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Skin and Body Therapy


The skin and body therapy (formerly esthetics) program provides knowledge and practical experience to launch a career in this rapidly evolving industry. Our curriculum is constantly changing with the needs of the industry to ensure graduates have a competitive edge to succeed in the spa business or a related field.
Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January, May, September 9 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Students get authentic industry experience training in a fully equipped spa where treatments are offered to the public.

Related theoretical content is delivered through lectures, demonstrations and various teaching aids in the classroom and is continuously integrated into the practical work.

Strategies include:
Guest speakers such as product experts and spa owners
Field trips such as trade shows, supply houses and skills competitions
Case studies such as industry trends and skin analysis

Participation is integral to the development of practical skills in this program. As such, students assume the role of client, therapist and spa coordinator.

Work practicum offers students spa industry work experience, opportunities to practice knowledge and skills learned at the college and potential for employment.

Students who complete both the full-time hair design program and full-time skin and body therapy program are eligible to receive a cosmetology diploma.


Classes are generally held Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (subject to change).

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Applicants without Grade 10 documentation require a minimum score of 30/88 on a VCC-ABE reading assessment or completion of Lower Advanced or equivalent for those with English as a second language, or a Canadian Language Benchmark of Listening 7, Speaking 6, Reading 6, and Writing 4 or equivalent

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to understand instruction in English
  • Genuine interest in administering personal services
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Pleasant and outgoing personality
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Manual dexterity and creative ability
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good depth perception and ability to perceive line and form
  • Ability to stand for a long periods of time
  • Ability to plan and work independently
  • Self motivation and a sense of responsibility
  • Basic writing and numerical skills

Candidates considering this program are likely to be most successful as graduates if they are in good health and are aware that the following health concerns may effect this career: asthma, respiratory problems, skin conditions, eczema, back problems.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $10,581
Student Union Fee $60
College Initiative Fee $93
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $359
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$423 - Campus Resource Fee
$1,600 - Approximate Supply Kit, Uniform & Textbooks (current kit must be purchased on the first day of class through the VCC Bookstore
This is a differential fee program and tuition fees are substantially higher than other programs. At the time of acceptance, a $500 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Make a career of helping people feel their best.

Students in VCC's skin and body therapy certificate program train in a brand new, state-of-the-art VCC Salon & Spa at the Downtown campus. Our highly-trained instructors have worked extensively with spa professionals and the government to develop this nine-month, career-focused program.

Date Day Time Room Location
January 24, 2018 Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 201 Downtown
March 21, 2018 Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 201 Downtown
May 23, 2018 Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 201 Downtown
July 18, 2018 Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 201 Downtown


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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(ESTH 1100) Intro to Skin and Body Therapies
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1105) Safe Practices
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1110) Anatomy & Physiology
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1115) Hand and Nail Treatment
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3.0 credits
(ESTH 1120) Foot and Nail Treatment
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1125) Hair Removal
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1130) Skin Treatment 1
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3.0 credits  course outline


Term 2

(ESTH 1200) Makeup
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1205) Skin Treatment 2
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3.0 credits
(ESTH 1210) Salon Management and Retailing
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1215) Body Treatment
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1220) Specialized Treatment
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ESTH 1225) Practicum
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2.0 credits  course outline


VCC salon and spa offers spa manicure as one of many services.
VCC salon and spa offers spa manicure as one of many services.
Grand opening of VCC's hair salon and spa.
VCC's salon and spa store. Skin products galore.
VCC's salon and spa store. Hair products galore.
VCC salon and spa offers spa manicure as one of many services.
VCC salon and spa offers spa pedicure as one of many services.
VCC salon and spa offers spa pedicure as one of many services.
VCC salon and spa offers facials as one of many services.