Julian Bontorin_Fashion Design-1_rszBased out of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Richmond campus, the Wilson School of Design is home to the university’s diverse mix of design programs. The new 65,000 square foot design building includes innovative studios and labs, and expanded spaces for students to study and create. The design programs, all of which blend theory, creativity, and technical skills, allow students to build their portfolio and prepare for a career in a range of design disciplines including fashion design, technical apparel, product design, interior design, fashion marketing, graphic design, and more.

For students unsure what aspect of design they wish to pursue, the university offers a certificate in the Foundations of Design, which can be completed in just eight months. The program builds foundational design skills and helps students to develop a strong portfolio, while discovering a multitude of careers.

Individuals interested in fashion and trend forecasting can prepare for a dynamic career in fashion marketing. With courses in visual communications, fashion buying, and two work experience opportunities throughout the diploma program, students make invaluable connections that help build their professional network.

Megan Bourassa_Fashion Marketing-51_rszFor those looking to continue their education and pursue design, KPU offers a post-baccalaureate program in technical apparel. Pushing the limits of what design can do, the program combines creativity, ingenuity, and the latest technology to create apparel for sports, recreation, survival, and more while connecting students with a growing market of BC-based technical apparel companies.

Several Wilson School of Design programs including product design, technical apparel, foundations in design, graphic design for marketing, and fashion marketing are all still accepting applicants for the upcoming fall semester. To learn more, visit kpu.ca/design or contact the Future Students’ Office at study@kpu.ca

For more than 30 years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has provided students with the skills they need for the careers they want. KPU offers a range of degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs with opportunities for hands-on experience and experiential learning. Why stop at theory, when you can also harness the power of experience? Launch your career and make a positive impact on your community with experiential learning at KPU: where thought meets action.