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

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 design 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 

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 

Miranda has a diploma in Interactive Media & Web Design with a Bachelors of Arts from University of British Columbia. Miranda specializes in interactive media such as WordPress, user experience, e-commerce, and website development. 

Miranda is very passionate about online presence that empower and educates its audience. For example she tells her students mastering “chicken faces” and “divs” can change the face of web development. She has structured WordPress workshops that teaches individuals without any coding experience to build and manage their own website at the YMCA. In addition, Miranda developed curriculum for Stanford University at Digital Media Academy. She stresses the importance of web content and organizing thoughts for the audience to promote brand awareness. 

Miranda worked as a project manager for ZenHouse Media. She collaborated on a community project ‘Granville Island Works’. There she oversaw the development of a large scale website, designed an interactive map, managed media content and promotional packages geared towards gaining media attention and sponsorship in the community.

Shayne Letain
Dynamic Media and Illustration Instructor

Shayne Letain is a graphic designer, illustrator and animator with over twenty years of industry experience producing dynamic content for a wide variety of projects Shayne is delighted to be able to bring that experience into the classroom to share with his students. He has also created an online teaching website, The Idea Refinery, to share his experience with students everywhere.

Dennis Greer
Drawing Instructor  

Josh Vanderheide
Brand Identity and Packaging

Alex Wells
Communication Design and
Professional Practices



Wayne Chin, GDD Lab Technician

Jenia Pyzhyanova, Department Assistant Mission 

Vicki Bolan, Department Assistant Abbotsford

Paula Funk, BFA Educational Advisor


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