Design education had undergone years of evolution. Especially with the emergence of the design industry, both existing educational institutions and new ones alike have increasingly given more focus to design education. In Singapore alone, the educational institutes that offer design (be it bachelor’s degrees, diploma courses or short, instructional courses) reach the hundreds. Most of these courses are extremely specialised and focus more on techniques and skills, barely touching on the practical application. As competitive as the design industry has become, it is simply not enough to be skillful. One needs a mastery of how to apply design effectively and translate it to success. Below is a list of things that design schools usually don’t tell you. These are the points that First Media Design School specifically targets in order to optimise a student’s experience, and ultimately improve how the industry presents design education as a whole.
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Truth be told is that most design schools finish their relationships with their students immediately after they graduate. Schools provide students with skills and lessons but leave them to fend for themselves in the professional world. Students are then forced to create their own networks from scratch and attempt to compete against each other to land job opportunities without any support besides their own. At FMDS, students are offered temporary placements at legitimate design firms during their program in order to not only acclimatise them to working professionally, but to also network them to make job placement post-program a lot easier. To add to this, FMDS also has a lot of different tie-ups with firms and businesses that focus on design that it can recommend its students to. With this, FMDS gives its students full support to become design professionals after their stint as students.