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Fall 2023

Applications open on October 1, 2022.

Have questions about Foundations in Design? Contact the Future Students' Office at 604-599-3030 or study@kpu.ca.

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Foundations in Design

Why take a risk on a four-year degree in a discipline that may not be right for you? The Foundations in Design (FIND) program is about exposing you to a broad range of design disciplines, so you might discover where your passions lie. And, while you are doing that...you'll build a strong portfolio as well.

This certificate program gives you the opportunity to focus on your studies in a creative environment while taking your first steps towards building your design career. Come FIND your true potential with us at the Wilson School of Design.

Interested in design but already enrolled in another program?

Depending on availability, you could take any of these FIND courses:

  • FIND 1120 - Design Connections: Then and Now
  • FIND 1130 - Design Explorations
  • FIND 1140 - Colour Theories
  • FIND 1150 - Designing for Humanity
  • FIND 1220 - Design History: 19th Century Onward


Why Study Foundations in Design @ KPU?

Because you have the creativity and talent to become a designer but with all the career possibilities out there you're unsure which discipline is right for you.

You’ll graduate with a portfolio that will open doors to the top design schools across Canada, including KPU, named the best overall in Canada by the Best Fashion Schools in the World report by Business of Fashion magazine.

We have a wonderful mix of industry partners, collaborators and supporters, giving our students a unique opportunity to make powerful connections with design leaders. Whether through guest speakers or our in-the-field visits to local studios or events, you'll build strong relationships with the design community.

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Who Studies Foundations in Design?

Are you curious about how things work? Do you build and dismantle things to understand them? Wonder how rooms and public spaces best serve the people who use them? Like photography or drawing? Look at magazines to see how fonts, colours and shapes are used? Maybe you play with fabrics to create new looks?

If you can relate to any or all the above, the FIND program is for you. Students in the FIND program have the opportunity of exploring various areas of design.

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Program Overview

The Certificate in Foundations in Design (FIND) is focused on you. Your potential. Your future career. Your voice as a designer.

As a selective intake program, we offer seats in the program to the top 20 applicants based on an entrance package. This small class size gives you the personalized attention you deserve. Working closely with faculty and your fellow classmates, you'll learn and grow in a supportive community while achieving amazing results.

Lead by seasoned design professionals, this program gives you the opportunity to focus your studies in a creative environment on fundamental design skills such as drawing, 2D and 3D design, software such as Adobe Creative Suite, plus develop methods in the creative process. You'll grow your skills through a variety of hands-on projects while exploring the diverse career options open to design professionals.

You'll cap off this eight-month, two-semester program with a dynamic portfolio of work that will open the door to future studies in any number of design disciplines.

Program Overview Admission Requirements

  • Tuition and Fees

    For information on tuition, please visit our Tuition Estimator. There are also mandatory student fees and other fees that you are subject to. You should also be prepared to spend between $500-800 on books, supplies, project materials, photocopying and printing during the program.

    You may be eligible for scholarships, student loans or other financial aid. Visit Student Awards and Financial Assistance for more information.

  • Laptop Requirements

    In addition to the standard tuition and fees, students entering the Foundations in Design program should also factor in the cost of a laptop and recommended software to complete projects and course deliverables. To find out minimum specifications and required software, please visit Tuition & Fees.


Entrance Requirements

Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your Entrance Package and other required documents through an online submission platform.

Your portfolio is your chance to show us your creative skills and interests. Our Portfolio/Entrance Requirements section will help you submit the strongest portfolio possible.

To help you create the most effective portfolio possible, we offer workshops, feedback sessions and open houses. Visit our Events Calendar for more information on upcoming events.

Please visit Application Information for more details about applying to KPU.


Career Information

Designers are found in many industries creating everything from furniture to fashion, apps and sports equipment, branding, websites, publishing and the built environment. Completing the Certificate in Foundations in Design can start you on a career path in one of these exciting disciplines:

  • Fashion Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Interior Design
  • Package Design
  • Product Design
  • Set/Theatre Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Wayfinding Design
  • Green Design
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Transportation Design
  • Entertainment Design
  • Design Management
  • Multimedia/Digital Design
  • Museum Design
  • Design Education
  • Event Design
  • Publication/Book Design
  • Lighting Design

With the completion of the FIND certificate, graduates often seek further education to find a design-related career. Some go on to study at the top design schools in Canada in a wide range of design fields. Many others use their exceptional portfolios to continue their studies at the Wilson School of Design in one of our six other programs.