Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of educational background do I need to apply for the Technical Apparel Design program?

One of the best parts of our program is how we are able to bring together people from diverse backgrounds. Our program attracts artists, designers, engineers, scientists, kinesiologists, and many others.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Meet KPU's English entrance requirements,
  • Successful completion of a recognized undergraduate degree, or a Design-related Diploma or Associate Degree along with a minimum of 5 years of related work experience

Please view the Admissions information here.

What are the entrance requirements for the Technical Apparel Design program?

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

When do I apply to the program?

We accept applications from October 1st to March 1st, extended if seats are available. However, we encourage you to apply early to ensure that you have time to create a well-crafted entrance package.

What is a selective entry program?

Selective entry means we accept only 22 students per year and place other qualified students on a waitlist. This allows us to build a small, supportive community of students who have great potential to succeed.

What is an entrance package?

Along with your official transcripts, you will be required to submit an entrance package if you meet admission requirements. Based on the strength of your entrance package, we will decide whether or not to invite you for an interview.

Your entrance package must contain:

  1. A current resume/curriculum vitae
  2. Two letters of recommendation. These can be from employers, teachers, mentors or anyone who can speak to your suitability for our program.
  3. A self-assessment summarizing the following:
  • Who are you? What is your story?
  • What are your intellectual and creative interests?
  • Why is this particular program for you?
  • How would your prior experience contribute to the program and your classmates?
  • What is your existing knowledge of technical apparel?
  • What do you hope to gain from being in this program? Include your short and long-term goals.

  The self-assessment can also be submitted using one of the following formats:

  • A video submission (3-5 minutes via YouTube)
  • A PowerPoint/PDF or Prezi submission
  • A written narrative (800-1000 words) 

For more information, click here.

What kind of student does the Technical Apparel Design program attract?

The technical apparel design industry needs creative innovators who are willing to take risks, technologists who can strategize, leaders who can manage the shifts in today's economy and critical thinkers who can elevate the industry. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

What kinds of careers are available to me with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design?

BC is a global hub of technical apparel design, so our graduates are often recruited by the area's three dozen technical apparel companies. Much more work in product design, production or manufacturing here or abroad. Our graduates have the opportunity to pursue more post-graduate studies related to their research interests. 

Other graduates go on to launch their products developed in the program.

For more information, visit our Career Options page.

How much will my tuition cost?

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design program consists of 30 university credits. Click for information on current student Tuition & Fees. In addition, we have scholarships available for qualified students.

How much should I budget to spend on classroom materials?

Students will spend approximately $1,000 on books, supplies, local field trips, fabric and printing over three semesters.

Are Technical Apparel Design students eligible for student loans?

Students are not eligible for student loans through BC Student Assistance.

Can I keep my job while attending the program?

Yes. We have a flexible delivery model to allow currently employed applicants to attend. It's recommended that students work part-time to allow time for their studies.

How long will the program take?

The program consists of 36 credits organized across four semesters and can be completed in 2 years with two summer breaks. It begins each year in September.

When are classes scheduled?

We have a flexible delivery model to meet the needs of our applicants who are currently employed. The tentative schedule is over two evenings and all-day Fridays. In your first three semesters, you will engage in project-based coursework and meet technical apparel industry professionals through guest lectures and industry site visits. In your final semester, you will work on a capstone project and launch it at an exhibition that industry insiders attend.

Where is the program offered?

The Technical Apparel Design program is offered in our beautiful new building at our Richmond campus, located 20 minutes from beautiful downtown Vancouver.

I work in the Technical Apparel industry. Can I get credit for my work experience?

KPU recognizes that students may attain significant learning at a post-secondary level through work, training, and informal experiences outside the formal post-secondary system. Therefore, through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), KPU will grant credit toward a certificate, diploma, or degree for this learning if it fulfills the program's requirements in which the student is enrolled.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

We love talking to prospective students! Please get in touch with us.