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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design

About the Course
Course Curriculum
International Application
Local Application

The Programme aims to:  

- To provide a challenging and stimulating study environment.
- To provide a framework allowing students to follow a flexible and coherent programme of study.
- To enable students to study a subject area and to develop subject specialist interests and knowledge.
- To provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills.
- To provide students with the skills and knowledge to maximise career and postgraduate study opportunities.
- To provide a broad contextual and historical knowledge of the fashion and textiles industries and related contexts.
- To provide students with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.
- To provide students with an understanding of the principles of manufacturing, promotion and retail in the fashion and textiles industries.
- To develop an awareness of trends within the fashion and textiles industries.
- To enable students to develop a high standard of visual and verbal communication skills using appropriate media.
- To provide students with the networking opportunities to develop relationships with a range of relevant companies or individuals.
- To develop an understanding of the variety of theoretical and critical approaches to issues in design and culture.
- To enable students to develop high levels of skills of critical judgment.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, graduates could work in areas such as:
- fashion, textile or accessories design
- trend prediction
- buying
- visual merchandising
- teaching or lecturing
- journalism or writing

Previous students in the UK campus have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:
- Ralph Lauren
- Hugo Boss
- Matthew Williamson

Others have secured careers working within major retailers including River Island, Fat Face, and Marks and Spencer. Previous students (from UK campus) on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:
- Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS.com
- Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer

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 

 

University of Portsmouth, UK

The University of Portsmouth prides itself on its excellent reputation for quality teaching and sustained, high levels of student satisfaction.

The University of Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the south east to receive the highest 'Gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a Government scheme that recognises excellent teaching in UK universities.

The Gold-rating sees the University of Portsmouth ranked among the top 20% of the 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers that entered the Teaching Excellence Framework

The University of Portsmouth is in the top 25 of The Guardian’s University Guide 2019 and at subject level, the University is in the Top 10 for six subject areas including Social Work (3rd), Criminology (4th), Economics (9th), Biosciences (9th) and Health Professions (10th). Other notable areas where subjects are in the Top 20 include Sports Science (13th overall), Psychology (16th overall) and Accounting and Finance (18th overall). The Guardian’s league table ranks universities according to: spending per student; student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey.

The University is ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education ranking of universities less than 50 years old.

The University has risen in The Complete University Guide, an independent ranking of excellence across 129 UK universities. It has climbed five places and is now ranked 51st in the UK, from 56th in 2018. This also means that the University of Portsmouth is now 8th in the south-east region. We're a top 30 UK university for teaching quality and student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2019.

More importantly the University was ranked as the number one university in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, according to The Economist. 2017 and 97.5% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2017.

The University is also ranked 36th this year in The Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey results for 2017, where students said the University offered inspiring experiences and activities across a range of areas including academic and societal experiences, facilities and industry connections.

YEAR 1 / LEVEL 4:

Core Skills: Fashion

Core Skills: Textiles

Design Research and Development

Digital Designing for Fashion and Textiles

Design Resolutions

Introduction to Visual Culture (Fashion and Textile Design)

 

YEAR 2 / LEVEL 5:

Intermediate Design Research and Development

Intermediate Design Resolutions

Enterprise Production and Manufacture

Enterprise Planning and Retail

Visual Culture: Performing Identity

Live Project

 

YEAR 3 / LEVEL 6:

Advanced Design Research

Advanced Design Development

Final Design Resolution

Self-Initiated Design Briefs and Student Competitions

Professional Strategies

Visual Culture: Research Paper

 

Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching modules

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 40 (tutorial/practical)

Click here to download profiles of lecturers.

 

Structure and Duration

Full-Time Programme Only

  • 36 months (Year 1 entry)
  • 24 months (Year 2 entry)

Commencement Date (2019)

Course Commencement Date  
Full Time Programme  Apr, Oct  

Fees (Year 1 entry - 36 months)

Application Fee:                                 S$ 321.00
Tuition Fees:                                   S$ 39,055.00

Non-tuition Fees:             S$3,000.00 - 3,200.00

Fees (Year 2 entry - 24 months)

Application Fee:                                  S$ 321.00
Tuition Fees:                                   S$ 28,622.50

Non-tuition Fees:             S$3,000.00 - 3,200.00

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
  • Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above and have one of the following academic qualifications:

For Year 1 / Level 4 entry:

  • A minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent; OR

    International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS; OR

    Relevant qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be suitable as pathway programmes for entry onto the Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education*
     

For Year 2 / Level 5 entry:

  • Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*  OR

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines

For Year 3 / Level 6 entry:

  • Relevant polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade* OR

  • Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education* OR

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines OR

  • Relevant PEI qualification in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with entry requirement of 12 years of formal education

Notes:

Some applicants will be given the option to take bridging modules in order to secure entry into the appropriate level of the programme. The bridging modules could be taken from the International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS and/or Level 4 and/or Level 5 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fashion and Textile Design programme respectively, depending upon the entry point determined by the university following their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


*All applications are subject to University approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio.
- For entry to Level 4, if no portfolio is available, applicants will be interviewed to assess their level of creativity, innovation and potential and passion for the subject.
- The portfolio submission for entry to Level 5 and Level 6 should demonstrate:
  • enquiry, research and observations
  • original idea generation
  • conceptual development
  • experimental work
  • a good level of technical ability
  • an ability to select and present a range of work to a high standard

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Level OR
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) OR
  • TOEFL score of 550 OR
  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) OR
  • Equivalent

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for student pass if he/she wishes to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for detail information.

 

Structure and Duration

Full-Time Programme Only

  • 36 months (Year 1 entry)
  • 24 months (Year 2 entry)

Commencement Date (2019)

Course Commencement Date  
Full Time Programme Apr, Oct  

Fees (Year 1 entry - 36 months)

Application Fee:          S$ 32.10
Tuition Fees:                S$ 36,915.00

Non Tuition Fees:          S$ 1,150.83
Total Course Fees:     
S$ 38,065.83

Fees (Year 2 entry - 24 months)

Application Fee:          S$ 32.10
Tuition Fees:                S$ 26,750.00

Non Tuition Fees:             S$ 968.52
Total Course Fees:      
S$ 27,718.52

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
  • Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above and have one of the following academic qualifications:

For Year 1 / Level 4 entry:

  • A minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent; OR

    International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS; OR

    Relevant qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be suitable as pathway programmes for entry onto the Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education*
     

For Year 2 / Level 5 entry:

  • Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*  OR

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines

For Year 3 / Level 6 entry:

  • Relevant polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade* OR

  • Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education* OR

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines OR

  • Relevant PEI qualification in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with entry requirement of 12 years of formal education

Notes:

Some applicants will be given the option to take bridging modules in order to secure entry into the appropriate level of the programme. The bridging modules could be taken from the International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS and/or Level 4 and/or Level 5 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fashion and Textile Design programme respectively, depending upon the entry point determined by the university following their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


*All applications are subject to University approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio.
- For entry to Level 4, if no portfolio is available, applicants will be interviewed to assess their level of creativity, innovation and potential and passion for the subject.
- The portfolio submission for entry to Level 5 and Level 6 should demonstrate:
  • enquiry, research and observations
  • original idea generation
  • conceptual development
  • experimental work
  • a good level of technical ability
  • an ability to select and present a range of work to a high standard

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Level OR
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) OR
  • TOEFL score of 550 OR
  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) OR
  • Equivalent

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION

Duration of course

36 months Full-Time (Year 1 entry)
24 months Full-Time (Year 2 entry)

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intakes for 2019

Full-time Programme
Apr, Oct

CONTACT DETAILS  

Local Students Enquiries:
+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International Students Enquiries :
• Main Hotline: +65 6278 7660
• China : +65 9066 8857
• Taiwan : +65 9181 1527
• India : +65 8317 2392 / +65 8713 7364
• Vietnam / Thailand : +65 9137 4990
• Myanmar : +65  8727 4147
• Laos / Cambodia : +65 8779 6040
• Malaysia / Indonesia : +65 9058 5398
• Russia / Others : +65 9728 0695

 

Local Enquiries
etc@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6247 9111
ib@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries