8 Best Colleges & Universities to study Design In Malaysia 2018



Design can improve the quality of our life

Living in a world that is surrounded by types of colours, furniture, apparel, buildings, poster and banners. How much do we know that all of this comes from a word ‘design’? Many have a wrong perspective towards studying art and design during high school years. Students who study art will be regarded as a bad student and will not go anywhere in life. For teachers or relatives that looked down on you, telling you that there is no future as a design graduate. Here’s a good news for you!


A top designer can appreciate the value of a product through appearance

People with a design background could venture into the diverse field, including, Architecture, Advertising, Brand Development, Marketing, Fashion, Interior design, TV Production, Animation, Publishing and more. Thus, getting a specific design degree will help an individual to develop valuable skills and potentially venture into a wide variety of career when entering into the workforce. Furthermore, people with a design background could also work as a freelancer which could provide you with a passive-income and work as a full-time worker at the same time. In addition, you could also receive international recognition. 


Design programmes that are available in the colleges and universities in 2018

The popular design programmes are:

  1. Graphic design

  2. Fashion design

  3. Interior design/ Interior Architecture (further reading, click here

  4. Multimedia design (further reading, click here )

  5. 3D Animation

  6. Product Design


Best design colleges & universities to study in Malaysia

1. The One Academy (TOA)

Campus: Bandar Sunway and Penang

The One Academy is an internationally renowned design university that attracts students from all around the world. It has a strong track record in producing extraordinary graduates with professional standards. With its ‘Masters Train Masters’ teaching philosophy, the student was coached by top-notch industry gurus. The One Academy also actively involve international collaboration with industry leaders to host various international animation seminars. In addition, The One Academy has opened a new campus at Penang to reach out to a wider pool of aspiring designers. 

Well known course: 3D animation and design, interior design 

International Affiliated and Recognised Universities:

Countries Universities 
UKUniversity of Hertfordshire,
Birmingham City University,
University of The West of England,
Teesside University,
Middlesex University London
AustraliaSwinburne University of Technology,
JMC Academy
New ZealandAuckland University of Technology
USCollege of Creative Studies
Academy of Art University


Course Name Intakes Course Duration Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) Graphic DesignMay3 yearsMYR 30,000
Diploma in Advertising and Graphic DesignJan, Apr & Aug3 yearsMYR 23,000
Diploma in Fashion Design And Pattern Making

March &
September
3 yearsMYR 23,000
Diploma in IllustrationJan, Apr & Aug3 yearsMYR 23,000
Diploma in Fine ArtsJan, Apr & Aug3 yearsMYR 23,000
Foundation in Communication DesignMay1 yearMYR 20,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


2. Raffles College

Campus: Kuala Lumpur

Raffles College has embraced a holistic education through the mastery of communication, development of superior thinking processes, and the acquisition of thorough and effective works methods. All of the curricula are designed to be industry-focused and relevant. Therefore, the student will be acquired with competence skills that exceed the knowledge and expertise of the profession. Since 1990, Raffles has grown to operate 24 colleges and universities across 13 countries. It provides a flexible inter-school transfer scheme which allows the student to study in any of Raffles network of colleges and universities. Not forget to mention its well known Fashion Design course which has produced numbers of award winners and well respected Fashion Design graduate.

Well known course: Fashion Design

International Affiliated and Recognised Universities: Coventry University, UK

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) Fashion

Jan & Apr

3 years

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Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design

Jan, Apr,
Jul & Oct

2.3 years

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Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Design

Jan, Apr,
Jul & Oct

2.3 years

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Advanced Diploma in Multimedia DesignJan, Apr,
Jul & Oct
2.3 yearsEnquiry with us
Advanced Diploma in Visual CommunicationJan, Apr,
Jul & Oct
2.3 yearsEnquiry with us

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


3.  SEGI University

Campus: Subang Jaya & Kota Damansara

SEGI University, a strong reputation university that delivers high-quality programmes in the fields of creative design and arts. The rich core curriculum within a world-class environment provided by SEGI allows students to explore their creativity and innovative ideas. At SEGI, industry-standard facilities, reputable faculty members and the top-notch resources probided will prepare students for a successful career in the creative industries in Malaysia

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) Multimedia DesignJan, Sep & Oct3 yearsMYR 20,370
BA (Hons) Visual Communication DesignJan, Sep & Oct
3 yearsMYR 20,370
BA (Hons) Creative Multimedia
Jan, Sep & Oct
3 years

MYR 20,370
Foundation in ArtJan, Mar, May,
Jul & Sep
1-yearMYR 18,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


4. TAYLORS University

Campus: Subang Jaya

The Design School in Taylor University equip their student with analytical and creative thinking skills which could play a strategic role in shaping the success of organisations. It teaches students to think out of the box and understand the consumers’ need and behaviour across various design disciplines. Students at Taylor’s will have the opportunity to gain industry exposure, solving the real-world challenge, meeting various artistic influencer which allows students to absorb artistic influences from different parts of the world through international workshops, ASEAN Cultural Exchange and more.


International Affiliated and Recognised Universities: RMIT University, Australia

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Creative MediaMar & Aug3 yearsMYR 30,300
Foundation in DesignJan, Mar & Aug1 yearMYR 24,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


5. UCSI University

Campus: Kuala Lumpur

UCSI University’s De Institute of Creative Arts and Design offers unique design courses which equip students with fundamental knowledge, competencies and creativity to meet the demand of today’s dynamic marketplace. The Institute of Creative Arts and Design (ICAD) were committed to providing design excellence, having established a strong reputation tie-up with the industry. The UCSI University Praxis model approach allows the student to put theory into practice. In line with the University Praxis model, ICAD ensures students are able to exchange valuable insight through the internship, series of industry talks and workshops. Besides that, UCSI University is now a Malaysia’s top private university as it has breached into the top 500 of the 2019 QS World University Rankings outperform its peers.

Well known course: 3D Animation, Interior Architecture & Fashion Design with Marketing

International Affiliated and Recognised Universities:

Countries Universities 
UKUniversity of Huddersfield
Middlesex University
University of Northampton


Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) 3D Animation Design

Jan, May, Sep

3 years

MYR 21,400

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Jan, May, Sep

3 years

MYR 21,513

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Jan, May, Sep

3 years

MYR 18,508

BA (Hons) Multimedia Design

Jan, May, Sep

3 years

MYR 19,577

BA (Hons) Game Design

Jan, May, Sep

3 years

MYR 20,654

Diploma in 3D Animation Design

Jan, May, Sep

2 years

MYR 21,658

Diploma  in Fashion Design

Jan, May, Sep

2 years

MYR 20,034

Diploma in Graphic DesignJan, May, Sep2 yearsMYR 20,289

Diploma in Fashion Styling

Jan, May, Sep

2 years

MYR 20,998

Diploma in Textile & Fashion Design

Jan, May, Sep

2 years

MYR 21,639

Foundation in Arts (Arts and Design)

Jan, May, Sep

1 year

MYR 18,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


6. IACT college

Campus: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

IACT college is formerly known as Institute Advertising Communication Training with over 40 years experience of both training and education, this has lead IACT college to become a premier college specializing in creative communication. Graduates in IACT college were assured with qualified proficiency in the field of advertising and communication with hands-on training by having real-world employer projects with various companies. IACT college is the only institution that is endorsed by International Advertising Association (IAA) of New York, the world’s largest networks of advertisers, media companies and agencies. This opens the door for IACT graduates to communication and advertising agencies all over the world.

Well known course: Graphic design, advertising and design

International Affiliated and Recognised Universities: University of Sunderland, UK

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) Advertising and Design (3+0)
Feb, Jul &
Sep
3 years
MYR 21,000
Diploma in Graphic Design
Jan, Apr,
Jun & Aug
2.5 years
MYR 9,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


7. First City University college

Campus: Bandar Utama, Selangor

First City UC’s faculty of design & build environment were boasts by a teaching team with years of education and industry experience. First City UC also provides the range of equipment that is needed by art & design student including 3D printers, Mac lab, ample studio space and other equipment which prepares the student to be a professional designer.

Well known course: Interior design, product design & graphic design

International Affiliated and Recognised Universities: University of Sunderland, UK

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
BA (Hons) Advertising and Design (3+0)
Feb, Jul &
Sep
3 years
MYR 21,000
Diploma in Graphic Design
Jan, Apr,
Jun & Aug
2.5 years
MYR 9,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


8. LimKokWing University of Creative Technology

The LimKokWing University is an international university with a global presence with students from more than 165 countries. it believed in delivering the best to its student both academically and extracurricular activities. Its Institute’s industry-within-the-university programmes provide the student with an industry-orientated environment throughout the course of their studies. The creative institute always encouraged its students to grow through participating in various competitions which makes them well-rounded graduates.

Course Name


Intakes


Course Duration


Course fee
per year
(2018/2019) 
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Creative Multimedia
Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 20,583
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Digital Creative ContentFeb & Aug
3 years
MYR 18,033
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fashion DesignFeb & Aug
3 years
MYR 24,473
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Industrial DesignFeb & Aug
3 years
MYR 18,033
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Professional Design (Visual Communication)Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 20,583
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in New Media Creativity and TechnologyFeb & Aug
3 years
MYR 20,583
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Motion Graphics & Visual EffectsFeb & Aug
3 years
MYR 20,583
Diploma in Graphic Design
Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 17,900
Diploma in Graphic Design Technology
Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 18,200
Diploma in Packaging Design & Technology
Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 17,900
Diploma in Product Design
Feb & Aug
3 years
MYR 17,900
Foundation in Design
Feb, Aug & Oct
1 year
MYR 15,600

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


The average salary for graphic designer

Countries Fresh Entry
(0 - 3 years)
Executive
(3 - 6 years)
Manager
(More than 6 years)
Malaysia
(Source: Jobstreet)
MYR 1,800
MYR 4,735
MYR 8,250
Singapore
(Source: Adecco)
SGD 3,500
SGD 6,000
SGD 9,000
Australia
(Source: Hudson)
AUD 4,000
AUD 6,000
AUD 10,000

The salary listed is provided as a general guide only, the information was captured base on the publicly available information on the internet.


Scholarship for International Student

There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Malaysia. Some are offered by the Malaysia Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private sectors. To know more:  Malaysia Scholarships list 2019  (click here)



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Glow Tham

Glow Tham is a writer by day and a bedroom singer by night. He is still a full-time student pursuing his Bachelor (Hons) in Finance with the University of Hertfordshire, UK under INTI International College Kuala Lumpur campus.


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