Diploma in Design Communication

The 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.

Full-Time – 12 Months Diploma Programme with 6 Months Internship

Part-Time – 18 Months Diploma Programme

The Learning Experience

A 12-Month full-time diploma programme with 6-Month internship 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 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.

Modules

Entry Requirements

For Singaporeans: For International Students:
  1. Minimum 16 years of age.

  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.

  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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.

  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.
  1. Minimum 16 years of age.

  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.

  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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

  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.

  5. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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.
For Singaporeans:
  1. Minimum 16 years of age.

  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.

  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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.

  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.
For International Students:
  1. Minimum 16 years of age.

  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.

  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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

  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.

  5. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2., 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to the following jobs:

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 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.

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.