Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design


When you embark on a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design, you'll join an industry that pushes the limits of human potential. From giving elite athletes a competitive edge to saving the lives of outdoor enthusiasts, this booming industry blends creativity with cutting-edge technology to allow humans to move faster, survive longer and explore further.

Our diploma places you at the centre of BC's world-renowned technical apparel industry. Our curriculum was developed in collaboration with Vancouver-based companies like Arc'teryx, lululemon, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Mustang Survival and Sugoi, as well as top academics and researchers.

In four semesters, you'll gain the research, design, business and leadership skills needed to join the next generation of design innovators. And thanks to our flexible delivery model, you can still work.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Successful completion of a recognized undergraduate degree, or a design-related diploma or associate degree along with a minimum of 5 years of related work experience
  • Letter of Interest package
  • Interview

For further details about the letter of interest package and interview process, including submission specifics, visit the department's website at:

Continuance Requirements

Seat availability is based on priority for students who continue in all courses as per the prescribed program plan. Students who are unable to meet course requirements to continue with the program plan or who decide to take a break from their studies, may be removed from program. Re-admission into the program will be based on seat availability and approval by the program.

Curricular Requirements

The Post Baccalaureate Diploma program requires completion of the following 36 credits of courses with a Program GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Note: DETA courses numbered 5000 or higher are assessed Tuition Category 2.a.6 for domestic students.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall TermCredits
DETA 5110 Technical Apparel in Context 3
DETA 5120 Technical Textile Technologies 3
DETA 5140 Introduction to Technical Apparel Production 3
Spring Term
DETA 5210 User Research for Technical Apparel 3
DETA 5230 Strategic Design Direction 3
DETA 5240 Technical Drawing for Product Development 3
Year 2
Fall Term
DETA 5200 Business Strategies for Technical Apparel 3
DETA 5440 Technical Apparel Production 3
DETA 5980 Capstone Research 3
Spring Term
DETA 5550 Technical Apparel Industry Experience 3
DETA 5985 Capstone Development and Production 6
 Total Credits36

Other Information

There are additional costs associated with this program which could include textbooks, supplies, and fabric. For current
information, visit our program website -   

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design.

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