Canada By Design Field School

                                         NOTE: The Canada By Design Field School is on hiatus due to the progression of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.


Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose and global awareness.

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

Join us; beginning in Calgary, travelling as a group to Banff, flying to Toronto, and connecting to Montreal by train, together we will investigate career opportunities and how diverse the apparel industry is across Canada.  Through studio visits, guest speakers, museum, theatre and exploring neighbourhoods we will uncover how Canadian apparel industry entrepreneurs and artisans continue to thrive.  Activities are designed to broaden inquiry, networking and collaboration.   Assignments will include self-directed photo journaling, creating personalized city guides, participating in hands-on activities, and more.


  • Engage in user-centred design activities
  • Explore Canadian cultural traditions and regions
  • Meet successful KPU design alumni located throughout Canada
  • Participate in workshops led by local artisans, mentors, and designers
  • Appreciate diversity in sustainability practices throughout the apparel industry
  • Build professional skills and confidence through engaging with industry


Banff, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal

Field School Dates 

Classes at KPU: Pre-departure orientations and classroom sessions before and after the field/travel experience*
Arriving in Calgary, Alberta: May 10th**
Field School Ending in Montreal, Quebec: May 24th*
*Exact day/time for classes TBA. 
**Travel dates subject to minor adjustments pending final reservations, but will occur around the dates mentioned.

Cost and Payment Details 

The $2685 program fee includes your accommodation, city transportation and airport/train transfer (flight from Calgary to Toronto, and train from Toronto to Montreal) and museum/gallery/exhibition admissions.
Additional costs to consider when planning for the field school include your flight to Calgary and return flight from Montreal to Vancouver, your personal spending budget, and the KPU tuition (3 credits) which are not included in the $2685 program fee. 

Note that the flight to Calgary and return to Vancouver from Montreal, personal expenses, tuition, additional meals and alcohol, and fees are not included. Bringing $200-$500 extra for personal expenses should be sufficient for incidentals (e.g. additional meals, souvenirs, extra outings, etc.).

Overall costs

Domestic Student  $2685  $509.30*  Estimated $450 to $550***  
International Student    $2685  See tuition estimator** Estimated $450 to $550***

*Rate based on 3 credit charge through Tuition Estimator. Please verify the latest costs by viewing the KPU tuition estimator.  Additional fees may apply on your KPU account for the Multi-Pass and Kwantlen Student Association Extended Dental and Health Plan.     

**Due to a tuition increase for international students, tuition costs will vary depending on the program start date.

***Costs are subject to change. For a more accurate estimate, please search for the field school flight dates through your preferred provider.

Program Fee Payment Plan & Deadlines

Domestic Student & International students $500 non-refundable deposit* (Applied to the program fee) January 10th   SES or OSS
2nd payment    $1092.50 January 31st SES or OSS 
3rd Payment $1092.50 February 28th SES or OSS

(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 that will be posted above.)

When applying, participants are required to make a non-refundable $500 deposit.

*According to the Field School guidelines, should a participant decide to withdraw from a field school after the deposit deadline, s/he will forfeit the non-refundable deposit and this money will remain in the Field School Fund.

** The fee payment deadlines are set according to the regular university fee schedule in the university calendar.
Payment of academic fees, due dates, withdrawal charges, refund policies, and associated policies for academic fees are set as per the university calendar.

Please note that should a decision be made by KPU to cancel a field school due to low enrolment or other academic/risk issues, participants will be entitled to a full rebate of any payments made including the deposit.

Tuition Payment Deadline

  Tuition Cost - 3 credits DEADLINE WHERE TO PAY? 
Domestic Student  $509.30

Currently TBD in January

See Spring Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

International Student See tuition estimator

Currently TBD in January

See Spring Semester Fee Payment Deadline*


 SES (Student Enrolment Services), OSS (Online Self-Service)

* The fee payment deadlines are set according to the regular university fee schedule in the university calendar.
Payment of academic fees, due dates, withdrawal charges, refund policies, and associated policies for academic fees are set as per the university calendar.

Field school scholarships and fundraising opportunities

Both scholarships and fundraising opportunities to help students pay for the field school are available.
Click here for information on scholarships and other financial assistance options.


Classes Offered and Pre-requisites

FASN 3900 Interdisciplinary Canada By Design Field School (3-credits)

Classes begin in late April, early May, and are co-taught by Heather Clark and Sharon Greeno. Exact day/time for the pre-departure classes are TBD.


24 credits of 1100-level courses or higher; or permission from instructor(s).
Students must be nineteen years or older at the start of the course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications, please contact the field school faculty leaders with your questions, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Spring, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Applicants from Institutions Other Than KPU

Canada By Design Field School welcomes applications from college and university students outside of KPU. Applications from students outside
of KPU are encouraged and will be accepted and considered based on seat availability and compliance with prerequisites.

Please contact if you have any questions about the application if you are a student from another institution.

Application Timeline


Applications open

Jan 10

Applications close & $500 Non-refundable deposit due

JAN 13

Confirmation of Acceptance

JAN 31 Second Payment towards Program Fee Due $1092.50
FEB 28 Third Payment towards Program Fee Due $1092.50
JAN Tuition Payment due by Spring Fee Payment Deadline

Application Details and Deadline

Application Deadline

Friday, January 10

Application Steps

You can apply to join us on the Canada By Design Field School Design Field School in 2 easy steps:

Step 1: Fill out and submit your completed application here (application now closed)

Step 2: Pay your $500 deposit towards your program fees for the field school by January 10.

Start My Application! (Application now closed)

Contact Information

KPU International

Richmond Campus: R1400
Surrey Campus: Cedar 1145

Alex Leach & Daria Ursol

Field School Faculty Leaders

Heather Clark 
Fashion Design & Technology, Wilson School of Design

Sharon Greeno
Fashion Marketing, Wilson School of Design

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