Home / Fashion/ Singer Fashion Academy first in SL to receive CSD (UK) ‘Validated’ status

Singer Fashion Academy first in SL to receive CSD (UK) ‘Validated’ status

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Helping local students studying fashion embark on a successful international career, the Singer Fashion Academy has recently become the first Sri Lankan institute to receive ‘Validated’ status for courses from the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) UK, within CSD’s Course Endorsement Program (CEP).

The Chartered Society of Designers UK is the world’s largest Royal chartered body of professional designers, with members in 33 countries, and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines. The Society is internationally recognised as the professional body for designers and the authority on professional design practice.

CSD believes Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential for professional designers practicing in the dynamic world of design. In keeping with this belief, and within the ethos of its CEP, the Society has endorsed the award of ‘CSD Validated Course’ to the Singer Fashion Academy’s Diploma in Scientific Dress Making, Diploma in Machine Embroidery, Certificate in Basic Scientific Dress Making, Certificate in Machine Embroidery and Certificate in Saree Blouse. This validated status licence is for the next five years.

CSD Validated Course status is awarded to CPD modules, training courses and online study programs that comply with the high standards set within CEP. By following such a validated program, local students obtain dual certificates: a prestigious one from CSD UK, and another from the locally renowned Singer Fashion Academy.

“We’re delighted to have achieved this endorsement from the Chartered Society of Designers UK, which is a testament to the high quality of our programs. As the first local body to receive any form of validation from CSD, the Singer Fashion Academy now offers an internationally recognised academic path for its students to scale greater heights within the global design industry,” said Singer Sri Lanka Group CEO Asoka Pieris.

Singer Fashion Academy students who follow a CSD Validated Course can easily apply for Student Membership status from the Society, with no application or joining fee, and will also enjoy clear progression to other membership levels offered. CSD Student Membership offers a host of benefits, including credibility, networking, online portfolio, directory listing with public profile, professional development, up to date news from the design industry, etc.Singer Fashion Academy students also gain access to digital content such as magazines, reports, advice columns, book reviews, portfolio galleries and much more. 

Helping students gain knowledge on the latest international fashion trends, the Singer Fashion Academy has initiated and enabled access to ‘Burda Style’, the fashion magazine of international repute, for all students. Importantly, the Singer Fashion Academy courses are also now listed on the CSD main website, providing global recognition for the local institute.

Previously, access to a globally recognised certificate in fashion and design has been limited to a few in the Colombo suburbs. However, with Singer Fashion Academy conducting classes at over 70 locations island-wide, it no longer poses a restriction for current and prospective students to enrol and benefit from CSD Validated Course status.

Inclusion in the Society’s program also offers an advantage to all students when seeking employment, as the validation enhances the status of designers both locally and on an international stage.

“We are delighted that the Singer Fashion Academy has successfully achieved CSD Validated Course status for five of its courses, which will prove to be of great importance not just to the students, but also to the economy of Sri Lanka. Most importantly, this collaboration is a significant development in our program, which seeks to establish international understanding and cultural relationships within the design sector, for the benefit of the profession and society. We look forward to working with all at Singer Fashion Academy,” noted CSD CEO Frank Peters.

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be

A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e

Columnists More