A showcase of interior design excellence

10 Sep 2019 / 15:28 H.

FIRST City University College recently held a graduation showcase for its diploma in interior design students to exhibit their skills and creativity to industry partners and the public.

For this year’s showcase, the graduating interior design students were tasked with presenting a design concept of either a retail, office and commercial space or a product. Students did so by utilising their skills in various software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Google SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Lim Jia Min, one of the participating students, came up with a design concept for a leading fashion outlet. Lim shared that the ground floor would feature casual wear, formal dresses and holiday clothing while the mezzanine floor would be stocked with various make-up products.

“The store’s main feature is a circle consisting of several metal pillars. These pillars symbolise the cycle of human life,” she added.

On the other hand, Neo Wei Chen’s design concept for a branded shoe store incorporated large grooves all around the ground floor.

“The store’s design is inspired by New York City’s street culture where skateboarding is popular. My inclusion of the grooves is modelled after the curves of the skateboard ramps,” Neo explained.

Meanwhile, Ng Yen How conceptualised a store layout for a premium chocolate brand. In order to appeal to their high income target market, the store was proposed to be located at an upmarket spot.

Ng decided to implement a kaleidoscope motif into his design concept as he believed it would create a sense that the chocolate was “melting”. To complement this “melting” motif, he added a spiral staircase leading towards the mezzanine floor.

The Faculty of Design & Built Environment’s (FDBE) dean Khairul Hazrin Hashim who launched the showcase, congratulated the students and advised them to treat their portfolio as a “living entity” as it needs to be consistently improved on, as proof of each student’s skill and knowledge.

While Diploma in Interior Design programme coordinator Leong Kooi Hoong lauded the students’ efforts as they had to prepare for their showcase while juggling their studies. As for students who planned to enter the workforce, Leong urged them to make an impact in the built environment that they will be designing.

Aspiring interior designers may opt to enrol in the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (3 1/2 years) or the Diploma in Interior Design programme (2 1/3 years) during the September and October intakes respectively.

During their studies, students will stand to benefit from FDBE’s association with the Malaysian Institute of Interior Design as First City UC will assist students to acquire their memberships. By attending MIID’s workshops, seminars and conferences, students will gain the competitive edge required to succeed in the industry.

In the past, this institute has also acknowledged works of excellence from the university college by awarding the MIID REKA Awards to deserving students. During the 2018 edition, First City University College was among those with the highest student submissions at nine entries.

Interested students are encouraged to visit First City UC for a course inquiry as the campus will be open every weekend in September. Those who sign up immediately are entitled to a 50% incentive off their tuition fee.

For more information on other programmes, scholarships and incentives offered at First City University College, please contact 03-7727 3200 for inquiries or visit

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