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

With Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design awarded by the University of Portsmouth, students are ready to make their mark on the fashion world and unleash student creative ideas, this is the Fashion and Textile Design degree course to explore student individuality as a designer, and to experiment and innovate use of textiles. This Design degree enables the student to establish a career as a successful designer for the fashion and textile industry, recognises student individual strengths, and supports the student in becoming a confident and knowledgeable professional in the fashion and lifestyle industry.

In the Fashion Marketing and Communication’s specialisation, MDIS offers the Higher Diploma in Fashion Marketing and Communication and this programme provide a progressive education in Fashion Communication that focuses on the technical expertise for the development of contemporary and original fashion media and communication direction. This programme will allow a degree pathway in Fashion Communication and Promotion.

Hence with these two specialised programmes, 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 in addition to 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

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.


University of Portsmouth, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion and Textile DesignAwarded By: University of Portsmouth, UKFull Time
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 in Fine Jewellery Design (Enhanced) NewAwarded By: MDISFull Time
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 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

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.

Siti Farhana (Kae Hana)

MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Kae Hana graduated from the LASALLE College of the Arts in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fashion Design. She has been in the fashion industry for over a decade with vast experience in managing two labels, lecturing in her alma mater and establishing the University of Sunderland’s Fashion Design and Promotion for MDIS Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 

She has been invited to showcase her work at the Singapore Fashion week two years in a row along with other shows like Blueprint, and Digital Fashion Week. She has been selected to collaborate with Opera web to create a series of wallpapers from her digital prints that are showcased on their web browser.

She now lectures in full-time at MDIS and believes in preparing future designers to be ready for the ever-evolving fashion landscape. 

Melinda Lau

MDIS School of Fashion and Design

Melinda graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2018, specialising in fashion textiles. Her expertise and interest lies in creating creative textiles and textures. For her graduate collection, Melinda worked with advanced technology such as laser cutting, combined with knotting yarns through a technique known as macramé. She has a broad knowledge in textile-making and enjoys handiwork.

For her internship, she has worked with one of Singapore’s most renowned bridal companies and has helped extensively in hand embroidery, lacework and beading. 

Melinda now oversees the fashion studios and assists lecturers in the School of Fashion and Design. She also organises and runs workshops for the public such as screen printing and tie-dyeing. Melinda welcomes any conversation about generating textiles and prints and loves to engage with students to help them experience and discover the importance, as well as beauty of textures. She hopes to inspire students to think critically, creatively, and push boundaries in how they view and use textiles.

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.

“When my dress was selected by Ms Pan Ling Ling to be worn at Star Awards 2018; it was an unforgettable moment in my life as a student designer in the fashion industry. MDIS gave me the opportunity to participate in a competition. Thanks to MDIS, I got to design her dress for the red carpet. I learned a lot of things that could only be taught by experience.”

Agata Maureen
MDIS Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Design

“I am very grateful to my lecturers who have always given me their full support and guidance when I needed them. Recently, I was awarded 2nd place in the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2019 (Singapore). Last year I also won 3rd place in the Men’s Folio Designer of the Year. I am very happy and proud of my achievements and will never forget my time in MDIS School of Fashion and Design.”

Zoey Zhao
MDIS Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Design

“The fashion and textile design programme offers a huge variety of learning experiences through its workshops. I just completed my first term; and the amount of skills and knowledge gained in just a couple of months is amazing. The School of Fashion and Design faculty is always readily available to help students. This programme gives me the right energy and motivation to pursue my passion in the world of fashion.”

Srishti Mehta
MDIS Student
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion and Textile 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.

Contact Us

Local Students

+65 6247 9111

International Students

+65 6796 7660

+65 6950 6398

China / Taiwan / Hong Kong
+65 9066 8857
+65 8305 5107

WeChat ID: sgmdis
Laos / Cambodia
+65 8779 6040
+65 9814 2969
Myanmar/ Thailand
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