Welcome to the Fashion Design and Technology 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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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!
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