Affordable Top Foundation in Design in Malaysia at Award-Winning First City University College

Study at the Best University College for Foundation in Design in Malaysia at First City University College

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First City University College is acknowledged to be one of the best colleges for design in Malaysia having been the first to offer the degree in Graphic Design and Furniture & Product Design.

First City University College students have won many awards as a testament of their strength in design.  Students after SPM who are interested in design courses should take note that some universities do not take in students with A-Levels, STPM or Pre-University programs that do not contain any design subjects. Therefore, if you have taken the STPM or A-Levels without any design subjects, you won’t be able to enter into the degree in design.

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The Best Foundation in Design at First City University College

KBU International College Design School's winning team for the Social Entrepreneurship brief for the RSA Genovasi Malaysian Awards

KBU International College Design School’s winning team for the Social Entrepreneurship brief for the RSA Genovasi Malaysian Awards

The one-year Foundation in Design programme at First City University College provides a general art & design education to enable students to gain experience in practical studio work, 2D and 3D designs, research and writing. It develops student’s skills on visual analysis, fundamental drawing, colour studies, research and critical writing skills.

The Foundation programme also equips students with creative, intellectual and critical skills before progressing to the

degree programmes as it provides personal diagnostic appraisal which will aid students in a specific design discipline in the degree programmes.

  • Duration: 3 semesters at First City University College
  • Intake: January, April and July
  • Entry Requirements: 5 relevant credits in SPM, GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent qualifications

Programme Structure for the Foundation in Arts & Design at First City University College

Design class at First City University College

Design class at First City University College

Semester 1

Introductory & Diagnostic Projects

  • Visual Analysis
  • Colour Studies
  • Fundamental of 2D and 3D Designs
  • Workshops (Printmaking, Photography, and Computer)

Drawing 1

  • Basic Skill and Techniques

Critical Studies 1

Design students have access to excellent facilities at First City University College

Design students have access to excellent facilities at First City University College

  • Research and Critical Writing
  • History and Theory of Art & Design

English 1

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Grammar and Mechanics

Semester 2
Pre Specialist Projects

  • Applied 2D and 3D Designs
  • Applied Drawing and Colour

Drawing 2

First City University College Graphic Design Graduation Showcase

First City University College Graphic Design Graduation Showcase

  • Advanced Skills and Techniques

Critical Studies 2

  • Research and Critical Writing
  • History and Theory of Art & Design

English 2

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Research and Presentation Skills

Semester 3

Specialist Projects

  • Final Project – Indication towards choice of degree studies in Graphic Design specialization or Interior Architecture & Design specialization

Drawing 3

  • Drawing in Specialised Areas

MPU Compulsory Subjects

  • All Malaysian and International students are required to take 4 MPU compulsory subjects.

First City University College is a Top Award-Winning Design College in Malaysia

As evidence that First City UC is the best university college for design in Malaysia, the university and their students have won numerous awards for

Lim Yong An (right), Gold Winner of the Nippon Young Paint Designers Award 2014 in the Interior Design Category

Lim Yong An (right), Gold Winner of the Nippon Young Paint Designers Award 2014 in the Interior Design Category

Interior Design as well as Graphic Design.

  • Nippon Paint Young Designer Awards 2014:
    • Gold Winner for Interior Design is Lim Yong An
    • Lim Yong An also won the “Best Green Innovation Award”.
    • Ernest Loh Yin-Sen won Silver
    • Soo Mei Lian won “Best Colour Choice”
    • Yii Sii Lin won an Honorary Mention
    • Best College for Interior Design also went to KBU International College
    • Best Lecturer for Interior Design went to KBU’s Chua Huwi Huwi.
  • RSA Genovasi Malaysian Awards 2014
    • Social Entrepreneurship Category Winners – Mandy Choong Mun Yee, Lee Man Kit, Kim Eunkyung, Goh Pei Hua and Yong Lee Chee
    • Digital Age Category Winner – Daniel Chua Yong Ho
  • MIFF 2014 Awards– MIFF 2014 Young Designers Category
  • Father’s Day – VIVA Drawing Competition 2014

    Lim Meng Yeu (Third from Right in black T-shirt), a graduate from KBU International College emerged as the Gold winner of the Student category of MIID’s MIDA Awards 2012

    Lim Meng Yeu (Third from Right in black T-shirt), a graduate from KBU International College emerged as the Gold winner of the Student category of MIID’s MIDA Awards 2012

  • Conqueror Happy Design Contest 2013/14
  • MIJF Jewellery Design Competition 2014 Award
  • Lee Hui Ying, clinched second prize for the MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2014
  • Nippon Paint Young Designer 2012 competition, KBU staff and students made a sweep of the awards with:
    • Regional Winner – Lim Meng Yeu – Platinum/Malaysia beating Gold winners from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore & China
    • Gold/Malaysia – Lim Meng Yeu
    • Silver/Malaysia – Chu Sze Yong
    • Honorary Mention/Malaysia – Ee Wil Ken and Lee Xuan Xuan
    • Best College/University – KBU International College
    • Best Lecturer – Chua Huwi Huwi
  • Wil Ken bagging a notable award, 2012 Emerging Designer of the Year – Student category of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers’ (MIID) Malaysian Interior Design Awards (MIDA) 2012
  • Lim Meng Yeu, 23, a graduate from KBU International College emerged as the Gold winner of the Student category of MIID’s MIDA Awards 2012
  • Lee Jian Ru received the Silver Prize winner of the Student category of 2013 MIID’s MIDA Awards and Foh Vui Siang won the Best Green Innovation Award and also received Honorary Mention

    MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2014 second prize winner Lee Hui Ying together with KBU International College Design School Head Siow Yin Yoong (fourth in the row from left to right) and lecturers.

    MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2014 second prize winner Lee Hui Ying together with KBU International College Design School Head Siow Yin Yoong (fourth in the row from left to right) and lecturers.

  • Philips Lightover Challenge 2013 Winners – Julius Lok Juin Chern and Chiang Siew Leng
  • Gan Su Yi and Cheok Yi Chi won 2nd and 3rd prize respectively in the 2013 Bristol Student Design Competition organised by the leading and highly regarded furniture manufacturers in providing office furniture and seating- in collaboration with Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM)
  • Third place in the 2012 Veloster Rev it Up Inter-College Challenge by Hyundai
  • Thirteen of KBU’s graduands have bagged the First Class Honours degree awards in the field of Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Design and Software Engineering, in which the degree programmes are conducted in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, UK. Chu Sze Yong (Interior Architecture & Design) graduate was presented the Student of the Year Award.
  • Lee Jin Yin and Lydia Low, Year 2 Graphic Design students, collaborated with IM Magazine to produce their magazine cover for the July 2012 issue.
  • Katherine Goh, Year 2 Graphic Design student, won the Consolation Prize under the New Media Category for the Peri-fy Your Art Competition 2012
  • Bernadette Quah Paik Choo was named the winner of the Ideation Award 2011 by Malaysia International Furniture Fair (MIFF)
  • Phum Boon Eng from KBU International College beat 91 other participants to win the MIECO Designer’s Choice Awards (MDCA) 2009 Student’s Category. The MDCA 2009, was jointly organized by MIECO Sdn Bhd and MIFF Sdn Bhd in conjunction with the Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2009 (MIFF 2009)

Entry Requirements to Join the Design Courses at First City University College

The diploma is 2.5 years and after that, you can enter into Year 2 of the Nottingham Trent degree

We didn't know that First City University College had won many awards for Interior Design until EduSpiral showed us the awards. The "famous" college that we had planned to join hadn't even won any awards in interior design. Zhi Yih & Chin Xien, Foundation in Design at First City University College

We didn’t know that First City University College had won many awards for Interior Design until EduSpiral showed us the awards. The “famous” college that we had planned to join hadn’t even won any awards in interior design.
Zhi Yih & Chin Xien, Foundation in Design at First City University College

programme. You will not be able to take the PTPN Loan for the Certificate, Diploma or Degree.

Students with the necessary 3 credits in SPM can apply for the PTPN Loan for their Diploma. There is also no PTPN loan for Foundation studies. PTPN Loan is also available for the degree course.

You will need at least 3 credits in SPM to join the Diploma.  After that, you can enter into Year 2 of the Nottingham Trent University, UK degree for another 2 years.

First City University College offers value for money and the Diploma is probably the most affordable and the students have access to excellent facilities. In addition, you will be getting a UK degree at an affordable price.

First City University College Graphic Design branding project for actual companies in Malaysia

First City University College Graphic Design branding project for actual companies in Malaysia

The Diploma programmes available are:

You can also go into the Foundation in Design after your SPM with 5 credits. After the Foundation, you can choose from the following UK Dual Award degrees awarded by top ranked Manchester Metropolitan University, UK:

 

 

First City University College Design Students are Taught by qualified and experienced lecturers

Dr. Debbie Gan shares invaluable knowledge and experience to the design students at First City University College

Dr. Debbie Gan shares invaluable knowledge and experience to the design students at First City University College

Dr. Debbie Gan Siew Siew, Deputy Head, School of Art & Design, currently manages and teaches the undergraduate graphic design programme at First City University College. Her experience in higher education spans over 6 years, teaching at BA and MA level in the UK and Malaysia.

She received her MA with Distinction in Graphic Design and subsequently her PhD at the Nottingham Trent University, exploring the role graphic design in the national branding of emergent nations through a variety of design research methods.

She has been invited to speak at various talks and design events, and has participated in several national and international design conferences. Debbie is also a design practitioner, providing consultations on design projects on a regular basis.

She is currently writing a book, co-authored with Dr. Anthony Crabbe. Debbiehopes that the combination of design, teaching, and research practices, as well as her national and international influences will enable her to develop and share a greater understanding of the world in which we live.

Debbie Gan Siew Siew, the first and only winner of the 2005 Keith Short Scholarship awarded by the Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK., is now at the university to pursue herMA in Graphic Design.

The Keith Short Scholarship Award offers full scholarship to students and is open to students ofNTU overseas collaborative partners, including Malaysia.Debbie who is the former student of KBU International College (KBU) graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design (an NTU franchised programme conducted at the School of Design, KBU).

Excellent Tertiary Education in Malaysia at First City University College

Students at First City University College will, therefore, receive a holistic education.

I met EduSpiral a few years ago after completing my Diploma at LKW. I wanted to continue my degree at a better university & EduSpiral showed the number of awards won by KBU for interior design which convinced me. Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at KBU International College

I met EduSpiral a few years ago after completing my Diploma at LKW. I wanted to continue my degree at a better university & EduSpiral showed the number of awards won by First City University College for interior design which convinced me.
Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at First City University College

The main objective of First City UC is to provide higher education opportunities to young Malaysians and foreign nationals in a wide range of academic and professional fields such as Engineering, Computing/ICT/Software Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, Business and Art & Design. Quality education is the hallmark of First City UC with the intended outcome of producing highly employable graduates in a knowledge-based economy.

In line with First City University College’s mission of providing Quality Education and achieving a high level of employability of its graduates, the University College collaborates with established universities in the United Kingdom to offer 3+0 degree programmes, as well as professional bodies and established examination bodies.

Quality education at First City University College is further underpinned by the university college’s compliance with the requirements of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the constant monitoring carried out by the College’s very own Quality Assurance Department and FCUC’s foreign university partners.

From EduSpiral’s experience, FCUC offers very affordable certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes that are supported by excellent facilities. Their fees are inexpensive compared even to some shoplot colleges! Students are definitely getting more than their worth at First City UC.

First City University College provides a safe off-campus accommodation which is just across the road. Deserving students can apply for the scholarships as well.

Excellent Facilities at First City University College

First City University College is the best value for money where their facilities are excellent. FCUC does not advertise a  lot because their fees are low and the aim of the college is to provide quality education at an affordable price to Malaysians.

Teaching And Learning Facilities at First City University College

First City University College's purpose built 13-acre campus has excellent facilities with a conducive study environment

First City University College’s purpose built 13-acre campus has excellent facilities with a conducive study environment

  • 3D Printer
  • Drawing Studio
  • Foundation Studio
  • Photography Studio
  • Print Studio
  • White Canvas Gallery
  • Wooden Workshop
  • CAD Lab
  • Software Development Lab
  • Analogue Electronics Lab
  • Electronic Design Automation
  • Mechatronics Lab
  • Microprocessor & Electronic Lab
  • Power Control Lab
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Training Restaurant
  • Mock Hotel
  • Mock Travel Agency Office
  • Recording Room
  • Video Editing Room
  • Biology Lab

    First City University College design students' branding project for actual companies in Malaysia

    First City University College design students’ branding project for actual companies in Malaysia

  • Physics Lab
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Mac Lab
  • E-Info Lab
  • Language Centre
  • Video Conferencing Theatre

Sports And Recreational Facilities at First City University College

  • Multi-Purpose Hall
  • Badminton Courts
  • Football Field
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Music Room
  • TV Lounge
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Student Lounge

Common Facilities at First City University College

  • A conducive environment for study at First City University College's library

    A conducive environment for study at First City University College’s library

    Lecture Hall

  • Counselling Area
  • Student Services Department
  • Main Hall
  • Cafeteria
  • Lecture Rooms
  • Indoor Car Park
  • Reception Area
  • Lobby
  • Library

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"I met EduSpiral at their Education Fair in Ipoh. I don't come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral recommended KBU to me and my parents. We found that KBU is excellent for design and the fees are very affordable as well. Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at KBU International College

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Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at First City University College

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Posted on March 15, 2014, in Best College in Malaysia, Choosing the right course, Design, First City University College, KBU International College, Study in Malaysia, Top University and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi, im a SPM leaver.Im interested in interior designer. What about the vacancies after persuing degree in interior designer. I want to know the entry requirements. thank you 🙂

  2. I’m a science stream student in secondary school. I’m interested to be enrolled for the Foundation in Design but I didn’t Art subject for SPM. Can I still be enrolled?

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