You will learn to create stunning looks for the stage, film, fashion, bridal or TV. From gorgeous to gory, you will learn from leading makeup artists in the industry as you master everything from the “smokey eye” to lab techniques and special effects.

2014 Leo Awards: A HUGE congrats to JCI grad Tracy Lai for Best Makeup in a Motion Picture for Evil Feed. Assisted by JCI’s Maura Halliday. Jennifer Ruth also took home the award for Best Hairstyling in a Motion Picture for her work in Evangeline!!!


The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal  and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas was the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

MAKEUP CAREER DESCRIPTIONS Makeup Artist (MUA) Applies makeup and/or prosthetics for theatre, television, commercials, film, fashion, magazines, retailers, weddings, and special events.

Image Consultant ‘Consults’ with individuals who are looking to revamp their personal look or style. They can help a person update their makeup, hairstyle and overall sense of style.

Out of Kit Effects Artist Applies 3-D Effects including cuts, scars, bald caps, beards, and generic prosthetics.

Prosthetic Artist Consults with the SPFX Makeup Lab, and may assist in the design of specific prosthetics for a production. A prosthetic artist would be the one to apply such prosthetics, and do maintenance and removal while on set.

Lab Technicians Primarily work out of labs, fabricating prosthetics from scratch. They oversee the life casting, sculpting, and moulding process and work with the prosthetic artist who would then be in charge of the application of such prosthetics.

Film & TV Artist Applies makeup for film and television (including HD) using techniques such as airbrushing combined with conventional makeup methods.

Body Painter Designs and creates art using the body as a canvas. This is achieved through the use of airbrush techniques and freehand painting.

Bridal Consultant Meets with the bride and bridal party to establish the makeup look for the wedding and completes the look on the big day.

JCI Students



Laura-Clare McDermott Executive Assistant at VancouverFilmStudios “I just have to say what a pleasure it was working with you on Friday. You are amazing at handling infinite amounts of pressure as well as time constraints, all whilst managing a team of eight seamlessly. Everybody here at VFS loved working alongside your staff and felt you played such crucial part of Friday’s success.

I truly appreciate all your hard work; you exceeded my expectations. I will not hesitate to reach out to JCI in the future for any events we hold here at VFS.”

CARLY SYME XM Field Manager | Mosaic “This note is long overdue, but wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to you and your team for transforming almost 100 individuals into the most epic looking Zombies Vancouver has ever seen!

Once again, thank you for everything. You were an absolute pleasure to work with!”


Marisha Ferland “Very qualified and enthusiastic instructors. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thanks for all the support. Love my JCI family!”

Claudia Lahti “I really enjoyed my experience at JCI. All the teachers had great knowledge and are all so encouraging. We all got to go know each other very well and became sort of like a small family. Even though the course is ending the teachers all encourage us to keep in touch and come back and visit. It feels like we aren’t going alone out into the industry”

Tori Binns “I fully enjoyed my time at JCI. The instructors and staff have been so supportive throughout the entire time and I feel lucky to have been taught by such inspiring and successful people. I definitely feel motivated and prepared for what comes next!”

Edina Schubert “The instructors at John Casablancas for the Makeup Artistry Diploma Program were effective and helpful beyond what I had expected. I enjoyed the course and feel excited to start a career in this industry. If I had not attended John Casablancas, I feel that I would not have been properly prepared or educated. No other school compares! Thank-you to all the teachers and staff!!!”

Kayla Konechny “The experience has been one I will never forget. I will take all the skills and knowledge I’ve learned with me throughout my life and never stop practicing. I would like to thank all the instructors for their help and support. It has been a really fun and unforgettable experience, and I will miss it a lot. I am looking forward to pursuing my career as a professional makeup artist.”

Jessie Rivas-Gonzalez “The experience here was absolutely amazing! I feel that my choice to attend JC Institute was the best for me and would definitely recommend the school to other aspiring artists. The =instructors are the best! Thank you all! The knowledge and confidence I’m leaving with is thanks to all of you.”

Cassandra Trahan “This school is professional and I am more than happy with what I have learned. I couldn’t have asked for better instructors and a better learning environment. The small class sizes really helped with keeping things personal. I’ve gained more confidence being here and I wish I didn’t have to go.”

Richelle Shane “I feel that JCI was a really great experience. We were taught in a professional environment that helped prepare me for everything beyond the school. I love it and I am really happy with the experience.”



JCI grads continue to take the makeup industry by storm. Our grads are working in every facet of the makeup industry from cosmetic giants like Bobbi Brown, MAC, & Makeup Forever to the film studios, TV shows and the Fashion scene. JCI grads are widely regarded as the leaders in both professionalism and skill!

Confirmed graduate placements: 2015 – 87% 2014 – 93% 2013 – 96% 2012 – 87%

Rachel Jones

1st Place winner for Vancouver Fashion Week Makeup Competition.

Canadian Runner up for Lancome Colour Design Awards.

Moved to London, England working as full time artist for fashion, beauty, personalities, advertising.

Her work had been seen in multiple full length feature films, as well as advertising campaigns for companies such as Aspinal, Swarovski Paris, Manish Arora and Maybelline.

Rachel’s real passion is Fashion and her work has graced the cover of OVER 150 Magazines varying from Tatler to Vanity Fair.

Clients include: British Glamour, Disney, Marc Jacob, MTV European Music Awards.

Check out her mind blowing breadth of work at

Rachel Griffin

Twice nominated for an Emmy for the X-Files.

Film Credits include Poltergeist II, Lake Placid, Deep Rising, GI Joe, Millennium, Ratz, Flight 180, Strange World.

Samantha Ravadahl Instagram super star and creator and founder of Batalash Beauty.

Makeup guru and social media phenomenon.

Generated over 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

International acclaim as aspiring artists around the globe seek out her advice and follow her trendsetting makeups.

Follow Samantha @ssssamanthaa on Instagram.

Liz McLeod Makeup and Hair JCI grad.

Top Student Award winner for Makeup and Over-all Achievement Award winner.

1st Place Winner for IMATS – Toronto for BEAUTY category “Battle of the Brushes”.

Top Finalist for Global Shu Uemura Makeup Competition.

Senior stylist at Mink Makeup and Hair (company owned by JCI grad Jenny Ruth) and has an amazing portfolio for fashion, film and special effects makeup.

Tracy Lai 2014 Leo Award winner for “Best Makeup in a Motion Picture” on Evil Feed

Extraordinarily talented SFX artist and beloved Head of SPFX Makeup Department.

Watch her spotlight video!

Bree-Anna Lehto Back to Back Victories as JCI sweeps the IMATS competition, 1st and 2nd place 2 years running!!

Raising star takes 1st place for 2013 and 2014 IMATS Vancouver!

Bree-Anna Won 1st place in the BEAUTY category “Battle of the Brushes” – IMATS Vancouver 2013 (JCI grad Robin Russle takes 2nd place also for Beauty)

In impressive back to back wins, Bree-Anna takes 1st place again at the 2014 IMATS Vancouver but this time for the “Battle of the Brushes” SFX category. Again, a JCI grad takes 2nd place in the SFX category with a win by Jaclyn Hachey.

Jennine Cook Outstanding graduate and Top Student Award Winner see’s phenomenal success and brings it all back to JCI!

Starting her education off in Film at the New York Film Academy and studying costume and art design, Jennine took the long way around to recognizing her true love: makeup!

She spent years after graduation working in beauty, fashion, TV and Film with such clients as McDonald’s, Mattel Toys, Oxi Clean and Kohl’s and spent a decade as the Key Artist on W Network’s “The Shopping Bags” and Slice Network’s “Making it Big”. She was also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Makeup in a Short Drama.

Jennine’s unstoppable quest to do it all led her to open her extremely successful Makeup and Costume Business in White Rock: “Transformations.”

Knowing the real deal when we see it, Jennine was hired at JCI over the years as an Instructor, Program Director and JCI Industry Liaison where she assists our awesome makeup gradates with transitioning into the Makeup world and finding employment.

Jennine’s overwhelming success was reflected recently as the recipient of the “Aboriginal Business of The Year” award for 2014 from the BC Achievement Council.





Classes are 20 hrs per week.

Program is considered full-time for student loan purposes, but allows students to continue to work while they receive their training.

A variety of schedules are available: 3 days per week from 9:00 – 4:30 pm Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday or Thursday / Friday / Saturday

Or Evening/Weekend: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 5:00 – 9:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please contact the school for specific start date information.

Max Students: 16 per class

Total Course length: 45 weeks (including breaks/holidays)






  • Introduction to the industry
  • Biology of the skin and facial shapes
  • Makeup application principles


  • Cosmetic sales techniques
  • Hair styling for visual media


photography, high fashion & period makeup

  • Makeup for photography
  • Fashion and runway makeup
  • Period makeup and celebrity look-a-like
  • Computer lab 1
  • Photoshop

Makeup Unlimited 3

Makeup principles for film, TV and theatre including airbrushing

  • Introduction to the film industry
  • Script breakdown – character analysis
  • Lighting, film, cameras
  • Film, tv and video – basic makeup
  • Stage and fantasy makeup
  • Airbrushing techniques
  • Fantasy makeup
  • Computer lab 2
  • Digital marketing

Makeup unlimited 4

Special makeup effects

  • Aging with latex and paint
  • Injury smulation and gelatin effects
  • Hair work – beards, moustaches & sideburns
  • Baldcaps

Makeup unlimited 5

Prosthetics/lab techniques and advanced airbrushing

  • Special effects lab
  • Separators and sealers
  • Sculpting
  • Moulds/prosthetic piece
  • Lifecasting
  • Gelatin prosthetic
  • Pros-aide transfers
  • Foam latex application
  • Silicone prosthetic application
  • Aging prosthetic application

Computer lab 3

  • Website development

Seminar 3

  • Employment clinic

FAB Program

This program was designed for the artist who “loves the glamour but hates the gore.” This FAB-focused program provides training for all the fashion + beauty elements of makeup and prepares graduates to take the beauty biz by storm.

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