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IDEA School of Design

A career-oriented program for the next generation of creative professionals, with optional concentrations in branding, illustration and interactive design.

Why study design at Capilano University? 

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

In the program, you'll expand your skills, build an impressive portfolio and gain industry experience. You’ll learn your creative strengths and grow the business skills to prepare for a career in visual design.

You'll improve your abilities in branding, graphic, or communication design, art direction, illustration, interactive design, UI, and UX design, book and editorial design, publishing, in-house design, digital media, concept art, environmental design and more.

IDEA graduates are working in a wide range of fields, plying their trade at 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.

IDEA School of Design program

This highly regarded program offers a dual curriculum in design and illustration, a studio environment, and one-on-one mentoring from instructors.

Student Associations

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

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

Study Abroad

We encourage and support our students with the exploration and study of design, arts and culture in cities outside B.C. Currently we offer a study abroad partnership with two schools in Japan. Our third-year students also plan an annual trip to a cultural hub, with past trips to New York City, Toronto and Mexico City.

Industry Experiences

The Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is career-focused. We offer many opportunities to learn from and collaborate with our industry partners. For example, third-year students are enrolled in a mentorship project that develops their skills and knowledge under the creative direction of a seasoned industry professional.

Before graduating, fourth-year students complete an 8-week practicum in a design or illustration studio or agency environment.

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

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

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

604 986 1911 ext. 3427
Arbutus Building, room AR206
caitken@capilanou.ca
Christina Lee Kim Koon
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
christinapaone@capilanou.ca
Dominic Prevost
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
dominicprevost@capilanou.ca
Dominique Walker
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

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

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
heatherjalbout@capilanou.ca
James Neufeld
Instr./Lab Supervisor, School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor 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
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jatinderbassan@capilanou.ca
Jeff Burgess
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR308
jeffburgess@capilanou.ca
Jerome Valdez B.Comm. (Hons)
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

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

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

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

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
leannacrawford@capilanou.ca
Lisa Boersma
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
lisaboersma@capilanou.ca
Mark Stokoe
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor 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 - Bachelor of Design

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

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

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
jcotter@capilanou.ca
Phillip Kung Djwa BA, MFA
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
phillipdjwa@capilanou.ca
Sharon Belanger
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
sharonbelanger@capilanou.ca
Shayne Letain
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design

604 990 7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206
sletain@capilanou.ca
Tamara Parizek
DDA, IDEA School of Design, Emergency Floor Warden Arbutus
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604 986 1911 ext. 2350
Arbutus Building, room AR206
tparizek@capilanou.ca
Tom Duguid
Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor 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
IDEA School of Design - Bachelor of Design
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

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

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

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