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Advanced Diploma in Design Communication

The Advanced Diploma Programme

Advanced Diploma in Design Communication is a 9 months in-class learning + 3 months internship/live project programme with 520 hours (excluding internship) of intensive training and personal in-studio mentoring.

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The Next Step

The Advanced Diploma places you in an environment where you are exposed to scenarios such as understanding market trends, assessing client briefs, thinking on your feet in your design education—all to ensure that you are well-prepared to work in a design studio and wow your future employers. The maximum teacher to student ratio for the course is 1:10.

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The Final Outcome

A graduate with an outstanding creative portfolio, one who has been closely mentored by highly experienced creative professionals and ready for the design industry.

Course Details

April 2023 Intake Fees Application Close Date
12 Months

18 Months
Course Fees : S$16,135
Course Administration Fee : S$545

Total Course Fees Payable : S$16,680

Course Fees : S$20,275
Course Administration Fee : S$905

Total Course Fees Payable : S$21,180
Local : 20th March 2023

International : 06th March 2023
All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST


Entry Requirements

  1. Diploma in Design Communication or equivalent.

  2. Portofolio.

  3. Minimum 16 years of age.

  4. A pass in any 3 subjects (inclusive of English*) at ‘O’ Level or equivalent.

  5. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2. or 4., a placement test is administered before an applicant can be enrolled into this course. Entry into the course is dependent on results of the placement test. Applicants with substantial industry practice will be interviewed and attended to on a case by case basis.

Career Opportunities

Art Director Artworker Brand Designer Brand Researcher Concept Artist
Illustrator Photographer Web Designer Visual Designer


"I graduated with BA Hons in Graphic Design at the University of Derby (UK) after my 1-year Diploma at Orita Sinclair.”

Nadia Binte Mohammad Roselan,

Graduated from School of Design

"I got a job as a creative strategist in a media company, after graduation from Orita Sinclair.”


Emanuella Bungasmara Ega Tirt,

Graduated from School of Design

Teaching Faculty

Meet our passionate educators who are all industry practitioners. They are seasoned designers and trend-setters in the creative field.

Boon Lim. Design Faculty.

Boon Lim

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

MA in 2D and 3D Visualisation,
Lougborough University
Boon has a decade of working experience in printing, promotions, and advertising, working with brands such as Skippy, Lipton, Martell, Chivas, and Alfa Romeo, and government statutory boards such as BCA and NEA, before moving on to tertiary education.

Loong Cui Wen. Design Faculty.

Loong Cui Wen

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

BFA in Visual Communications,
NTU School of Art, Design and Media
Cui Wen has more than 8 years of experience in graphic design and illustration, and has worked with commercial and private clients such as Love and Co, STB and various design agencies to create artworks. She has collaborated with an author on a published children's book, 'If Doors Could Speak'. She has a keen interest in outdoor painting and sketching, as well as creating illustrations in watercolour and acrylic mediums. She also loves to share art making techniques with people of all ages in workshops and classes.

Shawn Heng. Design Faculty.

Shawn Heng

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

BDes in Communication Design,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Shawn is a part-time educator, part-time creative, and a full-time dad. He currently leads a design team at DSTNCT, an integrated marketing agency, and has a decade of experience in print, advertising, and (more recently) social media. Shawn has a HOW design award under the Promotion & Marketing category in 2018. as well as SingaPlural Recognition awards for his works in 2016 under the label Simitaiji.

Shawn Heng. Design Faculty.

Eugene Chen

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

MA in Communication Management,
University of New South Walesy
Eugene is a practicing IMC Registered Management Brand Consultant (RMC no.10057) with over 23 years of vast creative and branding experience. He holds a Masters of Arts in Communication Management from the University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Science from National University of Singapore and a Cambridge University International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.
Eugene completed his tours as a creative director at RBW advertising and Brainwave Design and is currently the Founder & Principal of ELEFANT - a brand, communications, and creative consultancy. He is also an Associate Principal Consultant at i1920 Inc - an award-winning brand consultancy.
He is well versed conceptually, strategically and technically in the areas of design, branding & identity system, advertising, production… The 1st Asian Youth Games is his trophy showcase brand among other creative, branding and advertising projects he has done over the years for numerous startup, SME, MNC and government client.
As an educator, Eugene has over 11 years of experience as an Adjunct Lecturer, Student Consultant Mentor and as an Enterprise Business Coach. He cherishes every opportunities that allows him to interact and mentor aspiring minds and helping them grow.

Kevin Tan. Design Faculty.

Kevin Tan

Adjunct Lecturer, Design Faculty

BA (Hons) in Design Communication, Glodsmiths' College
A multi-disciplinary designer who is active in User Experience Design and Web Development for the past 5 years. Kevin always has been fond of designing and developing digital ideas, products or solutions that are modular and have strong emphasis on clean, playful and usable design.

Elwin Goh. Design Faculty.

Elwin Goh

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

BFA in Photography and Imaging,
Art Center College of Design
Brewed by 10 years of experience with visual art, Elwin has cultivated a knack for narrating stories with images, working with various mediums and concepts that garnered him international photographer award for both advertising and art.

Jackson Chua. Design Faculty.

Jackson Chua

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

Advanced Diploma in Multimedia,
Raffles Design Institute
With over 13 years of experience in the video industry, Jackson has been working in his own studio on corporate videos and campaigns with clients such as Marina Bay Sands, Dassault Systemes and NTUC Enterprises. Bringin a storytelling perspective to his work, he is known for creating a nimble and flexible creative team that helps him to bring his visions to life.

Sarah Tang. Design Faculty

Sarah Tang

Adjunct Lecturer,
Design Faculty

BA. Honors in Graphic Design,
Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Sarah is one of the co-founders of Sarah and Schooling. Founded in 2013, Sarah and Schooling is the eponymous design practice of Sarah Tang and Alison Schooling. As ardent supporter of Singapore’s literary scene, we are actively involved in designing books and publications across multiple genres. Notable examples of the studio's work include historically significant titles such as The Collected Poems of Arthur Yap (NUS Press) and Gopal Barathams’ series of books including A Candle Or The Sun, Sayang, The Collected Short Stories and Moonrise, Sunset (Marshall Cavendish). Whether it’s a book, brand or space, we believe in the power of storytelling and seek to develop visual narratives with meaningful communication. We also teach, curate and consult. For us, design is a collaboration. We are an intentionally small team that listens and collaborates closely with our clients to create intriguing, emotion-driven work that function for our client’s goals and resonates with their audience.

How to Apply

All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Recruitment Executive or authorised recruitment agents for a pre-course counseling session if they would like to enrol for a course with Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music. The purpose of this session is for us to address the needs of students as an individual, professional and as a student of our institute.

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If you want to be a graphic designer, you must be able to use design and photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Corel Paintshop Pro. Aside from that, you'll need to work on your creativity and aesthetic sense. Finally, if you can manage your time effectively and meet deadlines, you'll eventually increase your value in the market.

The best graphic design course promotes continuous learning by exposing you to design fundamentals taught by professionals. The ideal course will also allow you to practise your knowledge, familiarising you with the design process.


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The time it takes to become a graphic designer varies depending on the individual's experience and education. Courses like a Diploma in Design Communication and an Advanced Diploma in Design Communication will take you 12 – 18 months to complete and prepare you to apply your knowledge in the creative industry.