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Why Interior Design Is the Perfect Career Path for You

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The art of interior design lies in being able to transform any space into one that is both awe-inspiring and enjoyable to live in. Now, interior design is seen as a way to express one’s personality, dreams and ambition, and a key person who makes that happen are interior designers.

The common misconception surrounding an education in interior design is that the career choices are limited. A graduate of interior design is thought to be able to only pursue a career as an interior designer. However, this is not the case as there is a myriad of options to choose from. Many graduates from The One Academy went on to become furniture designers, film, TV and stage set designers, model makers and even interior contract managers. As such, having an education in interior design opens up a host of possibilities for the students to delve in after they finish.

The local interior design industry has also seen its fair share of increase in the recent years. More and more consumers are enlisting the help of professionals to transform their work, entertainment and home spaces to something better than before. New trends such as green roofs, indoor greenery, landscaping works are being implemented to ordinary living spaces, something which has not been done in the past. These trends are expected to grow and change throughout the years, paving the way for more interior design enthusiasts to grow their careers.

At The One Academy, we take pride in offering courses that not only meet industry standards but also challenge and help creative students to grow while gaining knowledge. Students will learn the best of both residential and commercial interior design ranging from site study, space planning and interior concept development to lighting and furniture design, learning to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to function and quality of built environment. Upon completion, students will be able to plan and design commercial and residential building interiors for effective use with emphasis on space creation, planning and factors that affect our responses to living and working environments. This ensures that when students graduate from The One Academy, they are ready to take on the industry.

Besides that, the range of educators we have at The One Academy are top notch as well. The head of the Interior Design department is none other than Dr. Eric Leong. He is a renowned interior designer with extensive experience in the field. He started his interior design make-over show2001 with ‘Casa Impian’ and it was the first home interior make-over show in Malaysia. Years on, he still has the same fiery passion for the subject and guides students to encourage them to take over the industry. He heads a fine team of lecturers who share the same vision, to educate and nurture young creative minds and equip them to be successful in the future.

Whether you are an artistic individual with an eye for detail or the creative sort with a knack for wide spaces, fret not as you will find a place in the interior design industry.

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Is Fashion Education Relevant Today?

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Fashion. We see it all around us and we know it is ever-changing. Different seasons bring different styles and trends. However, where does it all begin? Some argue saying that fashion is a feeling, an expression of what goes on inside whereby others say fashion is a reflection of personality. All this may be true, but it still does not answer the question of whether fashion education is relevant today.

When one hears about fashion education, they are more likely to think about students sitting on stools and practicing sewing, models being taught how to walk on the runway or even groups of students sitting in lecture halls watching a fashion show in the name of education. All these, though likely, is not all that fashion education has to offer.

A fashion student at ESMOD is presented several modules throughout the course. These modules range from History of Fashion, the Business of Fashion, and Pattern Making to learning the French language. At ESMOD, fashion education is seen not only as a course to gain knowledge about fashion but also equips students to gain real life skills that can be used throughout the industry such as communication skills, business skills and more.

As a result, ESMOD fashion graduates are ready to enter the world of fashion armed with not only the skills to make it big there, but also to make it big anywhere.

The fashion programme offered here is modelled after the education one would receive from one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris. This 3-year program, based on syllabus from Paris, combines the creative element in Fashion Design and the practical or technical skills in Pattern Making, Stylisme and Modelisme which includes the process of draping, cutting and sewing. The combination of these disciplines is what gives ESMOD’s methodology its added value and gives its graduates their unparalleled expertise. Students will learn to design and construct a collection of clothing in various domains of the fashion industry, specialising in a specific market in their final year.

To answer the question posed, fashion education is more relevant now than ever before. Day by day, new trends emerge and old trends are reimagined. Fashion is one of the highest grossing industry with a whopping 3 billion dollars value. Fashion education remains as relevant option for ensuring demands are met and the industry continues to grow. ESMOD plays a role in ensuring young talents from all over are given the opportunity to take the fashion world by storm and leave their mark, starting with an excellent education.

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The Fine Arts: Flourishing or Falling?

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Fine arts refer to content created through music, theatre, drawing, painting, or sculpture. All of which have been around for a long time. It is said that the addition of fine arts into one’s education is vital to mould them into becoming a well-rounded individual. However, nowadays many prefer to disregard it completely stating that it is an industry that is spiralling down. Parents prefer that their kids take up courses that are tinged with technology and digital elements to prepare them for the future. They worry that the fine arts industry will not be able to secure a good future.

However, this cannot be further from the truth. Just last year, the fine arts industry experienced a jump of 12% in value and is estimated to be worth US$ 63.7 billion. These numbers have seen a steady increase in the recent years and are expected to continue rising in the future. The reason behind this is simple, the fine arts is steeped with culture and knowledge that transcend time, and as time passes, more and more people are being drawn to the enigma of the fine arts just as before. From sculptures to paintings, from music to plays, consumers now are stepping away from the digital world with a yearning for the simpler times.

The One Academy’s Fine Arts program is more than equipped to produce talented artistic individuals who will one day be regarded on par with the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and more. Students will get the opportunity to not only learn the ropes of fine arts but also organise exhibitions of their own for all to see. Modules such as Figure Studies, Visual Language, Ceramics and Computer Application ensure that each student receives a wholesome education that pays ode to the past and prepares them for the future.

The courses at The One Academy are taught by none other than the industries finest, comprising of art directors, renowned artists, and talented individuals all of whom have an extensive knowledge and experience in the field of fine arts. Besides that, conventional teaching methods are done away with and replaced with more comprehensive learning which includes industry visits, Masterclasses and sharing sessions during which students get exclusive insider insight by professionals.

This 3-year programme course is monumental programme that towers over the rest because it centralises on the importance of concrete fundamental fine arts studies to help students develop the ability to transfer their ideas into works of art, understand the relationship between art and time and develop a research and analytical mindset in cultural elements and creative directions. At the end of the course, students will possess artistry and market abilities to transform into profound artists and produce sought-after masterpieces.

The career options that await a fine arts graduate is plentiful such as artist-in-residence, muralist, sculptor, art director, art critic, comic artist, screenwriter, cinematic art designer, even gallerists and exhibition curators to name a few. Therefore, it is without a doubt that the fine arts industry is flourishing now more than ever and is indeed an excellent choice for future success.

What does creativity mean?

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When the word creativity is Googled, the definition that comes up is ‘the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness’. Further research shows that creativity is regarded as a discipline, meaning a branch of knowledge which is studied in educational institutions. Some believe that creativity is intangible whereas others see it something that one can hold, touch, taste, hear or see. While all this answers are not wrong, it hardly sheds light on what creativity actually means.

The word creativity is derived from the base word create. This leads to many people believing that creating something new makes one creative, whereas taking an existing product, service, idea or concept and making it better is understood to be innovative. Following this, creativity can be both tangible and intangible depending on the item created. Others equate creativity with the mind, something equivalent to intelligence or common sense. This makes it more mental than physical. Studies show that those who have a healthy balance of creativity often become more successful than those who don’t possess the particular trait. This begs the question of whether creativity is a product of nature or if it is nurtured?

There is no clear cut answer to this question. However, this just means that there are a multitude of answers to choose from, and not a single one of them is wrong. Creativity is a trait, a skill, a personality type and it is also an item, product or service that is unlike any other. Some people are born creative whereas others are bred creative. A quick search online reveals countless animals coming up with creative way to one-up their human counterparts, which suggest creativity is present not only in humans but animals too. However, more and more people are falling victim to the idea that creativity is not as important as intelligence, bravery, empathy and so on. In Malaysia, the lesser popular creative or Arts stream is seen as a dumping ground for all those who didn’t make the cut into the Science stream. This could not be further from the truth.

At The One Academy, we believe that creativity is vital in all aspects of life. We trust that creativity should be harnessed and is a key aspect to reaching success in the future. The students at The One Academy are given many opportunities to experience creativity as well as nurture it to reach greater heights. This is not only in education and within the classroom but is also practiced out of the four walls through workshops, talks, sharing sessions, Masterclasses and more. But the one motto that we hold onto strongly is that here, Masters train Masters. We understand that there is no better person to educate another about the creative industry or its workings than an industry expert who knows it like the back of their hands. Students benefit from this as they are exposed to first-hand experience from a creative soul much like theirs. This allows them to connect with not only their peers but also their educators which in turn helps them gain valuable insight and knowledge. Do not miss the opportunity to harness your creativity and put it to good use, drop by The One Academy and kick-start your journey immediately.

The Top 3 Mind-blowing VFX Movies of All Time

What do the Harry Potter film series, Jurassic World, Avatar and Pacific Rim have in common? They are all products of excellent visual effects coupled with a great story. They are also movies that grossed millions, some even billions worldwide. Visual effects, or more commonly known as VFX are effects added digitally in post-production to, for instance, create entirely new backgrounds, add characters or creatures, remove or add objects and fix production issues. This is not to be confused with SFX, or special effects that refer to live-action illusions made during production to create practical effects.

VFX is now used widely among many films and series to generate effects that cannot be done during production. The popular series Game of Thrones enlists VFX to create the dragons that are seen throughout and so does the Netflix original series Stranger Things. However, in the recent years, VFX has been taken to a whole new level with more and more movies creating effects that can hardly be believed to be unreal. The following are five movies that do just that.

Coming in at third place is the movie Interstellar, which looks at the possibility of human inhabiting a new planet when Earth seems unfit to be lived in. Astronauts were sent across the galaxies through a wormhole in search of a new home. The effects in this film won scores of awards making it one of the most memorable films done with VFX.

Second place goes to the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Although this is not a recent film, the VFX that was incorporated into it was stellar given that it was produced during a time when there wasn’t much technology for visual effects. The creators used a combination of Photoshop, Kodak scanners and a whole of patience to create the iconic T-1000, Terminator 2's iconic liquid metal cyborg. 

The film that is regarded as iconic in terms of VFX is Avatar, James Cameron’s milestone creation. Although the movie was shelved in the beginning due to the standards of technology being rather low, it was picked again in 2009 and with the help of a team of VFX crew, it set out to make movie history. Till today, the details in the movie are still impressive to see.

Given the consumer’s want for entertainment that is mind-boggling, fun to watch and relatable, film-makers now are turning to VFX to give their movies a leg-up. That is where education in VFX comes in handy. The One Academy, like many internationally acclaimed institutions, offers a tailor-made course in VFX that fulfils all the needs of the entertainment industry whilst still appealing to the younger crowd.

This 3 -year course offers students an innovative learning environment to develop their knowledge and skills in various digital media curriculum ranging from time-based media, online media such as web and mobile applications, interactive media such as experiential design, user experience and interface design to digital fabrication and production. At the end of the course, students are able to gain interpersonal and hands on production skills which will lead them to wider career paths and get acquainted with the latest information technology in digital media applications. Begin your career in VFX with The One Academy and set forth to make movie history.