ILLUMINATE

IS THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY,
IT IS NOT THE END.
THE JOURNEY HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.
IT IS LIKE HOW THE STARS ILLUMINATE
SPACE, AND THEIR ILLUMINATION
CONNECTS THEM TO DESIGN THE UNIVERSE.
DESIGN IS THAT POTENTIAL UNIVERSE
WHERE OUR ILLUMINATION JOINS US ALL,
AND TOGETHER WE SHINE.

Principal's Message

“You have a curious way of arousing one’s imagination, stimulating all one’s nerves, and making one’s pulse beat faster…Your ideal is a daring courtesan of genius”

- Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs, 1870

As Principal of Raffles College of Higher Education I am especially privileged to present “Illuminate”, our graduation exhibition and fashion showcase.

At the beginning of every school year with a new intake and a new cohort, we witness over the years of their studies almost every emotion; from struggles to frustrations and ultimately illuminations. Every experience, every twist and turn on this journey brings them closer to attaining their dreams. For many students this pinnacle seems very daunting to attain at the beginning. For many it becomes an obsession as the years go on, but through it all eventually there is that moment when all of the knowledge falls into place and something extraordinary happens to them. It helps to define them and propel them towards this ultimate goal, the zenith or the highest point: graduation. And with this graduation, careers.

It is again that familiar ritual that occurs every year, where the graduating cohort leaves Raffles College of Higher Education to begin to live the life and career that our dedicated staff has prepared them for over their many years of study. We look forward to our graduating students in keeping the tradition and passion alive. On behalf of the staff of Raffles College of Higher Education, we wish them much success in their future endeavours.

Raffles Quality

Improving the Raffles Quality is an ongoing journey. In seeking recognition and accreditation, what shines through must be true-blue Raffles Quality that we stand for. Raffles continues to strive for excellence in delivering high quality education and providing an enriching learning experience for our students.

Asian Couture Federation Award
Outstanding Contribution to
Fashion Education in Singapore
2014

International Star Award
For Quality (Gold Category)
2014

International Diamond Prize Award
Excellence in Quality
2015

World Branding Award
Brand of the Year
National Award
2015

IAIR Corporate Award
Best Company for Leadership
in Private Education in Asia Pacific
2015

IAIR Corporate Award
Excellence of the Year for
Leadership in Education in Asia
2016

Raffles News

Raffles SINGAPORE SUPPORTED SINGAPLURAL 2016

Sight, while our most dynamic and stimulating sense, can also trick us into believing what is or isn’t there.

Just as eyes are windows to the soul, these windows provide insight into the creations as envisioned by the Raffles Designers.

Raffles SINGAPORE Wins at Singapore Good Design Mark 2016

Organised by Design Business Chamber Singapore and modelled after Japan’s prestigious Good Design Mark (G Mark), the aim of the Singapore award is to encourage and champion holistic design practices. With the theme of Design Makes Life Better, the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) offers individuals and enterprises the opportunity to:

  • Propose and present solutions to improve industries, lifestyles and societies
  • Showcase their exemplary design ethos
  • Inspire the current and next generation
  • Leverage on the integrity of the Singapore brand name to heighten their value in globally creative economies and enter regional markets

Entries which fulfil the criteria for the Mark may use its logo on their products, stationery, and marketing collateral. Simultaneously, winners will be annually showcased through SG Mark’s website, yearbook and exhibitions.

Raffles Singapore’s students actively took part in this event, and five projects were awarded the prestigious SG Mark. Well done Raffles Designers!

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Otogon Furnance

Wayne GOH Keh Yeng | Singapore Design Award 2016

What are the reasons that inspired you to start this project?

The objective of this major project is to provide solutions to improve the environment and needs of the Asian society. The aim of this project is to design a joss paper furnace that will reduce polluted air caused by burning of joss paper. It also encourages people to continue with their religious practices and improve the process by using sustainable design solutions as a way of contributing to people and the environment.

The OTOGON furnaces design was refined into a minimal and functional iteration, which carries Chinese religious elements such as the Taoist octagonal trigrams and Chinese currency symbol. The design is incorporate ergonomic, aesthetic and environmental solutions to create a product that is pleasurable to use, look at while preserving Singapore’s pristine atmosphere.



Reflection about this project

It is important to designing religious equipment that takes note of the culture, elements, traditional practice, user behaviour and attitude towards the equipment. The target users are Chinese adult and elderly. Online surveys are not applicable for them. Most of the information and knowledge need to be gained by interviewing the user, which is time consuming. Sometimes the use of dialect was needed to gain a better understanding of their needs and wants.

On the other hand, these provide more reliable information. Field research allows me to experience burning joss paper, studying different furnace and observe how people interact with existing furnace. The experience is crucial to this project.

In summary, it is important to understanding and respects each religion perspective towards the furnace design. Singapore is a religion harmony country and hence, it is better for the design to be simple and acceptable for the rest of the religions by blending well with the environment.

What is the future plan?

Currently this major project is pending for the approval of intellectual property. At the same time, this project is looking forward to collaborate with Singapore Housing and Development Board (HDB) and town council to launch the first group of OTOGON furnace at Chinatown area.

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Safety No. 1 First Aid

TENG Xiang Yi Alexzandra | Singapore Design Award 2016

What are the reasons that inspired you to start this project?

In general, the concept of first aid is having the preparation knowledge for what to do during disasters as well as being able to help oneself and others. There is an ever growing demand for first aid treatments and training for personal use. The need for first aid kits and training is greater than ever because of population growth throughout the world. This need is further amplified due to the increased use of technological products such as mechanical and electrical appliances in everyday situations at home, at work, and in play areas.



What are your reflections about this project?

This project has helped me to understand the ergonomic factors of different designs for first aid kits in the market.

It should be easy to understand, access, and have correct and useful supplies of medical items, with instructions on how to treat the wounds, and illustrations to help the user determine how critical the wound is. This will help the user during times of panic or if they have no knowledge in treating the wound.

Design is not just about coming up with a product; it is about the passion and research behind it that pushes you throughout the process with a great lot of theory and findings, resulting in the journey of trial and error and thus leading you to the polished final product that could be distributed to the market.

A well-designed product should not only be able to satisfy certain criteria, functionalism, and be aesthetically pleasing; it should consider the psychological factors of the user using it as well.

What is the future plan?

I would like to see that my project is useful for the society and put into production. I have a proposal for a buyer interested in the project.

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Supermarket Design

WU Xuyang | Singapore Design Award 2016

Please share with us how you came up with the idea of this work, and how you think the award can help you.

With the guidance of my lecturer, Mr. Jasen CHIA, I embarked on this project. I had chosen supermarket as my choice of topic as I feel that there are many areas for improvements in the way supermarkets are designed right now.

I started with an intensive research on supermarket design. Through the research, I identified the existing problems and developed solutions, based on the design topic that I was working on. Along the way, Mr. CHIA guided me on the flow of thought and provided me with suggestions, thus allowing me to deepen my knowledge and perfect my recommendations.



The end product, which is also my submission, is a design project based on an organic food supermarket set in Singapore. Globally, there is an increasingly high demand for organic food supermarkets, due to the high awareness of healthy eating and sustainable farming.

The major obstacle that I faced during the designing of the organic supermarket was how to combine a supermarket setting with a sustainable farming concept. I had wanted to combine these together so that shoppers can learn about the sustainable food growing process while they are shopping for their organic food. I managed to come up with my design after a few intense discussions with Mr. CHIA. I had my stubborn moments, but Mr. CHIA patiently pointed out the possible flaws in my design at those times. When I was at a point of nearly giving up, Mr. CHIA encouraged me to move forward. I am so glad that I listened to him and finished my design!

My experience in Raffles College of Higher Education is a fruitful one. I have learnt a lot and developed myself to become an Interior Designer. The programme has rich and valuable content which has provided me with guidance and professional knowledge. It has helped me grow and developed my ability to understand complex design philosophy.

Through the Singapore Good Design Mark competition, I am now very confident about my future course of work. This award is an affirmation of a career in the Interior Design Industry. It gives me the courage to pursue more creative concepts and work.

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Customised Sandals

Elmi, Jesslyn Hadi, Kezia Melissa Puspadewi, Della Yulia and Grisselda Pherry | Singapore Design Award 2016

How did you come up with the design?

We came up with the idea of customized sandals in our Final Major Project class during our Advanced Diploma programme. We had to research trends that affect consumer behaviour which could be an opportunity for a start-up. We think the mass customization trend is growing as consumers strive for authenticity. Today, the search for unique products has risen quickly as fashion brands spread across the globe only for consumers to find the same products everywhere. Many brands are starting to discover the value of customization as a marketing breakthrough in order to offer customers something unique. We think the footwear industry is growing and is a good business to enter but due to the competitiveness of the industry, we see customization as a solution and an idea to be different from the rest.

How is your work different from what is in the market now?

We designed a shoe that has interchangeable straps. The customer can buy one design which acts as a canvas for their inner creativity and self expression. Then they can purchase additional straps with different materials and colours so the options are endless. Our brand is called Lucy & Gina, which is positioned in the market to provide customized sandals that women can wear from day to night with straps that they can change easily at any time.



Can you share with us your experience of studying at Raffles College of Higher Education?

Studying at Raffles College of Higher Education has enabled us to get a better perspective of the world of fashion. The lecturers have a lot of industry experience and are very passionate in imparting their knowledge to us.

What inspires you to challenge yourselves now and in the future?

To always do our best and not to pay so much attention on to what others are doing because that’s going to hold us back from doing our best.

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Reincarnation Remedy

Harvee KOK Leong Vee is a Master of Design graduate from Raffles College of Design and Commerce. Harvee’s upcycling collection – titled ‘Reincarnation Remedy’ – transforms hand-me-downs and scrap fabrics into fashionable wears, with flexibility on juxtaposition of the pieces being the unique feature.

Harvee is also the winner of the following awards:

Singapore Design Award 2016

Singapore Good Design Mark 2016

Inaugural Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2013

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Raffles SINGAPORE PRESENTS NEW GENERATION OF DESIGNERS AT SAMSUNG FASHION STEPS OUT 2016 @ ORCHARD

After unparalleled success at designing Merlion sculptures in Samsung Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard 2015, we are delighted to collaborate with Samsung once again to showcase our up-and-coming Master of Design in Fashion Design graduate, Harvee KOK Leong Vee’s upcycling collection in the opening segment of this year’s event, while Raffles Fashion Designers Sean LOH and Sheila AGATHA closed the show.

Incorporating Samsung S7 Series, Raffles Fashion Designer Harvee KOK’s ‘Reincarnation Remedy’ was showcased as the opening segment of the Samsung Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard 2016.



Raffles Singapore’s very own fashion incubator at Paragon, Raffles Privato also featured three designers in its contingent, TSAI Ming Hung (Mr. Howard), Mita ANDRIANI (Valencia Mita Andriani) and Amos YEO (Amos Ananda).

Raffles Privato's Collections

KLMT Collection BY SEAN & SHEILA


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Rethink Innovation with Samsung Gear VR

Leveraging on the unique visual experience of the Samsung Gear VR, the video/animation presents viewers with an unusual visual journey to “explore” the design process, from inspiration to idea generation to final production, of the fashion collection from Raffles Designer Harvee KOK. With emphasis on the concept of transformation and imagination, the message of the video focuses on the power of RETHINK, which encourages designers to think outside the box and challenge their limits.

This VR video is produced by Raffles Multimedia Designers Chelsy and Jason SANTO with the guidance of the International Creative Practitioners Terrence CHONG, Federico FIORE, and Michael LOO.

313 SOMERSET (22 - 24 April 2016)


The Paragon (29 APRIL - 8 MAY 2016)

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STAGING FOR INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION




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Irene Ho The Atelier’s Design Tops At Icon Ball 2016

Ms. Lynn Yeow-De-Vito, successful entrepreneur, was one of the top 20 Best Dressed at the ICON Ball 2016, organised by ICON Magazine. Lynn’s gown was designed to exude the whimsical aura of the evening and be endowed with exquisite jewellery, sponsored by Damiani.

Raffles Fashion Designer, Ms Irene HO, Founder and Owner of Irene HO The Atelier, took the inspiration from the Damiani jewellery and designed this gown in French laces and intricate embellishment of butterflies and beadings.





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Featured in ICON Singapore

Featuring 25 impressive fashion designs by graduates of Raffles College of Higher Education 2016.

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PRINCIPAL
Giuseppe (Joe) SPINELLI

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
Dr. Monica WALET Hermogenes

VISUAL COMMUNICATION
GAMES DESIGN
ANIMATION
MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
CHONG Meng Leong (Terrence)

LECTURERS
Colm William DUNNE
Federico FIORE
Jana DAMBEKALNE
LOO Gim Hwei (Michael)

INTERIOR DESIGN

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Louis Albert DUBE

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Rosa Liane Da Silva LOPES

SENIOR LECTURER
GONZALES Franz Joseph Tolaram

LECTURERS
Jasen CHIA Ron Yea
BATURAN Jelena
CORONEL Paola Beatriz

PRODUCT DESIGN
JEWELLERY DESIGN

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
SALAZAR Navarrete Hector Arturo

SENIOR LECTURER
FIE Ling Tjia (Sandra)

LECTURER
David STOKES

FASHION DESIGN
FASHION MARKETING

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Giuseppe (Joe) SPINELLI

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
WONG Swee Lian

SENIOR LECTURERS
Brian William FORST
QUEK Hong Pern Jay
WONG Zhi Yun Madeleine

LECTURERS
Anisa Sia JOHNNY
Arzelle VAN DER MERWE
Carolynne NG Buan Ling
Erin LOH-Lu Zi
CASEY Joshua Benard
LAI Shiao Hwa (Joyce)

BUSINESS

LECTURERS
Artem DIEDKOV
HOFFMANN Jan-Niklas

PSYCHOLOGY

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Dr. Monica WALET Hermogenes

LECTURER
John Patrick CONNOLLY

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
CHAN Lee Min (Queenie)

LECTURERS
Harveen KAUR D/O Dalvinder Singh
THOENDEL Patrick Allen

Non Academic Staff

VICE PRESIDENT, SINGAPORE
ONG Kai How

COLLEGE DIRECTOR
SEOW Wensheng (Justin)

MARKETING AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
LENG Tian Wee

ADMISSIONS & STUDENT ADMINISTRATION & SERVICES

SENIOR MANAGER
DAI Zhongfang (Wing)

ASSISTANT MANAGER
FAM Hwei Yin (Vernice)
Lacson Maricris TORRES

ADMISSIONS EXECUTIVES
LIN Yi Ling Cecilia
NG Hui Shuang (Joanne)
WANG Huan (Winnie)

ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVES
CHOW Yunhui Bernadette
KHOO Tai Koon (Priscilla)
LIAU Yue Mei (Joanne)
LIEW Ming Zhu
NG Boon Gek (Belle)
SOH Yi Ning Clarissa
Sokhwant KAUR D/O Joginder Singh
TANG Wei Jie Eddie
TAY Kim Ann

SALES & MARKETING

SENIOR EDUCATION CONSULTANT
LIP Tzun Choi (Rachel)

EDUCATION CONSULTANT
GAY Yee Koon Norman

CENTRE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CAREER EXECUTIVE
Winnie SEAH Wei Lian

IT SUPPORT ENGINEER
KUNG Eng Chai (Desmond)

HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE
LIM Ju Ping Michelle

SENIOR MAINTENANCE EXECUTIVE
Rahidi Bin JAAPAR

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MANAGER
TEO Lay Ying (Elaine)

ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVES
ONG Yilun (Amanda)
LIM Ting Kristina
HOU Tianying (Jessie)
YAP Siew Kheng (Jean)