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Advanced Diploma in Design Communication

THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA

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

in your design education, 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 – all to ensure that you are well-prepared to work in a design studio and wow your future employers.

THE FINAL OUTCOME

is 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

Branding
Principles of Marketing
Design & Business Communication

Branding

Synopsis:

Focuses on developing brand strategies for industries ranging from F&B to non-profit organisations.

Objectives:

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to understand the designer’s role when developing individual components that form the corporate image and its functions in the company. Students will learn to design cohesive brand identities for a product or service. Students will understand how a corporate identity is influenced by a company’s business objectives.

12 Weeks
34 Hours
Research Skills & Methodology I
Integrated Advertising Campaign I
Graphic Communication

Research Skills & Methodology I

Synopsis:

Focuses on visual communication in the changing social environment in Singapore. Students will discuss art and design trends that contribute to the information communicated to the society.

Objectives:

This module is designed to emphasize on Creation through visual research and experimentation. Students must be able to identify changes in design trends in Singapore and work on a collaborative project that critically reviews and evaluate current social behaviors and human relationships.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Research Skills & Methodology II
Integrated Advertising Campaign II
Professional Portfolio Application

Research Skills & Methodology II

Synopsis:

Focuses on visual communication in the changing social environment in Singapore. Students will discuss art and design trends that contribute to the information communicated to the society.

Objectives:

This module is designed to emphasize on Creation through visual research and experimentation. Students must be able to identify changes in design trends in Singapore and work on a collaborative project that critically reviews and evaluate current social behaviors and human relationships.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Internship / Live Project

Internship / Live Project

Synopsis:

Students will take on an internship and will be mentored by highly experienced industry experts. This module will enable the student to work together with creative directors, art directors and other project managers, which will in turn develop the student’s conceptual and execution skills within a live studio environment. NOTE: In the event whereby training work permit is not granted, we will offer “Live Project” as an alternative for internship placement.

Objectives:

12 Weeks
180 Hours

Entry Requirements

  1. Diploma in Design Communication or equivalent.
  2. Portfolio.
  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:

Graphic Designer
Art Director
Brand Manager
Concept & Visual Artist
Copywriter
Illustrator
Editorial Designer
Photographer
Web Designer
Visual Merchanising Artist
Packaging Designer
Design Educator
Advertising Campaign Strategist

Faculty

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

boon Lim

boon Lim

Senior Course Manager, Design Faculty
MA in 2D and 3D Visualisation, Loughborough 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

Karen Chiam

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, Loughborough University

Karen has a background in retail and 13 years of work experience in aspects of design, content creation and brand communications. She co-founded design studio DAZINGFEELSGOOD (DFG) in 2015 to pursue her practice across disciplines in graphic, furniture and spatial design. Since then, the studio had works represented in local and international platforms including ArtStage, Maison&Objet and SingaPlural. In 2020, the studio is featured in Design in Asia: The New Wave—a publication by Design Anthology—as emerging designers working throughout the region.

Elwin Goh

Elwin Goh

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 photography awards for both advertising and art.

Shawn Heng

Shawn Heng

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BDes in Communication Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Shawn co-founded Simitaiji – a label with a strong focus on locally inspired design and aesthetics in 2014, and is currently a designer at Yellow Octopus. He is also excessively obsessed with kerning and leading.

Kevin Tan

Kevin Tan

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA in Design Communication, Goldsmiths' 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.

Loong Cui Wen

Loong Cui Wen

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.

Garion Goh

Garion Goh

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA in Information Technology, The University of Newcastle

Garion has been active in mobile game development since coming out on his own and has recently launched “Groo” on the iOS and Android platform with well known local developer MojoForest. He is also the creator of LINX, a top local game back during Windows 8 launch and has worked on SG50 and other MDA-sponsored game projects. Garion is passionate about education and imparting skills to young people. He has been an adjunct lecturer with Republic Polytechnic for the last 3 years in the areas of Interaction Design and Game Design and is looking for more opportunities to share his experience and knowledge.

Xu Zhi Wei

Xu Zhi Wei

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA in Mass Communications, Queensland University of Technology

Zhiwei has been in the advertising industry for 12 years, of which five as a copywriter, and seven as a strategy planner. He specialises in recruitment, retail, tourism, and public service, and has worked with clients such as National Arts Council, National Heritage Board, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Bugis+, and United Overseas Bank. The move from writing to planning sees him solve communication challenges by marrying creative and media strategies to achieve synergized campaigns.

Elsa Ng

Elsa Ng

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA (Hons) Graphic Design, University of the West of England, Bristol

Driven by passion in design, Elsa graduated with BA (Hons) in Graphic Design some years after her stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax professional. She has a decade of experience working with clients across industries, including aviation and wellness, balancing design and business decisions with maturity. Her inexplicable fondness for Chinese language and culture is evident in multiple compelling works to catalyse meaningful conversations and elevate awareness around the diminishing tradition. Currently, the award-winning communication designer is a regional creative content lead directing branding and communications initiatives across Asia Pacific and beyond. Progressively, Elsa aspires to make purposeful differences in redefining design education for the next generations.

Sheau Chan

Sheau Chan

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, Camberwell College of the Arts

With close to 20 years of global client experience in London, Singapore & Bangkok, Sheau’s multi-disciplinary skills range from corporate, retail & FMCG branding, paper engineering to signage & environmental graphics. Her winning entry in the BBC Design Awards is the original prototype of the proprietary packaging solution RAP.

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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Application Date

Local Students
2nd Dec 2019
International Students
4th Nov 2019