Designpreneur Lab: Work in progress

Designpreneur lab

One of the best things about moving to a new campus is we get to propose/request for new facilities. It’s even more meaningful when you get to design the new space yourself.

In the next few weeks, we will be transforming a classroom into a design lab. Lots of passion and hard work will be poured in to this project. We shall keep everyone posted on the progress.

KDU UC Master of Design (Innovation) set to launch in May 2015

With our partner university RUFA

Recently the academic from the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) of KDU University College made an official visit to our partner university, Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA) in Italy.

The partnership has resulted in the development of the Master of Design (Innovation), a postgraduate degree that is created to give bachelor degree holders and professionals the specific skills and knowledge in the fields of design, communication and multimedia to respond to the expectations of the new design in the industry context.

The design studio in RUFA

The design lab in RUFA

This programme comes with a dual parchment (KDU and RUFA) and set to launch in May 2015. To be among the first to know about this programme, kindly leave your email and details below:


Download Valentine’s Day Greetings

We have shared some Father’s Day and Mother’s Day greetings in the past. This year, we would like to start the year with a series of Valentine wishes. Valentine’s Day is not only the time to show how much you care for your loved ones, but also a perfect opportunity to express your secret feelings to someone you have laid your eyes on.

You can now give your amazing loved ones a shout out by sharing it on your Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc. All you have to do is download these greetings into your phone or computer.

Click the following to download:

Complicated Love

Breathless Love

My Favourite First!


Feeling Butterflies

Cheeky Love

Addicted To You

Secret Love

Enjoy a sweet Valentine’s day!

10 resolutions for 2015

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We are almost coming to the end of January 2015. So, hopefully it is still not too late to come up with 10 student-centric resolutions that can help welcome the new year, new semester with inspiration to grow as designpreneurs.

1. Get to know your surroundings

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The new Glenmarie campus is way bigger than the previous Damansara Jaya campus. Although the campus is not 100% ready, it is certainly safe to learn your way around. It is also a good idea to find out more about the areas surrounding the campus e.g. the nearest police station, clinic, workshop for your car/bike, places to have meals, post office, etc.

2. Know your purpose

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If you’ve decided to study Entrepreneurial Design, you must have had a clear passion in design or/and business . Or perhaps, you just want to enrol in this programme to achieve academic success. Whatever your purpose is, you’re responsible for the decision.

3. Be self evident


Perhaps one of the biggest steps a designpreneur can take is to simply start making sense; both conceptually and visually. For existing students, do take a look at the work you’ve done in 2014 and ask if it makes sense. If not, 2015 could be the beginning of self evidence.

4. Master your skill

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Everyone needs time to learn design software e.g. Photoshop or Illustrator. You can’t be a master after one semester of class. 2015 can be a year of learning all the shortcuts keys, exploring new tricks and freeing the creative mind.

5. Be a proud owner of your design

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If you have received a negative comment about your work, don’t take it too personally. A designpreneur must be able to accept criticism and constantly improve by learning about design. However, you must also be able to stand up for your designs because differences of opinions often occur in this field.

6. Manage your stress

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There is absolutely no doubt that it’s not easy being a student, freelancer and/or startup owner at the same time.  In 2015, perhaps it’s time to allow yourself to have a more peaceful, playful and better time management to take hold.

7. Be a volunteer, work for free


The days of graduates having no working experience are over. Doing some pro bono work can be valuable to designpreneurs. Beyond doing something good, it provides an opportunity to network, build a portfolio of real world design work, and to develop a reputation.

8. Identify your strengths


This is a challenge for you this year. Find out what are the design/entrepreneurship contests that you enjoy participating in. Joining competitions and contests have always been an important part of a designer to gain recognition and improve skills. Hone your own style and constantly improve each time you submit the entries.

9. Assemble your portfolio


Do start assembling your portfolio from the first day you join KDU. It’s not too hard because portfolios can be compiled in a handful of forms – portfolio websites, personal websites, in social media websites, and in print. Do it in 2015 if you haven’t started yet.

10. Build your fan base


A big part of being successful in the design or startup profession is speaking to the right audience. Don’t hesitate to share your work, online or offline.

Hope this list will help you in paving way for a greater success this year. Don’t hesitate to speak to your subject lecturers and ADH if you have a great idea in mind.

This post is inspired and adapted from 99designs.

New Year, New Semester, New Campus

The new semester has officially started! New and existing students from the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) were at the all-new Utropolis, Glenmarie campus yesterday for orientation and school briefing.

SCCA Family

On behalf of the Creative Arts department, I would like to welcome all students to KDU University College. Hopefully this will be another exciting and creative year. If you or your friends are still undecided whether to enrol into the Entrepreneurial Design programme, drop me an email at and I will help answer your queries.


Pouline Koh Chai Lin
Academic Department Head (Creative Arts)