Advanced Diploma in Design Communication

The 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.

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 average teacher-to-student ratio is 1:12.

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.

Modules

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

Graduates can look forward a wide range of positions in the creative industries and is primed for leadership too:

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

Teaching Faculty

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

Boon Lim

Senior Programme Manager, 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.

Karen Chiam

Full-Time Lecturer, Design Faculty

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, Lougborough University
Karen has a background in the retail industry with over 15 years of work experience in aspects of brand communications, marketing campaigns, and design in graphic and spatial disciplines. She co-founded DAZINGFEELSGOOD in 2015 to pursue her artistic interests. Since then, the studio has artworks represented in local and international platforms such as ArtStage Singapore, DesignArt Tokyo, Maison&Objet Paris, SingaPlural, and received international design awards including Asia Design Prize and A' Design Award.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Application Date

Local Students

22nd Mar 2021

International Students

5th Feb 2021

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Boon Lim

Senior Programme Manager, 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.

Karen Chiam

Full-Time Lecturer, Design Faculty

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, Lougborough University
Karen has 15 years of industry experience in aspects of design, brand development and marketing communications. She co-founded DAZINGFEELSGOOD in 2015 to pursue her artistic interests guided by design fundamentals across disciplines. Her studio had works represented in local and overseas platforms such as ArtStage Singapore, DesignArt Tokyo, Maison&Objet Paris, SingaPlural, and received international design awards including Asia Design Prize and A’ Design Award.

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

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.

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

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

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.