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Diploma in Interior Design (DID) JAE Code: S89

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What You'll Study

Common Foundation

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
SD0001 Visual Arts Studio
This module teaches the application of Photography and Illustration as effective visual media. The module covers the basics of camera handling, visual composition, lighting, colour application, vector illustration and the use of image manipulating softwares. Students who learnt this module will acquire a stronger design foundation through applying these image-making skills into their design projects.
42
SD0002 Foundation Design Studio
This module introduces the basic skills in design and creative processes. Ideation will be taught through a series of short projects to explore various design methods. Students will be taught to un-learn the preconceptions that they may have accumulated and learn to question normality and standard practices and to think creatively and critically.
60
SD0003 Basic Drawing Class
This module introduces sketching as the basic visualisation tool for designers. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of drawing concepts, observation and sighting techniques. Through still life, perspective and human figure drawing exercises, the module provides a fundamental ground for form, texture, proportion, spatial relationship perspective, tonal values and composition studies. Students will learn both analytical and expressive components of the drawing process.
48
SD0004 Graphic Communication
This module teaches the foundation of Typography and Layout Design and their application for effective visual messaging. Students will learn to communicate visually with typographic understanding and sensitivity through the use of typefaces, grids, alignment and visual hierarchy. The basics of Identity and Publication Design will also be taught to put the students in a good position to explore their identities as design students.
60
SD0007 Course Specific Skills
This module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of the design, hardware, software and technical skills necessary for their respective diplomas. Students will be expected to understand the basics of each area as a foundation for further development in their respective fields.
30

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC1054 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
30
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
30
SD006Z Design Theory and Research 1
This module aims to inculcate basic skills of critical analysis, reading, writing and research for first year design students. Using a set of design lenses as critical and theoretical building blocks, students will learn to apply theoretical ideas to augment their conceptual ideation, to build design arguments and evaluate design propositions through reflections, presentations and writing, and understand the foundations of design experimentation.
60
SD1101 Interior Design Studio 1
This module aims to introduce the fundamental principles of interior design. Students will learn a new set of language and skills that is pertaining to interior design. Students will begin to conceptualize design ideas and develop into creative design solutions with understanding of the fundamentals of a design brief and design process, the fundamentals and process of space planning and design development, the fundamentals of interior design documentation and the fundamentals of effective design communication. The body dimension will also be explored in the various mediums of design.
120
SD1103 Interior Design Communications 1
This model aims to equip students with skills in both manual and digital drawing as tools for design visualisation and presentation. Manual drawings will include both freehand and constructed drawings namely drafting constructed perspectives and orthographic drawings. Basic rendering to bring out spatial ambience and environment will also be part of the training. Proper writing, naming and drawing conventions and architectural graphics will also be introduced to the students. Digitally, computer aided 2 and 3 dimensional drawings through the construction of geometric shapes and orthographic projections. It also aims to provide understanding in digital presentation and documentation techniques for interior design projects.
75
SD1106 Material Process Fundamentals
To provide an fundamental introduction to a vast repertoire of materials (from organic materials like wood to synthetic materials like plastics) plus the manufacturing processes (from good old traditional crafts to the latest rapid prototyping technologies) so as to be able to find a good match between the two. Provide a practice-oriented training that develop students with the relevant discipline knowledge and skills to apply into projects.
45
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
15

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC1055 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
30
LC1057 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
30
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
30
SD007Z Design Theory and Research 2
This module will inculcate intermediate skills of critical analysis, reading, writing and research for second year design students. Using a set of design lenses as critical and theoretical scaffoldings, students will apply theoretical ideas to augment their conceptual ideation, build more sophisticated design arguments and evaluate design propositions through reflections, presentations and writing. The emphasis and applications of design experimentation will continue to be built on the foundations of what was learned in the previous DTR 1 module.
60
SD0100 Internship
Internship exposes students to meaningful and relevant workplace attachment to better connect their learning to the workplace and deepen their skills, so that they are better prepared for their transition to the workplace after graduation.
12 Weeks
SD112Z Interior Design Studio 2
Investigates the issues of spatial experiences and sequences, in response to a specific context e.g. for residential and consumer spaces. Students are required to understand the ‘Client’ brief and do a contextual mapping and analysis to understand the existing physical constraints (including the building structures and design) socio- cultural and economic patterns. In addition, students also study concepts of branding and marketing, their strategies and understand their effects on design.
300
SD113Z Interior Design Communication 2
Develops advanced understanding of 3-dimensional interior renderings, walk throughs and animations to present interior design projects effectively. Students are also exposed to complex digital presentation techniques and develop skills in visual composition and graphic design communication. Students will use these skills for presentation and documentation of their design projects.
150
SD116Z Materials and Technology 2
Focuses on processed/ synthetic materials as finishes for interior surfaces (floor, wall, ceiling and fixtures) as well as furniture and furnishings. Students explore and discover the effect of design poetics of materials in the conditioning of spaces. They also learn construction and detailing techniques towards enhancing consumer experiences in residential and retail spaces.
120
SD121Z Interior Design Practice 2
An introduction into Interior Design Practice, introducing students to relevant discipline knowledge with reference to codes and guidelines to apply into their Internship in an interior design office.
15
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
SD008Z Design Theory and Research 3
This module will inculcate advanced skills of critical analysis, reading, writing and research for third year design students. Using a set of design lenses as critical and theoretical apparatus, students will embark on design experimentation and research in their final year projects. The emphasis and applications of design experimentation will continue to be built on the conceptual lessons learned in the previous DTR 1 & 2 modules. Students will synthesise their conceptual ideations, analyse their experimentations with critical research and theoretical rigour, as they document their project in a capstone Creative Process Journal.
60
SD114Z Interior Design Studio 3
Examines the issues and challenges of interior design within the context of civic and cultural environment such as workspheres, restaurants, library, galleries etc. This especially as a response to the demands of a highly global and technological world. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills in their final year designs from conceptualisation to documentation for construction.
330
SD115Z Interior Design Practice
Provides practice-oriented interior design training that develops students with the relevant discipline, skills and knowledge to apply into their projects. Students are exposed to productivity concept and applications with emphasis on the operations and functions of interior design practice. Pre- and post-contract administration procedures are also introduced to students for the understanding of the quality management expected in an interior design office.
30
SD117Z Materials and Technology 3
Further develops the knowledge and skills of using materials and detailing techniques in interior design to respond to the complexities of new architectural designs and technologies. At the same time, students are also exposed to the importance of environment management and sustainability and they learn to refine their design and detailing skills. The advancement in lighting technology is studied and students learn their important effects on interior design. The relevant building codes and standards are also introduced when students are applying their knowledge in their design project.
90
SD118Z Interior Design Communication 3
Develop understanding of advanced 3-dimensional modeling, renderings, walkthroughs and animations to present interior design projects effectively. Students are also exposed to complex digital presentation techniques and develop skills in using digital model to analyse design and through the use of digital model, create documentation for construction. Students will use these skills for presentation and documentation of their design projects.
90

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.

 

"The three years I spent in the Diploma in Interior Design program made a great impact in my life. I must admit that it was a wonderful learning experience filled with fun and rigor especially attempting the many challenges of the design projects. Realistic critique sessions mentally prepared us for the real working situation in a design office."

Wu Yumei, DID graduate, now with KYOOB Architects