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Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising (T20)

2018 Planned Intake: 75 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 17

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The fashion industry is huge, dazzling and glamorous. Whether you enjoy the adrenalin highs of runway shows or working behind the scenes to influence buying decisions for stores and consumers, the Apparel Design & Merchandising course is your key to the big, bold and beautiful world of fashion. This is where you learn to shape the very concept of style and trend.

Unlike other fashion courses, this course will give you a broad overview to various aspects of the industry – from design, production to marketing before letting you make the choice to specialize in one of two areas:

  • Fashion Design

    Specialise in using the key tools of garment construction to translate avant garde ideas to actual wearable garments that stand out for their style, creativity and functionality. Experiment and explore new trends in fashion design and production.   

  • Retail Merchandising
    Learn to develop and market strong compelling brands. Study customer behavior, store design, new trends and business strategies related to fashion retailing, such as the emergence of blogshops and e-commerce sites and how best to use social media marketing strategies to support these online stores.

In this way, not only will you develop a keen sense in fashion design and gain broad knowledge of the workings of industry, you will also have depth of expertise in a specialized area.

As the great Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” The Apparel Design & Merchandising course will give you that additional sheen to make a difference and stand out in an industry that is always mercurial and exciting.

 There are high exemplary students in the cohort, who have the full capabilities and skillset to become leaders and change makers in the fashion industry and society in general and this is testament to the high quality of pedagogy and delivery of teaching at Temasek Polytechnic.
—  Dr Timo Rissanen    
Assistant Professor of
Fashion Design & Sustainability    
School of Fashion
Parsons The New School for Design & Textiles   
Do you want to be on top

 

What you will learn

  • Fashion Merchandising

    Fashion Merchandising

    Learn about the influence of consumers over trend and fashion – how to visualise and anticipate new trends – by understanding the process of the design and business aspects of the apparel industry
  • Apparel Manufacturing Process

    Apparel Manufacturing Process

    Just how is apparel produced, especially in large quantities, without affecting its quality? Learn all about apparel production from planning to completion, and even visit garment factories for a first-hand look.
  • The Fashion Show

    The Graduation Fashion Show

    Your time to shine! The graduation fashion show is where it all comes together. Go behind the scenes to create the School’s annual flagship fashion event – the Graduation Fashion Show. Watch your designs take centre stage as professional models stride the runway in your creations.

Notable Features

  • The first and only fashion design & merchandising diploma in a polytechnic.
  • The only fashion course with 2 options in Fashion Design and Retail Merchandising.

Career Prospects

  • Buyers
  • Brand Managers
  • Fashion stylists
  • Fashion photographers
  • Fashion journalists
  • Fashion entrepreneurs
  • Merchandisers for apparel manufacturers
  • Visual merchandisers

Further Education

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

Applicants must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Art/ Art & Design, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Fundamentals of Electronics, General Science, Higher Art, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

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

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DCS1017

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form.

12
DCS1018

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.

12
DCS1019

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
DIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.  

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
DGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
DGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
DGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
DGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
DSI3024

This is a graded subject that prepares you for the world of work. The internship period is 16 weeks long. You will learn to identify prospective companies, prepare your portfolio, application letter and resume, and attend job interviews. You may have the opportunity to work with firms locally or overseas. The internship will expose you to actual design industrial or business environments, giving you a realistic perspective of working life. You will work with commercially “live” projects and demonstrate the ability to transit from student to employee. You will journal, record and evaluate your progress and learning with your supervisors and your lecturers.

312

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DAD1101

Learn how costumes evolve from antiquity to the present day. Understand how the historical perspective impacts the design of today's contemporary fashion; including the new paradigm shifts of the 21st century.

13
DAD1148

The subject covers the fundamental knowledge on the production of fibres, yarns and fabrics. You will also learn about the characteristics and applications of these materials, particularly their use in the fashion-related industries.

13
DAD1164

Technical drawings are vital to apparel production. In this subject, you will learn both traditional drawing skills by hand as well as digital technical drawing skills using the latest drawing software.

13
DAD1165

The subject covers the concept of branding. You will learn how a product’s characteristics, benefits and its consumer profiles can lead to identifying the brand positioning of a brand.

13
DAD1166

In this subject, you will pick up the fundamental skills of drawing the human figure through the principles of lines, shapes and volumes. The subject also expands on the artistic areas of fashion illustration using various art media and techniques.

13
DAD1167

You will learn how to operate and use sewing machines such as the industrial-grade machines and home embroidery machines. You will also learn basic garment construction and sewing techniques that are in line with industry standards.

13
DPD1436

This subject develops a range of presentation skills to produce strong and informative design concept presentation. You will experiment with different graphic presentation techniques, media and digital tools to effectively enhance and communicate design ideas.

13
DPS1031

The subject introduces you to art and design fundamentals, aesthetic awareness and cultural appreciation. It will develop an understanding for the art and design processes, and enable you to reflect and see the world from a designer’s perspective. Through this subject, you will discover how to express yourself visually and with confidence in areas of art and design.

13
DPS1032

The subject will cover the necessary ability to research, analyse and organise information relating to societal issues in a collaborative manner. It will introduce the various collaborative strategies, design frameworks and integrate critical thinking. It will also cover innovative and conceptual approaches in the context of design.

13
DVC1509

Computer software knowledge is integral to the creative process in the design industry. This subject teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills to carry out almost all forms of design solutions on the computer. From manipulating photos, illustrating your own graphics, to designing your very first layout — you will learn the digital tools that are essential in creating your own designs.

13
DAD2113

In this subject, you will learn about the principles of sourcing and cost structures in the global textile and apparel industry. You will be taught how to compare suppliers, analyse prices and evaluate profit margins.

23
DAD2157

Through the technical skills of photography and image editing, you will learn how to visually express and communicate fashion ideas and how to create a lookbook.

23
DAD2158

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

23
DVC2572

You will explore beyond common reproduction techniques when crafting your final design solution. New techniques may include silk-screen printing, lino/woodblock printing, etc. The tactility of materials chosen for print will also be explored and experimented to allow for more innovative usage of materials in design.

23
DAD3161

You will learn how to create strong brand experiences that will emotionally engage consumers, and to look for new ways to enhance visibility and improve the overall brand experience.

33
DAD3166

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

36
DMP3012

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.

39

Diploma Option Subjects

Fashion Design Option (Year 2)

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DAD2163

The subject covers complex specialised sewing techniques. You will learn how to select the appropriate interface and lining for sophisticated garments. You will also learn specialised techniques to manage fabrics that may be challenging to handle.

23
DAD2164

You will learn how to make flat patterns and construct skirts and pants. This process includes the taking of accurate body measurements to the production of actual garments.

23
DAD2165

Covering an advanced level of knowledge and techniques of draping, you will learn how to achieve a variety of designs by creating different drape effects using various types of fabrics.

23
DAD2166

In this subject, you will acquire the basic skills of draping. This includes the preparation of dress forms and the application of basic dart manipulation skills to achieve the desired design for a top and a skirt.

23
DAD2168

Learn to conceptualise, design and make ready-to-wear styles of womenswear and menswear. You will also learn about quality control and the use of care labels commonly used in the apparel industry.

26
DAD3164

The subject covers conceptualising, designing and production of haute-couture style of womens' wear and men's wear, which involves advanced level of pattern making and sewing techniques.

36
DAD3165

The subject covers advanced level of knowledge and techniques of draping to achieve variety of designs by creating different draped effects using various types of fabrics.

33

Retail Merchandising Option (Year 2)

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DAD2159

With online shopping very much a part and parcel of life today, you will learn the fundamentals of running an online business; in particular, those related to fashion products. They will also learn how to manage online sales operations.

23
DAD2160

Here, you will learn how to make the best use of available floor space in a brick and mortar retail store to maximise profits. You will learn to match assigned spaces to sales revenues and costs, in order to effectively increase product sales.

23
DAD2161

You will learn what makes a successful retail store design and how to best present the correct image of a store to reflect its brand identity. You will also learn how to reinforce the store image to attract shoppers.

23
DAD2162

Why do certain brands succeed? This subject covers the dynamics behind the retail environment of fast fashion brands like H&M or Forever 21. You will study the key concept of brand, merchandise mix, target customers, pricing and promotions and how these combine to make a successful retail brand.

26
DAD2167

What to buy and how much to buy - these are some of the questions retail buyers grapple with in making buying decisions. This subject teaches the principles of merchandising mathematics frequently used by buyers. You will also learn how to develop buying plans for different retail organisations.

23
DAD3162

In this subject, you will discover what makes online businesses successful. You will also learn strategies in social media marketing and other marcom methods to connect online stores with the right customer bases in order to expand sales.

33
DAD3163

Luxury brands command a certain niche market. In this subject, you will study the dynamics of the retail environment behind luxury fashion brands. The subject examines the key concepts of brand, merchandise mix, target customers, pricing and promotions and how these combine to make a successful brand.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Option Subjects

60 credit units
27 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 123 credit units

Blog Post

  • Beauty With a Difference

    Beauty With a Difference

    14 Nov 2016

    As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations, Apparel Design & Merchandising students take the runway with boys and girls with disabilites to show that beauty is inclusive, and should be celebrated.


  • A True Star Creation

    A True Star Creation

    05 Jun 2013

    Haziq Putra, who recently graduated from the School of Design with a Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising (ADM), took one of the top three spots at Audi’s Star Creation competition and bagged the Audi Young Designer Award.


  • Tailored For This Course

    05 Apr 2011

    We’re fast approaching the Design Show 2011, where the graduating cohort of the Temasek Polytechnic School of Design get to showcase their works to the whole of Singapore.

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Contact Us

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School of Design

  (65) 6788 2000
  (65) 6789 8165
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