Taylor’s Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) makes history as Malaysia’s first and only undergraduate degree in fashion design technology
Kuala Lumpur, December 8 – Recognising the significant impact of technology on the fashion business scene, Taylor’s University introduced the Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) programme, the first such degree in the country. Offered under The Design School, Faculty of Innovation & Technology, this unique programme combines standard design and sewing curriculum injected with technological components in both learning experience and module contents.
The programme will partner Malaysia’s premiere fashion showcase, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW), promising international fashion exposure and experience for its students under the tutelage of the reputable Andrew Tan, founder of KLFW and Programme Co-Director of Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology. The involvement of KLFW is set to bring about a positive impact to Malaysia’s fashion industry by producing more forward-thinking and skilfully equipped graduates.
Officiating the virtual launch of this one-of-a-kind degree was Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, Minister of Higher Education from the Ministry of Education. “I would like to take this opportunity to applaud Taylor’s University on the launch of the Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) programme, which also records a milestone not just for the university, but for our country – as this is the first of such a degree offered in Malaysia. Indeed, Taylor’s University is a forward-looking learning institution that prioritises the growth of their students by ensuring that they develop the necessary skills sets and knowledge required in order for them to pursue their passion,” said Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini.
The introduction of the three-year programme is also a timely one considering the progress of Malaysia’s fashion industry. According to Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), textile and textile products were the nation’s 13th-largest exporting industry in 2018, landing approximately RM12 billion of Malaysia’s total manufactured goods exports. Separately, MIDA also announced that from January to June 2018, the total investment in the local clothing and textile sector reached RM244.8 million of which Foreign Direct Investment accounted for RM112 million.
“Here at Taylor’s, we emphasise on the overall development of our students – we broaden their horizons academically and prepare them for their future careers in the fashion arena. We are proud to launch Malaysia’s first fashion design technology course – a programme that not only focuses on design aesthetic, but also on ethical and sustainable fashion. We aim to produce graduates that will pioneer a new line of fashion apparel produced in an environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manner through the use of technology, forging a new path in the fashion industry while showcasing Malaysia’s potential on the global fashion map,” said Professor Dr Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer at Taylor’s University.
Industry experience also awaits students as they get the opportunity to be involved in projects led by industry partners and fashion mentors, which will see them working with renowned brands and fashion designers via the KLFW network.
KLFW founder Andrew Tan said that collaborative opportunities with local and international brand players will allow students to participate in project consultations, internships, field studies, workshops and more. “Students stand to gain a significant amount of fashion technological knowledge, relevant techniques and skills through this distinctive programme, in addition to learning in a space that provides top-notch facilities. The association of KLFW together with this programme will spur students to be more dynamic in terms of their designs besides equipping them with an industry-driven mindset,” he said.
The Fashion Design Technology programme is also home to Malaysia’s first co-working fashion studio, Mayamode. Located at the Taylor’s Lakeside Campus, the studio provides top-level equipment and machinery not just for the benefit of Taylor’s students, but also to established fashion designers, fashion entrepreneurs, freelancers, and emerging fashion designers. The equipment provided include high end sewing machines, pattern digitiser, pattern plotter, pattern drafting facilities, a material library, and a commercial platform where students can exhibit their final products.
“We are pleased to be pioneering the concept of a co-working fashion studio in the country besides giving our students the chance to experience a professional learning platform right here in our campus, preparing them for an industry setting. Equipped with industry-grade machines and the latest technology in digital manufacturing and print-making, we aim to elevate the presence of our programme in Malaysia’s fashion industry besides establishing Mayamode as an innovative and creative hub for fashion designers in Southeast Asia in the coming years,” explained Maria Sandra Wijaya, Programme Director of Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology in The Design School at Taylor’s University.
The virtual launch also included a panel discussion session on the topic “Fashion Technology – Meeting the Global Needs for Future Development” which included Maria Wijaya, Andrew Tan and Datin Ts. Dr. Norsaadah Zakaria, Founder of Clotech Atelier Academy and Academic Advisor to the Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology, The Design School, Faculty of Innovation & Technology, Taylor’s University. The Taylor’s Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology will be open for their first intake starting March 2021. More information on this unique programme can be found on the official website.