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Vancouver Community College

250 W. Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
(604) 443-8387 or (604) 443-8484

Programs Offered:
2-year full-time Fashion Arts Diploma
2-year part-time/evening Fashion Arts Certificate
1-year part-time /evening Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate
Continuous intake non-credit Fashion Arts Specialty Courses

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Fashion Arts Diploma application deadline: May 30th; start date: September
Fashion Arts Certificate application deadline: February 15th for April start; May 30th for
September start
Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate: no application required. Start dates January,
April and September

Entrance requirements:
Fashion Arts Diploma: Grade 12 or equivalent (waived if mature student); English 12 with a "C" grade or higher or equivalent; submission of completed application form; 2 or more letters of reference and successful portfolio assessment and interview
Fashion Arts Certificate: grade 12 or equivalent (waived if mature student); working knowledge of the English language and the ability to speak, read and write clearly and correctly, submission of completed application form and successful portfolio assessment and interview
Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate program: ability to speak, read and write English clearly and correctly.

Focus of school and/or school statement:
Students develop their skills in a dynamic and supportive environment. Our reputation builds teaching excellent technical skills and developing individual creativity. The core of the VCC Fashion Arts curriculum is the designer critic program, which emulates the workings of a professional design studio, from conceptualization to finished collection.

Student-Teacher ratio: Maximum 22:1

Past Graduates: Alex Benekritis - Burberry, Farrah Iny - Oscar De la Renta, Melissa McMahon - Aritzia, Brianna Vogelaar - Artizia, Erin Kobayashi - Sugoi

For More Information: Judy Ho, Program Coordinator, or 604-443-8387

Kwantlen University College

8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC
(604) 599-2543

Programs Offered:
4-Year Bachelor of Design, Fashion Design & Technology
2-Year Diploma in Fashion Design & Technology
NEW in 2010 2-Year Fashion Marketing Diploma

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Applications accepted from November to March 31, program start date September
Orientation and portfolio review sessions for Fashion Design programs take place the last week of April

Entrance requirements:
Design & Technology:
Minimum B grade in English 12 or equivalent
Attendance at an Orientation & Portfolio Review Session
Portfolio to Include: Sewing Skills, Design and Drawing Skills, Computer Skills, Basic Math,
Awareness of the Fashion Profession and Life Experiences
Fashion Marketing:
Minimum C+ grade in English 12 or equivalent
Resume - Two letters of reference - Letter of interest
See and download the Information Package for details.

Focus of school and/or school statement:
With over 90% of graduates working in the apparel industry, Kwantlen's 4-Year Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design and Technology program prepares students for careers in the global apparel economy in fashion design, production, marketing and computer technology.
Kwantlen's 2-Year Fashion Marketing Diploma program combines fashion, communications and business knowledge and skills relevant to dynamic careers in fashion market research, trend forecasting, styling, visual merchandising, fashion writing, promotion, buying, sales and management at the wholesale and retail levels.

Student-Teacher ratio: Design 22:1, Marketing 30:1

Past Graduates: Alma Adrovic: Designer, Nike; Edina Bartell: Production Manager, Global Collective Design Inc. - Arson/Orb labels; Adam Dickson: Designer, Aritzia; Tracie Keene: Designer, Abercrombie and Fitch; Tanya Maglio: Designer, lululemon athletic; Allison Smith: Designer & Owner, Allison Wonderland

For more information: Fashion Design - Evelyn May at, 604-599-2824
Fashion Marketing - Mary Boni at, 604-599-2551
Information Sessions held twice yearly in mid-October and mid-February


Blanche Macdonald Centre

Downtown Campus - Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Hairstyling

460 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC (604) 685-0337
City Square Campus - Make-up and Esthetics/Spa Therapy
100 - 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC (604) 685-0347

Programs Offered:
Fashion Merchandising - 1-Year Diploma Program (4 Semesters)
Fashion Design - 1-Year Diploma Program (4 Semesters)

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Blanche Macdonald has an ongoing intake system and offers numerous start dates throughout the year.

Entrance Requirements:
Must be 19 years of age or have graduated from High School.
Must have good written and verbal English skills.
Must have an interest in the fashion and apparel industries.
Must have basic or better sewing skills (Design students only)

Focus of School and/or School Statement:
Established in 1960, the Blanche Macdonald Centre ahs distinguished itself as a leader in the field of fashion education. The college is well known for its commitment to students, exceptional instructors, academic excellence and outstanding graduate achievements. The Fashion Merchandising and Design programs are continually updated to reflect industry needs. The focus is on both practical and academic courses involving all aspects of fashion and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the industry. Our purpose is to provide quality education that is industry relevant within a positive and creative learning environment.

Student-Teacher Ratio: Maximum class size is 24 in Fashion Merchandising and 20 in Fashion Design. In lab courses the ratio is 10:1.

Past Graduates: Dace Moore (designer/owner of Dace Design), Joyce Ma (designer/owner of Tension Clothing) and Shannon Wilson (designer for Lululemon).

For More Information: Contact an Admissions Director by e-mail at or visit the website at


The Art Institute of Vancouver

2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC
1 (866) 717-8080 or (604) 683-9200

Programs Offered:
2-Year Fashion Design and Merchandising Diploma
2-Year Fashion Marketing and Management Diploma

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
We have quarter start dates of January, April, July and September.
Enrollment is based on continuing process.

Entrance Requirements:
Entrance requirements include: interview, essay, transcripts and a portfolio. For those students who do not have a portfolio, a foundation quarter is available.

Focus of School and/or School Statement:
The Art Institute of Vancouver is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of over 35 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. We provide exceptional learning-centered, industry driven education that prepares our graduates for entry-level positions in their chosen career. There is a pro-active team environment that promotes open and effective communication, mutual respect, trust and integrity.

Student-Teacher Ratio: The student-teacher ratio varies by program and class. Specialized classes will typically have a smaller class size.

Past Graduates: Former grads working with Holt Renfrew, Quantum Apparel, and Off The Wall.

For More Information:
Please contact an Assistant Director of Admissions at 1 (866) 717-8080


LaSalle College Vancouver

200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
p. (604) 683-2006
f. (604).683.6505
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Program Offered:
Fashion Design Diploma - 1.5 Years (75 weeks)
Jewellery Design Diploma- 1 Year (45 Weeks)
Fashion Merchandising - 1 Year (45 Weeks)
Fashion Marketing Diploma, On-line - 16 months, 4 semesters

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Enrollment deadlines are 2 weeks before program start dates, provided classes are not full.
Program start dates for 2010 and 2011
Fashion Design and Jewellery Design: September 13th, 2010 - January 10, 2011 - May 9th, 2011
Fashion Marketing On-line: September 6th 2010.

Entrance Requirements:
19 years of age or High School Graduate.
Working knowledge of the English Language.
A sincere interest in Design.
An interview with the Admissions Officer.

Focus of School and/or School Statement:
International network with over 20 campuses in 12 different countries. With an international reputation as a leader in providing Fashion education in Canada and the world, we provide excellence in training and teach students the skills and techniques required in today's fashion industry. Our Fashion and Jewellery program focuses on developing the artistic and design abilities of each student and assisting the students to express their creative talent. We provide a supportive learning environment with industry-experienced instructors and hands on instruction.

Student-Teacher Ratio: 5-12 students to 1 instructor. Our small class sizes enhance the student's learning opportunities and provide extensive student/instructor interaction.

Past Graduates: Working at Lotus Wear Designs, Please Mum and Westbeach.

For More Information: Please phone the school at (604) 683-2006 or by e-mail at We hold frequent open house and events throughout the year.
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University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Rd., Abbotsford, BC
604-504-7441 Toll-Free (Canada) 1-888-504-7441

Program Offered:
2 Year Fashion Design Diploma
Certificate in Extended Studies
BFA Degree -Fashion Minor and Extended Minor pending

Enrollment deadlines and program start dates:
Applications are accepted October 1st for entrance to the Fall Semester the following year. Orientation & portfolio reviews are scheduled in early spring.

Entrance Requirements:
B.C secondary school graduation or equivalent or 19 years or older before the first day of classes.
Attendance at an orientation session and portfolio interview session.
Portfolio to include:
a. Approximately 15-20 original art pieces. Work should be recent and varied in nature: Art/Fine artwork, Craft work and Applied Art.
b. Technical skills: minimum of four different garments demonstrating a range of techniques and mechanical drafts (eg. garment patterns,).
c. Communication skills: you will be required to write a brief paragraph.
d. Math skills: a short math test will be administered at the same time, calculators allowed.
e. Basic computer skills
For more information go to: download the details.

Student-Teacher Ratio: 20:1

Focus of school and/or school statement:
UFV offers an exciting introduction to the world of fashion leading to an unique two-year Fashion Design diploma. The program combines just the right balance between fashion design, production, textiles and leading-edge computer technology required for a career in the fashion industry. Part-time studies are available.

Past Graduates: Arc'teryx, Tension, Sugoi, FashionMark Solutions, Quantum Apparel and Lida Biday.

For More Information: Corinne Richardson (Department Assistant)
604 864-4669


John Casablancas Institute of Applied Arts

150-220 Cambie St.
Vancouver, BC V6B-2M9
604-688-0328 or Toll Free 1-866-688-0261,

Programs Offered:
11-month Diploma Program - Fashion Business & Creative Arts
6-month Diploma Program - Hair Art Design
10-month Diploma Program - Make-up Artistry
10-month Diploma Program - Body Spa Esthetics

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Start dates in Fall, Spring and Winter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 6 months in advance as seating is limited.

Entrance requirements:
Must be 19 years of age or have a High School Diploma.
Must have good written and verbal English Skills
Local applicants must attend a mandatory interview at the College.
A phone interview is required for call out of town applicants. They must also submit a supporting recommendation letter form a teacher, employer or professional.

Focus of school and/or school statement:
JC Institute has been setting the industry standard for over 30 years. We limit our class sizes to maximize the student/instructor interaction and enhance the quality of training and instruction received by our students. JC Institute is known for it's friendly and supportive approach. The in-house modeling and talent agency places our students in the core of the fashion and film industry where they gain valuable experience being involved in actual photo sessions, fashion shows, and film sets. JCI exclusively hires their own graduates.

Maximum Class size:
20 in Fashion Business & Creative Arts, 16 in Make-up Artistry, 14 in Body Spa Esthetics and 15 in Hair Art Design.

Past Graduates:
Sima Kumar, International Fashion Stylist; Veronica Guan (Designer) of Veegy; Carolyn Debenhauer (Asst. Designer) of Off the Wall; Fala Chien co-owner of 4th Ave Boutique and Designer of "Play by Fala", and Sara Au Yeong (Make-up Artist) owner of Jules & Eve boutique in Kerrisdale, and local rep for Stila Cosmetics; Budianto Nasrun, Fashion Photographer and graphic designer.

For more information:
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Vancouver College of Art and Design

5th Floor - 626 West Pender St., Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 694-0019

Programs Offered:
Fashion Design
Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion
Graphic Design
Interior Design
3D Modeling Animation Art and Design
Web Design

Enrollment Deadlines and Program Start Dates:
Program start Dates:
October 4, 2010
January 3, 2011
April 4, 2011
July 4, 2011
October 3, 2011

There are 4 intakes a year: January, April, July and October.

Entrance requirements:
Completion of Grade 12 - high school transcript or 19 years and older for mature student status. International students must also show English language proficiency plus student study visa and permit.

Focus of school and/or school statement:
"We Change Lives through Education"

Student-Teacher ratio: 20:1