Design

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Design is the process of visual communication and visual problem solving through the use of existing tools to produce a desired end product.

Any course in the field provides you a practical hands-on experience across a wealth of art and design subjects. Design is vast, besides photography and graphic related work, design is also present in art history, animation, illustration, computer animation, ceramics, fabrics, furniture, glass, interior design, web design, and more.

Taking up Design courses will enable you to communicate ideas or the artistic value in your design effectively.

Pathway

It takes approximately 3 years to complete a degree in design. Most degree programs would incorporate art theory as well as preparing students to grasp key multimedia software and tools utilized in the industry.Graduates of this program will have a strong theoretical foundation and be able to advance themselves to higher levels of study. They will also have the technical skills to ensure that they are well suited for the industry.

Subject Focus

SPM

  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • MUET

University Level

  • Communication Skills
  • History of Art & Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Computer Graphic
  • Typography Studies
  • Digital Photography & Imaging
  • Creative Communication Design
  • Web Media & Development
  • Animation
  • Art Law & Cyber Law
Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ASI (Artistic, Social, Investigative)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

There are a lot of professional path that a designer could venture into. Below are some examples of job industries that would require designers:

  • 3D design
  • Communication Design
  • Film/television
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual Art
Salary

Entry Level: RM 3,000 to RM 4,500Senior Designer: RM 5,000 to RM 8,000

Professional: RM 6,000 to RM 10,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia: In Malaysia, the market is quite challenging as more and more private companies are looking for experienced designers. In the private sector, you can work for a variety of businesses such as design consultancies and studios or branding specialists.Advertising and PR agencies are another possibility, where you’d be involved in the process of creating positive images of organizations, individuals and products, and delivering imaginative solutions that generate sales or an increase in business interest.

Participating in relevant competitions and exhibitions can help you to promote yourself and build up your contacts. You could try and get some work experience, for example working for a film production company, television channel or even a magazine, or do some voluntary work on local projects.

You may be part of a team specializing in advertising design, including identity and event branding or corporate communication.

Overseas: Only with the skills and experience you have built over the years would allow you to go abroad. There are countries that still require development in the multimedia sector, designers would play a big role in the process. In the public sector, employers include museums, local authorities, schools, colleges and hospitals.

Some graduates set up their own studios and work as exhibiting artists or work as part of a studio collective.

Useful Links:

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

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