Design Field School 2023 - DESIGN in COLOMBIA: Bogota, Coffee Region & Cartagena

cartagena colombia

EXPERIENCE - Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose and national/global awareness.

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose, and global awareness 
Over the two weeks in Colombia you will visit significant cultural locations and design projects such as the Gold museum in Bogota historic center, the modern city of Medellin, examples of vibrant contemporary Colombian design, bamboo architecture of the coffee region, and the historic walled city by the sea Cartagena. Through these excursions and guest lectures, you will gain insight into the history and culture of the region as well personal and global issues related to design.

Topics covered:

  • Design advocacy and informed response to local, community, and global issues
  • The role of the designer and of multicultural and global experiences in design
  • Overview of design theory and knowledge
  • Leadership and issues for designers
  • Social responsibility and environmental concerns in design
  • Design for an intercultural and global community
  • Design assessment in context
  • Interdisciplinary skills in creativity, design thinking, academic inquiry, and cultural awareness


Bogotá, Coffee Region, and Cartagena, Colombia





Jan- April

Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
April 21

Arrive in Colombia for 2 weeks of scheduled faculty led activities related to local culture and design

Bogotá, Coffee Region, and Cartagena, Colombia
May 2

Depart for Vancouver (Arriving on May 3) or continue your travels



Field School Dates

  1. Pre-departure classes:  Jan- April, 2023* 
  2. Travel/Experiential: ~2 weeks, April 21 – May 3, 2023* 
  3. Reflection & Dissemination: TBD  

*Exact days/times for classes are TBD. 


Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Currently we are still in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic, where there are various health measures in place depending on the country and region. It is the responsibility of each participant in the field school to read and understand the current policies, entry requirements, and restrictions for international travel to Colombia. If there are any circumstances or concerns that will affect your participation, please discuss them with the field school faculty leaders. 


  1. Travel to Colombia
  2. Travel by air and rail as of October 1, 2022 from the Government of Canada:
  • You shouldn't travel to Canada if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • All passengers are strongly recommended to wear a mask while they travel

  3. Travel Advisory by the Canadian government

Cost and Payment Details 

Program Fee

$3,260 CAD (estimated) 

Program fee covers:

  • Accommodation
  • Local transportation,
  • Tours, city transfers, 
  • Entrance fees to museum/gallery/exhibitions
  • In-country flights  
  • Daily breakfasts

Does NOT cover:

  • International Flights
  • Your personal spending budget
  • Additional transportation costs, 
  • Most meals
  • KPU tuition (3 credits) 

NOTE: 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.

Overall costs

Program fees are an estimation only. The amount will be confirmed at the time of acceptance.




International FLIGHT 

Domestic Student 


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Estimated $1,500**

International Student   


See tuition estimator**

Estimated $1,500**

*Rate based on 3 credit charge through Tuition Estimator for Wilson School of Design’s Interior Design field of study with University and KSA fees added. Additional fees may apply to your KPU account for the Multi-Pass and Kwantlen Student Association Extended Dental and Health Plan.     

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

Payment Timeline

1) Program Fee

Program fees are estimates only. Prices are confirmed at the point of acceptance.

 Domestic Student & International students

 PROGRAM FEE Total $3,260


1st Payment   

$500 non-refundable deposit* (Applied to the program fee)

December 16, 2022  

2nd Payment   


January 15, 2023

3rd Payment


February 15, 2023

*The final payment may change depending on the number of students accepted into the program

2) Tuition

Payment of academic fees, due dates, withdrawal charges, refund policies, and associated policies for academic fees are set as per the university calendar.


Tuition Cost - 3 credits


Domestic Student 

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January 19, 2023

See Spring 2023 Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

International Student

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January 19, 2023

See Spring 2023 Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

Where to pay

Make your payments on your OSS (Online Self-Service).


Field school scholarships and fundraising opportunities are available! The awards below are open to accepted field school students:



Application Form

Due Date

Access to Global Learning Award



December 1, 2022 Global Mobility Fund

Depending on situation


One World International Scholarship




Classes Offered and Pre-requisites

DESN 3100 Design Field School (3 credits)

Classes begin in April and are co-taught by Lucie Gagnon & Marlis Joller. Exact days/times for the pre-departure classes are TBD. Some of the pre-departure work will be done self-paced over Moodle.


45 credits of 1100-level courses or higher, or with permission from field school instructors

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 the faculty leaders with your questions, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Spring 2023, and an e-mail/phone number you can be reached at.

Please contact if you have any questions about the application.

Application Details and Deadlines

Application Timeline

September 26, 2022

Applications open

December 1, 2022

Applications close 

December 16, 2022

Confirmation of Acceptance & the $500 Non-refundable deposit are due

January 15, 2023

$1,500 Second Payment towards the Program Fee is Due. 

January 26, 2023

KPU Tuition Payment due by Spring 2023 Fee Payment Deadline 

February 15, 2023

$1,260 Final Payment towards the Program Fee is Due.

Please contact for more information if you have questions or concerns.

Application Deadline

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Application Steps
You can apply to join the Design Field School 2023 - DESIGN in COLOMBIA: Bogota, Coffee Region & Cartagena by following 2 easy steps: 
STEP 1: Fill out and submit your completed application online.
STEP 2: Pay your $500 deposit towards your program fees for the field school by December 16, 2022.

Click HERE to Start Your Application!

Contact Information

Faculty Leaders:
Lucie Gagné
Interior Design, Wilson School of Design

Marlis Joller
Interior Design, Wilson School of Design

KPU International:
Shanell Wong
Study Abroad Coordinator

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