSTRY-READY PORTFOLIO

You’ll take part in professional photo shoots for your own Portfolio, produced to a high industry standard. That means you’ll learn how to work with photographers, production teams, creative collaborators and models. You’ll also understand the step-by-step process of a professional project. By the end of your program you’ll have compiled a polished and professional portfolio, ready to be brought to job interviews and events. It’s just one of the ways we prepare you to enter the industry ahead of the curve.

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