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How to Become An Industrial Designer in Malaysia

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Are you a creative and innovative person? Do you have an artistic mind with engineering and computer hard skills? Do you wish to create products that will make society easier, safer and more enjoyable? 

If you answered yes to the questions above, a degree in Industrial Design would most definitely favour you! Let’s dig a little deeper into the industrial design field and find out exactly what it is and if the career path is right for you.

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design can be defined as the features that make up a shape or pattern of a product through industrial processes. 

The study of Industrial Design is the study of designing products that aim to be appealing and unique yet thrive for functionalism and practicality. This area of study uses a combination of theoretical concepts of materials and processes with the designs, shapes and patterns. 

Industrial designers’ job is generally based on using their creativity and imagining how consumers might use a product and test multiple versions of the products to test it’s functionality. Many times, you will probably work closely with engineers, production experts and consumer market experts.  Some industrial designers focus on developing ideas for improvement for general products such as bicycles, furniture, cars and housewares whilst some industrial designers specialise in specific product categories such as smartphones or equipment to aid individuals with disability. 

Common roles and responsibilities of Industrial Designers include: 

  • Conducts product research and analyses to fulfil commercial, cultural and physical requirements
  • Formulates designs through preparation of sketches, diagrams, illustrations, samples and models, on paper or using computer software
  • Conducts consultations with clients, stakeholders and manufacturing parties for design solutions 
  • Work alongside other experts: mechanical engineers, manufacturer to conduct evaluation of the functionality and worth of design concepts 
  • Selects, specify functional and practical materials for manufacturing process 
  • Facilitates entire production process, along with preparing prototypes and samples 

Skills Needed to Become An Industrial Designer

  • Analytical skills 

Industrial designers should be able to analytical think using logical reasoning to be able to design and produce designs on products that’ll improve the pre-existing products or create a new market entirely 

  • Creativity 

Industrial designers should be able to express their ideas through designs. Creativity is important in ensuring a successful career as you’d require to be innovative in your work and accurately integrate the ever-evolving technologies into your new product. 

  • Computer Software Skills 

Industrial designers are required to use computer-aided-design softwares to make an accurate representation of their design concepts. But fret not, many universities provide their students with a Computer Aided Design (CAD) class to teach them the practical principles needed to use the software! 

Career Options for Industrial Design Graduates

To become an Industrial Designer  in Malaysia, you will need at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, along with an impressive portfolio of your designs to impress your employee. 

All industrial designs in Malaysia are authorized by the Industrial Designs Registry at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). To fulfil the requirements of a registrable design in Malaysia, you would need to fulfil the requirements based on the Industrial Designs Act 1996. 

Besides becoming a Industrial Designer, here are other career pathways you could embark on: 

  • Interior Designer
  • Furniture Designer 
  • Automotive Designer 
  • Movie Set Designer 
  • Software Designer 

*NOTE: It is important to note that some of these alternate career pathways require different qualifications. 

General Entry Requirements for Studying Industrial Design in Malaysia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 2E’s

STPM

Min. CGPA 2.00 in 2 subjects

UEC 

Pass with min. 5Bs

Matriculation/Foundation

Min. GPA 2.00 

Diploma 

Min. GPA 2.50

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

MUET

Min. Band 1 (Local students)

Min. Band 3 (International students)

IELTS

Min. 5.0

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 35

Pearson English Test 

Min. 36

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

IMPORTANT: Most universities also require a portfolio showcasing your previous work/designs as part of the entry requirement. 

Top Universities to Study Industrial Design in Malaysia

#1 Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

June and November 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 81,800 (Local Students)

RM 88,200 (International Students)

#2 First City University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Furniture and Product Design (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and September 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM64,630 (Local students)

#3 LimKokWing University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and August 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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Interior Architecture vs Interior Design: What are the differences?

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When choosing a major for your future, you’ll probably look at what you love and enjoy doing the most. And apparently, you like giving a makeover to an indoor space. But then, you got into a dilemma–there are similar options for your preference, but you don’t know the difference! It’s down between Interior architecture and Interior design

Worry not! Here, we provide everything you need to know about both Interior Design and Interior Architecture.

What is Interior Architecture?

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Apart from the misconception of the similarity between interior design and interior architecture, they both have the main difference. An interior architecture course is a hybrid field of study, bringing interior design and architecture together in a single discipline. It takes a good knowledge of building regulations, and an understanding of the structure of buildings, in order to make projects safe, habitable, and functional. Different from interior design, interior architecture needs to consider pretty much everything that has to do with both the building&construction and also the interior space. 

Recommended universities to study interior architecture

1. Taylor's University

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General intake: Mar, Aug

Campus: Subang Jaya

Qualification: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020):

  • Local: RM 105,500
  • International: USD 29,159

2. SEGi University

General intakes: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep

Campus: Kota Damansara

Qualification: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

Indicative Fee (2020):

  • General fee: RM 65,700

3. Sunway University

General intakes: Jan, Mar, Aug

Campus: Bandar Sunway

Qualification: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020):

  • Local: RM 89,200
  • International: RM 95,500

What is Interior Design?

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Interior design is the art or practice of planning, creating, and supervising the design and execution of architectural interiors and their furnishings. The interior design courses comprise of a more technical perspective rather than practical since an interior designer doesn’t have an architectural certification. 

The role of an interior designer doesn’t stop there. Since their job is to help create functional interior space, they need to understand how the inhabitants will use each room and also consider light, sound and other design aspects. Interior design also requires some of the tech-savviness, as far as the use of 2D and 3D software applications is concerned. Computer-aided design (CAD) is key in contemporary interior design, as well as building information modeling (BIM).

Recommended universities to study interior design

1. INTI University (in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

General intakes: Apr, Aug

Campus: INTI College Subang

Qualification: BA (Hons) Interior Design

Indicative fee (2020):

  • Local: RM 79,095
  • International: RM 79,095

2. First City University

General intake: Jan, Apr, May, Oct

Campus: Petaling Jaya

Qualification: Diploma of Interior Design

Indicative Fee (2020):

  • Local : RM 34,070
  • International: RM 34,425

3. Limkokwing University

General intake: Jan

Campus: Cyberjaya

Qualification: Diploma of Interior Design

Indicative fee (2020):

  • General fee: RM 57,000

General qualifications for both courses*

Programs

Requirements

Diploma

  • SPM: Pass SPM / O Levels with 3 credits 
  • UEC: Minimum 3Bs
  • O-Level: Minimum 3 credits

Bachelor

  • STPM: Average C or minimum CGPA 2.0
  • UEC: Minimum 5Bs
  • AUSMAT: Minimum ATAR 55
  • Diploma/Foundation: Minimum CGPA 2.0

*requirements may vary among universities

In case you’re still confused about what’s the main difference between interior architecture and interior design, let us give you a recap:

  • Interior architecture is the balancing of the art and science of designing an interior space taking into account all elements of the build.
  • Interior design is a broad-ranging profession taking into account all aspects of planning and designing interior

 

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Top 5 Universities to Study Diploma in Interior Design in Malaysia 2020

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Why study Interior Design?

Interior design is all about the combination of art and science in improving a building’s interior, creating a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for individuals who experience the room. It affects the way how people live, work, play and even heal by creating comfortable homes, functional workplaces, and beautiful public spaces. Interior Designer is considered as a professional that required in building and design sectors.

Being an interior designer is not a simple task as he or she needs to possess the knowledge and skill to manage textiles, materials, colour, space planning, sustainability, safety, health, and building codes in order to achieve a balance from all elements. As the field of design keeps on changing, interior designers will need to adapt to software applications for 2D & 3D. The people who work with an interior designers are often to be contractors, architects, engineers, craftsmen, furniture, dealers, and business and homeowners.

The employment rate for interior designer shows significant grow since 2014 due to the 8.7% growth in the building sector in Malaysia that directly provide opportunities to foster the growth of interior designers and decorators in the nation. Although there are surrounding rumors about the salary of an interior designer is often less than expected, well, it depends.

What skills do you need to become an Interior Designer?

A Strong Sense in Arts

Understanding the basics of color wheel could be beneficial for both your studies and future career, you would easily understand the core concepts and logic behind all designs and arrangements. Different types of colour influence our emotions in different ways, for most people, blue colour represents as sky (Freedom), green colour represents as nature (Relax), and etc.

Communication skills

As an interior designer, you will need to understand the needs and wants of your client, it is not only about your perspective on the design, you will also need to understand clearly from the point of view of your client. Forming a basic draft and matching it with customer’s expectations. Plus, designers will eventually work with other professionals, you will need to communicate well and adapt to different workstyle in order to deliver the best service to customers.

Able to adapt to New Technology

Making good use of technology not only helps interior designers stay organized, but is becoming an industry standard. Learning AutoCAD—NYIAD has a course for that too—and other interior design programs help professionals lay out their vision clearly. They also allow for adjustments down the line and for easy sharing with architects, contractors, and other professionals collaborating on projects.

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Diploma in Interior Design courses, you will generally need:
Programme Requirements
Diploma in Interior Design (2.5/3 Years)
  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum of 3 Credits
Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Interior Design

  • Residential design
  • Corporate design
  • Sales representative
  • Facilities management
  • Healthcare design
  • Sales designer
  • Hospitality design
  • Product designer

1. INTI University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, April and August
Indicative fee of 2.5-years (2019): RM39,120

2. Taylor University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: March and August
Indicative fee of 2.5-years (2019): RM60,000

3. Raffles University Iskandar

Campus: Johor Bahru, Johor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, May & September
Indicative fee of 2.3-years (2019): RM50,500
*Malaysia’s students (excluded Johor) are eligible for 20% of Scholarships (2019).

4. FirstCity University

Campus: Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, April, May & October
Indicative fee of 2.3-years (2019): RM34,070

5. LimKokWing University

Campus: Cyberjaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: August
Indicative fee of 3-years (2019): RM49,800
*All Malaysia Students are eligible for 50% of Scholarships (2019).

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Top 5 Universities to Study Mass Communication in Malaysia 2020

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Mass Communication is defined as information delivered to as many people as possible at virtually the same time. The message (entertainment, branding, advise, knowledge, and etc) can be travel across various types of mediums such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, advertisement and online channels. As the technologies beginning to become convenient and advanced, mass communication just turned into more simpler for people to deliver the message through online platform as well as traditional media. The study of Mass Communication is board and covers multiple areas such as advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and marketing.

What skills do you need in Mass Communication?

Excellent Communication Skills

Similar to marketing, having good communication skills will serve as an advantage for you to study better and learn more in Mass Communication courses. You will need to be brave in voice your opinions and groomed properly in order to be presentable in front of the crowd. You will also be representing as the company’s voice and image once you graduated and work in relevant field.

Creative and Proficient in Language

Language is represented as a bridge that connects us together and allow us to feel and understand each other. A mass communication student will need to be proficient in both writing and speaking, able to deliver the correct and appropriate message under different circumstances.

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Mass Communication courses, you will generally need: 

Programme

Requirement

Diploma

  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum 3Cs including English; or

  • UEC: Minimum 3Bs including English; or

  • Certificate: Equivalent in relevant field

Bachelor’s Degree

  • STPM: Passed with a minimum of CGPA of 2.0; or

  • A-Level: Minimum of 2Es or 3Ds; or

  • Australian Matriculation: Minimum ATAR of 60; or

  • Foundation or Diploma: Minimum of CGPA of 2.0

Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

1. KDU University

KDU University was established in 1983 in Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Selangor. KDU University was considered as one of the first private colleges in Malaysia to have its own purpose-built campus.

Diploma in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, March, May, September, and November
Indicative fee of 2-years (2019): RM41,650

Degree in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, May, September, and November
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM66,645

2. First City University

First City University College was established in 1990, located in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. It may not be a well-known university similar to other universities in this list but if you are searching for affordable Mass Communication courses, this will be one of the best choices.

Diploma in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, May, and October
Indicative fee of 2-years (2019): RM28,400

Degree in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, May, and September
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM48,880

3. Segi University

Segi University College founded in 1977, located in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Although, it’s specialties is on early childhood, engineering and business, it offers top-notch facilities and good environment for the study of Mass Communication.

Diploma In Mass Communication
General Intake: January, April and August
Indicative fee of 3-years (2019): RM38,300

Degree in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, May and August
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM55,400

4. INTI International University

INTI University was established in 1986, located in Putra Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. Known as one of the oldest private universities in Malaysia. It does not have strategic location that focusing on urban area but it sure offer abundant opportunities for people to study in Negeri Sembilan.

Diploma in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, April and August
Indicative fee of 2-years (2019): RM32,820

Degree in Mass Communication
General Intake: January, May and August
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM59,400

5. Taylor’s Lakeside Campus

Taylor’s Lakeside Campus was established in 1969, located in Subang Jaya, Selangor. It offers the finest facilities and best courses but comes with expensive tuition fee. It also offers Cambridge A Levels, South Australian Certificate, and etc.

Diploma in Mass Communication
General Intake: March and August
Indicative fee of 2-years (2019): RM54,000

Degree in Mass Communication
General Intake: March and August
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM93,000

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Top Hospitality Management Courses and Universities in Malaysia 2019

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Why Hospitality Management?

The hospitality industry is one of the largest income producers in most countries, increasingly growing service providing field that consists of various aspects such as event planning, food and beverage management and tourism. In South East Asia, the tourism industry is one of the most profit-making industries and require a great number of fresh individuals to work with them as the demand for tourism is always high. A degree in hospitality will help students develop various skills through practical learning and learn many different courses from finance to even linguistics. It is a programme that will allow students to build on their interpersonal skills, confidence and entrepreneurship skills. Not only will a degree in hospitality be useful to those who choose to work within the industry, but also those who decide to start their own business and cater to customer needs.

Further reading:Why you should study in Malaysia?

How is a day in the Hospitality Management Industry like?

Top 3 Universities for Hospitality Management in Malaysia

Bachelors of International Hospitality Management – Taylors University

 

What to expect

A programme that encourages students to build on technical and management skills whilst focusing on key factors related to hospitality business, communications and human relations. Taylors offers world-class practical training facilities and develops students skills that will allow them to work globally in the service industry. Taylors offers this Dual Award degree with the University of Toulous Jean Jaures in France and an exchange option to complete their last year in their partner university.

IntakesMarch and August
Duration3 years
7 months internship
Possible Career PathsBusiness Development Manager
Convention / Events Planner
Cost Control Manager
Customer Service Manager
Director of Operations
Exhibition Manager
Executive Housekeeper
Director of Food & Beverage
Annual Fees 2019RM 33,300

Other related programmes:

  • Bachelor of International Tourism Management

Bachelors of Hospitality Management- Berjaya University College

 

What to expectA program that focuses on developing commercial expertise and giving their students a competitive edge in a challenging industry. Berjaya focuses on allowing students to gain hands-on experience whilst learning about theoretical aspects from industry experienced lecturers. Berjaya offers students holistic learning experience and consistent practical training.
IntakesJanuary, May and September
Duration3 years inclusive of a 16-week internship
Annual Fees 2019RM 17, 516

Other related programs:

  • Bachelors of Tourism Management
  • Bachelors of Events Management

Bachelors of Hospitality Management-First City University College

 

What to expectThis program focuses on providing students with industry-relevant skills whilst building professionalism. First City University aims to nurture their hospitality students personal and career development pathways by building their initial networking and placements. Students can expect to learn how to collaboratively work within groups, acquire an in-depth understanding of theoretical aspects, learn to analyse and think critically and develop their communication skills. FCU offers their students an option to do their internship at the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, Switzerland.
IntakesJan, May and Sep
Duration3 Years with two internship periods
Possible Career PathsHotel and Restaurant Management
Events, Meetings and Convention Management
Hotel and Tourism Sales and Marketing
Transportation Management
Destination Management
Tourism Ministries and Bureaus
National Tourism Organisations
Annual FeesInquire at Excel Education*

Various Scholarship Opportunities

Bachelors of HospitalityTypes of Scholarships Offered
Taylors UniversityTaylor’s University Merit Scholarship
Taylor’s University Talent Scholarship
Taylor’s University Sports Scholarship
Taylor’s University World Class Scholarship
Taylor’s University Community Scholarship
Taylor’s Excellence Award
Taylor’s Distinction Award 2019
Berjaya University CollegePerbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Nasional (PTPTN) Study Loan
EPF Withdrawal
Sin Chew Daily Education Fund
First City University

First City UC Merit Scholarship
First City UC Bursary Award
First City UC UEC Scholarship
First City UC Office Bearer Scholarship
First City UC Sports Scholarship

Not sure about the scholarships above? Click here to check your eligibility for a scholarship!

Why not transfer to Australia and get the experience of a lifetime?

Find out about Top 10 universities in Hospitality and Tourism in Australia here

Further reading: Tips on applying for scholarship in Australia 2019

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An international student from Taylor’s University, Manahil Ijaz is a freelance writer from the field of PR and Marketing who indulges in different forms of art including writing, painting and designing. Manahil has a great passion for psychology, English literature and travelling.

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