Diploma in Design Communication
The Diploma Programme
The mission of Orita Sinclair is to develop students into bold and imaginative professionals in the pursuit of their ambitions. The diploma in design communication aims to provide an all-rounded, interdisciplinary design education through excellence in teaching creative and innovative design practices, and building students’ portfolios. The design department is committed to creating an open-minded and creative atmosphere to pursue research and discover collaborative practices that nurture students’ potential through active engagement and participation in a small class size setting. Our graduates understand where knowledge comes from and how to integrate them to influence art, design, and communication. At the end of the course, graduates will be ready to take on a wide range of roles in the creative industry—graphic design, branding, editorial design, digital design, motion graphics, packaging design and campaign strategy. Extremely good. Must not be missed!
The Learning Experience
A 12-Month full-time diploma programme in Singapore. We cover hard and soft skills through small-class-size lectures taught by industry practitioners who have their ears to the design ground, and hearts eager to impart. The average teacher to student ratio for the course is 1:10.
The Final Outcome
A career-ready designer with a wide range of skills and a bold, imaginative mindset. You will be able to handle all aspects of a creative project from pitch to product.
|July 2022 Intake||Fees||Application Close Date|
12 Months Coursework
18 Months Coursework
Course Fees : S$16,135
Course Administration Fee : S$545
Total Course Fee Payable : S$16,680
Course Fees : S$20,275
Course Administration Fee : S$905
Total Course Fee Payable : S$21,180
| Local : 20 Jun 2022|
International : 16 May 2022
|All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST|
Design fundamentals looks into the essentials of 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 to apply mind mapping as an ideation technique.
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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
Meet our passionate educators who are all industry practitioners. They are seasoned designers and trend-setters in the creative field.
Dr. Bernard Tan, Ph.D
PhD, Catholic University of Portugal /
University of St Joseph, Macau
His area of design specialization are mainly Identity Design and Corporate Branding. He has spent more than 25-years in design and advertising, as Art Director and subsequently, Creative Director. His corpus of design work reveals a rare combination of artistic intellect and aesthetic intuition, coupled with a distinctive East-West, visual-verbal synergy, full of wit and humour, and yet always, nuance. An award- winning designer, he had consulted for international clients such as Mercedes Benz’s Dornier Asia, Mensa International, the United States’ Paul Taylor Dance Company, France’s Ballet Nationale De Marseille, and Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded a scholarship to study Design at Temasek Polytechnic where he graduated with a Merit Award. He subsequently completed postgraduate studies at The University of Hong Kong, University of Saint Joseph, and Durham University. His research work revolves around the nature of film in relation to semiotic multimodality with specific applications in the interdisciplinary fields of art, design, cinema, literature, and cultural theory.
MA in 2D and 3D Visualisation, 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
BFA in Visual Communications, 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.
NTU School of Art, Design and Media
BDes in Communication Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of TechnologyShawn 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.
MA in Communication Management, 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.
University of New South Walesy
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.
BA (Hons) in Design Communication, Glodsmiths' CollegeA 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.
BFA in Photography and Imaging, 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.
Art Center College of Design
Advanced Diploma in Multimedia, 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.
Raffles Design Institute
BA. Honors in Graphic Design, 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.
Loughborough University, United Kingdom
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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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
You might want to enrol in our graphic design courses, including the Diploma in Design Communication and the Advanced Diploma in Design Communication. The Diploma in Design Communication teaches creative design techniques and encourages portfolio building. In comparison, Advanced Diploma in Design Communication prepares you for a career as a designer.
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.