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2019 Annual IDEA Interprets “Growth” Poster Exhibit by 2nd year students runs April 23–May 12, 2019

IDEA Interprets explores a single theme through typography and illustration. The poster show and sale helps to support the development of emerging local artists. The theme of the 2019 show, “Growth”, has been imaginatively interpreted by second year illustration and design students. Opening Gala: April 23, 2019 | 6pm-8pm. Shown above: “Lies Grow on You” by Anna Tsybulnyk.

IDEA 235 and COMM 190 Collaborate on an Illustrated Story Project

This project was a collaboration between Communications 190 writing class and IDES 235 Illustration class. Comm 190 writers were paired with an IDES 235 illustrator to design an illustration that would visually introduce the story in a magazine. The results were impressive, and the students of both classes really enjoyed the collaborative development.

Shown above: How I Weave Reconciliation written by Cohen Isberg and illustrated by Aidan Zecchel.

Curious about going pro? Open Studio Day at IDEA is Saturday February 9, 2019

Twice a year we invite the public to our Open Studio Day, for an overview of the entire program and to show what makes it distinctive from other schools. Plus, it’s a chance to see where the action happens, and meet both faculty and current students. Mark the date: Saturday, November 3rd, 1 – 4 p.m.

We begin at 1 p.m. with a Keynote presentation, followed by studio tours, friendly portfolio reviews, and a drawing session. Shown above: Illustration by Alice Zeng (IDEA18), Junior Designer at If Communications.

First year IDEA student, Joyce Chan, rolls with themes of self care and positivity

First year IDEA School of Design student, Joyce Chan is really grateful to be in such a comprehensive program where she gets to learn about creative thinking, photography and life drawing in her first year. Being a first year student in Capilano University’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is both a reward and a challenge for her.

Joyce has always been interested in photo manipulation shown above in her self portrait inspired by a quote by author Mark Manson. Read her story.

Annual Valentine’s Day Card Fundraiser Sale by IDEA students at Capilano U starts today!

Second-year students at IDEA School of Design, Capilano University's Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program, design, illustrate, print and sell Valentine's Day cards each year as a fundraiser for their third-year class field trip next year. The sale starts Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the library and cafeteria at Capilano University.

First year IDEA student, Annika McFarlane, reflects on her first term in a 4 year art school degree program

When she got the assignment to do a self-portrait (shown above), Annika McFarlane (IDEA22) created herself out of some of her most iconic pieces of clothing, and surrounded herself with pieces of the places that she often finds herself in. It took her about 5 hours to collect all of the objects, arrange them and shoot the portrait.

In this story, Annika reflects on her first term at IDEA School of Design and shares some of her work. She could not be more stoked to be spending the next 4 years at IDEA. Early applications for Fall 2019 close on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Introducing first year IDEA student, Alina Sandu

For first year student, Alina Sandu, life at Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design is like living in the fast lane. Self-portrait (shown above). Read Alina’s story for a glimpse into a student’s life in art school.

Study design in Vancouver! Early Applications for Fall 2019 are now open. SlideRoom closes midnight, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 for Early Admission Applications to the Bachelor of Design at Capilano University.

Great work from 2nd Year students Annual Report Design Projects

The first big design project for 2nd Year this term produced some great work. The students created annual and community reports that really highlighted their conceptual thinking, design and illustration skills. Shown above: Haluka Yagi (IDEA21) Annual Report Design for Braille Literacy Canada. Check out some of our favourites by Anna Tsybulnyk, Haluka Yagi, Sophie Young and Valeriya Kim!

IDEA students win in Brand Identity and Print Design at 2018 GDC/BC Salazar Student Awards

Congratulations to our 2018 GDC/BC Salazar Student Award winners: Alice Zeng (IDEA18), Winner and Finalist (Brand Identity) for City of Valencia Rebrand, Ata Ojani (IDEA20), Finalist (Brand Identity) for Qmunity Building Campaign, Pamella Pinard (IDEA18), Finalist (Print Design) for Rhyme & Reason Lyric Festival branding and posters and Heather Haughn (IDEA20), Honorable Mention (Print Design) for Martin Guitar Annual Report!

Open Studio Day | Saturday November 3, 2018

Curious about going pro?

Twice a year we invite the public to our Open Studio Day, for an overview of the entire program and to show what makes it distinctive from other schools. Plus, it’s a chance to see where the action happens, and meet both faculty and current students. Mark the date: Saturday, November 3rd, 1 – 4 p.m.

We begin at 1 p.m. with a Keynote presentation, followed by studio tours, friendly portfolio reviews, and a drawing session. Shown above: Book cover illustration by Maxwell Littledale (IDEA18).

CapFest Mural Dedication

On Sept. 22nd, Capilano University officially marked its fiftieth birthday with CapFest, a campus-wide celebration open to the general public. Part of the festivities involved the dedication of nine newly painted murals. Where does IDEA come in? Nine of the thirteen jury-selected artists hail from the IDEA School of Design, both as alumni and current students. Their varied and vivid contributions have transformed the North Vancouver campus. From left: Capilano University President Paul Dangerfield; Brynn Staples (IDEA Grad 2020); Vancouver Mural Society Executive Director David Vertesi; Emily Huynh, Courtney Lamb, Ata Ojani (all three, IDEA Grad 2020)

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!