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Course Overview

Do you have an eye for stylish outfits and pairing them with the perfect accessories? Or are you keen on managing the business of fashion? If these appeal to you, you will be right at home with the Diploma in Fashion Management & Design.

 

Our unique combination of design and business provides you with a strong understanding of the fashion life cycle from concept creation, design and production to marketing, brand storytelling and distribution. Learn about garment construction, sewing techniques, fabric types, brand strategies and digital tools to create your designs.

 

Deepen your skills in Year 2 as you specialise in either Fashion Design or Retail Merchandising. Learn about the history and impact of fashion over time and create purposeful pieces that consider social trends such as ethical and sustainable fashion. Should you choose to specialise in retail merchandising, you will learn to source for products, oversee branding and advertising campaigns and design the customer buying experience.

 

You will also be constantly challenged through real-world projects, competitions and internships that will develop you into a versatile and creative all-rounder.

 

Whether you'd like to start your own label, style for magazines or work as a buyer, the cross-disciplinary training we offer will enable you to stretch your boundaries.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Subject
Grade

English Language (EL1)*

1-7

Mathematics (E or A)

1-7

Any one of the subject in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for ELR2B2-D Aggregate Type

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Food & Nutrition/ Nutrition & Food Science
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Higher Art
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
1-6
2024 Planned Intake
50
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
6 - 14

Note: Applicants who have partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency should not apply for this course.

Admissions Exercises

Coursework

What You'll Learn

Get an overview of the fashion industry, from concept to production. Be introduced to fashion trends and understand how they have shaped our fashion choices. You will also pick up basic technical skills in garment construction and merchandising.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD1170 Fashion Presentation Techniques

This subject covers how to communicate fashion design and styling ideas to the target audiences, from customers to designers. Therefore, skills in a range of different media, fashion illustrative techniques and applications will be introduced and further developed. The latest fashion trends and historical contexts such as contemporary fashion styles, sub-cultures and designers will be incorporated to explore various presentation techniques.

4
DAD1175 Textiles Exploration

This subject introduces the concept of textiles in relation to products, as well as its creative application within the fashion industry. It covers the knowledge of fibre classification as well as the properties of fabric in relation to the performance and appearance of apparel. In addition, it also taps into the creative exploration of textile manipulation techniques to reinvent basic materials, adding value to the development of new product ideas.

4
DAD1176 Introduction to Fashion Production

This subject introduces the fundamentals of sewing and production drawing, which are essential elements in the fashion production process. Commonly used construction and sewing techniques in fashion apparel and lifestyle accessories will be covered, and fostered through hands-on sewing of components. In addition, it also covers the fundamentals of tech pack creation, employing digital production drawings and technical specifications to effectively communicate design details to sample makers and factories.

4
DAD2172 Studio Project 1

This subject covers the basic process of product development in lifestyle brands, from the ideation of product concepts to the creation of physical prototypes (mainly by sewing). It will also introduce the fundamental concept of sourcing and costing strategy, i.e. developing a prototype of good quality at a relatively low cost.

6
DCF1036 Discovering Design

This subject will cover the essential ideas, tools, processes and techniques of the various disciplines within design. It provides the framework to develop creative confidence towards learning in design by acquiring fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and mindsets necessary to build design conversance.

2
DCF1037 Design in Context

This subject explores the context, influence and motivations in creative practices led by global art, design and film movements across various periods. It will cover the study of design trends and socio-political climates to translate design inspirations using the appropriate terminology and language in both writing and oral presentations.

2
DCF1038 Aesthetics for Design

This subject introduces the aesthetic and communicative aspects of design. Key topics include the elements of visual art, principles of design, basic drawing techniques and fundamental applied typography, and will explore integrating different sensorial qualities to expand the aesthetic experience for effective design communication.

4
DCF1039 Form & Materiality

This subject will introduce prototyping and tactile manipulation in relation to form and function. The subject provides the framework for exploring form, proportion and hierarchy, with a focus on 2D and 3D drawings, interacting with both hard and soft materials, and journaling.

4
DCF1040 Visual Narratives: Photography

This subject provides an overview of the power of visual narratives through a variety of photographic directions. It includes the fundamentals of camera skills such as shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, basic principles of photography, and the narration of a story through a series of photographic images.

2
DCF1041 Visual Narratives: Videography

This subject will cover the use of electronic cinematography techniques to tell a story. Key topics include mobile videography, visual composition, shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, lighting concepts, audio and post-production, and video sequencing in creating visual narratives.

2

Time to specialise! With advice from your tutors, you can decide to specialise either in retail merchandising or in fashion design. Continue to consolidate your skills through projects, sometimes with the industry too. Look out for study trips too!

Diploma Option Subjects

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD2185 Drafting Techniques

This subject covers basic pattern-making techniques for a variety of garment types. Essential dart manipulation techniques will be introduced to achieve desired fit and shape, allowing for accurate translation of diverse apparel designs.

4
DAD2186 Fashion Construction

This subject introduces the principles of garment construction and essential sewing techniques for a diverse range of apparel. Interpret and construct two dimensional patterns with appropriate seams and finishes to bring fashion designs to life. It will also delve into the intricacies of fabric handling, covering various techniques used for different fabric types.

4
DAD2187 Draping Techniques

This subject covers the exploration of three dimensional silhouettes by combining fabric manipulation with fundamental draping techniques. It introduces the application of dart manipulation techniques as well as unique style lines to innovate on details and silhouettes. It will also focus on the various ways of handling different fabric types, elevating one’s design with the unique characteristics of material application.

4
DAD2188 Fashion Concepts & Strategies

This subject introduces a conceptual framework that impacts the creation of new fashion brands and design collections. It covers all aspects of consumer insights, brand positioning, and identification of market gaps through the conduct of market research and trends analysis. It also provides contextual knowledge for fashion brands and design collections to develop a unique selling point, strategising for competitive advantage in an ever-changing and saturated consumer market.

4
DIM2386 Creative Storytelling

This subject focuses on the importance of storytelling and content writing. It introduces the function and purpose of crafting a story through writing, and then examining our human-content relationships. It provides the fundamentals of storytelling and writing for the new communication landscape. Topics include creating compelling stories that sell products, brands and values, how storytelling adds value to a campaign, and how brands connect with the audience more effectively.

2
DAD2189 Creative Pattern Making

This subject embraces innovative pattern making by incorporating both drafting and draping techniques. With a strong emphasis on sustainable practices, it experiments with techniques such as zero waste pattern cutting and upcycling methods for unconventional forms and silhouettes, pushing a fashion designer’s boundary for visionary creations.

4
DAD2190 Digital Creation in Fashion

This subject explores the digitalisation of the fashion lifecycle with the use of three dimensional design software to streamline a more sustainable fashion creation process. It covers the usage of various key features and tools, explored through practical, hands- on applications. This will revolutionise the way designers and merchandisers conceptualise, develop, and present in the new digital age.

4

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD2180 Fashion Supply Chain

This subject covers the lifecycle of a product, from brand concept to production and distribution including the various stages of information and flow of goods. It also includes the process and network of the various supply chain channels. It focuses on the different structures and cycles depending on each fashion brand's business model.

4
DAD2191 Retail Buying Management

This subject provides an overview of the principles of merchandising in relation to market trends and consumer demand. It examines the forecast, budget planning, and selection of product ranges for fashion brands, which includes pricing strategy and retail inventory management. It will also cover finance business management as a retail buyer, as well as the analysis of market trends to identify, source and develop products suited for a brand’s target market.

4
DAD2192 Retail Design & Experiences

This subject examines the key attributes of a retail space that encapsulates the identity of a brand, while providing a unique, immersive experience for customers in-store. It grapples with both the creative and practical aspects of retail design, striking a balance between space optimisation and the visual appeal of spaces. Touchpoints, planograms, zones and floor layouts are topics that will be covered as part of the design for experiential retail spaces.

4
DAD2188 Fashion Concepts & Strategies

This subject introduces a conceptual framework that impacts the creation of new fashion brands and design collections. It covers all aspects of consumer insights, brand positioning, and identification of market gaps through the conduct of market research and trends analysis. It also provides contextual knowledge for fashion brands and design collections to develop a unique selling point, strategising for competitive advantage in an ever-changing and saturated consumer market.

4
DIM1370 Brand Strategy

This subject focuses on using brand strategy as a tool to develop a brand proposal. The topics covered include analysing the competitive landscape, market differentiation and positioning, brand archetypes, brand blueprint, defining the target audience and identifying the best way to engage them.

2
DAD2193 Strategies in Fashion Marketing

This subject provides a comprehensive understanding of effective marketing strategies to engage audiences and drive sales within the fashion landscape. It identifies emerging trends, consumer insights, marketing channels, and tools that various fashion brands implement to tailor strategies in accordance with brand. The use of content, digital analytics tools and integration of the various marketing channels will also be covered for the strategic planning of a fashion marketing campaign.

4
DAD2190 Digital Creation in Fashion

This subject explores the digitalisation of the fashion lifecycle with the use of three dimensional design software to streamline a more sustainable fashion creation process. It covers the usage of various key features and tools, explored through practical, hands- on applications. This will revolutionise the way designers and merchandisers conceptualise, develop, and present in the new digital age.

4

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD3174 Studio Project 2

This subject covers the product development process. It emphasises the ideation and design development of the product and the effectiveness of process planning, prototyping and communication of specification sheets with manufacturers. It also taps into global sourcing, costing, and development of a viable supply chain for a niche fashion business.

6
DCF2042 Sustainable Practices in Design

The subject focuses on how design drives sustainable living in a circular economy, emphasising the primary foundational understanding of ethical, responsible, and meaningful design and its impact on the environment and society. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject will drive students to organise and drive activities and simulate analysis.

2

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD3170 Fashion Brand Development

This subject covers the importance of developing a brand story and a brand personality that will help differentiate a brand from its intended audience and guide in executing the brand style.

4
DAD3176 Fashion Content Creation

This subject explores strategic conceptualisation and the creation of content to effectively communicate fashion narratives. It uncovers the principles of storytelling and branding to strategically develop fashion content that enhances brand resonance. Emerging trends and digital tools used in the fashion media landscape will also be explored to push creative boundaries. Practical aspects of content creation, such as fashion styling, creative direction and copywriting will also be covered.

4
DIM2387 Design for Screen

This subject will introduce the process and principles of user-centered design for designers to identify needs and opportunities for positive interaction based on user personas. Using appropriate tools, it will cover the creation of interactive screen design for desktop, tablet and mobile devices, usability and interaction principles, interface design elements, wireframes and screen flow for prototyping.

4

A busy year that includes an internship and the all-important Major Project.

 

You will work on launching your own brand as an entrepreneur and focus on either creating a runway collection or pop-up store concept booth with strong branding according to your choice.

 

Your outcome will be showcased for the grand finale at the Diploma Graduation show!

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD3166 Industry Studio Project

The subject provides the experience of working on live project briefs provided by industry professionals. From researching current consumer trends to developing creative ideas to execute the brief. The subject also reinforces the practice of working as a group.

6
DAD3175 Fashion Trends & Sustainability

This subject covers how social, political and environmental issues are shaping the way fashion designers/brands think and react in terms of innovating collections & reinventing business models. It will also address the concept of sustainability in the fashion industry.

2
DMP3025 Major Project: ADM

The major project is the culmination of the skillsets learned in the entire three-year course. This is an entrepreneurship project, which will cover concept proposal, market research, target customer identification, conceptualisation, solution development, execution, and final presentation.

8

You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DSI3024 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

12
DTX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication.​ There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

3
DTX1002 Professional Communication

This subject covers professional communication skills for the workplace and employability skills in the areas of career preparation. It covers communication and interpersonal skills, including effective virtual communication etiquette, and conducting oneself professionally in the workplace. In addition, essential career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview skills, needed to seek and secure work would be included. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework would also be applied when engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

3
GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

3
GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

1
GTP1202 Career Management

This subject focuses on career management skills. It covers the importance of workplace readiness skills to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment. Career ownership and continuous learning for lifelong employability will be emphasised. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

1
DGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
GTP1302 Guided Learning*

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

3
DIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

2
GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

2
GTP1102 Leadership in Action

This subject focuses on Service Learning as an experiential platform to apply the tenets of Self and Team Leadership. Service Learning will be the capstone project for this subject, which will require an analysis of the diverse needs of the community, collaboration with community partners and demonstration of learning, including key elements of empathy. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

1
LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject reinforces the fundamental knowledge learnt on health, fitness, exercise and sports. Hands-in time will be allocated for a greater variety of fitness exercises and sports skills in a recreation setting. In addition, theoretical knowledge such as sports safety and risk management when participating in physical activities will be introduced. Guidance will be provided for improvement of physical fitness, acquiring of sports skills and relating theoretical knowledge to the physical activities.

2
TGS1001 Sustainability & Climate Action*

This subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and future leaders who can contribute to the global community.  It introduces the topics of sustainability and explores how human societies can act to build a sustainable future. This subject focuses on the impact of climate change, potential solutions to climate change, and the future of the green economy from global and local perspectives.

3

* Students must choose to take either Sustainability & Climate Action or Guided Learning.


Graduation Requirements
Cumulative Grade Point Average
min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects
36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects
58 credit units
Option Subjects
26 credit units
Elective Subjects
min 4 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed
min 124 credit units

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Course Fees

PET Course Fee

Main

The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

ADMITTED INSINGAPOREANS
(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 
SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENTSINTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
2024S$3,087.65S$6,317.65S$12,143.25
2023S$3,076.95S$6,306.95S$12,142.75

 

WHEN DO I PAY?

There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2024/2025 are:
Semester 1:  15 April 2024 – 13 October 2024 
Semester 2:  14 October 2024 – 13 April 2025

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.

MORE DETAILS ON FEES AND FINANCE

View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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