1. Raffles College Of Higher Education Kuala Lumpur
Raffles College is also known as Raffles Design Institute, and it has been dubbed (unofficially) the best and the most expensive fashion school in Malaysia. It was started in 1994 – back when it was called the “LaSalle International Design School.” One of its most prolific alumni member is local designer Melinda Looi.
2. INTI Center of Art & Design / PJ College Of Art & Design (PJCAD)
INTI ICAD, formerly known as PJ College of Arts & Design (PJCAD) is part of the INTI group of Universities and Colleges since 2005. (Although PJCAD was renamed and is now part of the INTI group, the two institutes still operate separately, as in they both offer their own Art & Design courses independently in their respective branches.)
3. International Academy Of Fashion And Design (IFTC)
IFTC is possibly the oldest surviving fashion school in the Klang Valley area – it was started in Bukit Bintang about 35 years ago. IFTC provide twinning programme with the Paris American Academy where students can complete a degree within one year.
It is very important to note that IFTC is the first and the only Malaysian institute to be affiliated to PAA (and hence, this is their winning point.)
4. Limkokwing University
Limkokwing University is a Malaysian brand name that has now branched all over Africa, China, Cambodia and the UK. The Malaysian campus in Cyberjaya offers both a Diploma in Fashion and Retail Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Retail design. Both programs require a period of three years each.
5. Esmod By The One Academy
ESMOD Paris, or its proper French name, the “École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode,” is a 170-year-old, well established fashion design school in Paris. Started by Alexis Guerre-Lavigne in 1841, it is still considered one of the top 10 fashion schools in today’s world.
The One Academy collaborated with ESMOD Paris to bring their syllabus to Malaysia in 2012, and gave birth to ESMOD Kuala Lumpur.
6. Malaysian Institute Of Art (MIA)
MIA was started in 1967 as a non-profit organisation but today, it has become one of the leading design schools in Malaysia.
7. Saito College
Saito College was founded in 1988 by Mr. Tetsuo Saito and it was initially a centre of Japanese language and culture study. Today, they offer a range of design courses, including a 3 year “Diploma in Fashion.”