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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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Have questions about XYZ? Your design advisor is here for you. Please book an online appointment through Advisor Connect, and we will follow up with you. If you have difficulty using the Advisor Connect platform, please email your advisor, Geraldine Wee at designadvising@kpu.ca.

 

Product Design

Where others see a problem, you see an ingenious solution. Now more than ever, our world needs bold ideas and clever innovation. Think you’re up for the challenge?

Through our Product Design degree (DEPD) you can transform your ideas into marketable products. Our studio-based curriculum, will immerse you in product design process cycle, build your technical skills, and push your creativity and ingenuity further than you thought possible.

This program provides emerging designers, like you, with a dynamic inter-disciplinary education. Whether engaging in robust academic studies, intensive design studio sessions or collaborating with industry partners, graduates of this program complete their studies poised for success as design professionals.

 

Why Study Product Design @ KPU?

While product design covers a wide range of industries, KPU's program provides particular emphasis on the design and manufacture of recreational gear and technical goods, sportswear and accessories, protective, safety and rescue equipment to name a few. Students will also explore product design in medical, industrial and technological contexts as well as everyday consumer goods. These types of products are consistent and growing in demand by all sectors of society, including underrepresented groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities and persons with medical needs.

The Product Design program has been carefully developed by our Program Advisory Committee, made up of industry experts. This guidance allows us to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace and continually adapt our curriculum to reflect current industry needs and standards, ensuring you're getting the most up-to-date education possible and positioned for success. We're proud of our strong industry ties and since you'll often work alongside industry professionals, you’ll graduate with the connections needed to launch your product design career.

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Who Studies Product Design?

Are you a lifelong tinkerer. Maybe your fresh out of high school? Enjoy drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, or crafting? Whatever your background, it's likely you're a risk-taker, problem-solver and tireless collaborator who's willing to push boundaries.

Students of the product design program often have an active interest in recreation, sports, dance, special occupations or an ambition to improve the design of items related to these pursuits. Or want to improve the quality of life for groups under-represented by product design.

No matter your reasons for applying, to be successful, you should have solid English language communication, word processing, and math skills. You should also have an awareness of product design with ideas about how to improve current products and processes in Canada and globally.

Want to know what DEPD students are working on? Check out some of our students' projects. Also visit our alumni page to see even more projects.

Alisa Yao

Alisa Yao is a product design alumna. And at heart, she’s an inventor. Learn more about Alisa's story or check out some of the incredible work our students have done.

 

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Design, Product Design is a selective entry, full-time undergraduate degree program, preparing you for work as a product designer and entrepreneur. You'll develop a holistic skill set through interdisciplinary education, blending design, business and marketing.

Our program is all about the studio. This is where you'll experiment, discover, problem solve and innovate. It’s where creativity meets critical thinking, where theory meets reality, and where product designers learn by doing.

Our hands-on curriculum focuses on three major themes. Creativity and Innovation. Leadership. And Technology. You’ll begin with design basics and gradually tackle more complex projects. In your third and fourth year, you’ll customize your program by choosing electives in marketing, business, or other fields.

The Product Design program concludes with a graduation project that you’ll debut at a Graduation Design event, which is often attended by industry, media and the business community.

Applicants with experience in the product design field may gain credits through Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Students may obtain transfer credit for course work taken in other programs at KPU, or at other institutions. All applications for transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis. For information about transfer credit applications, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Visit our Program Model page for more information. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ.

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.

    In the first year students will buy drawing, workshop and sewing tools that will be used over the course of the program. You should also be prepared to spend approximately $300-500 per year for printing, photocopying, and project materials.

    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 Product 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 our Tuition & Fees page.

  • Laptop

    The Product Design program is delivered in an e-mobile environment that uses laptop computers and specific software. You are advised NOT to purchase a personal laptop computer until specifications and requirements have been provided to you as a successful applicant.

Portfolio/Entrance Requirements

Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your Portfolio 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.

Please visit our Application Information pages for more information about applying to KPU.

 

Career Information

Graduates of our program are qualified to work in a wide range of exciting career paths, including:

  • Product designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Product developer
  • Product buyer
  • Product production supervisor
  • Environmental designer
  • Packaging designer

You can also make your mark as an entrepreneur, retailer, manufacturer, or independent consultant.

Upon graduation, you'll have an extensive portfolio of innovative work, including a major research and development project showcasing your skills, knowledge and talent.

British Columbia is the fourth-largest design market in North America and is home to hundreds of design companies. Many of our graduates also pursue national and international opportunities.

Learn more about your career options in the field of product design through the accomplishments of our alumni.