Paris & Geneva Design Field School 2018


Program Details

Visit Paris, France to explore this dynamic urban environment and immerse yourself in multi-sensory design experiences. Then travel to Geneva, Switzerland, a world center for diplomacy and the home of many humanitarian organizations.
The affective quality of these global centers will be considered from a design perspective and will focus on the social, political, and ethical impacts of design practice.

Class sessions will be held on campus before and after the travel portion of the course. Pre-departure classes will focus on providing a solid foundation to understand the context within which we will be travelling (via research assignments, readings, etc.).


A full itinerary of visits to Paris museums, galleries and key sites of interest related to design, including:

  • Maison La Roche–Jeanneret
  • Villa Savoye
  • Pompidou Center
  • The Louvre

Along with visits to:

  • Versailles
  • Eiffel Tower
  • And many others.

The Geneva pass will provide access to a comprehensive tour of Geneva’s top cultural attractions.


Paris, France & Geneva, Switzerland


Pre departure classes begin: January 2018

Pre-departure meetings (Academic): January 2018

Pre-departure meeting (KPU International): During first week of March, 2018

Travel Dates: 28 April – May 14, 2018*

Post Field School Classes & Debrief: July/August 2018

*Travel dates subject to minor adjustments pending final reservations, but should occur around the dates as mentioned.

Tentative Itinerary

Tentative dates: April 28, 2018 – May 14, 2018

Arrive in Paris - April 29, 2018: Orientation

Travel day back to Vancouver - May 14, 2018

Click here to view the tentative two week itinerary.

Program Cost


This fee includes accommodation, city transportation and airport/train transfer, and museum/gallery/ exhibitions. International flight, personal expenses, most meals, tuition, are not included in the fee.

Payment Deadlines

Application deposit: December 1, 2017 - $300*
Note: The deposit goes towards the program fee.

Second Payment: February 10, 2018** - $1,185

Third Payment: March 10, 2018** - $1000

Total cost: $2,485

(Applicants are welcome to pay the full amount up-front if it's more convenient, otherwise the smaller installments are due by the due dates posted above.)

*Non-refundable $300 fee

**Fee payment deadlines for students are subject to change, it will depend on agency selected by faculty still.

Field school scholarships are available for applicants.

Click here for information on scholarships and other financial assistance options.

IDSN Student(s) who have applied and have been approved to study at a partner institution as part of an exchange partnership agreement, will be eligible to receive an award, to a maximum of $1,000. Please contact for more information.

Classes Offered

DESN 3100 Design Field School (3 credits)


60 credits of 1100-level courses or higher; or permission from the Instructor.

Note that no previous design experience is needed to enroll in DESN 3100. All KPU students are welcome and are encouraged to apply. If you are unsure of your qualifications, please contact us with questions.

Application Deadline
December 1st, 2017

Applications from outside of KPU are encouraged, and will be accepted and considered based on seat availability and compliance with pre-requisites.
Please contact for more information.

Ready to Apply?

Apply to join us on the Paris & Geneva Design Field School in three easy steps:

Step 1: Start your online application here.

Step 2: Submit your completed application.

Step 3: Pay your $300 deposit by cheque to the International Office at the KPU Surrey (Cedar 1145) or Richmond campus (RM 1400) by December 1, 2017.

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Contact Information

KPU International
Richmond Campus: R1400
Surrey Campus: Cedar 1145

Joseph Watson-MacKay - Richmond Campus

Alex Leach - Surrey Campus

Faculty Leaders:

Erika Balcombe

Brenda Snaith


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