Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou

College Overview

In 2002, Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou was established with the support of RafflesEducationCorp Singapore and its outstanding education resources. The school was approved by the Guangzhou government and Guangzhou Bureau of Education. At Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou, you can immerse comfortably in the Chinese culture while enjoying the familiarity of using English. Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou is the first full-time higher education institute in Guangdong that conducts business and design programmes in English. Many of our graduates found successful career opportunities at internationally-renowned establishments like: Nike, Adidas, HP, Wrigley and Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL).

Courses Advanced Diploma Bachelor's Degree
Fashion Design
Fashion Marketing
Graphic Design
Multimedia Design
Interior Design

Admission Requirements

Design and Business programmes (2 years) would require a High school graduate certificate or international equivalent.*

English Requirements

  • TOEFL – minimum 550** (paper based) or 213** (computer based); or
  • IELTS – minimum 6.0**
  • High School English Pass grade (minimum) in an English medium school; or
  • International equivalent

*Vocational courses are available for those who do not meet the requirements
** Test results achieved not more than 2 years ago

Note 1: Applicants who do not meet the English Language requirements can take an English Placement test at Raffles. Candidates will have to score 85% and above on the oral and written tests to achieve exemption from the English Language Programme.

Note 2: After studying at Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou for two years, applicants may pursue degree courses at other Raffles schools within the network.

Documents Required

  • Letter of Acceptance for Admission into Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou (to be issued by RDI Guangzhou).
  • Copy of high school qualification
  • Copy of passport
  • Completed application form
  • 12 two-inch passport photos
  • 1 three-inch photograph
  • Copy of highest education qualification
  • Copy of personal identification card
  • Copy of English proficiency results (TOEFL, IELTS, or High School English Test)

Raffles Guangzhou FAQ

What are the majors you offer?

We offer a total of 6 majors, including four specialties in design and two commercial majors. Our design specialties are, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Multimedia Design. While the two remaining commercial majors are Fashion Marketing and Business Administration.

Permalink 0 0

Must I send my application in hard copy personally to school?

You can submit the soft copy of your application documents through email to first. Subsequently, during orientation day, you can bring the original copy of your documents to be verified.

Permalink 0 0

Do I need submit my portfolio to enter any of the design programmes?

No portfolio submission is required to apply for our degree programmes, unless you are considering applying directly for final year or if you are seeking for credit transfer.

Permalink 0 0

When do I need to pay my tuition fee?

You can make your payment after signing the student contract; alternatively, you can also pay before each term starts.

Permalink 0 0

How many intakes are there per year?

We offer 4 intakes in each year in January, April, July and October.

Permalink 0 0

How long is each degree course?

Our degree courses will take three years for completion. Each academic year academic year consists of four terms with 12 study weeks and a 1 week holiday break in between terms.

Permalink 0 0

Can I still apply even though I am weak in English?

We provide teaching assistant translation for the first half year of our programme to help students better understand and assimilate into the learning environment. Since all our classes are in English, we advise potential students to sign up for our Intensive English Program. You can ascertain your level for the Intensive English Program by sitting for our English Placement test before admissions.

Permalink 0 0

Can I apply without any basic drawing skills?

You can apply without any prior skills and background in drawing. Our course modules include the basics of drawing so don’t worry!

Permalink 0 0

Is there any accommodation within then campus?

Students will have to arrange their own accommodation, but we could introduce real estate agents or agencies to students upon request. Accommodation will cost around RMB¥2000 – ¥2500 per month.

Permalink 0 0

Will the tuition fees cover my living expenses and accommodation?

Our tuition fees will not include your living expenses and accommodation costs. The living costs per year would be around RMB¥20,000.

Permalink 0 0

Do I get paid during my industrial attachment?

Remuneration solely depends on the company’s offer to students.

Permalink 0 0

When will I have to begin my industrial attachment?

Usually, students will have to embark on their industrial attachment during the last 3 months of their Advanced Diploma.

Permalink 0 0

Will I be expecting local lecturers?

Currently, we have a healthy mix of local and international lecturers from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States.

Permalink 0 0

Are course material fees included in the tuition fee?

Course materials are separate from your tuition fee. Students would have to pay for required textbooks and additional materials.

Permalink 0 0

How many students are there in each class?

Usually, we try to ensure that we only have 15 students in one class.

Permalink 0 0

Do you offer student scholarship?

Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarships.

Permalink 0 0