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Diploma in Design Communication

THE DC PROGRAMME

provides you with an all-rounded design education – you will learn the fundamental concepts and skills of graphic design and copywriting before studying the intricacies of brand, packaging and publication designs. It is an intensive programme in which you will be thoroughly prepared for professional practice and all the demands of being an industry practitioner.

THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

is an open, discussion-driven, caring and supportive learning environment. You will be working closely with our faculty comprising seasoned industry professionals in small close-knit groups.

THE FINAL OUTCOME

is 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

Design Fundamentals & Conceptualisation
History Design
Digital Imaging & Photography
Adobe Basics: Photoshop

Design Fundamentals & Conceptualisation

Learn about the elements and principles of design and the basics in colour theory, visual thinking, brainstorming and conceptualising techniques to help build framework in which a design approach situates.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Copywriting
Typography
Anthropological Studies
Web Design I
Principle in Illustration
Storytelling & Narrative
Adobe Basics: Illustrator

Copywriting

Learn the essentials of body copy, how to write copy for both online and offline media outlets and techniques which enhance their text and brand awareness.

4 Weeks
12 Hours
Brand Design
Packaging Design
Adobe Basics: InDesign
Layout Design & Studio Practices
Image-making & Production

Brand Design

Introduction to the techniques, processes and considerations in brand development, consumer connection and designing identity material.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Final Major Projects
Portfolio Design
The Business of Design

Final Major Projects

Introduction to problem solving using a structured process to tackle a project commissioned by a hypothetical client

6 Weeks
18 Hours

Entry Requirements

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 or
  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. Equivalent English qualifications include internet-based TOEFL (score of 75 and above), and IELTS (overall score of 5.0 and above).
  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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to the following jobs:

Graphic Designer
Art Director
Brand Designer
Copywriter
Illustrator
Editorial Designer
Web Designer
Graphic Artist
Packaging Designer
Design Educator

Orita Sinclair is proud of its graduates who go on to become highly successful professionals and practitioners. You can take a look at our Student and Graduate Performance Report:

Student and Graduate Performance Report

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

Course Manager, Degree Programme
Design Faculty MA in 2D and 3D Visualisation with distinction 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.

Lor Hui Yun

Lor Hui Yun

Lecturer, Design Faculty

Lor Hui Yun has more than 6 years of filming and photography experience. She has a keen interest in creating music videos and has worked with singers globally. She graduated in 2015 from Goldsmiths College with a honours degree in film.

Shawn Heng

Shawn Heng

Lecturer, Design Faculty
BDes in Communication Design with Distinction 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.

Xu Zhi Wei

Xu Zhi Wei

Lecturer

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.

Sheau Chan

Sheau Chan

Lecturer, Design Faculty
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.

Garion Goh Meng Gim

Garion Goh Meng Gim

Lecturer

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.

Elwin Goh

Elwin Goh

Lecturer, Design and New Media 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.

Karen Chiam

Karen Chiam

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

Karen is a graphic designer by training. She has a background in retail and has 13 years of work experience dealing with aspects of design, marketing communication, project management. In 2015, she co-founded multidisciplinary studio DAZINGFEELSGOOD (DFG), working on projects that spans across furniture, graphic and spatial disciplines. DFG is a recipient of the international Bolia Design

How to apply

All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Recruitment Executive or authorized 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
6th Jun 2019
International Students
6th May 2019