Explore Wilson School of Design opportunities on National Portfolio Day

Fri, Dec 4, 2015

Richmond, B.C. – Thinking of a post-secondary education in design? 

This National Portfolio Day, get valuable one-on-one time with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Wilson School of Design during a special event Dec. 5 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at Emily Carr University’s Granville Island campus.

Along with 26 other universities and colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASCAD), KPU design faculty will be available to discuss, review and provide constructive feedback on student portfolios and artwork.

Entrance to the majority of programs offered by the Wilson School of Design requires a portfolio submission, and National Portfolio Day will be an opportunity for students to have their portfolios reviewed, critiqued and discussed with industry.

"Prospective students are often surprised to discover what we are looking for in an application portfolio,” said David Young, Wilson School of Design graphic design for marketing instructor.

Young has reviewed many portfolios at previous National Portfolio Day events and will be on hand this Saturday to share his insights with prospective students. “It is often more about creative exploration and critical thinking than refined design skills,” he added.

Those interested in pursuing a design education are encouraged to take advantage of this one-on-one discussion opportunity with Wilson School of Design.

“Having the portfolio review would have helped me be more professional during my interview and also would have helped me refine my portfolio to adhere closer to the standards instructors were looking for in their future students,” said Arfa Akhtar, a third-year interior design student.

Five out of the seven programs offered at the Wilson School of Design require a portfolio for admittance into the program. Four out of these are for undergraduate programs. 

“I remember when I came in to the program that I didn’t know what I was doing and hearing what professors had to say about my work made me feel more comfortable about being on the right path,” said Amanda Mah, a first-year student in KPU’s fashion technology program.

The National Portfolio Day Association was established in 1978 for the purpose of organizing and planning National Portfolio Day events worldwide. Members of this association represent the highest standards of visual arts education available in North America.

Students looking to enroll in graphic design for marketing, interior design, fashion design or product design programs at the Wilson School of Design are encouraged to attend this once-a-year event.

More details on this free event are available here.

For more on the Wilson School of Design, visit kpu.ca/design

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at www.kpu.ca

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