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The Graphic Design for Marketing Program is a limited intake program with 20 first year seats available each Fall intake.  Applicants will participate in a selection process that includes a portfolio review. This year the Graphic Design for Marketing program is pleased to offer two submission deadline options. Deadline dates for both options can be found below.

If your portfolio review is successful, faculty will invite you to attend an interview and participate in a short design challenge. During the interview with faculty you will discuss a couple of examples from your portfolio, as well as, your educational and career goals.

Submission Dates:

Option 1

If you are interested in potentially receiving an early interview and seat recommendation to the Graphic Design for Marketing program, please submit your digital portfolio package by the early portfolio submission deadline.

  • Early Portfolio Submission Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Interviews (if applicant selected): Saturday, February 10, 2018

Option 2

  • Late Portfolio Submission Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Interviews (if applicant selected): Monday, April 23, 2018 - Friday, April 27, 2018

Drop Off Details:

Please submit your digital portfolio package via email to:

Alia Ahmed
Program Assistant
Graphic Design for Marketing Program
Telephone: 604-599-2827


What should you include in your portfolio package?

1. A portfolio of 10 - 15 examples of design, fine art, craft and other types of work Depending on your background, things to include in your portfolio might be drawings/illustrations, posters, examples of typography, computer graphics, paintings, printmaking, photography, drafting, three-dimensional pieces, journals/sketchbooks, etc. Academic work (if appropriate) may also be included such as a research paper, marketing or business plan, case study, etc. Please provide all samples of work in a digital format (photographed or scanned in high quality, if necessary).

2. Post-Secondary Transcripts Please include digital copies of secondary and/or post-secondary transcripts in your portfolio. Your transcripts will assist the faculty to assess your portfolio. Please provide transcripts in a PDF or image file format.

3. Two-page Statement Please tell us about your educational and career goals, including your investigation into design programs, and why you wish to pursue a four-year Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design for Marketing at KPU. Please provide this in a PDF format.

4. Resume (if appropriate) In your resume, please outline any type of work experience or volunteer work you have done. (Distinguish between paid work versus volunteer work, and in each case provide dates and responsibilities/duties, and names of organizations). Please provide this in a PDF format.

Portfolio Guidelines

Acceptable Formats

  1. Digital (e.g. Website URL, PDF or Powerpoint slide presentation)
  2. Audio-Visual (e.g. video, animation)

Content of Work

You may include such items as drawings, illustrations, posters, typography, computer graphics, animation, video, paintings, printmaking, photography, drafting, crafts, and three-dimensional pieces. Selected pages from a journal, sketchbook or collections of ideas is a great way to demonstrate your thinking processes.

A poster or a drawing would be considered one piece; a project that is made up of more than one part, (e.g. stationery or a booklet) would also represent one piece. A wide range of varied items is better than several of the same kind of work. Also, if you can, include one project that shows how you began (e.g. research, notes, early sketches), through to development stages (revisions and tests), and then the final result.

Please provide a short caption for each piece; title, description, date, size, medium, and whether it is school work or was done on your own time.

Originals or Reproductions?

You may submit originals photographically or digitally reproduced in high resolution.

Digital Work

Your portfolio must be organized as one multimedia presentation (e.g. PDF, Powerpoint, Website) that can open easily and seamlessly. Ensure your digital submission can be accurately displayed on either a Mac or PC platform. Please do not submit individual files of images (e.g. separate .jpeg or .tiff files). Please organize them into one larger file. If you have any questions about setting up your files, please contact Alia Ahmed (GDMA Program Assistant) well ahead of the portfolio deadline.

Audio-Visual Work

The time allocated for reviewing each portfolio is limited, so please keep examples of audio-visual work to approximately three minutes each.

How do you submit your portfolio package?

Your package should include four pieces: a portfolio of 10-15 pieces; copies of your transcripts; a two-page statement; and resume. Please organize your submission into four folders: Portfolio, Transcripts, Statement, Resume. Zip up the four folders into one larger compressed file and submit to us by your chosen deadline.

(Option 1) Early Portfolio Submission Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018
(Option 2) Late Portfolio Submission Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018

Please email your package to If your zipped file is larger than 5MB, please provide a link and share the document(s) via a service such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. If you have technical questions such as formatting and file sizes, please contact Alia Ahmed via email or by telephone at 604-599-2827. It is your responsibility to follow up with Alia to ensure your digital portfolio has been received and can be properly viewed. Please Note: If we are unable to open your digital files, we cannot review your portfolio.

In your email, please include the following information:

  • First and last Name
  • KPU student number
  • Phone number
  • File attachment or website link to your digital portfolio package

Late Portfolios

Please Note: Late portfolios will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with Alia Ahmed.

What's next?

We will contact you via email with a letter to let you know whether or not you are being invited to attend an interview with Graphic Design for Marketing faculty.

If you have not been invited to attend an interview, you are welcome to apply again to the Graphic Design for Marketing program between November 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019 for the Fall 2019 intake.

If you receive an email with a letter inviting you to attend an interview, you will be requested to contact Alia Ahmed to arrange a date and time for an interview.

If You Are Invited to An Interview

Please see Alia Ahmed in Room 3050, or contact her as soon as possible via telephone to arrange an interview date and time. Interview dates and times will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Out-of-town applicants will need to request a Skype interview date and time through Alia Ahmed.

Early Interviews: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Final Interviews: Monday, April 23, 2018 - Friday, April 27, 2018

When booking your interview date and time, please be advised that you need to allow 2 hours for this stage in the selection process (once you arrive for the interview, you will have forms to complete, and will be given a small design challenge to work on, but the actual interview will only take about 30 to 40 minutes). Please Note: An interview is not a guarantee of a seat in the program.