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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 a portfolio review session. Portfolio Requirements are further detailed below:

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 direct your reference to the following link to complete their references for you. Remember to give your references enough time to complete this.

Applicant Reference Form

Completed reference forms are emailed directly to the fashion and technology program.

Design/Art Components

Art/Design Examples: Submit 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:  Submit 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:  Submit 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 seeing advanced entry to the Fashion and Technology program please send an email to fashiondesign@kpu.ca with questions that you might have, and reference the following document for your portfolio requirements.

Advanced Entry Requirement Form

The Portfolio Review Process

Once you have uploaded your portfolio items to our online review platform, you will be contacted regarding an interview.

Online Interviews

For interviews taking place online, 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.

In person Interviews

Please wait until your assigned review day/time to bring in all physical components of the Portfolio Requirements. This includes printed copies of your Statement of Interest and Resume.  We will keep these paper hardcopies in your file, and they will not be returned.

To your in-person interview you will bring in your Design/Art Components and Garments (pressed and on hangers) for review by our faculty team.  These items will be returned to you the same day as your review. 

Your review will take approximately 45 minutes.  Please be sure to arrive 15 min prior to your assigned time.  The session will include an approximate 20 minute interview with our faculty team.  You will show and explain your work and discuss your interest in the program.  You will then have time for a tour of our facilities and to speak with current program students while our faculty team continues to assess your work.  To conclude, our team may have some final comments and questions and this is your opportunity to ask any additional questions.

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.

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