Fashion Design

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Fashion design is the process of work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges. They typically specialize in one area of design, such as sportswear, children’s wear, footwear or accessories.

There are a lot of colleges and institutions that have Fashion Design programmes but only a handful has the kind of reputation that can really push your career forward. Fashion design teaches you to artistically apply design and aesthetics or even natural beauty to clothing and accessories.

Fashion design involves learning how to make patterns, construct garments and produce designs from tools and creative softwares. At the culmination of the course, students are given the opportunity to enter into various fashion design competitions to showcase their work.

Pathway

To become a professional fashion designer, you will need a strong sense of visual artistic value and you must be aware of the changes and trends in fashion. It takes 3 years to complete a bachelor degree in fashion design and an additional year of foundation prior, if you don’t have the basics.The main objective of most fashion design programmes is to ensure graduates excel in the fashion designing career and industries related to it. Due to changes in fashion trends, graduates are trained to adapt and are able to communicate their designs effectively.

Subject Focus

SPM

  • Art
  • General Studies
  • English
  • Bahasa Melayu
  • MUET

University Level

  • Fashion Figure Drawing
  • Research and Development for Fashion Design
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Pattern Making Techniques
  • Pattern Development
  • Garment Making Techniques
  • Mass Production Techniques
  • Apparel Marketing and Retailing
  • Modernism in Fashion
  • Different levels if Surface Design
  • Fashion Event Management
  • Professional Ethics
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Economic Analysis for Decision Making
Personality Type

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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.

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

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Career Info
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Fashion Photographer

Alternative careers:

  • Illustrator
  • Textile designer
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Press photographer
  • Photographer
  • Interior and spatial designer
Salary

Entry Level: RM 2,000 to RM 4,500Professional: RM 5,000 to RM 8,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia: The fashion industry is growing in Malaysia, trends of hijab brands and other imported products in the clothing line has increased the pace of the fashion industry quite favorably.In support of the industry, the Malaysian International Trade and Industry (MITI) is providing funding through the Malaysian Textile and Apparel Centre to help players in designing, export promotions and international marketing. During 1996 to 2005, a total of RM4.9 billion was approved for textile and apparel investments.

Overseas: Opportunities abroad depends on your work’s value and credibility. Companies may be reluctant to consider candidates without previous experience in the industry. Work experience of any kind in a design studio is highly desirable. Experience in retail can be useful too.

The majority of fashion and clothing designers abroad would work for branded/high-street stores and independent labels. They may be employed at an in-house design studio, based in either a manufacturing or retail organization.

Others work in specialist design studios serving the couture and designer ready-to-wear markets and their work may include producing designs for a number of manufacturing or retailing companies.

Useful Links

Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association

Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers

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