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Welcome to the Fashion Design and Technology Program

The Fashion Design & Technology program has an international reputation for building tomorrow’s fashion leaders. Our unique Bachelor’s degree offers an industry-focused curriculum that gives our students the design skills, business acumen, and marketing savvy they need to compete in the global fashion marketplace. Our students can’t wait to make their mark on the world. Here’s a snapshot of what we’re all about:

 

Our Program

Here, you can get a little messy. Push the boundaries of your own creativity and build the technical and analytical skills to explore what you can create with your own hands and how you can use fashion design to shape experience and emotion.

“It’s your opportunity to explore new things, not only in regards to learning, but also about yourself and what you’re really capable of.” - Blair, program assistant

Our industry connections create exciting and valuable practicum opportunities at lululemon, Aritzia, Arc’teryx, MEC, and more. Experience real-world fashion design in a way that truly prepares you for an entry-level job in the industry. Get ready for an education that’s anything but dull. Our program pushes you out of your design comfort zone and creates memories that last, like our fashion design field trips and optional international exchange.

Fashion mood bulletin board

Student works at a sewing machine

Student stirs pot in Surface Design class

 

By the end of the program, you’ll develop your fashion line and portfolio, and create a collection that will be showcased to global tastemakers and industry leaders. Hear from our 2019 graduates and what they’ve learnt after four exciting years of fashion design:

Our Classes

Our classes will help develop your skills in all areas of fashion design: from the initial idea to design development to the project’s marketability. One of our favourite classes? Third-year Surface Design. Get your hands dirty! This class explores the fabric traditions of various cultures and pushes the boundaries of what you can do with textiles, including painting, printing, dyeing, and more. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and brainstorm creative, unique solutions to surface design problems. See some of the process:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our Students

Our students and grads have some pretty cool opportunities. Fashion design grad Sam Stringer designed the new regalia for Chancellor Kim Baird and KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis. The regalia reflects the incoming chancellor’s Tsawwassen First Nation heritage as well as Coast Salish Design. Sam’s focus was on creating a comfortable, more modern garment that still honoured Baird’s heritage. She used hand-dyeing and laser cutting to use negative space in the design.

Sam Stringer creating regalia

Sam Stringer creating regalia

Chancellor Kim Baird in regalia

 

Graduate Chelsea Cox won the White Cashmere Collection fashion show, competition, and fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Out of 150 participants, Chelsea placed first in a contest where fashion designers were challenged to create high fashion out of Cashmere bathroom tissue.

Chelsea Cox winning White Cashmere competition

 

Thanks for checking out what we do at the Wilson School of Design. Keep an eye out for more posts to learn about our other programs!


Interested in the Fashion Design and Technology Program?

Learn more about how you can disrupt what is possible on our Fashion Design and Technology page or register for an upcoming information session. Fall 2021 applications are due by March 1st, 2021.

Fashion Design and Technology Fashion Show