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FASHION DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY Portfolio Requirements for Applicants

Applications for Fall 2018 are now open! Deadline for application is March 1st, 2018

Successful applicants will receive an invitation to the required Portfolio Review Session to take place in late-March and late-April. Alternative portfolio review arrangements are possible for students who live outside the Greater Vancouver Region and who cannot attend in person. It is, however, in the best interest of applicants to make every effort to attend in person.

Upcoming Dates

Designer Spotlight (Wilson School of Design)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4pm-7pm


Fashion & Technology: Portfolio Workshops

If you're looking for a little extra feedback on your portfolio pieces before you attend our portfolio review, attend one or more of our Portfolio Workshops to get you prepared!

Sewing Components

January 27th, 2018 10am-2pm

KPU Richmond Campus, NEW Wilson School of Design Building

Room 3920

Maximum 22 spaces available

Instructors: Jessica Bayntun, Heather Clark

Join us to learn some sewing techniques to prepare your entrance portfolio.  You will learn how to operate an industrial sewing machine, try out some samples and receive tips on how to complete the shirt component of the portfolio requirements.  Other student work examples will be shown and there will be an opportunity to receive feedback on any other work you have in progress.  All supplies included and bring along a lunch/snack.

Design Components

Saturday, February 3, 2018 I 10am-2pm

KPU Richmond Campus, NEW Wilson School of Design Building

Room 3970

Maximum 22 spaces available

Instructor: Michael Pope
Join us to learn some design and drawing techniques to prepare your entrance portfolio.  You will learn how to set up your sketchbook to capture your ideas and process.  Further discussion will provide more details on the art requirement component.  Other student work examples will be shown and there will be an opportunity to receive feedback on any other work you have in progress.  All supplies included and bring along a lunch/snack.

Final Steps/Feedback

Saturday, February 10, 2018 I 10am-2pm

KPU Richmond Campus, NEW Wilson School of Design Building

Room 3970

Maximum 30 spaces available

Instructors: Lindsay Norris, Heather Clark, Sam Stringer

Join us for this final workshop in our Portfolio Preparation Series.  We will cover off all the remaining details of the portfolio requirements such as:  the Letter of Intent, Resume, Letter of References and provide tips on how to package all of the components together.  We will discuss the interview/submission process and you will also have the opportunity to bring in all work in progress (sewing, design, art components) for further feedback.


Portfolio Reviews:
      • Thursday, February 15, 2017, 1pm to 5pm
      • Friday, February 16, 2017, 9am to 4pm
      • Saturday, February 17, 2017, 9am to 3pm


      • Thursday, March 22, 2017, 9am to 4pm
      • Friday, March 23, 2017, 9am to 4pm
      • Saturday, March 24, 2017, 9am to 3pm


      • Thursday, April 26, 2017, 9am to 4pm
      • Friday, April 27, 2017, 9am to 4pm
      • Saturday, April 28, 2017, 9am to 3pm

Sign up details will be provided in the Portfolio Review Invitation sent from the Admissions Office upon receipt of application and required documentation.



The Fashion and Technology Program is a selective-entry program.  Each applicant who meets the Admissions requirements will be invited to a Portfolio Review Session that will take place at the end of March and April to assess Portfolio Requirements as further detailed below:

Letter of Interest:  In a maximum of 750 words, provide rationale for your pursuit of a fashion education.  This will include background interest in fashion and other creative pursuits.  Please also expand on goals and aspirations of your future career in the apparel industry.

Resume:  In addition to paid employment, also indicate volunteer and extra-curricular activities.  Also expand on a list of skills such as specific computer applications, handcrafts, fine arts and any prior experience in the apparel industry.    Preference will be given to applicants with prior fashion retail experience.

Letters of Reference:  Include a total of two – one academic and one personal or professional.  This can include support from teachers, coaches, employers, mentors etc.

Design/Art Components

Art/Design Examples:  Submit any two pieces of your art or design work. Include a brief description of each piece and a rationale of why you included these two pieces to show your skills and interests.  Examples could be painting, sculpture, jewellery, textile art, photography, knitting, etc.

Sketchbooks:  Submit one or two current sketchbooks of any size.  Date all work and show written thoughts about your work. Sketchbooks to show evidence of how frequently you draw, how much you experiment with ideas and materials and how you develop your ideas. Sketchbooks will give a sense of how you work and may include drawings, garment ideas, writing, photos, fabric swatches and other items of inspiration. We are more concerned with evidence of attempting to draw out ideas than skillfully drawn images.

Sewing Requirements:  Submit 2 garments as specified below.  Both garments should be clean, pressed and on suitable hangers. Please do not alter these patterns; keep them in their original format for accurate assessment of garment construction.


Garment 1 (Shirt): 

Choose one of the following four patterns to sew in a fabric of your choice:


Garment 2:

Select a garment of your choice.  This can be a pair of pants, a skirt, jacket, dress, or other and may contain sewing techniques such as zippers, buttonholes, pockets, linings, working with a difficult fabric and more.


The Portfolio Review Process: 

Please wait until your assigned review day/time to bring in all the Portfolio Requirements. This includes printed copies of your Letter of Interest, Resume and Letters of Reference.  We will keep these copies in your file and will not be returned.

You will bring in your Design/Art Components and Garments (pressed and on hangers) for review from our faculty team.  These items will be returned to you the same day as your review.  

Your review will take approximately 45 minutes.  Please be sure to arrive 15 min prior to your assigned time.  The session will include an approximate 20 minute interview with our faculty team.  You will show and explain your work and discuss your interest in the program.  You will then have time for a tour of our facilities and to speak with current program students while our faculty team continues to assess your work.  To conclude, our team may have some final comments/questions and this is your opportunity to ask any additional questions.

After the end of each review session period in March and April, our team will send the list of approved portfolios to the KPU Admissions Office.  Formal Letters of Offer will be sent to successful applicants who have met the English requirement and submitted all required transcripts and documents.  Please ensure that you follow all instructions from the Admissions Office to meet your requirements on a timely basis.

Portfolio Review Assessment: 

Once you have completeted your portfolio review, you will be assessed on all materials (design, sewing, and paperwork) in order to determine your placement in the program. View the Portfolio Review Assessment package below.

Portfolio Review