Diploma in
Bags Design

Jointly developed in Italy and Singapore

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About the Programme

The first school in Singapore to provide a full-fledged bag design & production course with industrial standard facilities at our bag-making lab 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. Learn the fundamentals of materials, create a range of bag styles, and dive into digital marketing to set up your very own e-commerce store!

This programme is for you if ...
... you're a budding entrepreneur looking to break into the bag & leather fashion scene
... you're a fresh graduate with dreams of having your own bag label
... you're a mid-career switcher looking to join the Fashion industry
... you're already in the bags scene but looking to upgrade your skills

The TaF.tc Difference

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Practical Industry Knowledge

Our trainers are practitioners in the fashion industry today - so if they're teaching it, they've experienced it too. Everything you learn at TaF.tc can be applied to your professional life in fashion and will be taught through interactive workshops, whether online or in TaF.tc's Footwear and Bags Lab.
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Global Network of Entrepreneurs and Experts

As the industry becomes more interconnected, so does our network. Our partners, contacts, and advisors are as close to home as Thailand or Japan and as far as Italy or the UK. Tap into a professional community built over decades of industry immersion.
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Post-Graduate Career Support

We are committed to preparing you for success in the industry. Our career support connects you to jobs available on the market, opportunities for further studies, and resources to help you start your own brand. Whether you've just started your programme or just graduated, we're here for you.

Your Curriculum

In 17 modules covering 5 broad themes, you'll get a 360 view of the bags industry.
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Fundamentals of Bags Design

These short, half-day courses are a must for shoe enthusiasts that want to learn the essentials of shoemaking: great materials, great technique, and great fit.

Courses include:
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Bags Design & Sketching

Learn how to design your own bag digitally and on paper with our sketching, virtual prototyping, and digital design courses. Discover new softwares like Adobe Illustrator & CLO-3D to design your bag!

Courses include:
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Bag Making Courses

Master the art of bag making with our 6 hands-on bag making courses. Learn to create your very own bags with the use of our industry standard equipment at our bag making lab.

Courses include:
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Introduction To Digital Marketing

Be introduced to the growing world of digital marketing with our 5 short courses. Learn how to set up your own e-commerce store as well as plan your own marketing strategy with the different skills taught.

Courses include:
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Bags Capstone Project

Having completed the previous 16 modules, you will be put to the test of creating your own bag collection in this final capstone project. From studying current trends to preparing your mood boards, create your final bag seasonal collection which you can add to your portfolio and use to apply for jobs after graduation!

Courses include:
*All on-campus courses will be taught in accordance to the highest standards of safety and social distancing throughout class hours.

Your Trainers

From Louboutin to Manolo Blahnik, Nike to Adidas - your trainers have been there, done that, and seen it all. Uncover the industry's secrets under the tutelage its leaders.
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Andy Lin

Director at AL Leather Supply
Andy has 13 years of leather crafting experience and has 4 years in the leather trading industry. He is also the director at AL Leather Supply. He has been training at TaF.tc for 2 years and is teaching all 6 leathercraft & bag making modules.
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Richard Siccardi

CEO at Arise.S & Teacher at Arsutoria School
Always in love with shoes, Richard Siccardi started as a pattern maker in an Italian factory that was producing luxury ladies footwear. He then became a teacher at Arsutoria and specialized in providing skills to the next generation of shoe designers. He also started his own company Arise.S to help start-ups and established brands in the shoe business.
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Aaron Han

Workroom Assistant in LINGWU’s Le Salon
Aaron Han is a trained milliner possessing an intimate background in fashion design. He worked at the Butter Factory before joining ASICS Asia, and was also the Creative Director of MODA magazine. In 2017, Aaron Han joined LINGWU’s Le Salon where he remains till this day. As Workroom Assistant, he presides over content creation and supply-chain logistics while still engaging in product design.

Alumni Testimonials

We are proud to see our alumni flourish in the fashion industry, whether they are hired by the likes of ALDO and Charles & Keith or carving their own path as brand owners.
“Instructor Andy has been great throughout the entire duffle bag making course. Andy is extremely dedicated in teaching and getting everyone’s foundation skills right in leather goods/ bag making and such attitude and principle is a rare quality in instructors in the field of craftsmanship currently. Andy has patiently taught each of us in every step, guiding us the best he could. He also taught new students the basic knowledge on leather as a bonus from the course. The experience has been extremely fulfilling and wonderful. Would definitely recommend his course!”

Low Cha Hui

Completed Duffle Bag Course
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“Being a newbie with no experience in leather crafting, Andy is knowledgeable and patient and has made the class interesting and kept a good pace. He has no qualms about sharing with us his skills and tips in leather rating .I should be attending his next class to learn new skills.”

Chow Mun Yee

Completed Clutch Bag Course
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“Both trainers are extremely knowledgeable and patient. The leather is of superb quality. The course was very well guided and we were fully equipped with the tools necessary to complete the module on time. Well done trainers!”

Priscilla Ng

Completed Hobo Bag Course
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Visit Us

There's no better way to experience TaF.tc than to come by and say hello! Meet with our programme advisors for group tours or one-on-one consultations. Take a peek at TaF.tc's very own Footwear & Bags Lab, available to you to build your own prototypes even after graduating from the programme.
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Financing Your Studies

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Nett Fee Payable

S$ 8,371.68

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,000
✅Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funding available. Call 6260 0777 to check your balance.
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 3,155.68

including 7% GST,
after 90% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,500
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 8,371.68

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 27,905.60

including 7% GST
Application Fee
S$ 695.50
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

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Admissions Requirements

Before you apply, click here to check admissions requirements and ensure that you're prepared for our Diploma!

Singapore/PR Students:
Aged 16 years and above
Possess at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 incl. 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
High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Levels with minimum grade C6 for 3 subjects, incl. English and Mathematics
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.

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Contact Us

Curious about the Diploma? Want to try a few courses? Looking to talk to someone before you make a choice? Our programme advisors are here to get you started.

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FAQs

Do I need any background knowledge about the Fashion Industry?

Not at all! You can enrol for our Diploma programme without any prior experience, as long as you have a passion for fashion!

Where will the Diploma be held?

The Diploma will be done both online via Zoom, and offline at our Thye Hong Campus (near Redhill MRT).

How much is the full Diploma programme?

The cost of the Bags Diploma is S$2,790.56 for all Singaporeans and PRs. More details on the cost breakdown above!

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Will TaF.tc support me with my Fashion career after graduating?

Yes we will! Whether it's through promoting your brand on our alumni portal THE LABEL SG, or providing mentorships and consultations to further your studies, we’ve got your back! Talk to us to find out more!

Will I get a certificate upon completion?

Most definitely! Upon completion of your Diploma programme, you will be awarded a hardcopy Diploma certificate from us, and you can also access the softcopy via your MySkillsFuture portal!

Is TaF.tc's Diploma recognised?

As an Edutrust and Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certified training centre, with 11 top fashion schools recognising our Diplomas for accreditation programmes like Paris College Of Art and Atelier Chardon Savard, TaF.tc continues to stay in line with leading national and international fashion industry standards.

How are the courses conducted and assessed?

The courses are conducted in the form of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case studies, practical exercises, and hands-on activities. You will then be assessed on the work you have done with a final evaluation at the end of every course.

What will the Diploma cover?

The Bags Diploma will be split into 5 main categories which will cover the fundamentals of bags, design & sketching, digital marketing, bag making, and a final capstone project to wrap up everything you’ve learnt in the Diploma. More details can be found above!
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Are there any pre-requisites?

You can join our Diploma programme if you’re aged 16 years and above and have either: 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 an Advanced Certificate from TaF.tc.
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