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Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising (T20)

You are someone who walks by designer store windows or fashion mannequins and says to yourself, “I could have easily designed that dress!” And your friends keep telling you what great taste you have. Deep inside, you relish the challenge of creating a fashion statement, driving fashion trends and having a say in the process of making fashion. Know what? We’ve got just the course for you.

At a Glance

Duration:3 years full-time
Qualification:Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising
Application:Please refer to the section on 'Admission & Requirements'.

The Course

The fashion industry is a dazzling, exciting and bewildering arena of many specialised areas. The course offers a broad overview of the industry, as well as an introduction to design fundamentals. When you are better-informed, you can then choose to specialise in either the niche area of Fashion Design & Merchandising or Retail & Visual Merchandising.

In Fashion Design & Merchandising, you will discover the challenging intricacies of the apparel design and merchandising workflow. You will learn about, and experiment with, different fabrics and trims to translate your bold visions in fashion and apparel into actua wearable pieces. You will learn the key tools of drafting, draping and sewing to bring your ideas into fruition on the catwalk.

Retail & Visual Merchandising is no less exciting an area if you enjoy the business end of fashion. You will learn about all the activities related to the business aspects of developing, promoting, marketing and managing apparel items from conception to purchase. Essentially, you will better understand the fashion customer and you will use this knowledge to its best advantage in your product line.

Career Opportunities

Retail & Visual Merchandising graduates land successful careers as fashion stylists, retail supervisors, fashion advisors, buyers, fashion editors, visual merchandisers, display artists and fashion show coordinators and event managers, while Fashion Design & Merchandising graduates make fashion waves as apparel and textiles designers, merchandisers with apparel manufacturers and product development department, assistant pattern-makers and sample- makers. Some of our graduates have even set up their own businesses.

Selection Procedure

All applications meeting our minimum entry requirements are considered. Candidates with good O level results may apply via the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).

Candidates with good portfolios and strong inclination for creativity and design may apply through the Joint Polytechnic Special Admission Exercise (JPSAE). If shortlisted, you may be required to attend an interview to which you should bring samples/ portfolios of your work in art and design exercises or other media of expression that show evidence of creativity and imagination. You may also show certificates of completed courses and letters of recommendation from employers. Other qualities like commitment, motivation and passion for art and design are most favourably considered. The process seeks to ascertain your aptitude, attitude, knowledge and potential for the course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any three 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, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3-D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Fundamentals of Electronices, General Science, Higher Art, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Media Studies (English), Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

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

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average : min 1.0
TP Core Subjects : 20 credit units
Diploma Subjects  
    Core Subjects : 57 credit units
    Option Subjects : 36 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects : min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed : min 122 credit units

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

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