Showcasing interior design skills

A First City UC student explaining her design concept for a retail store to Khairul at the graduation showcase.

EACH year, more newly trained interior designers join the industry.

First City University College (formerly known as KBU International College), for one, is proud of the calibre of its graduates.

First City UC’s Diploma in Interior Design programme is offered through the Faculty of Design and Built Environment (FDBE).

While many graduates opt to continue with a bachelor’s degree, those who enter the workforce display high levels of industry readiness.

Before completing their diploma programme, students have the opportunity to participate in a graduation showcase, with the purpose of allowing them to exhibit their individual skills to the faculty’s industry partners and the public.

For this year’s edition, the graduating interior design students were tasked with presenting a design concept of either a retail, office or commercial space or a product.

Students utilised their skills in various software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Google SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Lim Jia Min came up with a design concept for a leading fashion store.

She shared that the ground floor would feature casual wear, formal dresses and holiday clothing, while the mezzanine floor would be stocked with various make-up products.

“The store’s main feature is a circle consisting of several metal pillars. These pillars symbolise the cycle of human life,” said Lim.

Meanwhile, Neo Wei Chen’s design concept for a branded shoe store incorporated large grooves all around the ground floor.

“The store’s design is inspired by New York City’s street culture where skateboarding is popular.

“My inclusion of the grooves is modelled after the curves of the skateboard ramps,” Neo explained.

Ng Yen How conceptualised a store layout for a premium chocolate brand.

In order to appeal to their high income target market, he proposed that the store be located at an upmarket spot.

Ng decided to implement a kaleidoscope motif into his design concept as he believed it would create a sense that the chocolate was “melting”.

To complement this motif, he added a spiral staircase leading towards the mezzanine floor.

FDBE dean Khairul Hazrin Hashim, who launched the showcase, congratulated the students on the success of their interior design showcase.

Khairul advised the students to treat their portfolio as a “living entity”, as it needed to be consistently improved on as proof of each student’s skill and knowledge.

Even after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, their portfolio serves as a passport for gainful employment or any start-up venture.

Diploma in Interior Design course programme coordinator Leong Kooi Hoong, lauded the students’ efforts as they had to prepare for their showcase while juggling their studies.

As for students who planned to enter the workforce, Leong urged them to make an impact in the built environment.

Aspiring interior designers can enrol in the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design (3 1/2 years) or the Diploma in Interior Design programme (2 1/3 years) at First City UC.

Interested students can visit the campus in Petaling Jaya

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