New fashion tech degree


Prof Nair: The programme aims to produce graduates who will pioneer environmentally and socio-economically sustainable fashion.

MALAYSIA’s first Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) programme will see its students gaining international fashion exposure through the guidance of designers and brands that feature in Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW).

Taylor’s University deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer Prof Dr Pradeep Nair said KLFW’s network of big fashion names will be part of the programme, sharing their knowledge with these students through projects and providing industry experience.

The three-year Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) programme by The Design School in Taylor’s University Faculty of Innovation and Technology combines the design and sewing curriculum with technological components in both its learning experience and module contents.

Students of the programme will be under the tutelage of KLFW founder Andrew Tan, who is also the programme’s co-director and fashion director.

The involvement of KLFW is set to bring about a positive impact on Malaysia’s fashion industry by producing more forward-thinking and skilful graduates, Prof Nair said during the virtual launch of the programme on Dec 8.

Students, said Tan, stand to gain significant knowledge of fashion technology, relevant techniques and skills through the programme.

And, they will be learning in a space that provides top-notch facilities, he added.

Taylor’s Lakeside Campus is also home to Mayamode, Malaysia’s first co-working fashion studio.

The studio provides the latest equipment and machinery not just for Taylor’s students, but also for 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.

Prof Nair said that the increased demand for local designs indicates that Malaysia’s fashion industry is gaining momentum and this discipline is growing faster than many other traditional education disciplines.

“This programme will provide extensive knowledge to students using design technology and enable them to become skilled fashion designers in the ever evolving world of fashion, ” he said, adding that the programme also aims to produce graduates who will pioneer a new line of fashion apparel produced in an environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manner through the use of technology.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the growth of the fashion industry has seen the implementation of technology in actual design work.

“This will propel the industry to newer heights while bringing new inspiration and dimension to the local fashion scene, ” she said in her pre-recorded speech to mark the programme launch.

She said the one-of-a-kind degree would not only allow students to delve into the world of fashion but also sharpen their technological skills.

The Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology programme will be open for its first intake starting March next year.

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