TOMORROW BELONGS TO DESIGN
“Design careers are built on the top 3 skills of 2020.”
What does that mean for our next generation?
Businesses will increasingly value skills linked to design led innovation and creative thinking
Graduates with higher education in design will have access to the most in-demand careers in the world
In Sri Lanka, power industries like apparel, hospitality and exports already seek creative thinkers and design talent to lead important roles
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Visual Communication Design
What our Graduates say about us…
Amesh Wijesekera , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
Award-winning International Fashion Designer
My design journey and professional education began at AOD. It was from here that I truly found myself, along with the amazing lecturers and people I met along throughout three and a half years! This has paved the foundation and stepping-stones to what I have achieved and what I will be. I have had many memorable experiences at AOD from winning the ‘Student Graduate Industry Collaboration’ award at the ‘Mercedes Benz Fashion and Apparel Awards Sri Lanka’, winning the International catwalk competition at Graduate Fashion Week and going on showcase at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week.
Nithya Lamahewa , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
While I studied for my Northumbria University UK degree at AOD, our faculty always encouraged us to go out and explore traditional arts and crafts. Through many study tours to villages, special workshops with artisans and guest lectures with international designers who work with crafts, I started identifying the huge potential held by the local handloom industry. This was the beginning of my brand ‘Nithya’. AOD has been a major part of my design journey from the very beginning.
Rukshika Fernando , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
AOD is where I found my way to become an all-rounder designer. AOD has not only helped me with international opportunities but also the education at AOD is what prepped me for this career in design. The fantastic international faculty at AOD has always given me their fullest support and I think it’s a place that can do wonders for designers like me.
Lonali Rodrigo , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
Founder, House of Lonali
The beginning of my career as a design entrepreneur was because of AOD- From handling finances, advertising/promotion, production quality maintenance, store merchandising to even etiquette in maintaining client-relationships was taught to me. It was an amazing infrastructure that covered every aspect of business start-ups and I’m truly thankful for it. My most prominent achievement was to be part of the first-ever Sri Lankan delegation for the prestigious London Fashion Week in 2013 –It’s a milestone in my life. I never thought my brand will reach such lengths in such a short time, and I’m thankful to AOD for making it happen
Dinushi Pamunuwa , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
Founder, Pras & Danties
I can’t thank AOD enough for being part of my growth as a designer and an entrepreneur even years after I graduated. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Runways presented by AOD where Pras and Danties was part of the SS17 travel collections launched worldwide was such a huge opportunity for me and it really pushed me forward in terms of professional and personal growth. I’m glad I made the right choice in education because it has certainly come a long way for me.
Christina Peiris , BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
AOD laid the foundation for my degree with the unconditional help and support from my lecturers. They were able to help me love designing even more than I already did. They helped me grow and understand the fashion industry in a whole other level. There’s so much that goes in to my brand X.TINA that I have learnt at AOD and I’m forever thankful that my father was able to support me pursue my dreams.
Dihan de Silva , BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design
Creative Director, Exotic Melon My education at AOD helped me understand from the very traditional basics to the open-ended future possibilities of the profession; it’s a really great balance of both worlds. I think this education plus the international exposure I got at AOD by going to Cannes Lions in France and DesignYatra in Goa all helped me to bring up work to be more contemporary and in-sync with the rest of the world. The introduction of guest lecturers helped in understanding the fundamentals of local and international design and an insight to their cultural aspects in design. The visual communication design programme at AOD definitely laid down a great foundation for me.
Hash Bandara , BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design Co-Founder, KINGS Co. The exposure to International artists/designers and lecturers opened up my mind to newer possibilities. AOD’s culture is quite unique and it’s where I was nurtured to be a Creative Entrepreneur. It was more than just design education; it was an experience which changed my life.
Marianne Gooneratna , BA (Hons) Interior Design Director and Principal Designer at LADYNEON Pvt. Ltd
What the Industry says about us…
Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean
Chairman, MAS Holdings On behalf of MAS Holdings, I would like to recognise AOD for playing an important role in the education and development of design competency as the centre for South Asian Operations to Northumbria University – School of Design, UK. Design will play a crucial role in the future of the Sri Lankan Apparel industry and MAS Holdings recognises the importance of instilling creativity in young minds through design education.
Ranil De Silva
Managing Director, Leo Burnett Sri Lanka
AOD has always produced outstanding young talent and the diversity of thinking of the students and work is different. Above else I feel there is a new design language that is evolving from the work that is produced by AOD student
Chairperson, Dentsu Grant Group
We believe that today’s young creative talent must be nurtured and encouraged to meet their growing aspirations. The creative and design industries are also constantly looking to hire bright young individuals in the creative and design fields and the opportunities for employment are growing every day. As the leading communications group in the country we are encouraged with the role that AOD is playing in helping to meet this need by joining forces with the Northumbria University-School of Design of UK. No doubt this will be a great boost not just in Sri Lanka.