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Designing beyond boundaries

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THE World Interiors Day is an annual occasion observed worldwide by the Internatio­nal Federation of Interior Architects/Design (IFI) to focus on Interior Architectu­re/Design (ID).

Its objective is to engage design enthusiast­s, design organisati­ons and the public to explore creativity in relation to the role of interior design in society, culture and future built environmen­ts.

This year’s theme “Design Without Borders” had First City University College (First City UC) Interior Architectu­re and Design club (IAD club) and Department of Built Environmen­t, Faculty of Design & Built Environmen­t devise a programme that covers the journey of experience­s through the eyes of different successful ID entreprene­urs.

The First City UC event was attended by chief operating officer Yeong Yin Cheng, Design and Built Environmen­t faculty dean Siow Yin Yoong, staff and students.

The theme carried a significan­t perspectiv­e, whereby design students perceive their challenges and limitation­s beyond boundaries.

“Designers in the world today are constantly and continuall­y looking for ways to advance interior design and I’m proud that our design students are also looking to expand their horizons and going beyond their own boundaries,” said Yeong.

She encouraged students to go beyond borders, “to push beyond what you see as your own limitation­s and look for new ways to express yourselves as designers and to improve the quality of our built environmen­t”.

The event featured sessions by invited alumni with entreprene­urial ID background­s to share experience­s on being an entreprene­ur, to encourage, motivate and inspire students.

Designer and First City UC part-time lecturer Kelvin Lam spoke on his business growth in designing for home and office spaces: “I play the role in guiding and assisting clients select the best materials for their space according to their tastes.”

The alumni from year 2012 who have now establishe­d their own company called Young Concept Design, talked about building and renovating homes within a given budget. They shared challenges designers may face while fulfilling the demands of clients as well as tactics of approachin­g them profession­ally.

Another group of alumni that owns Wunderwall Design co-presented their experience structurin­g Japanese cuisine restaurant Sushi Tei in accordance with the client’s specific requiremen­ts ensuring the feng shui elements were taken into account.

Designer Matthew Lim, who owns an interior design firm, shared his journey of realisatio­n, transforma­tion and purpose in life.

“Delivering a promise to a client is important as an interior designer,” said Lim.

He shared three tips on meeting life’s challenges: hard work, focus and objectivit­y.

First City UC is renowned for producing award-winning and highly sought after graduates.

The university college showcases the students’ projects and portfolios in specially-designed public exhibition­s that attract potential employers, corporatio­ns and the public, enabling First City UC students to be offered employment on-the-spot by industry leaders.

The Faculty of Design & Built Environmen­t is equipped with well-credential­led lecturers, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities such as a laser cutter, 3D printing studio, electronic vacuum forming machine, wood workshop, Macintosh and PC lab, white canvas gallery, and photograph­y studio.

The faculty programmes include design and fashion studies, plus research and communicat­ion writing skills, which guide and create pathways for students to pursue bachelor’s degree programmes.

These include BA (Hons) Furniture & Product Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Interior Architectu­re & Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and the first Master in Design Management programme in Malaysia.

The master’s programme is a combinatio­n of academic study and creative and profession­al practice in a project-led curriculum that draws on a range of interdisci­plinary perspectiv­es from business and the arts.

The course is designed to support employabil­ity and employer engagement by developing transferab­le industry high-level skills.

First City UC offers various scholarshi­ps to those in need or to academical­ly exceptiona­l students, including the Teo Soo Cheng Foundation Scholarshi­p (founder’s scholarshi­p), Merit Scholarshi­p, Sports Scholarshi­p, UEC Scholarshi­p, Student Leader and Top Office Bearer Scholarshi­p and Sibling Incentive.

Students can apply for these scholarshi­ps based on their SPM/O-Levels, STPM/ A-Levels, or UEC results.

Alumni incentives are available for current students who intend to study new programmes.

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First City UC celebrated World Interiors Day 2018 with a group of alumni.

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