Eighth Annual Studio Gallery 3311 Show—IDEA Students mentored by Jeff Burgess

Jeff Burgess mentors four IDEA students in his studio one day a week over the summer which he's been doing for eight years now. The purpose is to create a body of small works that are then exhibited early in September where the students sell their pieces for reasonable prices. Check out the recent paintings by IDEA students Jominca J Engelbrecht, Nicole Shewchuk, Graeme Duckett (shown above), and Heather Haughn including photos from the show!

IDEA gave Kate Marlowe the confidence to pursue art as a career

Kate "stumbled upon" IDEA School of Design and believes it was "the perfect choice” for her. She graduated from IDEA in 2016 and then spent a year abroad completing her degree. Her takeaway: "surround yourself with smart people, remain a neophyte, and look for heroes and mentors." She currently works at Traction Creative Communications in Vancouver as an Art Director/Graphic Designer and wants to continue creating art and design that will "encourage meaningful conversation in our city." Catch up with Kate!

IDEA School of Design 2018 Grad Show had biggest attendance to date!

2018 is a momentous year for both Capilano University and the IDEA School of Design. As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary, this past spring’s IDEA graduates were the first to embark on their creative careers armed with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication. We’re proud of them, and all they’ve accomplished to get here. Check out a retrospective of our 2018 grad show specializing in branding, illustration or interactive design.

Amsterdam-based artist Kathy Ager: Freelance graphic designer and painter

Kathy Ager is a Canadian-born artist based in Amsterdam who graduated from IDEA School of Design in 2007. She was encouraged by instructor Kiff Holland and has recently transitioned into painting mixing the classical with pop contemporary. Represented by Thinkspace Gallery in LA, her first group show in the US opens June 9, 2018 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Check out her interview with us.

Congrats to our CAPIC Rodeo winners and runners-up in illustration and photography!

IDEA School of Design continues to dominate CAPIC Rodeo student awards! Shown above (the top 10 works on display as a part of CAPIC Exhibition 2018 in Toronto). IDEA winners: Jennifer Panata (illustration), Teresa Cantu (illustration), Isaac Mak (illustration), Aidan Zecchel (photography), and Liann Huang (photography). IDEA Runners up: Alex Joukov (illustration), Danielle Adams (illustration) and Courtney Lamb (photography).

Vancouver-based artist, Camilla d'Errico, makes waves in fine art and comics

Since graduating from Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design in 2005, Camilla has gone on to work with publishers, companies and galleries across North America and worldwide including Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, Dark Horse Comics, Random House Books, Line Webtoons and Skillshare. While a lot of her art style is self-taught, she says that IDEA School of Design taught her how to  complete her work to the best of her ability and meet your deadlines. Her big solo show with Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles debuts April 7, 2018!

Pamella Pinard | First Month at Will Creative

Surrounded by a healthy serving of IDEA grads (Briony Crane, Allison Chambers, Rory O’Sullivan, Will Erickson, and Jenn Hicks), the transition from school to agency has not been too overwhelming for Pamella Pinard. Quiet by nature, her biggest challenge has been being more vocal as there is always someone laughing about something or at someone at Will. She's worked on an infographic, event posters, presentation materials, brand guidelines, assisted Creative Director Lisa Lebedovich on concept preparation for a project, supported others, and did some moodboarding for a project with a flower company. She's found herself sketching faster and more efficiently by the end of it all. Read her story.

Alex Maertz | First Month at Danica

“With discomfort and change come new opportunities, connections, and learning experiences” writes Alex Maertz who is in practicum at Danica Imports. Her first day was overwhelming but she knew that she was in the right place. In her first month she has explored server files and Basecamp discussions, went through client lists, converted artwork into JPEGS, worked on Instagram Stories, pattern creation, organizing, sat in on a 3 hour design meeting and helped them move their studio! Read her story.

The first Bachelor of Design grad show will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Harbour Centre.

Capilano University’s IDEA program is now a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication. We invite you to come celebrate with us at our first ever grad show! These fine individuals are ready to work so find out what they have to offer. Opening Gala Monday, April 9th, 2018. Industry Preview 6–7pm. Friends + Family 7–9pm. Show runs through April 13th, 2018 at Harbour Centre Lobby in Vancouver.

Danielle Vallée – First two weeks at Tealeaves feeling "super supported"

IDEA18 student, Danielle Vallée has been blogging about her practicum at Tealeaves, a luxury tea company with offices in Seattle, London, Guadalajara, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Vancouver. She's been working on new product dielines, planning the company Instagram, sketching illustration concepts, research, moodboarding, a "nerve-racking" presentation, planning product photoshoots and editing some images. Read her practicum story.