DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN (DID - S89)
What are the pre-requisite for this course?
There are no pre-requisite to enrol in this course, except for meeting the Last Aggregate Score.
What is the course about? Is Interior Design just about the selection and arrangement of furniture, carpet and wallpaper? How is it different from Architecture
Our Interior Design program revolves around the concept of spatial design, seamlessly blending materials, lighting, and colour to craft interior spaces that foster meaningful experiences, evoke specific moods, and enhance the overall ambiance of people's daily lives. While furniture selection and decoration are indeed components of Interior Design, our program primarily emphasizes the creation of spaces and experiences that cater to the unique needs and preferences of users.
Our curriculum also emphasizes the importance of sustainable design practices, ensuring that environmental considerations are woven into the fabric of our teachings.
In contrast to Architecture, our focus is not on exploring the form, structure, and systems that shape and complete a building. Instead, we delve into a more intimate scale of design—the way spaces are utilized by individuals and the profound impact that the design of a space can have on its inhabitants.
What skills do I need to have in order to succeed in this course?
If you possess a fervent passion for shaping spaces and creating transformative experiences in everyday living, if you possess a curious and adventurous mindset to experiment with various materials, and if you find joy in the process of making, then you are the aspiring designer we are looking for!
What if I don't know how to make models or cannot draw well? Must I study Art or Design & Technology as a subject in order to excel in this course?
Our course follows a designed curriculum that facilitates a staged learning approach. Through a series of exercises and projects, we gradually introduce and develop the essential skillsets and competencies required in the field. We begin with the fundamentals, guiding students through each step, including drawing techniques, hands-on model making, and eventually progressing to Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) programs. As you engage in various design projects, you will acquire and progressively enhance these skillsets, allowing for continuous growth and development.
I am very interested in this course, but I am worried about not being able to cope with a whole different subject matter, and a new way of learning and doing. Do you have any advise?
Our course has been meticulously designed to facilitate a staged learning approach, allowing for the gradual development of skillsets and competences. Students will commence their journey with smaller scale projects, such as residential apartments in the first year, gradually gaining confidence as they advance to larger retail projects in the second year and culminating in the Final Year Project. Throughout this process, our dedicated tutors will be readily available to provide support and guidance, accompanying students on their journey of self-discovery and fostering the growth of their design skillsets. With an open mind, unwavering passion, and determined spirit, we believe that our students can excel and thrive in this course!
Do I need to have to have high-end computer for this course? Should I buy a MAC?
Given that the course involves Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), having a laptop with higher memory and specifications for a graphics card can significantly enhance your productivity and efficiency. It's worth noting that computing power has advanced considerably and has become more affordable in recent times. To support students in acquiring suitable laptops, SP offers financial assistance schemes specifically designed for this purpose.
It is advisable to use a Windows OS laptop since some of the software used in the course may not run on a MAC platform. For a laptop that can meet your study needs throughout the three years at DID, you can refer to the basic requirements provided here.
How am I taught in this course?
This course is project-based learning, with 100% coursework. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. For project work, we employ the studio critique method, which encourages peer-to-peer learning and fosters a collaborative environment. This approach involves workshops, along with regular consultations with tutors to receive valuable feedback on your work. Additionally, a range of both group and individual assignments will be assigned to ensure a well-rounded learning experience and to help you apply the knowledge gained to your projects effectively. (Please refer to Question 9 for further details)
Are there examination for this course?
In DID, examinations are not conducted. Instead, the program follows a project-based approach, where 100% of the assessment is carried out through in-course evaluation. Your proficiency in applying knowledge gained from lectures and assignments to your design project will be evaluated. Therefore, your project serves as the primary assessment method. As a result, besides a few tests and quizzes, the traditional examination format is not used.
Isn't Design subjective? How will projects are assessed in this course?
Following industry standards, students will be required to submit and present their projects using various communication methods, such as drawings, models, and other appropriate forms. A panel of tutors will evaluate your presentation and engage in a question-and-answer session. This evaluation process is referred to as a Critique session. At the beginning of each project, the assessment criteria will be provided to students, ensuring transparency regarding what aspects and how they will be evaluated.
To prepare students for real-world scenarios like client presentations, both visual and verbal presentation techniques will be taught and practiced. Students will receive guidance and training in order to develop their skills in delivering effective presentations.
Is it true that this course can be costly, especially when making models and printing. How true is that?
Since the course follows a project-based approach, there will be associated costs involved in completing the coursework.
During critique sessions, you will be expected to present your work using physical models and printed drawings displayed on presentation boards. In certain cases, digital submissions using projectors will also be accepted to showcase students' projects. The course aims to strike a balance between digital and physical submissions in order to minimize the reliance on printing and physical models.
For specific projects, the course may provide base materials and subsidies to support students.
How can I prepare myself before entering this course?
Once you have been admitted into the course, we highly recommend immersing yourself in the world of interior design projects by venturing outside. Explore various spaces like museums, shopping malls, exhibitions, and retail or food & beverage establishments. Keep your eyes open and analyse the designs and layouts of these spaces. Additionally, utilize online resources and visit the library to gather knowledge through periodicals and books.
In case you are concerned about not having all the necessary equipment, there's no need to worry. During the first week of school, you will receive guidance on which laptops, materials, and equipment to purchase. This ensures that you will be well-informed and adequately prepared for your studies.
How does this course value-add to me?
DID consistently evaluates its program and teaching methods in collaboration with industry partners to ensure that your education is comprehensive, relevant, and aligned with industry standards. The program emphasizes a hands-on approach and encourages learning through practical application. It offers various opportunities for out-of-classroom activities, including showroom and supplier visits, as well as workshops and master classes with industry experts, both locally and overseas.
During the Final Year Project, an Atelier or Studio system is implemented, allowing students to choose a project theme of their interest through a balloting process. This promotes individual exploration and specialization within the field.
Upon completing the three-year program at DID, you will have developed a mindset that fosters questioning, research, and ideation to design for the interior design industry and its related fields, such as architecture, visual merchandising, stage design, graphics, illustration, and 3D visualization, among others. We believe that this journey of self-discovery as a designer will equip you with the necessary skills and mindset to confidently tackle challenges in the dynamic and ever-changing professional landscape upon graduation.
Why should I choose this course over the normal "A" level route?
If you possess a preexisting interest or passion for Interior Design, we strongly encourage you to contemplate embarking on your academic journey with DID. Our Polytechnic has meticulously crafted the course to cultivate and enhance your spatial design skills and competencies, ensuring you are well-prepared for the beginning of your professional design career.
Will I be able to go onto university after graduating from DID?
Many of our graduates have pursued further studies in Interior Design at reputable institutions, both locally and abroad. Some have enrolled in degree programs at LASALLE College of Arts and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) within Singapore, while others have chosen to study at universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Additionally, our graduates have successfully transitioned to architectural degree programs at renowned universities, including the National University of Singapore (NUS) and various overseas institutions.
Our program has garnered recognition and validation from numerous universities, both domestically and internationally, further affirming the quality and credibility of the education provided by our institution.
How does this course prepare me to enter the Interior Design industry?
At DID, a primary objective is to equip you with essential fundamental skill sets and professional competencies in spatial design, along with a solid understanding of local design practices. This foundation will serve as a stepping stone for your continued growth within the industry. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, often securing placements in firms even before graduation.
To further prepare you for the professional world, we offer an internship program that provides invaluable firsthand experience of industry practices. This program allows you to gain insights into real-world scenarios, ensuring you are well-prepared and ready to enter the workforce with confidence. Our aim is to nurture graduates who are not only work-ready but also globally competent.