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Frequently Asked Questions

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What kinds of careers are available to me with a Bachelor of Product Design degree?

Our graduates work in a wide range of roles and industries in BC and abroad. For more information, click here.

What are the entrance requirements for the Product Design program?

Every year, we select the top 22 applicants to attend our program. In addition to KPU’s general admission requirements, you must also submit go through an interview and portfolio review. To learn more about this process, visit our Application Info page.

How do I apply to the program?

We accept applications from November 1st to March 1st. We encourage you to apply early, since registration dates are determined by the date of application.

What is a selective entry program?

Selective entry means that we accept the top 22 students each year. This allows us to build a small, supportive community of students who have great potential to succeed.

What should I put in my portfolio?

Please visit our Portfolio Requirements section for more information. You can also attend one of our information sessions.

How can I get help with my portfolio?

We run a series of free Portfolio Builder Workshops with our KPU faculty. It’s a great way to get to know our program and begin building your portfolio. For more information, click here.

How much will my tuition cost?

The Bachelor of Design, Product Design degree is a four-year, 120-credit program. Click for more information on Tuition & Fees.

What about a laptop? Should I buy one?

The Product Design 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 lease laptop computers with the requisite course software will be provided by KPU.

How much should I budget to spend on classroom materials?

In the first year students will buy drawing, workshop and sewing tools that will be used over the next four years. Annually, students should budget $300-500 for printing, photocopying, and project materials. 

Are Product Design students eligible for student loans?

Students may be eligible for student loans. To obtain a BC Student Assistance Application, contact the Student Awards and Financial Assistance Office.

Where is the program offered?

The Product Design program is offered in our new building on the Richmond campus, which is near the 'Lansdowne' Canada Line station.

I work in the Product Design industry. Can I get credit for my work experience?

Information on Prior Learning Assessment can be found here.

Can I get Transfer Credit from other institutions? 

Information on transfer credits can be found here.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?

The program is set up to be full time: five courses (15 cr) in the fall, five courses (15 cr) in the spring, and summers off.  Students with Transfer Credits, PLA, or summer elective courses will have less than 15 credits per semester.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

We love talking to prospective students! Please contact us.