Design Field School 2019 - Barcelona, Spain + Marrakech, Morocco

Spain, Europe Morocco, Europe Past Program Architecture and Design


EXPERIENCE - Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose, and global awareness.

Over the two-week period students will visit significant cultural locations and design projects in two different countries, such as the Sagrada Familia, Palau de Musica Catalan, and Barri Gotic in Barcelona, and the Medina, the Djemaa el Fna, and the El Badi and Bahia Palaces, in Marrakech. Through these excursions students will gain insight into contextual and cultural history of the regions, as well as personal, community, and global issues related to design and the built environment.


Full itinerary of visits to museum, galleries, top cultural attractions as well as key sites of interest related to design:

Barcelona, Spain

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya Montjuïc
  • Barceloneta, Palau de la Musica Catalana,
  • Walking architectural tours of Bari Gothic & the Jewish Quarter
  • Palau Guell, Parc Guell, Casa Battlo, Casa Amatler, Casa Mila,

Marrakech, Morocco

  • the Djemaa el Fna and Medina area,
  • the El Badi
  • Bahia Palaces 

And much more…

Scheduled Itinerary

Jan — May                     Classes at KPU Richmond Campus*       
May 1**                           Travel to Marrakech Morocco
May 2 - May 7**              Course sites in Marrakech (total 5 nights in Marrakech)
May 7**                           Travel to Marrakech to Barcelona,
May 8 – 16**                   Course sites in Barcelona (total 9 nights Barcelona)         
May 16**                         Travel back to Vancouver from Barcelona

*Exact day/time for classes TBA

**Travel dates subject to minor adjustments pending final reservations, but will occur around the dates mentioned.

Classes Offered

  • Students enroll in DESN 3100 - Design Field School
  • 3 credits Course -  starting January 2019
  • Classes are instructed by KPU Design Faculty.


60 credits of 1100 level or higher courses.

Note that no previous Design experience is needed to enroll in DESN 3100. All KPU students are welcome and are encouraged to apply.

If you are unsure of your qualifications, please contact the faculty leaders with your questions, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Application Deadline

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Applicants must submit their online application and make their first payment of the $500 deposit by this date.
Please pay your $500 deposit directly to Student Enrollment Services or through Online Self Service by December 1, 2018.

Application from Outside KPU

Applications from college and university students outside of KPU are encouraged and will be accepted and considered based on seat availability and compliance with pre-requisites. To arrange your application if you are studying outside of KPU, please contact including details of where you are studying, your program, your expected number of credits completed by Spring 2019, and a phone number you can be reached at.

Contact Information

KPU International
Richmond Campus: R1400
Joseph Watson-MacKay, International Exchange Coordinator

Faculty Leaders:

Lucie Gagne
Interior Design Faculty

Brenda Snaith
Interior Design Faculty