[KPU] Design Field School 2023 - DESIGN in COLOMBIA: Bogota, Coffee Region & Cartagena

Colombia , South America Past Program Architecture and Design

Recommended Credits: 3
Program Website: https://www.kpu.ca/studyabroad/field-schools/colombia-2023

Duration of Program:

  1. Pre-departure classes:  Jan- April, 2023* 
  2. Travel/Experiential: ~2 weeks, April 21 – May 3, 2023* 
  3. Reflection & Dissemination: TBD  

*Exact days/times for classes are TBD. 

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose, and global awareness 
Over the two weeks in Colombia you will visit significant cultural locations and design projects such as the Gold museum in Bogota historic center, the modern city of Medellin, examples of vibrant contemporary Colombian design, bamboo architecture of the coffee region, and the historic walled city by the sea Cartagena. Through these excursions and guest lectures, you will gain insight into the history and culture of the region as well personal and global issues related to design.

Topics covered:

  • Design advocacy and informed response to local, community, and global issues
  • The role of the designer and of multicultural and global experiences in design
  • Overview of design theory and knowledge
  • Leadership and issues for designers
  • Social responsibility and environmental concerns in design
  • Design for an intercultural and global community
  • Design assessment in context
  • Interdisciplinary skills in creativity, design thinking, academic inquiry, and cultural awareness


Bogotá, Coffee Region, and Cartagena, Colombia





Jan- April

Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
April 21

Arrive in Colombia for 2 weeks of scheduled faculty led activities related to local culture and design

Bogotá, Coffee Region, and Cartagena, Colombia
May 2

Depart for Vancouver (Arriving on May 3) or continue your travels


Classes Offered and Pre-requisites

DESN 3100 Design Field School (3 credits)

Classes begin in April and are co-taught by Lucie Gagnon & Marlis Joller. Exact days/times for the pre-departure classes are TBD. Some of the pre-departure work will be done self-paced over Moodle.


45 credits of 1100-level courses or higher, or with permission from field school instructors

Note that no previous Design experience is needed to enroll in DESN 3100. 

Application Details and Deadlines

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Application Steps
You can apply to join the Design Field School 2023 - DESIGN in COLOMBIA: Bogota, Coffee Region & Cartagena by following 3 easy steps: 
STEP 1: Read through the details of the field school HERE.
STEP 2: Fill out and submit your completed application online.
STEP 3: Pay your $500 deposit towards your program fees for the field school by December 16, 2022.

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 study outside of KPU, please Email internationalprograms@kpu.ca with details of:

  1. where you are studying
  2. your program
  3. your expected number of credits completed by Spring 2023,
  4. A phone number you can be reached at.

Contact Information

KPU International:
Shanell Wong
Study Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Leaders:
Lucie Gagné
Interior Design, Wilson School of Design

Marlis Joller
Interior Design, Wilson School of Design