THIS ONE-YEAR DIPLOMA provides you with an all-rounded design education where you undergo training in the fundamental concepts and skills of graphic design and copywriting before studying the intricacies of brand, packaging and publication designs, and the preparation of professional practice that entails as an industry practitioner.

THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE is an open, discussion-driven, caring and supportive learning environment as you will be working closely with our faculty of industry professionals in small class sizes of a teacherto- student ratio of 1 : 20 on average.

THE TAKEAWAY is we hone your ability to create strong concepts and solutions to craft strategies to communicate effectively with your target audience.

Eligible Singaporeans can apply for a $5000 SkillsFuture Study Award.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

  • Graphic Designer
  • Junior Art Director
  • Brand Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Packaging Designer
  • Educator
FOUNDATION

Design Fundamentals and Conceptualisation are the essentials to compositing, arranging and manipulating images and space to communicate intangible ideas into effective visual narratives. Students will learn the elements and principles of design and the basics in colour theory to apply them effectively to integrate functionality and beauty. Thereafter, they will learn visual thinking, brainstorming and conceptualising techniques to help build the framework in which a design approach situates.

Total Hours: 36 hours

History of Design is an exploration into the modern art movements, influential figures and works that have shaped art and its evolution into graphic design. Students will study the theoretical underpinnings of modern art movements and how they influence contemporary graphic design. Students are also required to research for and write formal essays that follow international standards of citation and drafting up a bibliography.

Total Hours: 36 hours

Digital Imaging and Photography are essential parts of the digital design process to create and curate visual content and the techniques to adjust and manipulate them in post-production. Students will be introduced to digital photography using a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to work with exposure and composition for indoor and outdoor shoots. They will also learn post-production techniques using Adobe Photoshop CC to perform digital imaging.

Total Hours: 36 hours

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editing software that can manipulate images to aid in communicating visually. Students will learn how to navigate the interface of the software to work with layers, selection tools, colour adjustments, et cetera, to manipulate and enhance images.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Copywriting is an integral component in design communication. Image and text work together to build visual narratives with strategic messaging to deliver focussed and effective communication. This module provides an introduction to copywriting and how companies use copywriting to promote their brands. Students will learn the essentials of body copy, how to write copy for both online and offline media outlets and techniques which enhance their text and brand awareness.

Total Hours: 12 hours

Typography is the visual component of text, and focusses on the basic understanding of typeface design and its concepts. As its core, ty-po-gra-phy per-forms a util-i-tar-ian func-tion that is separate from its aesthetic role. Students will learn to identify the characteristics of typefaces and their uses and to select typefaces in supporting the message and design. Students will learn the technical aspects of typesetting and develop an eye for choosing typefaces that are best suited for the project.

Total Hours: 24 hours

Anthropological Studies is an introduction to the study of humans through inquiring and observation of their behaviours and social relations in their milieus. Students will develop qualitative research techniques and observational skills to describe, analyse and interpret human activities through fieldwork and documentation.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Web Design is a crucial skill to have in an age saturated with millions of websites, blogs and forums. It helps to categorise the clutter of information into user-friendly digital spaces. This module focusses on designing for responsive web platforms. Its aim is for students to design webpages, learn and apply basic web authoring skills and to provide a general understanding of web programming and its functions.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Illustrations help to convey abstract ideas in clearer and simpler terms to bridge textual and visual interpretations. Illustrating is also an essential skill in observing and thinking. Students will learn the foundation in sketching and drawing through various drawing tools and media, shading techniques and perspective and observational drawings.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Storytelling and Narrative is the skill to make complex ideas easy to understand through storyboards and narrative descriptions. Storyboards come in the forms of sketches and digital/photographic still images and could be used for videos, service design and process mapping. Students will learn to create storyboards through sketches and captions and video prototypes with narrative and basic audio recording techniques.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editing software that can draw and manipulate vector images to create illustrations, logos and typefaces. Students will learn how to navigate the interface of the software to work with shapes, colours and lines, pen-tool, typography treatment, pattern-making, et-cetera to create vector compositions.

Total Hours: 18 hours

INTERMEDIATE

Brand Design is one of the most important aspect in any business. It is the foundational piece in a business’ marketing communication to its consumers. Students will be introduced to the techniques, processes and considerations in brand development, consumer connection and designing identity material. Students will be exposed to the creative process involved in the development of brand collateral and design planning. Students will also learn how to design according to brand standards and add visual appeal into their imagery.

Total Hours: 36 hours

Packaging Design is the discipline of creating the container and its visual aspects. This container may range from a simple bottle and label to an elaborate box or system of boxes and inner packaging that a consumer buys at retail or might receive in the mail. Students will be introduced to the techniques and processes in designing and constructing containers. Students will be exposes to the production process involved in packaging design and also appreciate the influence of culture and climate on materials. They will learn to integrate visual appeal with functionality in their design.

Total Hours: 36 hours

Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software used to create posters, brochures, magazines, presentations and ebooks. Students will learn how to navigate the interface of the software to work with grids and columns, pagination, linked images, et cetera to create layouts.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Layout Design is essential to setting any textual content and images in physical and digital spaces. This is paired with studio practices to inculcate proper finished artwork (F.A) preparations practised in the industry. Students will learn the grid system and how to employ simple hierarchy and signalling techniques to create publications such as pamphlets, brochures and mailers. Students will also learn the proper housekeeping and pre-production preparations for F.A.s.

Total Hours: 18 hours

Traditional and contemporary image-making have played important roles in recording and communicating visual narratives. Through these techniques, artists and storytellers have also been able to expand their visual vocabulary. Students will learn the processes of image-making. Students are required to understand the characteristics of various tools, materials and media and will get to explore and experiment with them.

Total Hours: 12 hours

MAJOR

This module introduces students to problem solving using a structured process to tackle a project commissioned by a hypothetical client. generally, the following steps may be applied:

  • Defining the problem,
  • Generating ideas and solutions,
  • Evaluating solutions,
  • Implementing and following up on selected solution, and
  • Presentation

Students will be assessed on the culmination of their skills and knowledge learnt in the programme. Students are required to work out a campaign that will implement design on various media such as packaging, brochure and website that is cascaded down from a brand identity system-cohesive and consistent.

Total Hours: 72 hours

Putting together a portfolio is crucial to showcase a curated body of works. Portfolio design presents the strengths and direction of a designer to prospective employers and clients. Students will be guided on the considerations required to package their individual portfolio based on their strengths, works and/or direction.

Total Hours: 18 hours

The Business of Design helps students understand the industry requirements and demands from their clients and employers and the working relationship with various types of suppliers. Students will gain an insight on the processes in the business of design and serve as an introduction on industry practices, the role of a design professional and how they function as a strategic asset to companies. Students will learn presentation techniques, networking, identifying target markets and client management.

Total Hours: 18 hours

FEES

Local Students International Students
S$650 S$1200

Application Fees can be made payable via cash or cheque made payable to “Orita Sinclair School of Design and Music Pte Ltd” at our school.

Alternatively, you may send the payment through ibanking, ATM and/or Telegraphic Transfer to the following account:
A/C Name: Orita Sinclair School of Design and Music Pte Ltd
Bank: DBS Bank, Singapore
A/C No: 003-920510-4
Swift Code: DBSSSGSG

Address: 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982

NOTE: Application fee is non-refundable. All applicants are required to pay an application fee upon submission of application form. Click here for our refund policy and procedure

Item Fee
Programme Fee (Local) S$14,560
Programme Fee (International) S$18,200
Installment Administration Fee* S$50 payable with each installment

For payment of all the above fees, please refer to the details listed in our Fee Protection Scheme here

Item Cost
Admin Fee $50 per installment
Late Payment fee $25 per day unitl payment is made
Replacement of Student ID $25 – Payable upon receipt of ID
Replacement of door access card $50 – Payable upon receipt of door access card
*Student pass renewal administration charge $50  – Payable upon application
Course Transfer fee $600 – Payable upon approval of transfer
Course deferment fee $400 – Payable upon approval of request
Course Conversion fee $400 – Payable upon approval of request
Re-module fee $35/hr – Payable one week before re-module commencement
Re-schedule an assessment $400 – Payable upon approval of request

*Applicable to international students only

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GRADUATES EMPLOYABILITY

Orita Sinclair School of Design and Music conducted a survey of its student and graduate performance. Through analysis of student data and graduate surveys, the survey looked at student Pass Rate, Attrition Rate and Graduation Rate, Employment Rate and Total Employment Rate and Median Starting Salary Range of Orita Sinclair graduates entering the workforce.

Download Student and Graduate Performance Report HERE.