IDEA: Illustration and Design- Elements and Applications

The IDEA program is where I (IDEA Rabbit) was born 🙂

It’s a very intensive, three year diplma program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. The first year is focused on traditional mediums, great for those who are illustrators, using acrylic, watercolours, gouache, oil, etc. Second year is getting introduced to digital stuff. You get a digital camera, a new imac computer with all the software needed, plus a wacom tablet! These are all included in the tuition, which isn’t that much differnt from UofC tuition (roughly $2800-3300 per semester).
In your final third year, it’s all about preparing your portfolio and grad show!!

The teachers are all professionals who work in the industry. You might have seen my earlier posts, but founders of Hangar 18 both work as teachers. St. Bernadine, Elevator Strategy, Wasserman + Partners and Advertising, and so on. There are also illustrators like Si Huynh and Ben Tour that teaches too. The program also has a lot of connection with the local design firms which is great to get your foot in the door! Get lots of exposure.

Check out their official site at

You can also check out our grad page and see what kind of designers and illustrators are born after three years!

Or you can email me at if you have any questions from someone that actually took the program.


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