The realisation of a personal collection is the main focus of the third year. Students must choose between the two specialist areas in the fashion sector: women’s wear or men’s wear. The option to choose will allow students to express their own individual styles through their collections. The third year lecturers will build on skills relating to trends, materials and detailed research methods and will adjust their teaching to the individual characteristics of each designer’s collection. After the concept of the collection is determined, individual looks of the collection can be interpreted. Students will use the CAD/CAM skills acquired throughout the first two years of the course to produce realized designs, technical drawings and a final line up that can then be translated through moulage or flat pattern cutting into 5 – 8 complete outfits. The student should emerge from the final year as a designer with an individual label and own corporate identity as well as professionally presented merchandising.
After completion, the young designers must present their collections along with visual merchandise to a panel of national and international fashion professionals. Being able to present and communicate personal ideas and concepts in English is an important component of the course as a whole and is an indispensable skill within the fashion industry. This is therefore a crucial element of the course thus contributing towards the final degree classification. The conclusion of the third year is celebrated before graduation in the form of a fashion show which takes place in the most creative venue of Kuala Lumpur. As well as the general public, press representatives and the national and international panel will be invited to the show. The best collections are rewarded with prizes and guests from the industry often take the advantage of recruiting new talent. The event gives graduates the opportunity to network and in some cases students are presented with job offers.