Bag Design Product Development

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Diploma in Bag Design and Product Development

Overview

The first school in Singapore to provide a full-fledged bag design & production course with industrial standard facilities and studio environment. The Diploma in Bag Design and Product Development is an exciting design and production course that will encompass everything you need to know to start or supplement a business in bag design. 

You will be starting with the fundamentals of materials, learning about the different types of leather and alternatives, their uses and how to select them. After which, you will gain an understanding of the basic components and production methodology of common bag styles. You will be put under the guidance of expert trainers, where you will be shown and guided through the creation of a range of bag styles from small leather goods (wallets) to briefcases, totes & handbags. 

Finally, you will stay up to date in digital marketing trends as you learn how to setup an e-commerce store and use search engine optimization techniques to promote your brand & expand your customer reach. 

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Course Structure

Face to Face

Modules (17)
  • 1
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    This course provides a unique hands-on experience to make your very own leather tote bag under the guidance of our professional trainers. You will gain the foundational knowledge you need to select the right materials, and understand what you need to accessorise your tote bag in order to make it uniquely yours.
    40:00
  • 2
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    While not a bag style, it is still the most common type of leather good in the world. The Small Leather Goods category can include anything from wallets to card cases and this course will teach you to create wallet with hand sewing methods from start to finish. You will draft the wallet, know how to select the right leather for the application and use the correct techniques to construct a wallet that you will love.
    40:00
  • 3
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    Clutch bags are a timeless piece of design used since the Middle Ages. Once made for its portability, the clutch bag has since become a fashion item and cultural phenomenon. This module will teach you the ins-and-outs of constructing a basic clutch bag, from drafting to stitching of a complete bag.
    40:00
  • 4
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    00:00 15:00 01:00
    Choosing the right material is crucial for structure and for the item to perform as intended. Leather is the most common type of material in bag design and in this class you will learn in depth what makes this material a popular choice and how to differentiate different types of leather and its individual characteristics. On top of that, you will also learn about leather alternatives and its role in bag design.
    16:00
  • 5
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    00:00 22:00 02:00
    Drawing is an important part of the ideation process as you develop your designs. This course will teach you how to sketch out selected types of bags in proportion and detail including its components. At the same time, you will learn how to identify iconic bags and take key points of measurements which will enable you to develop your own bag designs from there. This course will perform as a foundational entry into design drawing for bag design.
    24:00
  • 6
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    00:00 34:00 02:00
    While hand sketching can be a conceptual ideation process, digital sketching is all about finalizing your designs. You will learn to convert a hand drawing into a complete technical drawing with a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software where you will be able to finalize the lines, add stitches and components with greater accuracy, make modifications to design, add texture and material details. This will produce a complete 2-Dimensional rendering that you will able to send to your factory for production.
    36:00
  • 7
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    A classic and casual bag style, the hobo bag is a casual bag shape that is young and timeless. Historically made in the shape of a crescent with straps that accentuate a slouch when worn on shoulders. You will learn to draft a simple design with the given specifications and measurements. From here you will be able to make modifications to its design and learn to stitch your bag with lining.
    40:00
  • 8
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    Duffle bags were historically popularized in the military as heavy materials were used to enable service men to carry their items easily in a barrel like bag with just 1 opening. But in contemporary times, duffle bags are a common bag style used in casual to formal settings with a variety of materials. This course will teach you to draft a barrel duffle, cut the appropriate material and stitch the bag with lining. This course will also cover the techniques of sewing zippers.
    40:00
  • 9
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    Briefcases are a formal bag commonly used by men as part of traditional office wear carrying documents. Modern-day needs have modified it into a laptop bag. In this course, you will learn how to draft a basic lined soft briefcase. One of the hardest bags to sew due to its construction needs, your technical skills will be improved greatly after this course.
    40:00
  • 10
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    00:00 14:30 01:30
    Traditional brick-and-mortar retail outlets are increasingly facing challenges across multiple fronts – from rising labour costs, to high rentals and overheads. In such a competitive environment, new businesses may find their profit margins rapidly eroded, which is why e-commerce platforms are becomingly critical to lean start-ups. In this module, you’ll learn the basics of setting up, maintaining, and operating an e-commerce store from stocktaking to shipping. You will also learn the fundamentals of how to enhance your customer’s online experience, such that you will be able to differentiate yourself in a crowded e-commerce environment.
    16:00
  • 11
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    00:00 14:00 02:00
    Inbound Marketing is the art of attracting, retaining, and cultivating new leads to your brand and product. This is done by creating valuable content or experiences that educate and delight your customer while satisfying their needs. In this module, you will experience using the basics of a Customer Relationship Management system (CRM), set up a customer database and mailing list, and understand how to reach out to customers via blog posts, email newsletters and videos.
    16:00
  • 12
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    00:00 06:30 01:30
    Modern consumers rely on more than just advertising and word-of-mouth reviews in order to make a purchase decision. In fact, they are increasingly relying on Google searches - not only to find the best product for their needs, but also to find new products they might not have even considered before. In this environment, being able to pre-empt and address the needs of potential consumers via Google is increasingly important in drawing new customers to your product. In this module, you will learn the basics of how to create a Google Ads Search advertising campaign from scratch, understand how Google AdWords works, and how to measure and fine-tune your AdWords campaign parameters for optimal results.
    08:00
  • 13
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    00:00 06:30 01:30
    Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is widely regarded as an important and fundamental part of any digital marketer’s arsenal, yet it still remains very misunderstood by many who still follow SEO techniques from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. SEO has come a long way since then, with Google setting quality benchmarks that all websites need to aspire to, or else face possible penalisation in their SEO rankings. In this module, you will learn what is SEO, the basics of optimising your website such that it will enhance your site's search rank and performance, and how to use tools to conduct competitor benchmarking.
    08:00
  • 14
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    00:00 14:30 01:30
    In today’s world, social media communication is key focus for all businesses. In this interactive module you will learn to identify marketing communication opportunities in new media, how to develop marketing communication plans, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of the social media platform in raising brand profile. The unit is delivered through lectures, group activities, Q&A sessions, group discussions and presentations.
    16:00
  • 15
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    00:00 15:00 01:00
    Quality will greatly affect the cost and target market of your product and its potential customers. In this class you will break down the components of selected types of bags and analyse its construction methods, patterns and accessories to better understand how to differentiate quality. This will enable you to design and produce with an intended target consumer in mind.
    16:00
  • 16
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    This course will cover the concept, ideation and creation of a cohesive look using a variety of different styles and bags. You will study current trends in bag design, identify a customer base, and prepare mood boards while referencing iconic bags. This unique course will teach you how to create seasonal collections for your market.
    40:00
  • 17
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    00:00 39:00 01:00
    This course uses a Virtual Fit Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create bag design samples virtually. This software enables you to make quick changes and modifications to design, material and colour with ease and see it rendered in full 3-Dimension. The benefit of this software is to cut down your production costs as sampling different bags designs and sizes can be completely done virtually. This course will teach you how to use this software to better facilitate your design process.
    40:00
Course Duration
  • Course Type Full Time
  • Course Intakes October
  • SSG Approved Training & Assessment Hours 476
  • Total Maximum Months (Full Time) 3.5
Career Opportunities
  • Bag Designer
  • Bag Technical Designer
  • Bag Merchandiser/Purchaser/Buyer
  • Bag Product Developer
  • Bag Materials Purchaser/Leather Purchaser
Entry Requirement

Singapore/PR Students:

  • Aged 16 years and above AND
  • Possess at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 including English and Mathematics OR
  • ES WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Level 5 and above OR
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Fashion Technology OR
  • TaF.tc's Advanced Certificate

International Students:

  • Aged 16 years and above AND
  • High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Levels with minimum grade C6 for 3 subjects, including English and Mathematics AND
  • IELTS score 4.5 or TOEFL score 450

ALL Students are required to have basic computing skills - i.e. able to turn on the laptop, use the mouse, drag and drop files, use online search engines for research; and be a competent user of Microsoft Office.

Graduation Requirements

Student must fulfil the following requirements:

  • 75% attendance rate of total training hours per module
  • Assessed and be competent for every module

Student Pass Holders – a minimum of 90% attendance per month will be required.

Certificate Issuance
Upon successful completion of relevant WSQ modules within the course, you will be awarded the Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) Statement of Attainment (SOA) by SkillsFuture Singapore. WSQ certification is nationally endorsed and recognised by industry partners. Upon successful completion of relevant non-WSQ modules within the programme, you will be awarded TaF.tc's Certificate of Completion. Students who have successfully completed all modules within the course will be awarded the Diploma in Bag Design and Product Development certification by TaF.tc.
Course Fee
All Singaporean/PRs (SSG)

SkillsFuture Singapore Grant (SSG)
All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • Application Fee S$ 180.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 12.60
  • Total Application Fees (Inclusive of GST) S$ 192.60

aged below 40

  • Full Course Fee S$ 25,240.00
  • Less: SSG Grant S$ 22,716.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 176.68
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 2,700.68

aged 40 years and above

  • Full Course Fee S$ 25,240.00
  • Less: SSG Grant S$ 22,716.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 176.68
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 2,700.68
Singaporean (SFMCES)

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding (SFMCES)
All Singaporeans aged 40 years and above

  • Application Fee S$ 180.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 12.60
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 192.60
  • Full Course Fee S$ 25,240.00
  • Less: SSG Grant S$ 22,716.00
  • Less: SFMCES S$ 0.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 176.68
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 2,700.68
SMEs (ETSS)

Enhanced Training Support Funding (ETSS)
SME with employment size ≤ 200 or annual sales turnover ≤ S$ 100 million
SME can claim additional 20% of full gross fee under ETSS where applicable

  • Application Fee S$ 180.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 12.60
  • Total Application Fees(Inclusive of GST) S$ 192.60
  • Full Course Fee S$ 25,240.00
  • Less: ETSS Grant S$ 22,716.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 176.68
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 2,700.68
International Students
  • Application Fee S$ 650.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 45.50
  • Total Application Fees(Inclusive of GST) S$ 695.50
  • Full Course Fee S$ 25,240.00
  • GST (7%) S$ 1,766.80
  • Total Fees Payable (Inclusive of GST) S$ 27,006.80