•  Ngo, Jessica

      What impressed me the most about my host institution was the creative out of the box illustrations. I learned a lot in terms of what I can do as a creative and a creator. I always allowed myself to literally be bound in a box, but my teachers and classmates showed me I can be organic, I can be structured and I shouldn’t limit myself.

      Being witness to the process of my classmates’ works and inspirations definitely inspired me as well. Attending such a creative school was such a great experience.

      Jessica Ngo, IDEA student

    Hokkaido College of Art & Design (BISEN)

    • The Hokkaido College of Art & Design, Sapporo, Japan (BISEN) is offers a three-month exchange opportunity for one IDEA student in the summer term. The exchange will take place from the beginning of May to the end of July; exact dates will be determined by term dates at BISEN.

      A Forward-Thinking Educational Experience

      The IDEA program recognizes the educational value of cultural exchange experiences for students studying design in an increasingly inter-connected world. This opportunity will provide participants with a greater understanding of global visual communications and provide a perspective difficult to achieve through study alone. Study abroad experiences can empower designers and illustrators to work successfully in cross-cultural environments and can be as valuable a résumé item as a summer internship.

      Spring Semester Courses in IDEA

      The successful candidate will be required to register for the following spring courses:

      1. JAPN 100 Beginning Japanese I, at Capilano University (3 credits; normal university fees apply) or Japanese Assessment Exam (no fee) if the applicant already has some Japanese. One lecture and one conversation class per week must be attended; please see the web site for class times. Release from IDEA classes will be given if necessary. This must be completed before the exchange term. 
      2. SAID 200 Study Abroad IDEA (6 credits; normal per-credit fee plus applicable IDEA exceptional tuition surcharge). This covers all design/illustration course work undertaken in Japan. You are registered in this course during your semester abroad. Please note that there is an additional Study Abroad Support fee that will be added to your course fee.
      3. SAHU 200 Study Abroad Humanities (3 credits; normal per-credit fee only). This covers Japanese Conversation and Japanese Culture courses undertaken at BISEN. You are registered in this course during your semester abroad.


      Courses at BISEN

      The exchange student will be registered in at least two 3-credit courses on arrival in BISEN, most likely Japanese Painting Work and Print Work, as these classes require the lowest levels of Japanese language fluency. However, one or two instructors speak English and opportunities exist for enrolling in other courses of interest (at no additional cost) once the student arrives. See the BISEN Hand Book for a list of other courses available in the Commercial Design division. Credites earned at BISEN transfer back to CapU as 200-level courses that are generally used as program elective courses.  

      Finances and Scholarships

      Flights and transportation are the responsibility of the exchange student. BISEN offers a ¥200,000 scholarship, payable in cash on arrival. This money may be used in any way, but most students use the scholarship to pay for accommodation. Accommodation is available at two kinds of nearby dormitories, complete with meals, at a cost of approximately ¥70,000 a month.

      Irving K. Barber British Columbia International Scholarships (for study/work and travel overseas) may be available. This scholarship is subject to the revenue generated on the scholarship endowments, a number of scholarships worth $1,000–$3,000 each are awarded every year. Eligibility criteria, application procedures and more information about this scholarship can be found on the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society website. 

      Previous Exchange Students

      2008: Sean Tanner (Grad 2009)

      2009: Lloyd Pan (Grad 10)

      2010: John Shigeta (Grad 11)

      2011: Crystal Lee (Grad 12)

      2013: Shu Chen Li (Grad 2014)

      2014: Jessica Ngo (Grad 2015)

      2015: Zoe Sofianos (Grad 2016)

      2016: Crystal Woo (Grad 2018)

      2017: Chin-Yu (Charis) Wang (Grad 2019)

      Multiple Applicants

      If there are multiple applicants the interview committee will select the student they believe will benefit the most from the exchange as well as make the best ambassador for the IDEA program, for Capilano University, for Vancouver and for Canada. It is important to have an understanding of what this ambassador role might entail. The committee will also take into consideration the documents supplied by the student.

      While in Japan

      The student must complete all courses in which he/she is enrolled at Bisen, and will be graded for each course. The transcript will be sent to the IDEA program at the beginning of the semester following the exchange. The student will be expected to complete three documents e-mailed by the Study Abroad office at various intervals during the exchange, and to return these by e-mail in a timely fashion. The documents ask for information about various aspects of the study abroad experience. The exchange student must provide a valid e-mail address to the Study Abroad office and the IDEA department. The student is free to travel in Japan at the completion of his/her studies.

      On Return to the IDEA Program

      The exchange student will be required to give an illustrated presentation to all IDEA students and invited guests about their experience in Japan. This will take place in late September. The student will also be expected to act as an Ambassador for the Japanese exchange program / the Japanese cultural experience, and to freely share their knowledge and insights with other interested IDEA students and potential candidates.

      Application Process

      First year IDEA students may apply. Applicants must be committed to undertaking the exchange should they be selected; it is therefore mandatory for all interested students to thoroughly read the BISEN and Capilano University information supplied, including financial information, before making a decision to apply. Scholarships are not guaranteed.

      Applicants must have a B+ average or higher, and must initially apply to the Study Abroad Office at Capilano. Application forms will be provided. Students will also be required to supply the following documents:

      1. Completed and signed Application Form (available soon)
      2. A letter of Intent
      3. A résumé.
      4. Capilano Official Academic Transcript
      5. Two faculty recommendation forms
      6. Photocopy of the identification page of your passport
      7. A hard copy mini-portfolio of work. (Will be returned after interview)

      Completed applications can be submitted to the Centre for International Experience in LB127

      Candidates will be interviewed by a committee that includes representatives of the IDEA program and the Study Abroad program. The selected candidate will meet with the Dean of Fine & Applied Arts and undergo a Japanese Language Assessment test, if applicable. The selected candidate will be required to attend several pre-departure meetings/events organized by the Study Abroad office, some in the fall semester and some in the spring.

      Summer 2019 applications will be accepted in January 2018.