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Product design sketches.

The Product Design Program is a limited intake program with 22 first year seats available each Fall intake. Each applicant will be invited to a Portfolio Review Session as per below:

This year the interviews will be scheduled on the fourth Friday of each month from January to March 2018. April and May dates TBD.

About the Portfolio Review & Interview

In the Product Design program, applicants receive an invitation to the next stage of the selection process, which is an Interview & Portfolio Review session at our Richmond campus. Alternative 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. The interviews are about 30 minutes in length. Please note, this is the point at which you present your portfolio - you do not have to submit one with your application!


Portfolio Questions

What happens at the interview?

At the interview you will have the opportunity to:
- present your portfolio, describing the projects and your process with faculty;
- outline your reasons for applying to KPU’s Product Design program;
- discuss your educational and career objectives, and
- demonstrate your knowledge of this aspect of design.

Out-of-town Applicants

If you live out-of-town, province or country, you will be required to participate in a prearranged telephone or Skype interview. Out-of-town applicants will be scheduled during the 9-4 interview hours, with additional times reserved for overseas applicants between 8 and 9am PST each day. Applicants participating in a long-distance interview will be asked to submit a digital portfolio in PDF format the day before their interview.

Quantity and Content of Work

Between 8-10 examples of varied work is sufficient for your application, and all that can be presented during a 30 minute interview
- You can include such items as drawings, illustrations, posters, typography, computer graphics, animation, video, paintings, printmaking, photography, drafting, crafts, sewn garments, and three-dimensional pieces.
- Some of our students come from engineering, science, trades or technical programs and include projects showcasing programming, building or design skills.
- A journal, sketchbook, collections of ideas, or process documentation for a project will help to demonstrate your thinking processes.
- As you select work for presentation, keep in mind that we are interested in seeing what you consider to be your best work, demonstrating your skills and abilities. A wide range of varied items is better than several of the same kind of work. As a designer you will be expected to work on a wide repertoire of tasks, so you need to show versatility.
- 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. Design typically involves taking projects through several stages before completion.
- Make sure that your work is logically organized. We want to understand your projects: explanations of what you were trying to achieve, dates, sizes, medium, whether school work or done in your own time.

Acceptable Formats for your Portfolio

Portfolios can take many acceptable forms. They can be: original pieces, printed reproductions, or digital files.
- Digital (e.g. on CD, DVD, USB Drive, or Website URL);
- Hardcopy (e.g. zipper cases with work inserted into plastic sleeves or mounted on matte board, or work presented in customized containers);
- Audio-Visual (e.g. photographs, video, animation);
- Original pieces (e.g. physical 3D pieces or prototypes).

Digital Files

Digital work should be organized as one multimedia presentation. Files can be submitted a USB Drive, available online, or be brought in on your own device. Most importantly, they should open easily and seamlessly. Faculty cannot be responsible for digital files that do not open properly. If you have any questions about setting up your files, please check with our program assistant ( well ahead of the portfolio deadline.

Audio-Visual Work

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

Hands On Design - Portfolio builder workshops offered by Product Design

Want more projects for your portfolio?

Attend our Portfolio Builder Workshops

The workshops are free, and open to all applicants or prospective applicants to the Wilson School of Design programs.