Future Design Studies with No Career Limitation

Future Design Studies with No Career Limitation

The world of digital content creation is a very rapidly changing one. With the advent of the internet and availability of smartphones, every person has the power to create and share their creations with the entire world. Thereby, the value of knowledge in designing is becoming more important with each passing day. Almost every company has a dedicated person who runs their social media and creates digital content on a frequent basis. Therefore, a staple requirement for any designer nowadays is the knowledge in graphic design.

Graphic design is the process of visually communicating ideas and arriving at solutions through the adept use of typography, symbols, photography and illustration. A good graphic design attracts the attention of a wide scale audience, has the ability to establish a good brand name and also boost sales for a company. Take any film poster that persuaded you to go watch a movie, any advertisement that convinced you to purchase a product – you will find a graphic designer behind the fantastic artwork. The scope of a graphic designer’s work opportunities is vast. Unlike other designers, a person versed in graphics has the versatility to adapt and work in turfs which range from advertising and film to fields as diverse as medical, engineering and fashion. Additionally, the knowledge in graphic design provides the basis for more complex arenas such as motion graphics, video production and other forms of multimedia design that make use of the same basic principles.

With social media and streaming services dominating the cybersphere, more digital content creators are in demand by almost every industry. Most designers rake in their work from overseas and engage in creating within the comfort of their homes. In short, the entire world is being driven by the need for innovative and unique digital content. Such as the world changed and we at Raffles understand the need to evolve with this need.

At Raffles Colombo understand the importance of visually communicating an idea. Our Graphic Design and Multimedia programmes are built on the underlying principle that skill-based learning in a practical environment is key. Our students are taught by lecturers who are at the cutting-edge of their respective design fields. They bring in game-changing opportunities and skills which are imparted to our students during practical sessions in the classroom. Students are continually exposed to global ideas and innovations through lectures at Raffles which refines their skills and mould them into industry-ready professionals by the end of the programmes. Our lecturers are learners themselves, which is beneficial as they are open-minded and adapt to the ever-changing demands on their industries. This elusive knowledge gained through such flux is thereby transferred to our student. Raffles itself is part of a global education network that pioneers progressive thinking and learning strategies. Constantly being updated via our partner college in Singapore and our university in Malaysia, our students are exposed to global learning which puts them at the forefront of all creative professionals upon graduation from Raffles Colombo.

“Experience the new Local & International Design trends & obtain an Internationally recognized Bachelor’s Degree”

“Your journey to success begins this January; Its Fun, Challenging & Rewarding.”

By Akash Sunethkumara – Lecturer – Graphic Design Programmes

Raffles Designers: From Sri Lanka Going International

Raffles Designers: From Sri Lanka Going International
Colombo Raffles’ Designers at Raffes Education Headquarters in Singapore.

We are all part of the fabric that makes up societies on a micro and macro level. Each of us works bringing to the table our unique skill sets, personalities, and talents. As creative individuals designers are in the unique position to influence the pathways of our chosen fields, and in doing so impact society as a whole. Fashion designers now are impacting not only how, and what People wear, but also end to end requirements taking into consideration accountability on all levels.  No longer are fashion designers simply dreaming up aesthetic fantasies with no consequence. The industry has been an integral part in changing the systems that over decades had free reign with no consequences. Now designers are looking into the opposite of “fast fashion” and realizing and reiterating that the very need for speed that kept the industry working at a frantic pace, has been more harmful in the long run. Designers have also understood, and are highlighting the need for materials, accessories, and finishes that are earth friendly. We cannot simply scour resources without consequence when We are aware that every action has a reaction. The creative processes are re-aligned to work with and not against the natural grain of social and environmental systems. From emissions to waste management, from understanding that unfettered import/export has an effect on the carbon footprint, to re and upcycling, through to re-usability the fashion industry is working with global organizations to make sure that the clothes on Our backs are also good for us.

We at Raffles Colombo provide premier design education while constantly underlining the goals of Our graduates with skill based learning. Our programs are formulated to bring about the learning process in a “step by step” system which ensures a holistic method, while empowering the Students at each level in progress. The design industries are ever changing, and are also on the cutting edge of innovations, and unique formulations. At raffles Colombo the professionals delivering the modules are up to date with the industry standards, and are involved in many instances, in the newest areas of innovation. This brings about related skills into the classroom, and that in turn makes Our Students industry ready, and prepared to enter the workforce.

Being part of a globally enlivened education network makes Raffles truly international in the delivery of the programs, and also in the progressive thinking that powers the module deliveries. We have a cross fertilization of ideas that make the Raffles family across the 23 campuses rich in cultural diversity, and unique thinking. The students are constantly inspired to look beyond borders, and are given numerous opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas with colleagues and professionals internationally. From attending the Raffles graduation fashion show and exhibition in Singapore, along with visiting the state of the art Singapore campus, through to attending internationally recognized exhibits, the professionals and Students that make up Raffles Colombo are constantly inspired to higher planes of creativity. Raffles Colombo Students also participate in numerous events, and symposiums, along with industry related projects across the programmes. This is also a unique part of our education, that ensures the Students are the best creative professionals upon graduation from Raffles Colombo.

By Dinesh Chandrasena – Academic Lead Raffles Colombo.

Raffles Colombo : Unleashing Your Inner Designer

Raffles Colombo : Unleashing Your Inner Designer

Adapted from Chocolate Magazine Article  : Unleashing Their Inner Designers

By Paramie Jayakody

Photos by Kevin Michael

Last Thursday we at Chokolaate had the pleasure of speaking to two of the aspiring designers at Raffles Design Institute, Shalina Fernando and Panchali Liyanawaduge. Sitting down with them in a classroom filled with lines, colours and fabrics, we talked to each of them about their journey as fashion designers.


Shalina Fernando, currently studying in the third year, specializes in designing evening wear. But it wasn’t always what she was interested in, she explained. Growing up, she was interested in architecture, but the mathematical aspect was not something she enjoyed.

Exploring her career options, she came to Raffles Institute, where she first stepped into the world of fashion design. At Raffles she learned drawing figures, how to visualize a concept, how to make her designs come to life, and essentially, how to be a fashion designer.

She added that she was blessed with a very supportive family who motivate her and are proud of her achievements. At first her brother didn’t like it, she said, but that was becausehe didn’t understand all the aspects of being a fashion designer. Now he’s as supportive as her parents. Her parents always wanted her to do what she likes, what she’s good at.

Hopping off the stool, she proceeded to show us some photos of her mini collection that she had designed last year. Showcasing some impressive evening wear, Shalina told us her dream was to one day start her own brand, and release a unique collection of evening wear.

Shalina says the evening wear segment of Sri Lankan fashion has a lot to be desired, and she dreams of someday bridging that gap with her own collections.

Shalina’s advice to anyone looking to be a fashion designer is  “be ready to commit, and be motivated. Find inspiration. You will have to sacrifice your time and effort, but it’s worth it”

Shalina told us she was a professional athlete during her school life. While she had to stop competing professionally due to the commitments of her studies, she channeled that driven personality into fashion design. She concluded by saying that life as a fashion designer was very challenging, but interesting.




Panchali Liyanawaduge smiled shyly at us from across the table, her designs spread out across the table she was working at. Panchali, a second year, said that she was totally new to the world of fashion design, and at first, was very hesitant to join Raffles Institute.

Two years down the line, she has come to regard the Institute as her home and she says her lecturers always help her, not just with fashion design, but with life in general.

While schooling, Panchali was always a passionate artist. In grade 12, she realized she had a sketching skill, and a knack for colour balancing. After evaluating her talents, she decided that she could channel that talent into drawing designs. Before that life changing decision, she had wanted a career in hotel management.  Her family supported her dream, and they enrolled her at Raffles right away. Panchali learned a lot at raffles. Among these were how to refine her drawing techniques and concepts.

Despite still being in her second year, Panchali has already debuted a men’s wear collection, inspired by the Japanese Culture. She explained that Japanese designs are a source of constant inspiration to her, and she follows the work of designers like Yohji Yamamoto.

She also plans to release another mini collection in June. An evening wear collection, this will be heavy on floral designs in summer colours.

In the future, she plans to start her own brand, with her own ideas. Her dream is to infuse Sri Lankan traditional clothing with a mix of other cultures. While she wants to go abroad for additional experiences, Panchali has no plans to work anywhere but here.


Talking about her juniors, she says that most are afraid to start. 

“Don’t be afraid. It’s hard, but with passion and determination you can do it. Inspiration can come from anywhere, even nature.” – Panchali

Chokolaate Raffles ScreenMasters Film Competition

Rules and Regulations
  1. This is a short film competition and hence only SHORT Films should be submitted NO DOCUMENTARIES. The entries can be short digital animation films too on the topic.
  2. DURATION: The films shall not be more than 4 (four) minutes, including the beginning and end credits. The minimum length should be 30 seconds including credits.
  3. You are allowed to shoot the film on phones, action camera (such as GoPro, etc), point and shoot camera, handycam and DSLR camera.
  4. The film should be submitted by not later than 15th of July 2019, 11.59PM. No late entries will be accepted.
  5. The Grand Final and Film Festival will be held on 15th of August 2019.
  6. The short films may be in any language, but must be subtitled in English.
  7. All entries must be originals works. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
  8. All films must be suitable for public viewing.
  9. The participants grant the organizers the non-exclusive rights to screen (non – commercial) their film / entry on their respective websites, social media platforms and other associated screenings.
  10. COPYRIGHT: The Film must not contain any copyrighted work(s) belonging to third parties unless participants have a license or permission to use such works in the Film. If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker.


  • 1st Place :
    Full Scholarship at Raffles Film School
    LKR 25,000 Cash Prize
    1 Point and Shoot Camera
  • 2nd Place :
    2 Modules Scholarship at Raffles Film School
    LKR 10,000 Cash Prize
    1 Point and Shoot Camera
  • Finalist (3rd to 7th Place):
    Frugal Shooting Equipment
    Raffles Film School Merchandise

You can apply by clicking the link below:

Raffles: Skills, Opportunities, Quality Learning and Degree in Design

Raffles: Skills, Opportunities, Quality Learning and Degree in Design

Raffles Colombo is the trendiest and modern design learning education spot in town. By being a part of the Raffles Education Corporation in Singapore, now Raffles Colombo offers internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree programmes in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design awarded by Raffles University Iskandar, Malaysia.

At Raffles, students experience the holistic skill based approach to design studies combined with skills development through various hands-on collaborations with industry partners from both local and international. Raffles has been in the operation since 2010, taking the pride of producing the best in class industry ready, globally recognized design professionals.

To upskill the standard of design education, Raffles Colombo equipped with fully fledge design studios, computer lab, state of the art facilities and internationally certified lecturer panel to provide the students premium education experience under one roof.
With the industry exposure from the second academic year, students are more focused to fit in with the industry, career focused to develop their designer lifestyle as a next generation designer with additional abilities to start their own business. This is the most important aspect of the Raffles journey. As a part of the programme spectrum, students will go through an internship programme which will bridge them to start their career in the industry. Also, opens up opportunities to take part in local and international events and competitions.

Design degree at Raffles Colombo is a three years programme with 2 exit points between, which covers the all the aspects of to become the next generation design professional and the global exposure is the added advantage which is only an international education brand can provide.

If you are a design enthusiast and thinking of starting the international design lifestyle, Raffles Colombo is a must visit place. Having intakes in the months of January, April, July and October for all the design programmes, Raffles will guide you to start your design journey step by step until you become the next generation design professional.

Bringing Together Creativity And Business Under One Roof

Bringing Together Creativity And Business Under One Roof

The premier private education provider, Raffles Education Corporation is once again in the spotlight opening avenues for aspiring young individuals. Launching the Business Administration program, Raffles Sri Lanka is now giving students the opportunity to explore creativity and business under one roof.

The business program at Raffles intends on producing professionals capable of administering social and ethical responsibilities, analytical skills, competitiveness and entrepreneurship in business. In addition to coaching students to develop creative and critical problem solving skills necessary to be effective business leaders and executives, the program also aims to nurture students to become confident and coherent future leaders.

“The business education program at Raffles College of Design and Business (RCDB) focuses on the practical aspects of business science. Students will not only learn to see business from a theoretical and research perspective but also the reality in the market and how to achieve the desired business goals. Elements of creativity and analytical thinking will play a major role in the learning process at Raffles,” said Johannes Silaban, College Director for Raffles College of Design and Business.

The business program can be followed in the form of a Diploma or an advanced diploma with the Raffles College of Higher Education being the awarding body. The diploma focusing on business studies functions as an introductory program to prepare students for entry into Advanced Diplomas in business specializations and can be completed in a span of 6 months. The Advanced Diploma spanning a period of 12 months offers diplomas in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operations, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Supply Chain and Logistic Operations and Marketing.

“Our course has more pragmatic elements than theoretical elements and we believe in that if there’s a will there is always a way and the willpower comes from confidence. Raffles College of Design and Business works towards helping students develop these skills,” said Sajith Gaffoor, the Business Program Coordinator.

Having intakes in the months of January, April, July and October for both, the Diploma and Advanced Diploma, RCDB is giving students the opportunity to thrive in the field of business by beginning their journey at Raffles. Growing to operate in 25 colleges and universities in 23 cities across 13 countries in Asia – Pacific, Middle East and Europe, students are given the convenience of completing subjects in different countries where the same programs are taught.

Being a premier private education provider that promises to embrace a holistic education through the advancement of superior thinking processes, the deftness of communication and the procurement of thorough and effective work methods

Raffles College of Design and Business continues to stand out by creating an environment where students grow to create a name for themselves in their desired careers with more than just the academic values that they learn at RCDB. The launch of the Business Program in Sri Lanka is the beginning of a new venture for RCBD to yet again create a successful future for students who strive to be great business leaders.

Saviskara 2018 – A Graduation, Exhibition and Fashion Show!

Saviskara 2018 – A Graduation, Exhibition and Fashion Show!

Saviskara Graduation Exhibition, presented by Raffles College of Design and Business will be held on the Friday, 20th of July 2018, from 6 pm onwards at Ramada Colombo, Sri Lanka. Along with the graduation there will be an exciting Fashion Show with a glamorous collection of more than 100 outfits show by the top models in Sri Lanka.

‘An Exhibition of Talent‘– Saviskara intends to showcase the works of upcoming designers presenting their creativity, professionalism and insight in their respective fields. This years graduating cohort consist of 32 students from respective areas of Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Marketing and Interior Design, hoping to captivate you with their ideas and views in the creative industry as well as with their portfolios and installations.

Raffles Education group which was founded in 1990 by Chew Hua Seng started its first campus in Singapore and gradually developed and managed to Open 25 colleges across 13 countries in Asia and Europe and is now known as the largest education provider in the region.

Raffles education Group Opened its branch in Colombo in 2012 and offered Design related programmes and since then raffles Colombo managed to produce its graduates in the design industry and recently Raffles College of Design and Business headed forward with the step of entering to the business industry and now Raffles College of Design and Business is offering business related programmes with the vision of producing graduates who are can captivate the upcoming needs of the business industry.

This graduation is supported by Steph Clicks, HNB, KISS FM, Samrose Holding, MAS Intimate, Philip Weeraratne Architect, FCCISL.

Photos Link:

Steph Clicks (Official Photography Partner)


Growing in Success, Raffles Design Institute Colombo becomes RCDB

Growing in Success, Raffles Design Institute Colombo becomes RCDB

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Raffles Education Corporation which was founded in Singapore in 1990 has spread across Asia, Europe and Australia to become the leading design education provider, by operating 24 colleges in 23 cities across 13 different countries.

The Colombo campus, which was established in 2010 as Raffles Design Institute was able to grow successfully by producing graduates in the areas of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Fashion Marketing, Visual communication and Digital Media Design, progressively creating a prestigious position in the education industry of Sri Lanka, especially in design.

Under the leadership of Mr. Chew Hua Seng as the Chairman of Raffles Education Coorporation, and Mr. Johannes Silaban as the College Director, Raffles Design Institute Colombo, from today will be known as Raffles College of Design and Business, commencing a new chapter with the introduction of business programmes to the existing curriculum. Raffles will operate as two different school (faculty). The design school and the business school.

Following the success of Raffles School of Business which was started in 1999 in Singapore, Raffles campus in Colombo is now starting the business programmes, offering a Diploma in Business Studies as the foundation and will lead students to the specialization areas of Marketing, Supply Chain and Logistic Operations, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Operations, and Tourism & Hospitality Management. The business programs is run on the based on 4 elements of process and characters, those are: Analytical, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial. The delivery of the program will be heavy on the practical implementation part of how a business is running, this will open a Raffles student to a wide range job opportunities upon graduation, and all qualifications will be awarded by Raffles in Singapore.

The graduates with the qualifications from Raffles would set the standard for professionalism in their selected areas, when They enter the job environment. Raffles students learn from experienced industry professionals, gaining knowledge not only theoretically, but with invaluable hands on industry experience as well. Apart from the learning perspective Raffles is a place where students are encouraged to express themselves with numerous activities apart from academia, that enrich their overall campus experience. Raffles have many events where students interact, engage and have fun, focusing their skills into the organizing aspects of events and seeing their efforts come to fruition.

Raffles School of Business – Colombo

Raffles School of Business – Colombo
When Creativity Meets Business!

Raffles Design Institute, the pioneer of Education in Design, is starting up their new path of education in the field of business, the “Raffles School of Business Colombo”, an associated college of Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE), Singapore under the wings of the largest private Education Provider in Asia Pacific “Raffles Education Corporation”, Singapore which was established in 1999. With the aim of boosting the Sri Lankan Private Education Sector in Business Studies, The Raffles School of Business Colombo focuses on 6 Month Diploma in Business Studies and upon completion of the first stage of Diploma, students will be eligible to proceed with 1 year Advanced Diploma in Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Operation, Supply Chain & Logistic Operations or Tourism and Hospitality Management. During your studies, Raffles provides you knowledge and skills to apply the management techniques and best real world practices to use immediately in your career path.

Business in 21st century is staying ahead of the pack as globalization and technology have made the market place very prone to competition yet creating many avenues for opportunities. Is that all? Well, the current market place is also about building relationships and creating rapport with every aspect of business operations and personals. This is one of the reasons why traditional methods are shifting to scientific methods in the business world because repeating the same thing over and over does not produce effective results rather thinking outside the box or perhaps changing the method of delivery does bring in effectiveness. ‘Think outside the box’ could be a cliché as it is used very often but what we have to know is before thinking outside the box we shall know what is already in the box. This will enhance the performance of a business process. It is evident that businesses require creativity and analytical skills to transform them from zero to millions, excelling in business.This is one of the utmostskills visionaries like Warren Buffett, Steve jobs and Richard Brandsonhave acquired throughout their respective lives as successful business magnets. Fundamentally speaking, most of the corporates have the luxury of technologies andpertinent processes in place but what they struggleto accumulate is innovation, creation and solution, this is why they rely on human capital, Which aids strategic game plan.

Entrepreneurship is not merely running a business; Entrepreneurship is capable to get something off the ground by taking calculated risks and facing challenges. Entrepreneurs go to bed troubleshooting and wake up to diagnose issues. To become an entrepreneur one has to think and live like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneur is not necessarilyabout being their own boss or self-employed ratherthey are fascinated about being a creator, investor and constant learner. This is why it takes commitment and thinking out loud ability to become an entrepreneur.

How Raffles differ? Raffles School of Business is synergy of design and business, which means we believe that the present business world requires creativity combined with analysis, which will manifest productive results. Businesses activities nowadays do not expect only hard work but they also expect smart work. We are merging creativity and technical knowledge into the codes of business elements such as Marketing and Sales, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and PR, Leadership, Planning, Procurement, and Market Research. End of the day we want to produce individuals who can think practically and execute precisely.

Raffles is currently enrolling students for the July 2018 Intake and is looking forward to working with the next generation of creative businessmen.