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Study the Diploma in Interior Design Course at the Best University College in Malaysia at First City UC

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Students after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Diploma in Interior Design with at least 3 credits. There are several top universities and colleges in Malaysia offering the Diploma in Interior Design. First City University College has won numerous awards in interior design therefore making them one of the best universities in Malaysia for interior design. They are affordable supported by excellent facilities.

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Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are

Woodwork lab for interior design course at First City University College

Woodwork lab for interior design course at First City University College

safe, functional, attractive, and meet the needs of the people using the space.

Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client.

They must also know about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to make the space come together.

In addition, interior designers must understand the structural requirements of their plans, the health and safety issues, building codes, and many other technical aspects.

Job of the interior design in Malaysia

  • Research and analyze their client’s goals and requirements

    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 UC for interior design which convinced me. Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at First City University 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 UC for interior design which convinced me.
    Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at First City University College

  • Create preliminary space plans and 2- and 3-dimensional design concept studies and sketches
  • Select colors, materials and finishes
  • Select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and millwork
  • Confirm that the space plans meet all public health, safety and welfare requirements, including code, accessibility, environmental, and sustainability guidelines
  • Prepare project budgets and schedules
  • Prepare construction documents, consisting of plans, elevations, details and specifications
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other allied design professionals, including architects; structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; and various specialty consultants
  • Oversee the implementation of projects and serve as a representative of and on behalf of the client

Types of Interior Design in Malaysia

First City University College Interior Design Students' Graduation Showcase at One Utama Shopping Mall

First City University College Interior Design Students’ Graduation Showcase at One Utama Shopping Mall

Interior design can be divided into two main categories—residential and commercial. Within these general areas there are additional specialties.

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN: Residential interior design professionals work with private living spaces, primarily designing rooms for new or existing homes. Some even prefer working with a specific room such as the kitchen or bathroom, or planning and creating closet spaces.

COMMERCIAL DESIGN: Commercial interior designers plan public spaces—government buildings, private businesses, or other corporate entities. Offices are a common focus of these professionals, but they may also work with schools, banks, retail establishments, and other public spaces.

Some work to make hotels and restaurants functional and appealing, while others design areas in hospitals and other healthcare facilities; each field often requires specific knowledge about how the space can be used effectively by both customers/clients and employees.

First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College) is a Top Award-Winning Design College in Malaysia

As evidence that First City UC is the best college for design in Malaysia, the college 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

Interior Design and Furniture & Product Design Students at First City UC create masterpieces at the woodwork workshop

Interior Design and Furniture & Product Design Students at First City UC create masterpieces at the woodwork workshop

The diploma is 2.5 years and after that, you can enter into Year 2 of the Nottingham Trent degree 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 3+0 Interior Architecture & Design degree for another 2 years.

Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

Initially I was planning to go to a "famous" design college. EduSpiral showed me that the "famous" college is only good for animation & hasn't won any awards in Interior Design. KBU has won many top awards for Interior Design. Zhi Yih, Interior Design at First City University College

Initially I was planning to go to a “famous” design college. EduSpiral showed me that the “famous” college is only good for animation & hasn’t won any awards in Interior Design. KBU has won many top awards for Interior Design.
Zhi Yih, Interior Design at First City University College

First City University College’s Diploma in Interior Design emphasizes on design process that incorporates a variety of disciplines ranging from psychology, sociology, history, management to business practices.

The programme provides better understanding of a building’s structure and its mechanics while creating exposure to the use of various computer applications and software. It also develops problem –solving and transferable skills in the design professions.

Career Opportunities for Diploma in Interior Design Graduates in Malaysia

Interior design companies, theatre and stage design studios, furniture design companies, lighting design houses, etc.

Programme Structure for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

Semester 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Interior Design 1
  • Architectural Graphics 1
  • Design History 1
  • English for Academic Writing
  • Creative Studies**
  • Life Drawing**
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*/B*
  • Elective subjects (**select one)

Semester 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Interior Design 2
  • Architectural Graphics 2
  • Design History 2
  • Computer Aided Design: 2D
  • English for Academic Purposes**

    KBU International College Gold Award Winner, Lim’s unique “LEAF Agricultural Nursery”.

    KBU International College Gold Award Winner, Lim’s unique “LEAF Agricultural Nursery”.

  • Colour Studies**
  • Elective subjects (**select one)

Semester 3 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Photography & Digital Imaging**
  • Building Material Studies
  • Temporary Structure Design**
  • Introduction to Visual Culture**
  • Elective subjects (**select one)

Semester 4 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • 50% of First City University College's Furniture & Product Design Degree students achieved First Class Honours from Nottingham Trent University, UK

    50% of First City University College’s Furniture & Product Design Degree students achieved First Class Honours from Nottingham Trent University, UK

    Interior Design 3

  • Building Studies 1
  • Furniture Design 1
  • Design Communication
  • Pengajian Malaysia*

Semester 5 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Interior Design 4
  • Building Studies 2
  • Furniture Design 2
  • Professional Practice
  • Computer Aided Design: 3D

Semester 6 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Football field at KBU International College

    Football field at KBU International College

    Industry Placement**

  • Industry Placement – Simulation**
  • Elective subjects (**select one)

Semester 7 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

  • Interior Design 5
  • Design Thesis Report
  • Project Management
  • Tender and Contract Documentation

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

Dr. Debbie Gan Siew Siew, Deputy Head, School of Art & Design, currently manages and teaches the undergraduate

Dr. Debbie Gan shares invaluable knowledge and experience to the design students at KBU International College

Dr. Debbie Gan shares invaluable knowledge and experience to the design students at KBU International College

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. Debbie hopes 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 of NTU 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).

About First City University College

First City University College is an affordable college with excellent learning & sports facilities and located near shops, atm, restaurants & malls.

First City University College is an affordable college with excellent learning & sports facilities and located near shops, atm, restaurants & malls.

First City University College (FCUC) is a private higher education institution established in 1990 by the First Nationwide Group, First City University College has a purpose-designed, fully equipped campus with sports and recreational facilities, and located on a 13-acre site within Bandar Utama.owner and developer of the 1000 acres fully integrated township/commercial district of Bandar Utama. It was formerly known as KBU International College until it was upgraded to University College status in 2015.

There is ample studio space, up-to-date computer hardware and software, print studios, workshops, photo labs, and a range of other equipment to facilitate students in their projects. First City University College has everything an art & design student needs to equip him/her with the skill sets required of a professional designer.

Sports and recreational amenities will include indoor basketball court, futsal court and also, dance and drama studio. The new hostel will be able to accommodate over 900 students.

I was confused where to study & EduSpiral gave me good information to help me to decide. EduSpiral also helped me with my application, & accommodation. Wei Siong, Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

I was confused where to study & EduSpiral gave me good information to help me to decide. EduSpiral also helped me with my application, & accommodation.
Wei Siong, Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

Students at First City University College will, therefore, receive a holistic education. The main objective of FCUC 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 andArt & Design. Quality education is the hallmark of FCUC 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 offers an affordable and conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

First City University College offers an affordable and conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

First City University College campus has a built up area of 250,000 sq.ft. and has a comprehensive range of facilities for students. There are seven Engineering Laboratories, which are well-equipped to meet the stringent requirements of First City University College’s Partner Universities and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The engineering laboratories include the Digital Power & Control Laboratory, the Microprocessor & Electronic CAD Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Laboratory.

The Computer Centre maintains the campus-wide network based on the Windows platform. In the E-Info Lab, students enjoy high speed access to the Internet and its resources.

Wireless connection to the campus network has been installed and implemented. The Centre also houses the Multimedia Laboratory, Macintosh Laboratory and CAD Laboratory. There are two digital language labs equipped with 50 microcomputers installed with CD-ROM based programme-ware for English learning.

First City University College students playing badminton in the multi-purpose hall

First City University College students playing badminton in the multi-purpose hall

The Art & Design facilities include the Print Studio, Art & Design Studios, Photography Studio and 3D Design Studio. The Hospitality & Tourism facilities include a training restaurant, mock hotel room, food production lab and commercial kitchen. Students attend lectures in spacious lecture rooms and lecture theatres.

State-of-the-art Video Conference facilities allow students to follow lecturers from First City University College foreign partner universities in UK for some programme modules.

The University College has a well-stocked and ISO certified Library. It provides seats for 260 users. The Library is well-equipped with individual study spaces and discussion rooms.

It has a wide range of books, reports, periodicals, and company annual reports, covering all disciplines of study in the College. A fully-equipped multimedia room is available for students to use the CD-ROMs and other non-print materials in the Library.

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