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Portfolio Requirements

The Wilson School of Design uses an online submission portal, Slideroom, to collect, evaluate, and store portfolios. Once you have completed your online application to KPU, you may upload your portfolio onto Slideroom.

Please ensure you have completed your online application and reviewed the requirements for your portfolio submission before uploading to Slideroom. Please be aware there is a supplemental fee and data privacy consent required when creating a Slideroom profile.

Fashion design student showing her portfolio.

The Fashion Design & Technology Program is a limited intake program with first year seats available each Fall intake.  Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your Portfolio through an online submission platform.  Eligible applicants who have met the application and documentation submission requirements will be contacted for an online portfolio review session. Portfolio Requirements are further detailed below: Please contact if you have an questions about these items. 

Statement of Interest: Use the provided form to share your interest in pursuit of fashion education.  This will include background interest in fashion and other creative pursuits.  Please also expand on goals and aspirations of your future career in the apparel industry.

Statement of Interest Form

CV / Resume: In addition to paid employment, also indicate volunteer and extra-curricular activities.  Expand on a list of skills such as specific computer applications, handcrafts, fine arts and any prior experience in the apparel industry. Preference will be given to applicants with prior fashion experience, paid or volunteer.

References: Include a total of two, aim for one academic and one personal or professional. A reference might be a teacher, coach, employer, supervisor, mentors or other who can speak to your strengths, skills and suitability to the program.   Please follow the instructions on Slideroom for how to submit your reference letters. Remember to give your references enough time to complete this.

Design/Art Components

Art/Design Examples: Include any two recent pieces of your art or design work. Remember to include a brief overview of each piece, touching on your inspiration and thought process behind it, and a rationale of why you included these two pieces to show your skills and interests.  Examples could be painting, sculpture, jewellery, textile art, photography, knitting, or other. 

Sketchbooks:  Include one or two current sketchbooks of any size. Date all work and show written thoughts about your work. Sketchbooks should show evidence of how frequently you draw, how much you experiment with ideas and materials and how you develop your ideas. Sketchbooks will give a sense of how you work and may include drawings, garment ideas, writing, photos, fabric swatches, colour chips and other items of inspiration.

We are more concerned with evidence of attempting to draw out ideas, experiment and reflect on concepts than skillfully drawn images.

Sewing Requirements:  Document 2 garments as specified below.  Both garments should be clean, pressed and on suitable hangers. Please do not alter the shirt pattern; keep it in its original format for accurate assessment of garment construction.

Images of your sewn garments for your digital portfolio upload should include the following photos: front, back, inside front, inside back, and 3 or 4 close up photos focusing on details.

Garment 1 (Shirt): 

Choose one of the following patterns to sew.  Choose a fabric that best shows off your sewing and construction skills, this may be fabric such as a cotton shirting or cotton poplin fabric.

Garment 2 (Applicant Choice):

Select a garment of your choice.  This can be a pair of pants, a skirt, jacket, dress, or other and may contain sewing techniques such as zippers, buttonholes, pockets, linings, working with a difficult fabric and more.  We are looking to gain a sense of your sewing skills and knowledge so choose something that will show off your interest, skills and abilities. If you know how to pattern draft this would be a great place to feature a self-drafted garment.

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry means that you have prior education or learning from another fashion program and are seeking to enter the program at a point beyond first year.  If you are seeking advanced entry to the Fashion and Technology program please send an email to with questions that you might have, and reference the following document for your portfolio requirements. Advanced Entry Portfolios will be submitted by email.

Advanced Entry Requirement Form

The Portfolio Review Process

Images of your sewn garments for your digital portfolio upload should include the following photos: front, back, inside front, inside back, and 3 or 4 close up photos focusing on details. Sketchbook pages should be scanned as well as any other hard copy work you wish to showcase. Make sure you are putting together a cohesive package. Once you have submitted your portfolio items, you will be contacted regarding an interview. 

Online Interviews

During the online interview, we will reference the images and documents uploaded to the online review platform.  We ask that you have your portfolio components nearby should your reviewer have any questions during this virtual interview.

Further directions regarding online interviews will be shared with applicants via email.

Portfolio Review Assessment

Your complete portfolio is assessed on all materials (design, sewing, and paperwork) in order to determine a recommendation for placement in the program. KPU Admissions will be in touch once your portfolio have been reviewed and decisions are made.