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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 Apparel Design & Merchandising.

 

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 two other subjects, excluding CCA

1-6
2022 Planned Intake
70
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2022 JAE)
6 - 11

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.

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
DAD1174 Basic Sewing

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.

2
DAD1171 Brand Concept

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.

2
DAD1170 Fashion Presentation Techniques

This subject covers how to communicate fashion design and styling ideas with 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
DAD1173 Production Drawings

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.

2
DAD2172 Studio Project 1

This subject covers the basic process of product development in lifestyle brands, from ideation of product concepts to 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 relatively low cost.

6
DAD1172 Textiles Fundamentals

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.

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
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
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
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.

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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
DAD2173 Drafting 1

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.

4
DAD2174 Draping 1

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.

4
DAD2175 Garment Construction

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.

4
DAD2176 Creative Techniques in Textiles

This subject covers the exploration of manipulation techniques on the surface of textile/fabric such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting and felting. It will also introduce techniques on how to transform 2D textile/fabric into 3D forms

2
DAD2177 Sustainable Techniques in Silhouette

This subject covers various pattern making techniques based on sustainability, which can create unique and creative silhouettes and lines of garments yet reduce wastage of materials. It will include a zero-waste production concept as well as a subtraction cutting technique.

2
DAD2442 Prototyping Essentials

This subject covers the skill sets of creating prototypes through hand skills and rapid prototyping. The subject allows students to manipulate and work with various materials and processes in order to create scale prototypes that communicate design intent.

2
DAD2178 Drafting 2

The subject covers knowledge and skills in flat pattern making and constructions of top, one-piece dress and outer wear. It will include the taking of accurate body measurements and the production of actual garments.

4
DAD3169 Draping 2

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.

4
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 on global sourcing, costing, and development of a viable supply chain for a niche fashion business.

6
DPS1035 Collaborative Transformation

The subject focuses on collaborative design principles to help students to work in teams in addressing social issues. A group design brief serves to organize and drive activities, and encourage application, analysis, and synthesis of collaborative strategies.

2
DAD3170 Fashion Brand Development *

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.

4
DAD3171 Fashion Product Development *

This subject focuses on improving the value of the fashion product in the market using case studies. It will cover the analysis of applying suitable product development methods in accordance with the product development stage.

4
DAD3172 Fashion Editorial *

This subject provides fundamentals on preparing language for fashion, which can effectively contribute to its communication and promotion. It includes how to generate ideas for features, trend reporting, and fashion news based on target audience. It also includes editorial styling and creative direction with fashion images. Therefore, it will enhance the imaginary aesthetics and styles of fashion products with a unique writing style.

4

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DAD2179 Retail Buying

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.

4
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
DAD2181 Retail Design

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.

2
DAD2182 Retail Space Planning

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.

4
DAD2183 Elements of Visual Display

This subject covers the process of planning, sourcing, and budgeting in a visual display. It will also introduce the essential practice in building setups for exhibitions, as well as knowledge for installation and how to construct and assemble an effective brand presentation. It will also provide an understanding of the sense and reasoning to display a fashion brand.

2
DIA2245 Digital Modelling

This subject covers the fundamentals of digital visualisation and presentation software relevant to the specific application in the context of the built environment.

2
DAD2184 Fashion Marketing

This subject provides fundamentals of fashion marketing concepts for both offline and online retail. It examines and analyses market trends, identifies key consumer insights, and anticipates consumer needs with prediction, tracking, forecasting sales in fashion trend cycle. It also covers the planning and promotion of fashion goods and services with appropriate marketing, advertising tools and strategies.

4
DAD3173 Digital Trends in Fashion Retail

This subject covers the implementation of fashion e-commerce, driven by digital marketing strategies. It introduces the latest industry trends and strategies of designing an e-commerce website, using popular platforms and tools like search engine optimisation, paid search, influencer marketing, social media marketing and live streaming. It will also focus on using analytical tools for brands to drive and manage a fashion campaign, engaging with target audience, and increase conversions.

4
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 on global sourcing, costing, and development of a viable supply chain for a niche fashion business.

6
DPS1035 Collaborative Transformation

The subject focuses on collaborative design principles to help students to work in teams in addressing social issues. A group design brief serves to organize and drive activities, and encourage application, analysis, and synthesis of collaborative strategies.

2
DAD3170 Fashion Brand Development *

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.

4
DAD3171 Fashion Product Development *

This subject focuses on improving the value of the fashion product in the market using case studies. It will cover the analysis of applying suitable product development methods in accordance with the product development stage.

4
DAD3172 Fashion Editorial *

This subject provides fundamentals on preparing language for fashion, which can effectively contribute to its communication and promotion. It includes how to generate ideas for features, trend reporting, and fashion news based on target audience. It also includes editorial styling and creative direction with fashion images. Therefore, it will enhance the imaginary aesthetics and styles of fashion products with a unique writing style.

4

*Students must choose ONE of these electives

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 on 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.

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You will also undergo TP Fundamentals (TPFun) – a set of subjects that equips you with the crucial life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile and forward-thinking individual, and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
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.

This subject aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues.
  • effectively search for relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • evaluate research information.
  • cite sources to support their views.
  • articulate an informed opinion about current issues.
3
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. 

This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to:  

  • apply the factors that influence effective communication.
  • structure a compelling point of view through a writing task. 
  • express their ideas convincingly to an audience in an oral presentation. 
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. 

The subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to: 

  • communicate effectively in the workplace using principles of effective written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • apply effective job search and interview skills in their career preparation.
3
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.

The aim of this subject is to guide students to:​

  • design a personal growth plan based on strengths, values and purpose.​
  • apply the attributes of logical and emotional intelligence to improve team effectiveness.
  • identify the key messages of respect in relationships.
  • apply the principles of effective personal financial management.
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.

This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to: 

  • plan and carry out a project to demonstrate empathy towards people in a diverse community.
  • apply diploma core knowledge and skills through the Service Learning platform to address community needs.
  • reflect on the Service Learning experience when working in teams and with community partners.
1
GTP1201 Career Readiness 1

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. 

This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • analyse personal characteristics that can contribute positively to achieving personal, educational and career goals.
  • make career decisions that are aligned with their interests, skills and values.
1
GTP1202 Career Readiness 2

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.

This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to: 

  • identify their work profiles to help them in their career choices in a changing job market environment.
  • take career ownership for continuous learning and lifelong employability. 
1
LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

The subject enables students to build a good foundation for healthy living. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on practical sessions where they will experience and develop both physical and technical skills in their chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, students will be able to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will also be supplemented by health-related topics that span the dimensions of health, such as diet, nutrition, stress and weight management, to provide students with a holistic approach to healthy living.  This subject also prepares students to be self-directed and accountable for lifelong learning for good health.

2
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
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 citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1003 Managing Diversity at Work*

This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1004 Global Citizenship & Community Development*

Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world. In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1005 Expressions of Culture*

This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts. The subject prepares students to be responsible 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
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.

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* Students must choose one of these three electives under the 'Global Studies 2' subject, or take '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 IN SINGAPOREANS
(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 
SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
2021 S$2,987.50 S$6,117.50 S$11,150.70
2020 S$2,977.00 S$6,107.00 S$10,940.20

 

WHEN DO I PAY?

There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2021/2022 are:
Semester 1:  19 April 2021 – 17 October 2021 
Semester 2:  18 October 2021 – 17 April 2022

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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