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KPU Richmond introduces new honours interior design program

KPU's honours option for its interior design program is "the first of its kind in Western Canada."
Lucie Gagné is the program chair of interior design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) has just announced an honours option for its interior design program.

According to KPU, the honours program at the Wilson School of Design is the "first of its kind in Western Canada."

Through the program, fourth-year bachelor of interior design students are given a chance to pursue an additional research or creative project to further their design knowledge.

“This honours program will grow students’ depth of knowledge and expand their opportunities in graduate studies,” said program chair Lucie Gagné.

“It also encourages collaboration with community and industry partners, and inspires exploration outside the program’s regular coursework.”

Gagné added that the honours program will distinguish the program "academically" and allow students to "build stronger networks with faculty and within the university."

KPU's bachelor of interior design is the first program accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation in B.C. It is also a zero-textbook cost program offering students scholarship opportunities and includes the requirement of a design field school.

Including the interior design program, KPU offers 11 honours baccalaureate degrees in total. Other credentials include psychology, philosophy, criminology, journalism and biology.