Karin Jager, M.Ed. CGD
Communication Design Instructor
Karin Jager is an educator, designer and advocate for the design profession. As head of the Graphic and Digital Design program at the University of the Fraser Valley in Mission, British Columbia, she actively promotes experiential learning and connecting with the local community.
Karin is engaged in professional communities serving the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) as VP Education National (2012–2014). A GDC CGD member since 1989, Karin strongly supports professional collaboration, outreach initiatives and standards of practice. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education majoring in post-secondary leadership from Simon Fraser University, complementing a 4-year diploma in graphic design from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1985).
Karin's research interests include an expansive study on post-secondary design education in Canada. Previously, she was faculty at Capilano University where she taught design and actively contributed in a leadership capacity to program and curriculum development and assessment. Her professional practice specialized in corporate communication and information design.
Branding and Communication Design Instructor
Raised in Mission BC, Nova Hopkins joined the University’s Graphic and Digital Design program in 2013. Once a student of fine arts in the University of the Fraser Valley herself, as well as a graduate of Capilano University’s Graphic Design and Illustration (IDEA) program, she believes in helping others by inspiring neighbours and communities to come together through design, nature, placemaking and food.
Nova’s professional experience began at the Vancouver agency, Karo Group Inc., where she specialized in corporate communication and environmental design. Her portfolio of clients include Simon Fraser University, ICBC, Air Canada, Canada Place, BC Hydro and many large real estate developments.
Her life’s journey brought her back home to the Fraser Valley where she joined Relevention Marketing Inc. There, as creative director, she built the design department and specialized in brand identities for small and medium sizes businesses and non-profits including BC Agricultural Council, Silver Hills Bakery, FH Canada, Hardbite Potato Chips, Globe Printers and Canuck Place.
Now, as a local independent brand consultant and designer under Nova Hopkins Studios, she partners with small and medium size businesses—building strong relationships with the companies she represents, from concept to rollout.
Nova brings an organic view to design—as a certified Permaculturalist. Nova unites her approach to permaculture with her artist background looking at imaginative ways to create, design and build connections. Away from the classroom or her design studio—you can find her amongst her mason bees.
Interactive Design Instructor
Digital Media Instructor
Dynamic Media and Illustration Instructor
Digital Media Instructor
Dennis Greer, MFA
Camilla Coates, GDD Lab Technician
Wayne Chin, GDD Lab Technician
Vicki Bolan, Department Assistant
Paula Funk, BFA Educational Advisor