Q: What is Design?
This fundamental question often eludes the understanding of many people. To a layperson, design is perceived as something that is aesthetically appealing, be it visually or physically. Richard Seymour of The British Design Council was quoted in Business Week, 2002: "design is making things better for people... design activity is focused first and foremost on human behavior and quality of life". Therefore, design is not simply making somebody aesthetically appealing. Design is a combination of science and art form. A creative design is one that more than meets the need; hence there must be a scientific basis. An innovative design creates need that consumers are unaware of, hence it creates demand.
Q: How Has Design Improved Our Quality of Life?
As a simple illustration: We could only guess how the cavemen had made simple "protective wear" from animal skins. Besides protecting them from weather elements, these skins also offer them a certain degree of modesty. Most important of all, these skins also enabled them to "blend" into their hunting grounds serving as camouflage, hence increasing their hunting productivity. Although such a design was probably done by accident, without thought to the possible advantages, it had invariably improved the cavemen`s quality of life. As time passes, we know that man starts to use other materials to make their apparels. It progresses from natural elements like cotton, wool, yarn, etc. to synthetic materials like polyester, lycra, rubber, etc. This progression is a form of material science and it takes people who dare to create and experiment to come up with new innovations. Other than progression in materials, modern day apparels also serve to accentuate the lines of the body form. This is to increase and enhance the level of comfort. In order to do this, an understanding of the body form is required so that the apparel can serve the functions of comfort, protection, modesty, and beautification of the human body. In addition to such sciences, knowledge of colour spectrograph, historical extrapolation and trend forecasting are required. This is above the traditional skills such as pattering, cutting, draping, sewing, ironing, etc. Evidently, the design of apparel is no easy feat. Hence a successful designer is one who dares to challenge and embrace changes. It is because of this characteristics trait that pushes the boundaries for a betterment of our quality of life.
Q: What Is the Distinct Advantage Of A Raffles Education?
At Raffles Bangalore, the curriculum taught in our programmes had been formulated, updated and proven since 1990. The pedagogy enables our students to have broad base knowledge and be creative thinkers. This means encouraging critical thinking skills. We provide an environment for such critical thinking skills to develop. Elements of such an environment can be found through the materials we use to teach, the teachers whom our students interact with, the infrastructure we put in place within the campus. One of the unique features of Raffles Bangalore is its faculty members, besides local members, also hail from different parts of the world. This provides our students the opportunity to interact with people of different nationalities, absorb their cultures and build their ability to adapt. In part, it is a form of training our students to be future ready meaning to be mobile and adaptable. Another feature of Raffles Bangalore is that students are given both practical training as well as industrial exposure. The labs and workshops are equipped with industry standard machines. Even the various softwares that they learn are the same used by the industry. In addition, part of the Raffles education is to enable students to have the opportunity to have industry links. These include seminars, field trips (both local and international) as well as internships. All these opportunities and training make the Raffles graduate a well rounded and skilled professional, ready for the industry and for the future. That is the distinct advantage of a Raffles Design education.
Q: Why Should I Join Raffles Colleges?
The Raffles Bangalore in India is only a part of the 31 colleges under the Raffles banner that spans 12 countries in 29 cities. Being a student in Raffles Bangalore connects you with more than 24,000 students worldwide. Also, Raffles has a strong alumni base which has contributed many talents in the design world. Awards, titles and accolades from the industry continue to attract students who want to make a difference. The sense of belonging and strength of our bounding with students continue even when they graduate. The question then is "Why shouldn`t I join Raffles?"
Q: What programmes can I study at the Bangalore campus?
We currently offers a two-year Advanced Diploma and three-year internationally accredited Bachelors Degree programme with major in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Multimedia Design and Product Design.
Q: I am interested in studying at RMI Bangalore, what do I do next?
For more information call +91 80 43418888 or email us at [email protected] or contact us on-line.
Q: Where can I find the application form?
The application form is available available online or at an RMI institute near to you. For more details email us at [email protected] or contact us on-line.
Q: When does the academic year begin?
We have 4 intakes in a year, starting in January, April, July and October.
Q: When do you conduct the entry test?
The entrance test will be held around 2 months before the start of each intake, plus occasionally at other times too. Contact us for details of forthcoming test dates.
Q: What are the topics covered in the entry test?
The entry test for our Programmes covers your knowledge of Art, Design and English. The entry test is primarily designed to gauge your aptitude and suitability for the specific programme at Raffles Millennium International Bangalore. It tests your logical and reasoning aptitude, awareness about the field, drawing/color skills, visualisation skills and language skills.
Q: When is the portfolio review and interview? What work should my portfolio contain?
The portfolio review and interview help us assess your talent, interests, prior training, motivation and self-discipline. A portfolio would typically include around 5-8 examples of your best and most recent creative work. Contact us if you would like to discuss portfolio requirements with one of our faculty.
Q: Can I have copies of old test papers or mock tests that will help me prepare for the entrance test?
We do not give out copies of old test papers, nor do we have mock test papers.
Q: Does RMI Bangalore provide hostel facilities?
RMI Bangalore does not provide hostel facilities at present. The school has a list of addresses of those who offer paying guest facilities for RMI Bangalore students in the vicinity of the school campus in Koramangala.
Q: What is the tuition fee?
Contact us for details. Call us on +91 80 43418888 or contact us on-line any time.
Q: Where can I find more information about RMI Bangalore?
You can find out more about RMI Bangalore by emailing, calling or visiting us.