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Study Arts and Design in Malaysia

by StudyMalaysia.com on June 25, 2015 | Career Guide

The arts and design is the study of creating and performing works of art, music, dance and drama; and includes the study of design. This field aims to develop an understanding of the artistic and technical aspects of the creation, production and performance of music, dance and drama, as well as of design and craft. It also includes the study of the history, development and theory of performing arts, fine arts, visual arts, design and more. In performing arts you will acquire the skills to arrange, transcribe and conduct musical compositions and scores, play musical instruments, sing as a soloist or member of a group. You may learn to critique, choreograph and produce performances. In design and fine arts, you will use techniques to harmonise line, colour, design and form; develop ideas for artistic presentation; and select artistic media, methods and materials to produce artistic objects and creations.

What you will learn

Fine arts

In Fine Arts, you will find courses that prepare or develop your abilities to use materials and media to create two-and three-dimensional visual effects. You will study a combination of these subjects: art, drawing, design, theory of colour, calligraphy, silk-screen printing, lithography, etching, painting, sculpture, visual and spatial relationships, textiles, basic form and design. You will learn to use your skills to communicate ideas and express emotion.

Design - Fashion, interior and industrial design

Courses in fashion, interior and industrial design will teach you the theories, techniques and creative processes involved in the design of clothing (for fashion); living and working spaces (for interior design); and industrial products such as medical and manufacturing equipment, electronic appliances, furniture and automobiles (for industrial design). You will learn to apply problem-solving, visualization and creative processes to develop the function, form and appearance of a range of products.

Music and performing arts

In the sub-field of music, you will learn the principles, forms and techniques to the creation and arrangement of tonal combinations and sequences in harmonic, rhythmic or melodic forms. These can be performed on musical instruments, or as a vocal performance, either solo or in ensemble. Core subject matters include music history, harmony, counterpoint, aural theory, orchestration, arranging and composition. In performing arts, you will develop your abilities to create and present live performances through the theories and development of human expressive modalities. You will learn a combination of the following: acting, voice and diction, stagecraft, mime, oral interpretation, choreography, dance technique, production techniques, directing, playwriting, design and movement.

Handicrafts

In this sub-field, you will learn to use various media such as clay, fibrous materials, metals, wood, plastics, gemstones, glass and other materials to fashion objects for decorative, ornamental or functional purposes. Subjects taught may include crafts, ornaments, fabrics, fibre, textiles, metal work, ceramics and pottery, enamelling, lapidary, spinning and weaving, glasswork, canework, paper decoupage, knitting and crochet, wood crafts, floral art, sewing and embroidery, dyes and dyeing, and leatherwork.

Study Arts and Design in Malaysia

Courses offered in this field

Courses offered in this field include diplomas and bachelor degrees. Log on to our website for some course listings under the Fields of Study (Arts & Design).

Some Examples:

 

Possible Occupations

(Note: Certain occupations may need additional certification or training)

  • Actors
  • Agents and Business Managers
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
  • Art Director
  • Choreographers
  • Cinematographer
  • Commercial and Industrial Designer
  • Creative Writers
  • Designers
  • Craft Artists
  • Creative Directors
  • Composers
  • Curators
  • Dancers
  • Directors - Stage
  • Event Managers
  • Exhibition Designers
  • Fashion Buyers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Fine Artists, Including
  • Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Interior Designers
  • Make-up Artists
  • Model Designers
  • Music Composers and Arrangers
  • Music Directors
  • Musicians
  • Photographers
  • Producers (TV, Film, Radio and Print)
  • Productions Managers
  • Program Directors
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Singers
  • Talent Directors
  • Visual Display Artists
  • Writers and Authors

Featured Courses

1. Diploma in Interior Design at The One Academy

The Diploma in Interior Design at The One Academy (TOA) is a 3-year diploma course comprising 9 semesters. During the course, students learn to identify, research and creatively solve problems related to the function and quality of a built environment. This process involves combining design planning and conceptualisation with technical knowledge, building science, communication and administrative skills. Students will be able to plan and design commercial and residential building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning and factors that affect people responses to living and working environments.

Diploma in Interior Design at The One Academy

Is this the course for you? The One Academy tells us about the kind of students who will succeed in this course:
  • Ambitious and proactive students who are always interested to learn beyond what is taught in class
  • Hardworking students who are passionate about learning and willing to learn from experts
  • All-rounder students who are active not just in class but also in all the extra-curricular activities in relation to interior design
  • Creative students who have a strong sense of imagination and flair in design
  • Humble students who are able to take constructive criticism with grace
Typical subjects in this course include:
  • Advanced 3D Visualisation in Architecture Design
  • 3Ds Max
  • Furniture Design
  • Industry-Based Learning
  • Interior and Architectural History
  • Interior Colour Studies
  • CAD Related Subjects
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Material Finishes
  • Interior Professional Practice
  • Interior Visual
  • Lighting Design
  • Portfolio
  • Construction Drawing
  • Environmental Science and Services
How is this course different from similar courses?

In line with its official tagline, “We change the way you learn interior design”, TOA provides a learning environment where interior design is not just any course, but a fun, interesting and interactive course!

TOA organises interesting activities on a monthly, semester and yearly basis. Activities include workshops, sharing sessions, field trips, indoor and outdoor sport activities, educational trips abroad, movie screenings, exhibitions, forums, and many more.

TOA also provides international industry-standard facilities so that students can experience and explore the variety of state-of-the-art-media, properties, techniques and surfaces to develop their cutting edge skills.

TOA is all about being career and result-oriented learning. Its students’ award-winning works and graduates’ career success at the local and international levels reflect the academy’s true ability in delivering the real outcome.

What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

According to TOA, students who enrol in this course can expect a totally different learning experience which they won’t get at other institutions. The exposure that students receive will enable them to think and design creatively at the end of this course.

What are some examples of career prospects?

Students who complete this diploma may pursue a career as a:

  • CAD Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Consultant
  • Interior Contract Manager
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Model Maker
  • Product Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Residential Interior Designer

 

2. BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

In this programme, students gain, develop and demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills of an interior architecture and design degree. The focus is on the creative improvement of existing and new buildings and spaces. Students will learn about how the objects and spaces that make up our everyday landscapes provide pleasure, give meaning to and can enhance the quality of people’s lives. Students will develop an understanding of how people and activities interact with the material, environmental, sensual, emotional, functional and cultural qualities of a specific space and situation and how interior architects can design better places.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

TOA’s degree programme is in affiliation with the University of Hertfordshire. Students will receive an outstanding, professional and internationally recognised design education, with a distinctive syllabus relevant to today’s commercial needs.

The University of Hertfordshire has a strong international reputation for having a business savvy and student-centric teaching philosophy. Both institutions are committed to integrating work-related knowledge and skills in our syllabus, preparing students to enter the working world as creative visionaries.

Is this the course for you? The One Academy tells us about the kind of students who will succeed in this course:
  • Ambitious and proactive students who are always interested to learn beyond what is taught in class
  • Hardworking students who are passionate about learning and willing to learn from experts
  • All-rounder students who are active not just in class but also in extra-curricular activities in relation to interior architecture and design
  • Creative students who have a strong sense of imagination and flair in design
  • Humble students who are able to take constructive criticism with grace
  • Students who are able to take into account all considerations and are not afraid to think critically
Typical subjects in this course include:
  • Critical and Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Design Studio
  • Technology
  • Sustainability: Past, Present & Future
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • Professional Development 1
What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

According to TOA, students who enrol in the course can expect a totally different learning experience. Students will receive exposure that enables them to think and design creatively at the end of this course.

What are some examples of career prospects?

Students could pursue a career as a/an:

  • CAD Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Consultant
  • Interior Contract Manager
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Model Maker

References:

  • Education Guide Malaysia (14th edition), Section 3 'Choosing the field of study that matches your interests', published by Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd
  • www.studymalaysia.com
  • www.toa.edu.my

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