The dutchDesign Field School will spend six weeks studying design, culture and innovation in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Students will have the opportunity to work with and conduct interviews with the nation's top designers. Priority registration for SIAT majors with third year level experience in Design.

Field School Director: Russell Taylor <>
2015 Project Website:


The program consists of three courses totalling nine SFU units. All instruction will be in English.

IAT 395-3: North Europe Design Field School: Contexts of design
This is the first of three courses in the North Europe Design Field School and is intended to prepare students to go into the field. Students explore the contexts and interconnectedness of design, innovation and technology in selected, leading Northern European design organizations, schools and other institutions.

IAT 396-­3: North Europe Design Field School: Design inquiry
This course enables students to situate their practice in the field. By experiencing, investigating, responding to and processing the range of factors and cultural impacts on design, students learn about themselves as emerging designers.

IAT 397-­3: North Europe Design Field School: Design synthesis
Students work individually, and in teams to synthesize investigations of the design inquiry and scenarios. Students will benefit from working individually and in teams to synthesize their field experiences to produce a professional-quality design artifact that demonstrates their collective knowledge, technical proficiencies, and leadership.


The tentative dates in the field are April 24 - June 7, 2015.*

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Costs and Funding

*Tuition (nine units) $1,608.53
Program Fees $5,821.56
Total Cost (estimated)  

*Differential tuition fees are charged for international students.

Program Fees include:

    Shared Accommodation          Some Group Meals
    In-Country Transportation
         Field Trips
  Pre-Departure Orientation, In-Field/Re-Entry Support

Program fees do not include the cost of international airfare, independent travel, inoculations, or mandatory travel health insurance. Program costs quoted in Canadian dollars are approximate, and may vary subject to exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Please see here for the 2013 dutchDesign Field School costs.

Students must pay tuition and program fees directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU calendar.

The cost of the program is estimated and subject to change.

Students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries.


dutchDesign applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure.
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA.
  • Consent of the Field School Director.

Please note, priority registration for SIAT majors, with third year level experience in Design (including IAT336/337/338).

For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students, please see the Application page. 

SIAT students who have completed or are completing IAT 338 or IAT 438 do not need to submit a reference letter.

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:00PM

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. (Please note that, while Centre staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.)

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.