Technical apparel is defined as apparel designed and manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties for specific end-uses such as sports, recreation, protection, survival, health and well-being, and military.
Internationally renowned for quality and innovation, British Columbia's technical apparel industries are poised for growth and are seeking talented, trained professionals who can generate new ideas and further technological advances in their field.
Who Studies Technical Apparel Design?
To be successful in the business of design, industry needs creative innovators who are willing to take risks, technologists who can strategize, and leaders who can manage the continuing shifts in today's economy. Critical thinkers who challenge the existing framework and therefore elevate the industry, are in demand.
The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design is aimed at an independent learner who is driven to explore in a creative learning environment that allows unexpected, surprising, and delightful ideas to emerge.
The program will attract graduates from a wide range of disciplines that include fashion, textile design, product design, industrial design, interior design, engineering, business or kinesiology. It will also appeal to professionals working in areas of design, health and well-being, engineering, sport, and ergonomics. These professionals are drawn to furthering their design education in order to keep up with today's global economy and innovative technologies, along with cultural and environmental sustainability issues. The program attracts students from BC, Canada, USA, and around the world.
Great designers come from a range of places, life experiences and educational settings. They will have an inquiring mind, professional skills, leadership potential, ambition and a passion for design and innovation. For entrance, it is expected they will demonstrate the general dimensions of learning outcomes commonly identified with an undergraduate education.
Department's website: kpu.ca/technicalapparel
Graduates of this advanced post-baccalaureate program will be the next generation of design innovators, strategic technologists and transformative leaders, with the increased ability to drive change and create progress in the technical apparel industry.
Graduates of the program will not only access new design and technical knowledge but will also develop competencies for design thinking with the end-user in mind, leadership, and global business skills. They will be prepared to work in a number of areas in apparel and product design and production, with emphasis on technical and high performance materials. Graduates may also be interested in industrial design, health-care, business development and manufacturing.
As students complete their capstone project, they may be inspired to pursue graduate studies to further their applied research interests.
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Students will examine the relationship between technical apparel and the intended context of use. They will learn to apply a human-centred systems approach to characterize human, functional, and environmental design requirements and objectives. Students will explore selected topics in ergonomics, anthropometry, psychology, thermal physiology, kinesiology, and safety as they relate to technical apparel design for recreational, occupational, athletic, survival, and therapeutic contexts.
Students will enhance their knowledge of advances in textile technologies that are revolutionizing the technical apparel industry. They will study the properties, processing, and testing of high tech textiles and new millennium fibres for a range of applications including: athletic and recreational performance, protection, occupational, survival, medical, smart fabrics, and eco-textiles for sustainability. Students will gain an understanding of the properties that influence function and performance. They will explore ways to apply research to further promote their understanding of technical textile applications.
Students will explore, interpret, and conceptualize innovative processes for creative solutions in the designing of technical performance apparel. They will envision future technical apparel opportunities through evaluation of the current marketplace, interpretation of economic forecasts, sustainability issues, and target market user profiles. Students will systematize the effective application of design processes resulting in a variety of exploratory and defendable options.
Students will research and analyze advanced production methodologies for technical apparel. They will examine technical apparel components to understand the implications of product integrity. Students will execute rapid prototyping techniques as an iterative process and evaluate production methodologies for fit, function, and environmental sustainability.
Students will reach beyond existing market demands to create new opportunities. They will critique business models, leadership practices, and global strategies while considering diverse organizational, social, and cultural relationships within the technical apparel industry. Students will assess geographical, ethical, and sustainability issues related to the use and function of technical apparel in global sourcing, trade negotiations, and logistical planning.
Students will research market opportunities and critique creative strategies, technological advances, and leadership approaches in the design of technical performance apparel. They will evaluate principles of research design methodology for the purposes of measuring potential innovation and creative solutions. Students will, through divergent thinking and exploration, debate strategic design directions and research to inform the final capstone project in DETA 5300.
Students will develop and conduct a complete design process for technical apparel based on approval of the capstone proposal developed in DETA 5230, Strategic Design Direction. They will apply the key elements of an iterative design process to generate a detailed, responsive design and an associated business strategy. Students will incorporate an understanding of the human-centred systems approach, current textile technologies, apparel production standards, user and market analyses, business strategies, project management, and innovation.
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