Friday, January 27, 2012

Raffles Design Institute Manila: Mini-Talk Series #2

I first learned about Raffles Design Institute when I was invited last November 2011 for WGSN's Trend Forecasting seminar, which I blogged about (here) and during a short introduction and tour around the institute, which I also blogged about (here).

Last Wednesday, I was again invited at Raffles Design Institute Manila as they kick off the year with a mini-talk series for selected members of the press and bloggers. The media event is a 20-minute talk/sit-in class about the courses the school has to offer. These talks were handled by the academic team of the institution. The lineup of talks is as follows: Fashion Draping by Janet Emmanuel (Fashion Design), Interior Design Industry Predictions for 2012 and Beyond by Lee Miles (Interior Design), Drawing: An Essential Step in Design by Buz Walker-Teach (Visual Communication), and Fashion Advertising by Nela San Jose (Fashion Marketing and Management).  

Dr. Janet Emmanuel is the academic director and Fashion Design senior lecturer. She obtained her BA in Fashion Design from the Liverpool John Moores University, her MA in Textiles from the Manchester Metropolitan University, and PhD in Technology, Textiles and Sculpture from the Liverpool John Moores University in UK. During our sit-in at her class, Dr. Janet and her students showed us how they work on the design concepts and processes to final production of their creation.

Mr. Lee Miles is the Interior Design senior lecturer. He obtained his BS in Interior Design Environment Architectures and MA in Environment Design from Ravensbourne College Of Design and Communication in UK. During the talk, he had discussed the big trends in design and the many types of formats, known as megatrend that are heavily influenced by real world event and issues. His overall prediction for the interior design this year is that, there will be a growing division between high and low end and, megatrends will continue to combine and merge design disciplines.

Mr. Buz Walker-Teach is the Visual Communication senior lecturer. He obtained his BA in Fine Art (Graphic Design) in USA. On his discussion, he told us all about visual communication, the concepts and skills involved in major practical projects and also showed us different creative kinds of visual arts made by famous visual artists and also some of his works.

Ms. Nela San Jose, is fashion marketing and management lecturer. She obtained her BSc in Business Management at DLSU, Philippines and Professional Designation Degree from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA. We start-off the talk with a very exciting game of identifying the brand ads and then proceed to the lecture about advertising, it's history and all about fashion advertising.

Aside from the programs emphasized above, they are now offering professional business education for the following disciplines: Management, Banking and Finance, Marketing and, Tourism and Management. The programmes follow modern, international curriculums of the highest standard designed to nurture creative professionals and entrepreneurs.

So to sum up, RDI is indeed a perfect place that encourages the development of certain ideas, talent and skills of young professionals who wish to pursue jobs in fashion, art and design. They help you to be globally-competitive by assisting you with the challenging internship and furthering your studies abroad. 

For more information about Raffles Design Institute Manila and its programme offerings, here are the contact details: 
Raffles Design Raffles Design Institute of Manila 
18/F Accralaw Tower, 2nd Ave and 30th St. 
Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City 
Taguig City 1634, Metro Manila, Philippines 
tel: +63 2 846 2888 
twitter: @RDiManila

This is a sponsored post by Raffles Design Institute-Manila. 


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  2. This is such a cool post! A little insider peek into the teachings of fashion! Stop by my blog today to tell me what you think of the latest post! Thanks, love! Have a great weekend!


  3. Inspiring. Great Blog! :)


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  5. interesting. and i love what dr. janet was wearing.
    following you now (i forgot to click follow the last time).

    1. I know, it is. I really like to enroll in this school. I also like Dr. Janet's top.
      By the way, Thank you for following! :)

  6. This is an awesome post as I am currently looking at design schools to attend. Great pictures too!

    1. Glad that I helped in a way! :) Thank you for the compliment :)

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