The Wilson School of Design's Fashion Design & Technology degree offers a wide range of options upon graduation. Alumna are employed by large companies and often specialize as a member of a design, production or marketing team or work for smaller design houses where they engage in all aspects of the business. Some graduates take an entrepreneurial or freelance route, while others have found rewarding careers in wardrobe for theatre, television and film productions.
Additionally, some graduates interested in teaching may be eligible for entry to UBC's Bachelor of Education and often secure teaching positions as clothing and textiles instructors in the high school sector.
No matter where they go, our alumna are leaders and change-makers making a positive impact in the world and we couldn't be more proud.
Meet a few of our distinguished alumna:
BACHELOR OF FASHION DESIGN ALUMNA
It is a date Maria Hilario will always remember.
On April 5, 2017, she unveiled MUVMINT, her graduate collection for the Fashion Design and Technology program at KPU's Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design. The debut was staged on the runaway in front of industry professionals, friends, family and classmates. "It definitely was an unreal experience, those 30 seconds on the runway," says Maria. "You're the only one who knows how much you put into it, and it's really rewarding to see your work."
Inspired by Maria's experience as a hip-hop dancer, MUVMINT, is a technical streetwear brand. All garments are made with fabrics that have moisture-wicking, breathable, and anti-sweat properties to provide comfort for dancers. "As a female hip-hop dancer, there's really nothing in the market that moves and breathes easily that also has the look we want," she explains.
Through the Fashion Design and Technology program, Maria learned all aspects of the design and production processes and, ultimately, how to take her vision to market. KPU's proximity to a dynamic hub of apparel giants in Greater Vancouver offered her exciting opportunities to gain experience in the industry. Maria landed an internship at lululemon athletica, where she learned the ropes of the active wear industry, and was hired as a design assistant after graduating.
"It's the most amazing program," says Maria. "All the skills I learned got me comfortable working in the industry." The Show 2017 was the culmination of four years of hard work for Maria and 27 of her classmates. Front and centre in the audience of 1,400 was Maria's biggest influence for getting into fashion—her mom.
Maria had an early education in the industry, watching her mother run a business making custom dresses from their home and later working for Canadian apparel brands Aritzia and Kit and Ace. "I saw what she was doing and knew I wanted to do that," says Maria. "Design was the number one thing I wanted to do."
Maria is about to launch her third collection, expanding into menswear and offering made-to-order garments. She hopes to expand to new markets and is excited about the demand she's seeing for MUVMINT, even from people who aren't dancers, but enjoy streetwear and like how it looks. "I want hip hop to be main inspiration, but I also want people to feel like they don't need to be a dancer to wear it." Maria credits the Fashion Design and Technology program with giving her a strong understanding of all aspects of the industry so that she could turn her passion for design into a successful career.
"It's incredible how you can go from not knowing how to do anything, to coming out in your fourth year a lot more analytical," says Maria. "Now I'm confident in the industry and ready for the rest of my life."
Class of 2017
Download the Class of 2017 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
Class of 2016
Download the Class of 2016 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
Class of 2015
Download the Class of 2015 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
Lindie Van Vuuren
Download the Class of 2014 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
Jin Ah Seo
Kate Van Beelen
Download the Class of 2013 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
|Emily Jo Heaps
Nam Hee Kim
Meagan Therese Squire
Angela Van Slyke
Download the Class of 2012 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about this year's graduates.
Download the Class of 2011 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.
|Mary Anastasia Kennedy
Katrina Op de Beek
|Download the Class of 2010 Media Release (PDF) to learn more about the graduates.|