Hello and Welcome to my blog! Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
My name is Bailey and I am a second-year student in the Product Design program at the Chip & Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
I am tracking my progress and inspiration as I go through the DEPD program.
If you are interested in a student’s point of view on the program, please feel free to ask questions. I’d be happy to discuss the program. As it’s very new, there is little information available to prospective students (besides the Kwantlen website, kwantlen.ca)
I describe the program as the perfect blend of industrial and fashion design. If you are interested in design but neither of those types of programs never rang true, then Product Design deserves further investigation. I was particularly interested in DEPD because I want to design recreational gear and technical apparel, as known as “soft-goods”. To give an overview, the School of Design will prepare you to “meet your personal and professional goals in the fields of fashion design, fashion marketing, graphic design, interior design, or to further your design education.” The program is among the first of its kind in Canada, located on the West Coast in British Columbia. BC is home to several popular soft-good brands head-offices: Lululemon, MEC, Sugoi, Herschel, etc. “British Columbia’s recreational market is the perfect geographic and retail setting for this degree in Product Design. Working in collaboration with professional associations and practicing designers, graduates will develop and design products that are relevant for Canadian and international economies, providing product solutions for emerging needs that can improve people’s everyday lives and wellbeing.” DEPD is a limited-enrollment program, specifically small (18 to 25 students) so students have the chance to work directly with faculty (who are great!). I am part of the second group of students in the program (the first year of the program was 2012), and there is approximately thirteen students in my class. I say “approximately” because we will have exchange students visiting for semesters at a time. My class is smaller than usual because accepted prospective students were unable attend, for one reason or another.
I’m super excited to be a part of the program and if you want to get stoked too, holler at me!