Kwantlen Polytechnic University
TECHNICAL APPAREL DESIGN INSTRUCTOR – Competition ID: 1331
Position Type: Qualified Faculty List
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.
KPU takes its name from the Kwantlen First Nation. We work, study, and live in a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.
Imagine teaching in a new, cutting-edge facility backed by a 30-year history as an industry leader. The Wilson School of Design (WSD) has seven different programs that encourage students to take risks and innovate in small, personalized classes offering intensive hands-on learning experiences and state-of-the-art equipment.
Technical Apparel Design is updating our qualified faculty list and vetting current instructors from across KPU. As a result of the curricular changes from our program review, the new program model started in Fall 2021 with an improved program and five new courses. Calendar descriptions for each course are included at the end of the posting.
We are seeking applicants who are qualified to teach one or a selection of the following courses:
• DETA 5110 - Technical Apparel in Context
• DETA 5120 – Technical Textile Technologies
• DETA 5140 – Introduction to Technical Apparel Production
• DETA 5200 – Business Strategies for Technical Apparel
• DETA 5210 – User Research for Technical Apparel
• DETA 5230 – Strategic Design Innovation
• DETA 5240 – Technical Drawing for Product Development (new)
• DETA 5440 – Technical Apparel Production (new)
• DETA 5550 – Technical Apparel Industry Experience (new)
• DETA 5980 – Capstone Research
• DETA 5985 – Capstone Development and Production (new)
Minimum required qualifications include:
• Master’s Degree in Apparel Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, or related discipline,
• Minimum of 8-10 years of diverse experience related to Technical Apparel Design,
• Evidence of experience or expertise appropriate to specific course content,
• Demonstration of a clear understanding of related fields, and
• Post-secondary teaching experience is preferred, but not mandatory.
Include your resume, cover letter, and copies of post-secondary transcripts in your application. In addition, provide a rationale for the courses you are applying to teach. The course numbers, course names, and updated calendar descriptions of all courses offered are listed below.
DETA 5110 - Technical Apparel in Context
Students will examine the relationship between technical apparel and the intended context of use. They will learn to apply a human-centred systems approach to characterize human, functional, and environmental design requirements and objectives. Students will explore selected topics in ergonomics, anthropometry, psychology, thermal physiology, kinesiology, and safety as they relate to technical apparel design for recreational, occupational, athletic, survival, and therapeutic contexts.
DETA 5120 – Technical Textile Technologies
Students will develop their knowledge of textile technologies that are revolutionizing the technical apparel industry. They will study the properties, processing, and testing of technical textiles for a range of applications including performance enhancing apparel, safety, medical, and military applications. Students will gain an understanding of the properties that influence function and performance of technical textiles and approaches for material sustainability. They will explore ways to apply research to further promote their understanding of technical textile applications.
DETA 5140 – Introduction to Technical Apparel Production
Students will be introduced to specialized production methodologies for technical apparel. They will examine technical apparel components to understand the implications of product integrity. Students will execute rapid prototyping techniques as an iterative process and evaluate production methodologies for fit, function, and environmental sustainability.
DETA 5200 – Business Strategies for Technical Apparel
Students will explore and create new market opportunities by applying product development strategies and envisioning future trends for the technical apparel industry. Research skills will be used to validate viable products. They will critique business models and business strategies while considering diverse organizational, social, and cultural relationships. Students will also assess geographical, ethical, and sustainability issues related to the use and function of technical apparel in sourcing and product development processes.
DETA 5210 – User Research for Technical Apparel
Students will apply and critique methods of engaging with and learning from technical apparel users throughout an iterative design process. They will formulate and implement testing strategies to evaluate user experience of technical apparel products.
DETA 5230 – Strategic Design Innovation
Students will explore technical apparel design opportunities, creative strategies, technological advances, and leadership styles. Through a rigorous design research process, they will solve technical apparel related problems innovatively and creatively. The methodology and skills in this course will be the foundation for the final capstone project.
DETA 5240 – Technical Drawing for Product Development
Students will explore a variety of techniques in technical design and drawing that use both manual and digital applications for specification packages. They will apply garment components and apparel terminology for sketching and technical drawings. Students will apply computer applications and digital design communication used in the apparel industry. They will explore industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite to create professional level communication tools. Students will develop their digital skills to create effective presentations.
DETA 5440 – Technical Apparel Production
Students will research and analyze advanced production methodologies for technical apparel. They will further examine technical apparel components to understand the implications of product integrity. Students will execute rapid prototyping techniques as an iterative process and evaluate production methodologies for fit, function, and environmental sustainability. Students will use industrial machinery, equipment, materials, and construction techniques specifically for technical apparel.
DETA 5550 – Technical Apparel Industry Experience
Students will reflect on learning and career aims as they develop an individualized learning plan for their strategic career exploration within the technical apparel industry. Students will examine how the application of their skills affects their work and their relationships with others in an organization as they develop new industry contacts. They will provide professional strategic documents and analyze their learning.
DETA 5980 – Capstone Research
Students will engage in market research, while exploring creative strategies, technological advances, and leadership approaches in the design of technical performance apparel. They will evaluate principles of research design methodology for the purposes of measuring potential innovation and creative solutions. Through research, students will develop an evidence-based strategic design direction that will inform their final capstone project.
DETA 5985 – Capstone Development and Production
Students will develop and conduct a complete design process for technical apparel based on the approval of the capstone proposal in DETA 5980 Capstone Research. They will apply the key elements of an iterative design process to generate and validate a detailed, responsive design and an associated business strategy. Students will incorporate an understanding of the human-centered systems approach, textile technologies, apparel production standards, user and market analyses, business strategies, project management, and innovation.
Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?
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