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Post Baccalaureate in Technical Apparel Design

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Applications for the Post Baccalaureate Diploma Technical Apparel Design (DETA) are now open for Fall 2017.

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This page explains the process from your initial Application, through preparing your Letter of Interest package, to the final Interview.
Contact the program coordinator regarding any questions at 604-599-2826 or

Students who are interested in taking individual courses within DETA or who intend to complete the DETA diploma requirements across more than three consecutive semesters, please contact




Internationally renowned for their quality and innovation, BC’s technical apparel industries are poised for growth and are looking for talented, trained designers who can generate new ideas and further technological advances in their field. 

Technical apparel is defined as products designed and manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties for specific end-uses such as sports, recreation, protection, survival, health and well-being, and military. Kwantlen has the unique opportunity of being in the centre of a dynamic hub of more than three dozen technical apparel businesses in greater Vancouver that are serving markets created by a population focused on health, recreation, and outdoor activities.

Students in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design program will pursue advanced studies in new methodologies in technical textiles, human factors in design contexts, production, and global business strategies. 

Developed through extensive collaboration with Kwantlen alumni, Vancouver-based companies such as Arc’teryx, Global Collective, lululemon, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Mustang Survival, and Sugoi, along with researchers and academics across Canada and internationally, it connects research, education, and business to support, inspire, and create innovative approaches to apparel design.