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In addition to our certificate, diploma and degree programs, the Wilson School of Design provides relevant, quality educational programming for a variety of learners. Our courses are taught by our qualified faculty and industry professionals. We offer a range of courses, workshops, seminars and programs of study to help you achieve your goals.

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Upcoming Courses

Design Date Time Place Cost
Design Thinking Intensive  -  FSDP 9035 (CRN: 60325) Apr 30, May 2 & 4, 2019 (Tue/Thur/Sat) 6:30pm-10pm (Tue/Thur), 8:30am-4pm (Sat) KPU Richmond $210.00
Open Lab  -  FSDP 9920 (Summer, Monthly and Daily options) May 1-Aug 22, 2019 (Tue-Thu) 9:00am-5:00pm KPU Richmond $500/$200/$50 (+GST)
Introduction to Specialty Machinery  -  FSDP 9022 (CRN: 70365) May 11, 2019 (Sat) 8:30am-3:20pm KPU Richmond $157.50
Introduction to Laser Cutting & 3D Printing  -  FSDP 9021 (CRN: 70359) May 13, 2019 (Mon) 8:30am-3:20pm KPU Richmond $78.75
Introduction to Specialty Machinery  -  FSDP 9022 (CRN: 70366) May 15, 2019 (Wed) 8:30am-3:20pm KPU Richmond $157.50
Introduction to Laser Cutting & 3D Printing  -  FSDP 9021 (CRN: 70362) Jun 1, 2019 8:30am-3:20pm KPU Richmond $78.75
Design & Fashion Intensive Academy  -  FSDP 9025 (CRN: 70232) Jul 2-5, 2019 (Tue-Fri) 9:00am-5:00pm KPU Richmond $405.01
Fabrications: Sewing & Working with Different Fabrics  -  FSDP 9026  (CRN: 70233) Jul 8-12, 2019 (Mon-Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Sewing and Fitting Pants  -  FSDP 9027  (CRN: 70234) Jul 15-19, 2019 (Mon-Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Surface Design  -  FSDP 9028  (CRN: 70235) Jul 29 Aug 2, 2019 (Mon-Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Introductory Sewing  -  FSDP 9029  (CRN: 70236) Aug 6-10, 2019 (Tue-Sat) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Introduction to Pattern Drafting & Design  -  FSDP 9030  (CRN: 70237) Aug 12-16, 2019 (Mon-Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Apparel Design in Vancouver  -  FSDP 9031  (CRN: 70238) Aug 19-23, 2019 (Mon-Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm KPU Richmond $577.50
Introduction: Sewing, Pattern Marking & Design  -  FSDP 9032  (CRN: 70239) Aug 26-27, 2019 (Mon-Tue) 9:00am-4:00pm KPU Richmond $175.00

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FSDP 9035 Inquiry - Based Learning in the Classroom: Design Thinking Intensive (CRN 60325)

In this Design Thinking Intensive, you’ll be introduced to theory, readings and discussions on design thinking, hands-on in-class exercises, strategies for information gathering, and practical project examples that can be adapted across grades. We’ll look at multiple approaches to bringing the 4Cs into your classroom: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration – and talk about the real sources of challenge and conflict that teaching in this style can engender. By the end of the intensive session, you’ll have the skills and confidence to develop a theme-based approach to inquiry-based learning in your classroom. Jump into the deep end with us! While this course has been designed with Grades 6 to 9 in mind, and covers these ADST curricular competencies: Understanding Context, Defining, Ideating, Prototyping, Testing, Making, Sharing, and Applied Skills, the material is appropriate and open to all BC Teachers and Curriculum Support Specialists, and to anyone with an interest in inquiry-based learning.

 

Dates + Times: 
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30pm to 10pm
Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm to 10pm
Saturday, May 4, 8:30am to 4pm

Cost: $200.00 + GST

Instructor: Carley Hodgkinson

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 2960

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FSDP 9920 – Open Lab 
Registered students will have access to designated labs at the school of design in a shared space environment. Apparel production and specialty machinery included in the shared spaces are as listed below.

All materials must be supplied by the student, no materials will be provided except thread (fabric, paper, notions, feet + bobbins, tools will not be provided, must be brought in by student). Machine technician will be on site, however, instruction will not be provided as this is independently driven work. All policies and procedures of the School of Design and its labs must be strictly adhered to, including shutdown and safety procedures, which will be reviewed prior to course start.

Students must present proof or registration to gain entry to this course as rooms will be restricted to only those who have registered.

Apparel Production Machinery Available

Machine Type

Details

Amount Available (SHARED)

Industrial straight stitch

 

22

Industrial overlock

 

10

Flatlock

 

3

Coverstitch

 

3

Chainstitch

 

1

Binding Machines

Knit only

3

Walking Foot

Long arm, binding, regular

Varied

Bartack

 

1

Buttonhole

Regular and Keyhole

1 each

Industrial irons

 

4

Drafting Tables

Large (2 seater)

12

Specialty Machinery Available*
*prior certification or training required from the Wilson School of Design

Machine Type

Details

Amount Available (SHARED)

Laser Cutter/Engraver

Trotec Speedy 360 + 400

2

3D Printer

Ditto Pro Tinkerine

4

Seam Sealer

Ardmel

1

Heat Press

Geo Knight & Co, INC

1

Edge Binding Thermowelder

Framis

1

Ultrasonic Welder

Sonobond

 


Open Lab is available at 3 different rates to accommodate your production needs:
 

Full Summer Rate - $500

9am-5pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

May 1 – August 22 (50 work days total)
 

Monthly Rate - $200

9am-5pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

May (14 work days)

June (12 work days)

July (14 work days)

August (10 work days)
 

Day Rate - $50

9am-5pm

May 7, 8, or 9

June 4, 5 or 6

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus
Rooms 0961, 3960, 3980
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9022 - Introduction to Specialty Machinery
Seam Sealers, Ultrasonic Welders, Heat Presses, oh my! Explore all of the innovative Specialty Machinery at the Wilson School of Design in this condensed 1 day introductory course. Our experienced faculty will be providing demos on a variety of the more advanced technology in our production labs, such as:

• Seam Sealer
• Thermowelder (Edge Binding) 
• Ultrasonic Welder
• Heat/Cool Press

*Please note that these machines are used in Apparel production

You will be given the opportunity to test all of the machinery and create samples to bring home. Students are encouraged to bring in their own ideas and materials to test, all other materials will be provided.
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills an asset

Dates Available:

Saturday May 11
Wednesday May 15

Time: 8:30am-3:20pm
Cost: $150.00 + GST 
Instructor: Lindsay Norris

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Rooms 3980
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9021 - Introduction to Laser Cutting & 3D Printing 
Learn the basics of Laser Cutting and 3D Printing in this condensed 1 day course for all interested students, industry, and community members. Our experienced faculty will show you how to set up your files, how to prep the machines, and provide demos on a variety of materials. You will be given time to test your own materials and create your own files (you can even bring in a file ready to go to test) for a hands on approach to learning this technical and innovative machinery. A basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator is an asset, programs used will be Adobe Illustrator and Rhino (3D Printing)

Dates Available:

Monday May 13
Saturday June 1

Time: 8:30am-3:20pm
Cost: $75.00 + GST
Instructor: Victor Martinez

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Rooms 1910, 3980, 0961
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9025 - Design & Fashion Intensive Academy                                                  

This course is for you if you are between the ages of 12 – 18 and have an interest in fashion.  Topics covered will include design theory and designing for fashion, sewing with an industrial sewing machine, exploring the local Vancouver apparel industry, and working with patterns.

Dates: July 2-5 (4 days)
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: $385.00 + GST
Instructor: Jessica Bayntun/Sharon Greeno

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9026 - Fabrications                                           

Working with a range of fabrications and textiles participants will cover a number of different skills such as how to properly work with, sew, finish, and care for a variety of different textiles.  Fabrications covered will include, but not be limited to: leather, lace, shear fabrics, technical fabrics, and implementing circuitry into textiles.  Throughout the course a number of small projects and samples will be created using a variety of textiles.

*Note, additional course cost to cover materials used in course - $50 per person

Dates: July 8-12 (5 days)
Time: 8:30-5:30
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Jessica Bayntun

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9027 - Sewing and Fitting Pants    

Starting with a pattern, participants will work through sewing a pair of pants.  Topics covered will include pattern manipulations, pattern and prototype fitting, and sewing finishing details.  General topics such as fitting, and how to fix fit issues will be explored.  Drafting a pant pattern with custom measurements will be discussed and time depending, samples for fitting will be created.

*Note, you should have basic sewing skills to get the most out of this course

*Additional course fee ($100 per person) will cover all required supplies including fabric and notions to make a finished pair of jeans

Dates: July 15-19 (5 days)
Time: 8:30-5:30
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Jessica Bayntun

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9028 - Surface Design                                                                   

Throughout the course participants will explore different methods of fabric dying and fabric printing, learning why, when, and how to use each method. Working with either chemical or natural dyes, participants will dye and then block print and/or silk screen 2-3 meters of fabric yardage.  Fabric at the end of the week will be ready for creating a garment with. 

*Note, sewing will not be covered in this course

*Note, additional course cost to cover materials - $30 per person

Dates: July 29-Aug 2 (5 days)
Time: 8:30-5:30
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Eleanor Hannan

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 0960
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9029 - Introductory Sewing                                                               

An introduction to sewing, this course will cover beginning sewing skills such as threading the sewing machine, fabric, and pattern layout.  Participants, using industrial sewing machines, will work through sewing samples and techniques including seams, seam finishing, and zipper applications.  Projects will be discussed on the first day of the course and could include project such as pencil cases, tote, duffel, or simple backpack.

A possible course field trip to a fabric store will be included.

*Note, pattern drafting will not be covered in this course

Dates: Aug 6-10 (5 days)
Time: 8:30-5:30 (Tuesday - Friday), 8:30-4 (Saturday)
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Heather Clark

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9030 - Introduction to Pattern Drafting & Design                                                     

Explore the prototyping process through pattern design and sample making. 

This course will discuss the differences between a block and a pattern, cover concepts such as dart manipulation, and work through measuring the body for pattern development.  Participants will draft a basic block with custom measurements, discuss fit through fitting a mockup of the block, and work through pattern manipulation to create a personal design.

*Note, to get the most out of this course you should have basic sewing skills and have worked with sewing patterns previously. 

Final work for the course may not be a completely finished garment.

Dates: Aug 12-16 (5 days)
Time: 8:30-5:30
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Heather Clark

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9031 - Apparel Design in Vancouver                                                                        

This course will cover design from a number of different perspectives. Apparel design will be explored through field trips to local galleries and exhibitions, studios, and retails stores.  Guest speaker(s) will talk to their expertise and background.  Basic design principles will be covered; the concept of design thinking will also be explored and what it means for current education and conceptualization.  Through a self-directed project (photo journal, journal/sketchbook, portfolio piece, etc.) participants will be able to further explore the local industry.

Dates: Aug 19-23 (5 days)
Time:8:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $550.00 + GST
Instructor: Michael Pope

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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FSDP 9031 - Introduction: Sewing, Pattern Marking & Design                                                        

This course is for you if you are newly admitted to a Wilson School of Design, or considering applying to one of the design programs.  Topics covered will include an introduction and refresher for working with industrial sewing machines and sergers, basic pattern making knowledge and theory about pattern manipulation, and design conceptualization.  A predetermined project will be worked on throughout the workshop that will incorporate skills covered.

*Note, skills and knowledge covered would be appropriate for students interested or entering the fashion & technology program, the product design program, or the technical apparel program.

Dates: Aug 26-27 (2 days)
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $165.00 + GST
Instructor: Heather Clark

Wilson School of Design, Richmond Campus, Room 3920
5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC

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