New York: Fashion Field School 2023



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

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

New York Fashion field school will be taught in FASN 3900, a 3 credit, special topics course. Pre-departure course hours will be a total of 12 hours over three days and will take place in the Summer 2023 semester. In this field school, New York City will be our classroom. It provides opportunities for you to engage with the fashion industry on an international level. There have been a number of changes in the fashion industry resulting from the global pandemic and this will be a chance for you to explore and experience these industry shifts and changes firsthand on an international level.

    Field School Highlights:

    • Explore the garment district of Manhattan
    • Meet and hear from designers and industry members through studio visits
    • Visit museums, galleries, and tour fashion exhibits
    • Participate in hands on making workshops

    Topics covered:

    • Manhattan Orientation & Context
    • NYC Garment District
    • Sourcing & Supplies
    • Vintage Fashion & Design
    • Fashion Retail
    • Fashion Forecasting
    • Future of Fashion


    New York City, New York, USA







    May 17-19

    Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    Richmond Campus

    May 23

    Depart for New York City, USA for the travel portion of field school (10 days, 9 nights). A finalized itinerary will be shared closer to May once all bookings are confirmed.

    New York City, USA

    June 1

    Depart for Vancouver or continue your travels



    Field School Dates

    1. Pre-departure classes:  May 17, 18, and 19
    2. Travel/Experiential: 2 weeks May 23 – June 1, 2023* 

    *Timing for pre-departure classes, and a finalized itinerary for the field school will be shared closer to May.

    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 New York, USA. If there are any circumstances or concerns that will affect your participation, please discuss them with the field school faculty leaders. 


    1. Travel to the United States 
    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

    $3,580 CAD (estimated) 

    Program fee covers:

    • Accommodation,
    • Local transportation,
    • Tours, city transfers, 
    • Entrance fees to museum/gallery/exhibitions.  
    • Two group dinners
    • Student travel insurance

    Does NOT cover:

    • 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 


    See tuition estimator

    Estimated $850**

    International Student   


    See tuition estimator*

    Estimated $850**

    *Rate based on 3 credit charge through Tuition Estimator for Wilson School of Design’s Fashion and Technology 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. There will be the option to work with our tour provider to opt in to a group flight option with a minimum number of students opting in, which would result in a reduction in air fare costs. Further information about this will be shared in the new year.

    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 $3,580 

    Payment DEADLINE

    1st Payment   

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

    December 16, 2022  

    2nd Payment   


    January 30, 2023

    3rd Payment


    March 1, 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 

    See tuition estimator

    See Summer 2023 Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

    International Student

    See tuition estimator

    See Summer 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

    FASN 3900 Design Field School (3 credits)

    Pre-departure classes are scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, and are co-taught by Heather Clark and Michael Pope. Exact times for these classes will be shared closer to the date. Some of the pre-departure work will be done self-paced over Moodle.  


    48 credits of 1100 level or higher courses, or with permission from field school instructors.

    Note that no previous Design experience is needed to enroll in FASN 3900. 
    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 12, 2022

    Confirmation of Acceptance (with scholarship results)

    December 16, 2022

    Non-refundable deposit of $500 due

    January 20, 2023

    Late Applications close. *Late applications may not be eligible for scholarships.

    January 26, 2023

    Confirmation of Acceptance & the $500 Non-refundable deposit (for Late Applications) are due.

    January 30, 2023

    $1,880 Second Payment towards the Program Fee is Due

    March 1, 2023

    $1,200 Final Payment towards the Program Fee is Due

    Mid-May, 2023

    KPU Tuition Payment due by Summer 2023 Fee Payment Deadline*

    Please contact for more information if you have questions or concerns.
    *Please refer to Dates & Deadlines for the latest update on the Summer 2023 Fee Payment Deadline.


    Application Deadline

    Thursday, December 1, 2022 (Early bird deadline with scholarship application)
    Tuesday, January 20, 2023 (Final deadline without scholarship application)

    Application Steps
    You can apply to join the New York: Fashion Field School 2023 by following 3 easy steps: 
    STEP 1: Fill out and submit your completed application online for the Field School.
    STEP 2: Once you receive your acceptance, pay your $500 depot towards program fees by December 16, 2022
    STEP 3: Consider what other amazing things you are itching to do in New York City and area!


    Click HERE to Start Your Application!

    Contact Information

    Faculty Leaders:
    Heather Clark
    Fashion & Technology, Wilson School of Design
    Michael Pope
    Fashion & Technology, Wilson School of Design

    KPU International:
    Shanell Wong
    Study Abroad Coordinator

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