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The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design

  • Product Design
    Learn to transform your ideas into real life products
    Currently accepting applications for Fall 2015
  • Design Application Extended
    All FALL 2015 enrolment applications deadlines for all Design programs - March 31, 2015
  • Foundations in Design
    FIND the designer in you!
    Build fundamental skills and a dynamic portfolio.
  • spools of thread
    Welcome to the Chip & Shannon Wilson School of Design

Welcome to Kwantlen's School of Design. We're exceptionally proud of our unique, highly respected programs. As a graduate, you'll be ready to meet your personal and professional goals in the fields of fashion design, fashion marketing, graphic design, interior design, or to further your design education.

Kwantlen is a teaching-focused university where we bring together students, teachers, guest lecturers and alumni to create a student-centred learning environment. Unlike larger universities, we keep our classes purposefully small so that you have the opportunity to work directly with faculty. Our small classes of 18 to 25 students encourage teamwork and support while you're in the program, and help create a professional network once you've graduated.


Undergraduate Programs

Foundations in Design [FIND]

Explore design possibilities, develop fundamental skills and investigate what's important to you as a designer with the FIND program. You will build a dynamite portfolio in a creative environment that celebrates diversity of thought, values, and learning styles. Gain a broad knowledge of various design disciplines and form an understanding of common theories, methodologies, and processes. During the program, you'll investigate a variety of design techniques, mediums and materials in two and three-dimensional contexts. [... learn more]

Fashion Marketing [FMRK]

A flair for fashion and good business sense are necessary ingredients for success in the field of Fashion Marketing. This diploma program combines fashion and business knowledge with relevant skills that lead to a dynamic career in the industry. Fashion Marketing Diploma graduates may ladder directly to Kwantlen's third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Programs (BBA). [... learn more]

Fashion Design & Technology [FASN]

Make an impact in the world of fashion and nurture your creative talents with the Fashion Design & Technology (FASN) program. You will develop design concepts using practice-led research along with creative and technical skills to work within the apparel industry. Projects include creating collections for mass and niche markets with a local and global perspective. Get ready to be part of "The Show" as your final semester culminates in a fashion show where your creations are featured to an audience of over 3,000 members of the community and industry. [... learn more]

Graphic Design for Marketing [GDMA]

Graphic Design for Marketing (GDMA) is a four-year degree program that provides students with a balanced and unique education in graphic design, marketing, business, technology and liberal education. Our dynamic and relevant curriculum is sought after by industry with graduates prepared to engage in the expanding boundaries of graphic design. [... learn more]

Interior Design [IDSN]

Looking for a career that combines your love of design with your love of interiors and architecture? Take a look at Kwantlen's Interior Design (IDSN) program. After completion of your degree, you will have the skills necessary to work in a variety of design areas such as commercial, residential and healthcare. Graduates of IDSN are often employed prior to graduation and many go on to open successful design firms. [... learn more]

Product Design [DEPD]

Amongst the first of its kind in Canada, Product Design (DEPD) focuses on a growing demand in the industry. You will develop a broad range of innovative, technical and interdisciplinary leadership skills that are necessary to become specialists in the field of product design. This new degree will set you up with marketing and business skills, prototype and product development, and materials research to improve the effectiveness and performance of recreational products. [... learn more]


Post-Graduate Programs

Post Baccalaureate in Technical Apparel Design [DETA]

Technical apparel is defined as products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties for specific end-uses such as sports, protective clothing, medical and automotive. Students in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design will pursue advanced studies in technical textiles, human factors in design contexts and business strategies to create innovative approaches to apparel design. [... learn more]

NEWS

Apr 22 / 2015
Fashion historian Ivan Sayers

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Ivan Sayers is not your stereotypical fashionista.

Apr 16 / 2015
Upcycled fashions

Surrey, B.C. Earth-friendly fashions by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students will be given a forum of their own in honour of Earth Week.

Mar 24 / 2015
PechaKucha Night Richmond

Richmond, B.C. – This Thursday, come ‘feed your soul’ 20 seconds at a time.

Mar 4 / 2015
Newton BIA logo contest

Surrey, B.C.  This spring, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students will have the chance to “rebrand” Newton.