[KPU] New York: Fashion Field School 2023

United States , North America Past Program Architecture and Design

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

Duration of Program:

  1. Pre-departure classes:  May 17, 18, and 19
  2. Travel/Experiential: 2 weeks May 23 – June 1, 2023* 
    *Timing for pre-departure classes, and a finalized itinerary for the field school will be shared closer to May.

Program Highlights and Travel Dates
New York Fashion field school will be taught in FASN 3900, a 3 credit, special topics course. Pre-departure course hours will be a total of 12 hours over three days and will take place in the Summer 2023 semester. In this field school, New York City will be our classroom. It provides opportunities for you to engage with the fashion industry on an international level. There have been a number of changes in the fashion industry resulting from the global pandemic and this will be a chance for you to explore and experience these industry shifts and changes firsthand on an international level.

Field School Highlights:

  • Explore the garment district of Manhattan
  • Meet and hear from designers and industry members through studio visits
  • Visit museums, galleries, and tour fashion exhibits
  • Participate in hands on making workshops

Topics covered:

  • Manhattan Orientation & Context
  • NYC Garment District
  • Sourcing & Supplies
  • Vintage Fashion & Design
  • Fashion Retail
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Future of Fashion

New York City, New York, USA





May 17-19

Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Richmond Campus

May 23

Depart for New York City, USA for the travel portion of field school (10 days, 9 nights). A finalized itinerary will be shared closer to May once all bookings are confirmed.

New York City, USA

June 1

Depart for Vancouver or continue your travels


Classes Offered and Pre-requisites
FASN 3900 Design Field School (3 credits)
Pre-departure classes are scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, and are co-taught by Heather Clark and Michael Pope. Exact times for these classes will be shared closer to the date.
48 credits of 1100 level or higher courses, or with permission from field school instructors.
Note that no previous Design experience is needed to enroll in FASN 3900. 

Application Details and Deadlines
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Application Steps
You can apply to join the Field School 2023 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:
Faculty Leaders:
Heather Clark Fashion & Technology, Wilson School of Design

Michael Pope
Fashion & Technology, Wilson School of Design