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A career-oriented school for the next generation of creative professionals. Now offering a 4-year Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication and a 2-year Interaction Design diploma.

Why study design at Capilano University? 

CapU's IDEA School of Design offers a 4-year Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree and a 2-year Interaction Design diploma. The curriculum is rigorous and industry-focused and you'll graduate ready to stand out in the competitive job market of creative professionals.

You'll expand your skills, build an impressive portfolio and gain industry experience. You’ll learn your creative strengths and develop the business skills to prepare for your career.

You'll improve your abilities in visual communication design, illustration, branding, interactive design, art direction, UI (user interface), and UX (user experience), editorial design, publishing, digital media, character design, storyboard art, environmental design, web/app design and more.

IDEA graduates are working in a wide range of fields at many top studios and agencies in Vancouver and around the world. Others have gone on to form startup companies and successful freelance careers.

For stories about our students, grads, industry practicums, instructors, and student awards, visit the IDEA School of Design blog.

Bursaries

Will BIPOC Entrance Award

The Will BIPOC Entrance Award was established in 2022 by Will Creative Inc. to support students from underrepresented groups, including Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, who demonstrate financial need.

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at Capilano University. This award will be distributed to up to two students annually.

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IDEA School of Design programs

All programs offered at CapU’s IDEA School of Design take place in a studio environment or online and include one-on-one mentoring from instructors. Programs include:

Student Associations

All IDEA School of Design students are members of DesCan (Design Professionals of Canada) and the RGD (Association of Registered Graphic Designers), Canada’s foremost design associations.

Bachelor of Design students are also student members of CAPIC (The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators), which provides advocacy for photographers, illustrators and digital artists.

Industry Experiences

All IDEA School of Design programs are career focused. We offer many opportunities to learn from and collaborate with our industry partners. All programs include a mentorship project to develop students’ skills and knowledge under the creative direction of seasoned industry professionals.

In the final semester of all programs, students complete an industry practicum where they apply the theory and skills learned at university. This opportunity helps build industry connections before graduation. Learn more about practical learning at CapU.

Andrew McDermott
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR308
andrewmcdermott@capilanou.ca
Ben Frey
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
benjaminfrey@capilanou.ca
Carol Aitken BA (Hons), MPub
Co-Coordinator, Bachelor of Design, Chair, IDEA /Coord. Bach Sch. Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 3427
Arbutus Building, room AR207
caitken@capilanou.ca
Christina Lee Kim Koon
Instr, Co-Coordinator Bachelor of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 986 1911 ext. 2065
Arbutus Building, room AR206
christinapaone@capilanou.ca
Dominic Prevost
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
dominicprevost@capilanou.ca
Dominique Walker BA, Dip.Dsg.+Ill., AFCA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7226
Arbutus Building, room AR206
dwalker1@capilanou.ca
Gae Wakabayashi
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
gaewakabayashi@capilanou.ca
Heather Jalbout
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
heatherjalbout@capilanou.ca
Jai Djwa BA, MFA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jaidjwa@capilanou.ca
James Cotter BA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7223
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jcotter@capilanou.ca
James Neufeld
Instr./Lab Supervisor, School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jamesneufeld@capilanou.ca
Jay Bassan
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jatinderbassan@capilanou.ca
John Lau
Lab Supervisor/Instructor
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 2009
Arbutus Building, room AR217C
jlau@capilanou.ca
Judy Snaydon CGD, BA (Hons)
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7221
Arbutus Building, room AR206
judysnaydon@capilanou.ca
Leanna Crawford
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
leannacrawford@capilanou.ca
Mark André Stokoe BDes
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
markstokoe@capilanou.ca
Martin Batten
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
martinbatten@capilanou.ca
Nancy Wu BFA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
nancywu2@capilanou.ca
Pascal Milelli
Co-Coordinator, Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7182
Arbutus Building, room AR313
pmilelli@capilanou.ca
Shayne Letain
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7224
Arbutus Building, room AR206
sletain@capilanou.ca
Tom Duguid BA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
tomduguid@capilanou.ca
Vida Jurcic
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 986 1911 ext. 7225
Arbutus Building, room AR206
vidajurcic@capilanou.ca
Vivien Anayian BSE
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
School of Humanities - Art History
IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
vanayian@capilanou.ca
Zoe Evamy
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
zoeevamy@capilanou.ca

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IDEA School of Design
604 990 7820
Arbutus Building, room 206
idea@capilanou.ca

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