Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will it take me to complete this program?

Students complete the degree in four years or eight semesters. You may choose to exit the program after two years to earn a Diploma in Fashion and Technology.

What is the difference between a degree and a diploma in Fashion and Technology?

The diploma may be completed in two years, while the degree is completed in four years. Students who complete the degree in Fashion and Technology will design a collection and launch it in our year-end graduation presentation event.

How much will it cost me to complete this degree?

For information on fees and tuition, try our Tuition Estimator, or the KPU University Calendar's Tuition & Fees page.

Students should be prepared to spend approximately $600-$1000 per year on books and materials

How much will I spend on other costs related to this degree?

Students should be prepared to spend between $600 and $1000 per year on books and other materials.

What about a laptop? Should I buy one?

The Fashion Design & Technology program is delivered in an e-mobile environment that uses laptop computers and specific software. Students are advised NOT to purchase a personal laptop computer until specifications and requirements have been provided to successful applicants. Options to purchase or lease laptop computers with the requisite course software will be provided by KPU.

What kind of careers will I be eligible for upon graduation?

Our graduates go on to found fashion lines, work at renowned design houses and more. For more information, visit our Career Options section.

Are Fashion Design & Technology Students eligible for any exchanges?

Yes. KPU boasts student exchange agreements with fashion schools in London, Helsinki, Taipei, Melbourne, Monterrey, Horsens, and Berlin. Further exchange opportunities are in the works to help our students broaden their global horizons.

I already work in the apparel industry but I want to upgrade my skills. Can I take specific courses or complete the program on a part-time basis?

Yes! Depending on seat availability, we allow working professionals to take single courses or enroll on a part-time basis. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator.

I work in the apparel industry. Can I get credit for work I’ve already done?

Yes. Applicants with experience in the fashion industry can gain credits through Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

I’ve completed a two-year fashion program. Can I get credit for the work I’ve already done?

Yes. Graduates from a two-year fashion program are assessed on an individual basis for potential advanced entry. Please contact our Program Coordinator for more information.

What should be in my portfolio?

Please visit our Application Information and Portfolio Requirements pages for more information.

What kind of student makes an ideal Fashion Design & Technology student?

Our students come from diverse backgrounds: from young designers fresh out of high school to industry professionals looking to advance their career. Our students are risk takers and innovators. They’re not afraid to try, fail, try again, fail again and keep trying. If you’ve got the creativity and persistence it takes to make it in the global fashion market, we can give you the skills and experience to turn your dreams into reality.

What kind of companies can I expect to work with during my time at KPU?

We are grateful for the many industry partners who host student practicums, develop industry projects, and hire our graduates. Thank you for your time, commitment to learning, and ongoing dedication to new fashion design talent. Some of the many industry partners we work with include:

  • Allison Wonderland
  • Arc’teryx Equipment Inc.
  • Aritzia
  • Bootlegger
  • Chloё Angus Design
  • Christine Vancouver
  • Diane’s Lingerie
  • Gordon’s Fabrics
  • Gravity Pope
  • Hailey Gerrits Designs
  • Helly Hansen
  • Hills of Kerrisdale
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Indochino
  • International Fashions
  • Ivan Sayers ivivva
  • John Fluevog Boots & Shoes Ltd.
  • Karma Athletics Ltd.
  • Kendor Fabrics
  • Kensie
  • Kit and Ace
  • Lifetime Collective
  • Lija
  • Little White House
  • LK Collections
  • lululemon athletica
  • lululemon lab
  • Manuel Mendoza
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Mustang Survival Corp.
  • Nicole Bridger
  • Nicole Picco
  • Nocturnal Workshop
  • Oak and Fort Corp.
  • Oddball Workshop
  • Osei Duro
  • Peekaboo Beans
  • Play on Trading/Orb
  • Plenty
  • Plum Clothing
  • Portobello West
  • Market Pure
  • Magnolia
  • Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear Ltd.
  • Strike MVMNT
  • Sugoi Performance Apparel
  • Teeny Weeny Bikini Co.
  • Truvelle