About Us

Raffles Design International, Mumbai is a part of Raffles Education Corporation Limited ("RafflesEducationCorp"). It is the largest private education group in Asia-Pacific.

Since establishing its first college in Singapore in 1990, the Group has grown to operate 25 colleges in 23 cities across 13 countries in Asia-Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand,Switzerland and Milan. More than 24,000 students enrolled in RafflesEducationCorp's tertiary programmes benefit from a quality education that provides graduates with a well-rounded hands-on experience relevant to the industry.

Raffles Design International, Mumbai was established in the year 2004. It is conveniently located at Santacruz West in suburban Mumbai. The BA (Hons) Degree courses offered are: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Fashion Management and Communication. Raffles Design International, Mumbai aims to produce talented and skilled graduates who will shape the future of design and business related disciplines.

At our facilities, students will not only be able to gain exposure to international creative and business environments, they will also gain hands-on practical experience. Students can transfer or further their study if they wish at any of our schools or universities which have articulation agreement with us. Our entire school network follows the same academic calendar ensuring no study time is lost when transferring and all prior subjects successfully completed will be recognized. The medium of instruction is English and our curriculum is truly international. As part of their design training, the students perform internships at respectable companies and will also be able to develop a substantial work portfolio for themselves that will help them in building their careers.

Raffles Design International India Pvt Ltd, provides training pathways for undergraduate  courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design & Fashion Management & Communication. Students can opt for a two year training programme studying for an Advanced Diploma, awarded by Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore (“RCHE”),  followed by study on a one year undergraduate degree top-up.

“RCHE” is responsible to its students for the quality and standards of the academic provision, and the relevant Quality Frameworks incorporate all the main features of quality and standards management for study at levels 4, 5 and 6. Study is at Raffles Design International India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai (“RDI”).

We have an international workforce, which brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our courses.  At our facilities, students will not only be able to gain exposure to international creative and business environments, they will also gain hands-on practical experience including placement opportunities in industry.

Raffles prepares the students with professional development skills and provides resources in support of their careers. The CPD Department (Centre of Professional Development) provides a seamless interface between industry and the students.

The following BA (Hons) Degree courses are available at Raffles Design International,
Mumbai India:

A Raffles Education

Raffles Design International, Mumbai, a name synonymous with Raffles Education Corporation in Singapore, is an incubator for grooming design talents in India. It offers an alternative education in a gamut of design programmes such as Fashion Design, Fashion Management and Communication, Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design and Digital Media Design. These programmes are taught by both international and local faculty members, some of whom are award winners and most bring a vast experience in their respective fields of expertise.

In Raffles colleges, the curriculum that is taught in our programs had been formulated, updated and proven since 1990. The pedagogy enables our students to have broad base knowledge and be creative thinkers.

One of the unique features of Raffles colleges is that its faculty members, besides local members, also hail from different parts of the world. This provides our students the opportunity to learn to interact with people of different nationalities and build their ability to adapt. In part, it is a form of training our students to be future ready – meaning to be mobile and adaptable.

Another feature of Raffles colleges is that students are given both practical training as well as industrial exposure. The labs and workshops are equipped with industry standard machines. Even the various softwares that they learn are the same ones used by the industry.

In addition, part of the Raffles education is to enable students to have the opportunity to have industry links. These include seminars, field trips (both local and international) as well as internships.

All these opportunities and training serve to make the Raffles graduate to be a well-rounded and skilled professional, ready for the industry and for the future. That is the distinct advantage of a Raffles education!

Raffles Design International, Mumbai is a part of the 28 colleges under the Raffles banner that spans the Asia-Pacific region. Being a student in a Raffles college connects you with more than 24,000 students worldwide. Also, Raffles has a strong alumni base which had contributed many talents in the design world. Awards, titles and accolades from the industry continue to attract students who want to make a difference. The sense of belonging and strength of our relations with students continue even as an alumnus. The question then is “Why shouldn’t I join Raffles Colleges?”

International Qualifications and Recognition

We offer 2 years Advanced Diploma in Mumbai, conferred by RCHE Singapore followed by 1 year Top-Up Degree in Singapore which is internationally accredited, at the end of their studies.

Industry Projects and Internships

Students enjoy valuable, hands-on practical experience through internships and various commercial projects. Vocational training provides students with the opportunity to establish personal networks with important industry contacts, enhancing their personal portfolios and employability.

Inter-College Transfer of Credits

We offer inter-college transfer of credits among our colleges in the Asia Pacific region. Be it in the cosmopolitan cities of Singapore or the financial hubs located in Shanghai, our students can gain international exposure by living and studying in any of our campuses located in our network.

Jump Start Your Career

Our intensive curriculum ensures that students will earn an internationally recognised Degree in 3 years. Proudly taught by our team of talented programme directors and lecturers, students will be equipped with knowledge and ability to interact with people from diverse nationalities and achieve career maturity at a faster rate.

Academic Terms

We offer 4 intakes annually: January, April, July and October. Students are given the flexibility to commence their studies at a time convenient to them, while graduates can start their careers at 4 separate times through the year, maximising employment prospects for graduates and serving the on-going human resource needs of respective design industries throughout the year.

One academic year consists of 4 terms with 11 study weeks, and a 2 weeks holiday between terms. Orientation Day happens on the first Monday of the corresponding month, with the opportunity to speak to lecturers and fresh students. Come join us to realise your design dreams!

Academic Calendar

Raffles Design International has four intakes in a year. This allows students to commence their training throughout the year at a time convenient to them.

INTAKES Intake 1 Intake 2 Intake 3 Intake 4
QUARTERS Jan – Mar Apr – Jun Jul – Sep Oct – Dec

The academic year consists of four intakes (eleven weeks each) in duration. Week 11 of each intake is for examinations followed by two weeks of break.

Payments of course fees have to be made by the first business day of March, June, September and December of each calendar year. Please refer to Letter of Acceptance for installment due dates.

Week 1 New Intake commences
Week 2 Register for retake modules
Week 3 Collect ID card from Student Services. Lockers will be issued by Administration
Week 4
Week 5 Complete Evaluation of Training Faculty
Week 6 Collect previous term’s Transcript and Invoice from Student Services.
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9 Fee Payment

Release of Examination Schedule

Week 10
Week 11 Final examination and presentation  / Release schedule for next term / Internal Moderation Meeting.
Week 12 Term Break – Holiday Week
Week 13 Term Break – Holiday Week


Raffles Design International maintains a very strict standard of performance and attendance for its courses. Students are expected to attend all classes. A class for which a student is registered is an appointment that takes precedence over all other engagements. Non-attendance or absences in 25% or more of the classes for a subject may result in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the term.

Absence due to illness:
Raffles Design International shall only accept medical certificates issued by registered medical doctors as valid justification for absenteeism. Any other justification and documents may be considered on a case-to-case basis.

If a student suffers from a major contagious disease during that time e.g. chicken pox, measles etc. A Medical Certificate (MC) must be produced certifying the above.


Students are expected to arrive for their classes on time. However if a student arrives within fifteen minutes of start of class, the student will be marked ‘1/2 day absent’. Thereafter the student will be marked a ‘full absent’.

Students Notice Board
Students should regularly read and check the Student’s Notice Boards (all around the campus) regularly for updates on changes in policy and class schedules. Raffles Design International will not bear any responsibility for student’s failure to comply with this clause.

Student Identification Card (Student ID)
The ‘Student Identity Card’ will be issued in the third week of the new intake. Students must carry the ID card at all times whilst on the premises and produce it on request. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a student being excluded from classes or any part of the premises of Raffles Design International . To avoid delay in receiving the Student ID card promptly, three passport-sized photographs (non-returnable) must be submitted to the Student Services Department. Student ID must be returned when a student completes or discontinues his/her study in Raffles Design International.

It is very important for the School to be informed of any changes in the students’ personal particulars.

The School will not be responsible if any messages or correspondence are not received by the students promptly because of the out-dated mailing address or contact ways.

All information declared by the student is strictly confidential and will be used solely for School purposes.


A student may be terminated from any module by Raffles Design International for any of the following reasons:

  • Poor academic performance
  • Continuous default of fee payments
  • Prolonged absenteeism
  • Criminal offences including drug abuse
  • Cheating, dishonest behaviour
  • Any conduct which is deemed to be unacceptable in Raffles Design International , including vandalism, assault, harassment or disrespectful behaviour to staff or fellow students.
  • Students who fail the same modules three times are deemed to be de-registered.

A student who is terminated will not be entitled to any refund of tuition fees.

Fee Payment

The payment schedule of the course fee is outlined in the ‘Application for Admission’ form, ‘Letter of Acceptance and Fee Payment Schedule’ and ‘Tax Invoices’.

For all Programs

First Payment – Upon Admission (non-refundable and non-transferrable)

Installments – To be made by the 1st business day of March, June, September and December of each calendar year.

Students should refer to the ‘Letter of Acceptance and Fee Payment Schedule’ and Tax invoices for the breakdown of the tuition fees.

Invoices for the term will be issued to students together with the Transcripts (if any) in Week 6. It is the student’s responsibility to collect the invoices and the transcripts from Student Services Department. Failure to pay on time will incur a late payment charge of Rs. 250 + S.T. per day late.

How to contact us

Students are welcome to contact the Student Services Department during office hours mentioned above.

Student Handbook



Opening Hours of the College and Library

Mondays to Fridays

9:00am to 6:00pm


9:00am to 1:00pm


List of Public Holidays for the year 2017

SR.NO Occasion / Festival DATE DAY
1 Republic Day 26th January 2017 Thursday
2 Mahasivarathri 24th February 2017 Friday
3 Holi 13th March 2017 Monday
4 Gudi Padva 28th March 2017 Tuesday
5 Ram Navmi 4th April 2017 Thursday
6 Good Friday 14th April 2017 Friday
7 Maharashtra Din 1st May 2017 Monday
8 Buddha Pournima 10th May 2017 Wednesday
9 Ramazan Id(Id-Ul-Fitar) 26th June 2017 Monday
10 Independence Day 15th August 2017 Tuesday
11 Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi) 17th August 2017 Thursday
12 Ganesh Chaturthi 25th August 2017 Friday
13 Bakri Id (Id-Ul-Zua) 2nd Spetmber 2017 Saturday
14 Dasara 30th Spetmber 2017 Saturday
15 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October 2017 Monday
16 Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi Puja) 19th October 2017 Thursday
17 Diwali Balipratipada 20th October 2017 Friday
18 Guru Nanak Jayanti 4th November 2017 Saturday
19 Id-E-Milad 1st December 2017 Friday
20 Christmas 25th December 2017 Monday

Raffles Design was founded in 1990 through a private initiative between ‘Raffles LaSalle Limited’ and ‘LaSalle College Group’ (founded in 1959) with the help of the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Canadian International Development Agency. From 1 December 2004, we underwent a change of name from ‘Raffles LaSalle Limited’ to ‘Raffles Education Corporation Limited’ to better position the Group for larger market opportunities. In conjunction with the change of name, Raffles LaSalle Colleges have since been rebranded as Raffles Design Institute in and around the region.

The profile of lecturers comprises professionally trained experts in the design industries from all over the world – USA, England, Australia, France, Canada, Singapore and the Asian region. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from their own countries. All have undergraduate or post-graduate qualifications and years of professional experience behind them.

All courses at Raffles are conducted in English, thus, students must have the ability to communicate in basic English.


  • C6 at GCE O Level Examinations
  • IELTS score of 6.0*
  • Std 12

* To be taken in the last two years.

RDI, Mumbai assist and recommend the most convenient boarding options at affordable rates to students looking for accommodation.

Please contact our Admissions Office at Tel: (91) 22 65726711/22 or enquiry@rafflesmumbai.com. For more details, please click here to download the Application Checklist

Mumbai / Local Students
Outstation / International Student

We are located right in the heart of Mumbai at Santacruz west.


Hi! Life, 2nd floor, Phirozshah Mehta rd, Santacruz (w), Mumbai-54.

Tel: (91) 22 6572 6711/22

Email: enquiry@rafflesmumbai.com

Website: www.rafflesmumbai.com

Over the years, the school has built a distinguished reputation for producing some of the most talented young designers in and around the region, winning numerous local and international awards. With a rigorous curriculum and an effective internship programme, ‘industry-ready’ qualifications attained at Raffles Design give our students a leading edge. Internationally recognised and accepted by universities worldwide, our distinguished qualifications gain the respect of local and regional businesses.

BA (Hons) Degree

After 3 years of intensive vocational training, students will be awarded with a BA (Hons) Degree from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Advanced Diploma

After 2 years of intensive vocational training, students will be awarded with an Advanced Diploma from Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore .

There are 4 intakes within each academic year – January, April, July and October. Each term is 11 weeks, which allows students to start their studies throughout the year at a time most suitable to their schedules. These intakes also ensure that our graduates enter the workforce at four separate times throughout the year.

Course Fees vary from programme to programme. For more details, please contact the Admissions Department at (91) 22 65726711/22 or enquiry@rafflesmumbai.com. Our Career Consultants will be pleased to assist you.

Yes, our programmes include placements of students in relevant companies where they are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and enhance their portfolios and resumes. During their work attachment, students establish good ties with these companies and very often, receive job offers upon their graduation. Please click here for a list of our internship partners.

We are happy to assist you in student pass application procedures when you study at Raffles. Please contact our Admissions Office at (91) 22 6572 6711/22 or email on enquiry@rafflesmumbai.com. You need to apply 3 months before the term starts.