Our Students

Students work together around a table.

Becoming a Wilson School of Design student means you’re joining a vibrant community of up-and-coming designers. We keep class sizes small to foster an atmosphere where students and faculty work together to create more than they ever thought possible. Student life here is about late-night work marathons with the most talented people you know. It’s about talking out that stubborn problem until you reach the ‘aha’ moment. It’s about the field trips, site visits and exchanges that light up your Instagram feed, and the under-eye bags and callused fingers that you’ll never show.

Our Instagram feed gives you a peek into what goes on behind the scenes, but to really get it you’ll need to apply.

Accepted already? Or just curious about resources and services that make up student life here? We’ve got you covered. Below are just a few of the resources available to you.

Being a student at the Wilson School of Design means you get the studio-based, small-group setting of our exclusive, purpose-built School, with the diversity and strength of a big university.

Student Resources

Academic Advising

Effective July 17, 2023
To All Wilson School of Design Students:
Your Design Advisor is here to support you throughout your education. Have questions? Please book an online appointment through Advisor Connect. If you have difficulty using the Advisor Connect platform, please email your advisor, Amanda Naseri at designadvising@kpu.ca

Are you a Wilson School of Design student and need assistance with any of the following? 

  • Course Planning & Selection
  • Program Choices
  • Course Pre-requisites
  • Program & Graduation Requirements
  • Academic Regulations & Policies
  • Educational Planning for Career Goals

Design Advisor: Amanda Naseri
Email: DesignAdvising@kpu.ca

Academic & Career Preparation

The Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) knows that upgrading your education creates opportunities. Whether you are learning English as an additional language or your first language is English, we offer upgrading courses that will help you meet your educational and career goals. We also offer programs for people with diverse learnings, the Employment and Community Studies program and the Learning Communities course. ACP courses can be taken full- or part-time to give you flexibility with your schedule. And with courses offered at KPU Richmond, KPU Surrey, KPU Langley and online you've got lots of options for learning at a location that's convenient for you. Read more here.

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KSA (Kwantlen Student Association)

The Kwantlen Student Association is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Society Act, independent of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The KSA actively seeks out ways to enhance campus life; to ensure that student’s academic rights are upheld; to lobby KPU, the provincial government, and other external organizations to ensure the best possible conditions for students; to deliver student services to enhance their experience and success at KPU; and to be responsible stewards of resources. Read more here.

KSA Instagram
KSA Facebook
KSA Twitter
KSA Blog

KSA Active

This is a program funded by the Kwantlen Student Association that works in collaboration with KPU Sport and Recreation to bring health and recreational programming to KPU.

Campus Services

  • Bookstore
  • Cafeteria Hours
  • IT Resources for Students
  • Lost & Found
  • Security
  • Shuttle Bus Schedule
  • U-Pass BC / Compass Card
  • Read more here.


Student Life

Learn more about ways you can get involved on campus. Read more here.


Career Services

The Career Development Centre provides the following services:

  • resume, cover letter and interview workshops
  • individual work search assistance to students upon request
  • maintains and updates the Career Connection job posting system
  • annually plans and executes Career Days and other job fairs
  • assists employers by facilitating on campus recruitment
  • provides employers with room rentals to conduct interviews or provide information sessions for students
  • connects with employers and students through social networking systems such as Facebook and Twitter
  • provides information on international internships and job opportunities
  • provides information on external career training scholarships
  • conducts mock interviews with students to help them prepare for the competitive nature of the job market
  • Read more here.
  • Career Services Department Overview
  • Career Services Facebook
  • Career Services Twitter

KPU International

You're about to begin your educational journey at one of Western Canada's largest teaching- and learning-centred universities. At KPU, we offer you a university experience that's relevant, challenging and hands-on. Each year we get thousands of students job-ready and prepared for success. Find out more about why you should study at KPU, how to apply, and the incredible programs that make KPU the place where thought meets action.

KPU Orientation Team 

Orientation at KPU introduces programs and resources to help students and their supporters prepare for university life.

Programs & Courses

  • Continuing & Professional Studies
  • Dates, Deadlines, and University Calendar
  • Faculties
  • Programs
  • Timetables
  • Read more here.

Sports & Recreation

  • Updated fitness centres and studios on all KPU campuses
  • Free fitness centre and studio membership for all current KPU students, employees, and alumni
  • Reduced-cost fitness programs for all current KPU students, employees, and alumni
  • Increased hours of operation of sport and recreation facilities
  • New tournaments, sport leagues, and intramurals
  • Flexible personal training rates
  • KPU Sports & Rec Facebook
  • KPU Sports & Rec Twitter
  • KPU Sports & Rec Instagram

Student Enrolment Services

  • Applying for Graduation
  • Applying for Transfer Credit
  • Checking Your Grades
  • Getting a Transcript
  • Paying Your Fees
  • Read more here.

Student Health 

The Student Health Promotion department was created in support of the Healthy University Initiative. The department recognizes that wellness is holistic and interconnected, and an iterative approach is required to address key priority areas for the university. As such, Student Health Promotion takes a proactive approach to not only address individual behaviours of KPU students, but also to identify and remove systemic and environmental barriers that impede student health & wellbeing. Activities and programs are aligned with Vision 2023 and focus on the six dimensions of wellness; physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial.

Student Life 

  • Clubs & Student Groups
  • Leadership Activites
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Student Health 101
  • Volunteering
  • Working on Campus
  • Read more here.

Student Support

  • Career Guidance
  • Counselling Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Student Awards and Financial Assistance
  • Research & Projects
  • Accessibility Services
  • Tutoring
  • Read more here.

Student Survival Guide

Find out more here.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to get involved and become a part of the KPU community, through a variety of volunteer initiatives. Read more here.

Work-Study Programs

The Work Study Program at KPU offers part-time job opportunities on KPU campuses for full-time undergraduate students. The program provides financial assistance and career related employment experiences to students with demonstrated financial need. Jobs can offer challenging work and future experience for students who will work directly with faculty members, administrative and academic units. Read more here.