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Blanche Macdonald Centre

Become a Professional Makeup Artist in Fashion Makeup, Bridal, Television & Film, Special FX, and more Blanche Macdonald Centre Hands-on training Blanche Macdonald Centre Award-winning, Industry-relevant Instructors Blanche Macdonald Centre Part-time Programs available Blanche Macdonald Centre Full-time Job Placement Team Blanche Macdonald Centre Incredible International Industry Connections Blanche Macdonald Centre Canada’s Top Makeup College located in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia: 3 campuses, a Pro Beauty Store and a Student-run Salon Blanche Macdonald Centre Fully government accredited with authorized International Student Co-op Work Experience Program

Top 3 reasons why students choose blanche macdonald

01. Global Reputation, Local Heart

With an ever-growing list of awards and accolades, Blanche Macdonald is as A-List as it gets. Our Directors and Instructors bring their proven knowledge and expertise directly to the classroom. They’ve won Emmy, Gemini, Leo and Ariel awards, with outstanding credits in Makeup for Fashion, Bridal, Television, Film, Airbrushing, Special Effects and Prosthetics. With an incomparable global reputation, we’re Canada’s #1 Makeup and Beauty school - yet we still maintain a boutique family feel. That’s our culture, and it’s been that way since we opened our doors in 1960. We’re a diverse and dynamic global community with a local heart, and we’ll welcome you with open arms.

02. Unparalleled Graduate Success

We set our students up for success and we have an unparalleled track record of graduate achievement. From the covers of Vogue and the runways of Paris, New York and Milan to the film sets of global blockbusters, our grads have been recognized the world over. As a student here you’ll have access to our dedicated career services and our unique relationships within the local and international makeup community. We’ll help you develop your artistry, connect you with remarkable opportunities, promote you through our vast social media network, and mentor and coach you for industry success. This is our promise to you, and it’s good for life.

03. Education Without Borders

Armed with our internationally recognized, industry-relevant training, there’s no limit to where you can go in the makeup universe. Whether you want to work in North America, the UK or beyond, we’ll equip you with skills that can be transferred anywhere in the world. Our wide-reaching network of international contacts connects us - and our students - directly with powerhouse brands, exceptional artists and global companies. A Blanche Macdonald education goes beyond borders, and knows no bounds. There’s a reason why Eve Pearl, five-time Emmy-Winning Makeup Legend, calls us “The Harvard of Makeup”.

our available programs


Full-time, One Year, 3 days per week

Schedules Available: Mondays to Wednesdays or Wednesdays to Fridays

*International Co-op Work Experience add-on available for International Students
(Study in Canada for one year + Canadian Working Visa for one year)

Our most comprehensive and popular program, our signature full industry training will prepare you for a fulfilling career as a full-time professional Makeup Artist. Taught by our faculty of industry experts through lecture, theory and practical application, you will explore every aspect of makeup artistry from makeup fundamentals, bridal makeup, and fashion makeup and photography to hairstyling, makeup for stage, TV and film, airbrushing, special makeup effects, prosthetics and digital makeup. Develop critical professional skills to navigate the multifaceted industry and market your own makeup business.

Freelance Makeup Artistry Associate Diploma Program

Part-time, Six Month Program

Schedules Available: Sundays/Tuesday Evenings or Saturdays Only or Sundays Only

Our hands-on, industry-forward Freelance Makeup Program shortens the learning curve and expands possibilities. Focusing on bridal beauty, cosmetic retailing, fashion and photography makeup, our renowned program is taught in small classes by a faculty of industry experts. We continually adapt our curriculum according to changing industry demands and new developments in product and technique.

International Makeup Artistry Diploma Program

Full-time, 3 or 6 Month Programs Available

3 Month Accelerated Program: 5 days per week
6 Month Schedule: 3 days per week (Mondays to Wednesdays or Wednesdays to Fridays)

*International Co-op Work Experience add-on available for International Students
(Study in Canada for 3 or 6 months + Canadian Working Visa for 3 or 6 months)

With the same world-class educational quality and expert faculty as our Global and Freelance Makeup Programs, our International Program is suited to students with Intermediate English language skills.
Learn every aspect of the fashion and bridal industries as you explore the theory, craft and application of makeup. Develop the communication and self-marketing skills for a successful beauty career.

Makeup Foundation Certificate Program

Part-time, 16 Hour Program

*Tuition cost for this program can be applied as a Tuition credit if you decide to continue your makeup education and advance your makeup career with the Freelance, International Makeup Studio or Global Makeup Diploma programs.

Weekend workshops that offer Introductory Makeup training. Weekend workshops for the Makeup beginner and the Makeup enthusiast. Learn the essential practical and professional skills for Beauty Makeup with a five star Blanche Macdonald Makeup Artist.

makeup diploma programs

Full or part time available

  • Fundamentals
  • Cosmetic Retailing
  • Bridal Makeup & Hair
  • Art & Technology
  • Makeup for Fashion
  • Airbrushing
  • Film Orientation & W.H.M.I.S Seminars
  • Makeup and Hair for TV & Film
  • Special Effects
  • Prosthetics
  • Digital Makeup Design
  • Career Preparation
  • Self Marketing & Portfolio
  • PT Freelance Course Available
  • International Co-op Program Available
  • Extensive Career Support