Looking for a Fashion and Design School in Singapore? – Explore MDIS School of Fashion and Design (SFD)

The MDIS School of Fashion and Design was established to nurture a new generation of creative professionals in the fields of Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing through teaching excellence.

In correspondence to the rapidly growing and ever-changing fashion and Jewellery industry, the School is offering more varied degree programmes for those who have interests in either fashion design or fashion marketing and communication. In 2019, The Jewellery Design and Management International School (JDMIS), a MDIS joint venture, continued to grow and build awareness of Fashion and Jewellery industry in Singapore and abroad.

Fashion and Design Programmes Available in MDIS

In correspondence to the rapidly growing and ever-changing fashion industry, SFD offers a variety of degree programmes for those interested in fashion design or fashion marketing and communication. 

Partnering with the University of Sunderland (UK), the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Product and Promotion prepares students to be industry-ready, to make their mark in the fashion world and to unleash creative ideas. The Fashion Product and Promotion degree programme explores students’ individuality as designers and experiments and innovates on marketing and promotion.

In the Fashion Marketing and Communication’s specialisation, MDIS offers the Higher Diploma in Fashion Marketing and Communication. This programme provides a progressive education in Fashion Communication and Promotion that focuses on technical expertise for developing contemporary and original fashion styling, digital marketing, media, and communication direction. This programme will allow a degree pathway into the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion by Teesside University (UK).

With these two specialisations, the school hopes to groom students to be competitive young talents of the industry.

Students will undergo a 100% coursework curriculum based on project and studio practice. Learning experiences are also enhanced through an optimum student-lecturer ratio, classes with experienced teaching faculty, and modern facilities housed within on-campus Fashion Studios. 

To work towards a more industry-led learning ground for the students, they will have opportunities to collaborate with local or global brands in practical real-life collaborations and in participating in the Graduate Fashion Show – all part of the curriculum here in our school in Singapore. Read more about the MDIS Graduate Fashion Show here.

Programme Pathway

 

Jewellery Design

 

Fashion Design

Programme Pathway

 

Jewellery Design

 

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List of Programmes

At MDIS School of Fashion and Design, we offer specialised programmes in fashion design and marketing, ranging from International Foundation Diploma to Bachelor's degree.

Degree

Teesside University, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion NewAwarded By: Teesside University, UKFull TimePart Time
University of Sunderland, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Product and Promotion NewAwarded By: University of Sunderland, UKFull TimePart Time

Advanced Diploma

Higher Diploma

Diploma

MDIS
Diploma in Fine Jewellery Design (Enhanced) NewAwarded By: MDISFull Time
MDIS
Diploma in Precious Metal Arts (Enhanced) NewAwarded By: MDISFull Time

International Foundation Diploma

The following programmes are currently on teach out mode. We are no longer accepting students for these programmes.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fashion and Textile Design, awarded by University of Portsmouth (Teach-out by Dec 2023)
Bachelor Of Arts (Honours) Fashion Design, awarded by Northumbria University (Teach-out by Sep 2021)
Bachelor Of Arts (Honours) Fashion Marketing and Branding, awarded by Northumbria University (Teach-out by Sep 2021)

Faculty and Staff

The School of Fashion and Design faculty is made up of experienced and well qualified industry professionals.

Bernie Xu


Head of School
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Creative practice is his passion. Bernie Xu is Head of the School of Fashion and Design at Management Development Institute of Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Hons, in Fashion Design from Northumbria University, New Castle. Following his graduation, his collection was exhibited during the London Fashion week and had over 20 years’ experience in the Fashion industry. He has taught, led and managed a whole range of programs with several of top fashion university partners as BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design by University of Portsmouth (UK); BA (Hons) Fashion Product and Promotion by University of Sunderland (UK); BA (Hons) Fashion Design / BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding by Nottingham Trent University (UK).

Bernie spent his illustrious career as a nimble, entrepreneurial, creative leader in R&D, Marketing, Merchandising and sales development department. Monitoring licensing brand’s OTB, Distribution, Pricing, Inventory, and Navigating Trends always stay relevance with marketing and commutation department for multiples retail point of sales and E-commerce marketplace. Ensure that effectiveness to look beyond work and focus on the needs of the entire company. Involves Leading & working with managers from different departments to help them prepare presentations and manage contract negotiations. Oversee multiple product lines in different regions.

Hanna Lai


Lecturer
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Hanna has been in the fashion design industry for more than a decade, specialising in sportswear, men’s and women's wear. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s, she embarked on her career in the fashion industry as a Senior Fashion Designer and Consultant.

She was selected to showcase her collection at the Graduates Fashion Week in London, with her graduate collection alongside top UK and international universities.

While attaining her degree, Hanna was also awarded the grand prize in the Nefful Fashion Discovery 2018 competition, Best Graduate Award and the prestigious Peru Embassy Award - which recognises well-rounded academic achievers. Her works have also been chosen to be showcased at the India-ASEAN Weaving Textiles Relations as well as NAFA’s Best of Best 2018: Creative Differences exhibition.

Aparna Ganguly

Lecturer
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Aparna Ganguly is a fashion professional strategist who loves to create great products and brings it to people online and offline. She has been in the fashion industry for 20 years specializing in product development and has in-depth knowledge of merchandising, product development, negotiations, sourcing and vendor management, budgeting, cost controls, branding and team building. She held various regional positions during her career in the retail industry. She worked as Regional Merchandising Manager at Crocs Shoes and Regional Product Manager at Bata Shoes. She managed various countries in Southeast Asia as well as Australia, Japan, and Korea. She is widely travelled and attends the most important international leather and fashion accessories and footwear event, Micam and Mipel Fair in Milan and Canton Fair in China.

She holds a Masters in Design in Fashion Design and Technology specializing in Leather Apparel Design and Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT, New Delhi). She has a passion for teaching and organizes events for children to educate them on sustainability, recycling and upcycling of scraps. She is also running her Art Academy for kids and adults since 2015.

Currently, she is an associate lecturer at the MDIS School of Fashion and Design.

 

Ace Chia

Associate Lecturer
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Ace has eight years of experience in the fashion industry and has collaborated with brands such as L'Oréal Professional and Triumph International for her label. Her expertise includes apparel design, footwear design, pattern-making and conceptualisation. 

In 2014, Ace was invited as a speaker during the inaugural Singapore Design Week. As a fashion photographer, she has published works in magazines and worked with companies such as Shiseido Professional and TruDance.

As a lecturer, Ace has been involved in a number of collaborations, including womenswear brands such as Ouwey Taiwan and i-13 Concept Pte Ltd. For these projects, she mentored students and helped them to gain an understanding of the industry and develop market-ready products.

While juggling her passion for teaching and running events for her photography company, she is also currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Design.

Carolynne Ng

Associate Lecturer
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Carolynne Ng has been a creative business solutions designer and a collaborative relationship builder since attaining a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, in 2000. She is currently pursuing the Master of Arts in Professional Education with the National Institute of Education and will be graduating in 2021.

She was a programme coordinator and lecturer for Raffles College of Higher Education, a private education institution. Prior to this, she became the Business Director for Elementz Media, managing the advertising and sales for Singapore’s edition of L’Officiel. She has also represented image consultant company Jill Lowe International. Currently, she is an associate lecturer at the MDIS School of Fashion and Design. 

Carolynne holds the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and Advanced Certificate in Career Development Facilitation (ACCDF), and is also certified as a Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) Facilitator. She is a trainer for Everest Innovation where she delivers WSQ programmes on leadership and people management, and business management. Furthermore, she designs corporate training programmes and is an Instructional Designer for authoring platform, ArClab.

Currently, she is the Lead Growth Specialist for The Good Life Family Club where marketing opportunities are created for various brands. In 25 years of her career, she has worked in various industries ranging from advertising, to manufacturing, and including healthcare for both local and international markets. 

Passion for Fashion? Join Our Fashion and Design School in Singapore

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will seek opportunities in the aspects of designing, retailing, marketing, merchandising, styling and branding in Singapore and Overseas.

Prospective fashion and design students can go to the official SFD Facebook page to get an insight into what our school programme in Singapore has to offer.

Read about the experiences of both local and international students at MDIS.

“The MDIS School of Fashion and Design had provided me with a convenient education pathway from the foundation stage into a degree programme. In addition, as I have no prior experience or knowledge of fashion and design, my lecturers helped me learn everything from the basics – this has enabled me to follow each of the steps in my programme well. As the school collaborates with brands, the modules are industry-relevant in preparing me for my career – this has allowed me to learn how to work and deal with clients. ”

Bridgitta Angeline
Alumna
Class of 2021
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

“My programme provided me with a clear structure for creating my designs, starting from research to textiles. In addition to fashion design, the programme has provided me with insights into textile design, which has helped enhance my designs and originality. Despite having difficulties achieving an ideal shape/silhouette, I highly enjoy making my own garments, as the final result is always worth it. Through the challenges of making each garment, I would always gain a new understanding and knowledge of drafting, sewing and fabric properties. ”

Teo Ka Yong
Alumna
Class of 2021
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

“In the fast-changing and competitive world of fashion design today, my programme is always up- to- with trends in beauty. All my modules have been engaging and have provided me with the change to improve myself continuously. For example, I initially struggled with writing my assignments, but my lecturers guided me throughout the process. ”

Jiang Zhi Bo
Alumna
Class of 2021
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

“MDIS was my top choice as I wanted an environment that had a diverse mix of disciplines so that I could mingle and network with people across different faculties. . My favourite aspect of my full-time programme at the School of Fashion and Design was that I was able to explore and transform my ideas into live physical works of art. The process of doing so was really enjoyable as I got to experience different techniques and innovations. My course has definitely helped me realise my dream of creating my own brand after gaining some experience in the fashion industry. I would highly recommend the MDIS School of Fashion and Design to anyone who wants to make a difference in the industry by creating your own labels after you graduate with the skills and experience you have developed here. ”

Ma Ni
Alumna
Class of 2021
MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Students in the MDIS campus will have opportunities to do collaborations with local and global brands.

Some recent examples are:

  • Mediacorp Star Awards 2018 (outfit for Actress Pan Ling Ling)
  • Mediacorp SPOP SING! 2018 (outfit for Singer/Actor Nathan Hartono)
  • Ouwey womenswear (designs selected and sold online across major cities in China)
  • Royal Commonwealth Society Recycled Plastics Avant-Garde Modest Wear 
     

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes. With the fashion industry emphasising on creativity, our Fashion Design courses do not require applicants to have a strong drawing foundation. Providing students with thorough training in fashion drawing, our Fashion School in Singapore equips students with the necessary skills to excel in the industry. Depending on your passion, choose from the slew of Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Promotion courses.

Fashion Design courses focus on handicraft skills, while Fashion Marketing and Promotion emphasises a knowledge-based understanding of Fashion Marketing, Communication, and Retailing.

With a low risk of job displacement due to automation, the opportunities presented to Design School graduates in Singapore are aplenty. There are many career prospects including but not limited to Bespoke Designer, Fashion Designer, Stylist, Surface Designer, Accessory Designer, Bags Designer, Image-Maker, Illustrator, Textile Designer, Textile Specialist, Colour Engineer, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Influencer, and Pattern Drafter. Graduates can also explore employment options such as a Fashion and Lifestyle Sales Manager, Brand Manager, Fashion Merchandiser and Buyer, Visual Merchandiser, Production Manager, Creative team leader, Research & Development Manager, Fashion Educator, Allocation Manager, Retail Manager, Art Director, and Fashion Show Producer.

With a low risk of job displacement due to automation, the opportunities presented to Design School graduates in Singapore are endless. There are several employment prospects including but not limited to Fashion and Lifestyle Business Manager, Brand Manager, PR Manager, Fashion Merchandising Manager, Visual Merchandising Manager, Marketing Manager, Buyer, Creative Team Leader, Fashion Educator, Allocation Manager, Store Manager, and Public Relations Expert. Other job opportunities in the creative field include Image Makers, Art Directors, Fashion Show Producers, Filmmakers, Bloggers, Social Networkers, Online Marketers, Fashion Writers, Fashion Journalists, Commentators and Theorists, Event Planners, Stylists, Fashion Influencers, and Fashion Writers.

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