Karin Jager, M.Ed. CGD
Department Head
Communication Design Instructor

Karin Jager is an educator, designer and advocate for the design profession. As head of the Graphic and Digital Design program she actively promotes experiential learning and community engagement.

A CGD certified graphic designer and Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) member since 1989, Karin strongly supports professional collaboration, outreach initiatives and standards of practice. She served the GDC as VP Education National from 2012–2014, building a Canadian educational community. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education majoring in post-secondary leadership from Simon Fraser University and completed her undergraduate studies in design at Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1985).  

Karin's research interests focus on graphic design as an emerging discipline in post-secondary education in Canada. Previously, she was faculty at Capilano University where she taught design and actively contributed in a leadership capacity as Chair, for the School of Media Arts, and in curriculum development and program assessment. She was instrumental in the design of the highly successful IDEA Program and co-authored Capilano's new Bachelor of Design. Her professional practice specialized in corporate communications and information design.


Nova Hopkins
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.

Miranda Ting, BA
Interactive Design Instructor

Shayne Letain
Dynamic Media and Illustration Instructor

Jason Neve
Digital Media Instructor

Michael Love
Photography Instructor

Toni LaTour
Drawing Instructor 



Camilla Coates, GDD Lab Technician

Wayne Chin, GDD Lab Technician

Vicki Bolan, Department Assistant

Paula Funk, BFA Educational Advisor


Portfolio Show

New Frontiers
Tues April 28
HighStreet J150
Reception 4–6 pm
PechaKucha 6–8 pm

New Frontiers: Graphic + Digital Design Portfolio Show 2015


Early Applicants
Priority Review
Application: March 31
Portfolio Submission:
April 14, 3:30 pm
Mission Campus

Late Applicants
Application: May 15
Portfolio Submission:
May 26, 3:30 pm
Mission Campus

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