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Diploma in Design (Visual Communication)

Topic:ICT, Media & Design, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    16 Oct 2023 to 31 Mar 2026
  • Registration Period:

    17 Jul 2023 to 10 Sep 2023
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    2 - 3 evenings per week
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
2 - 3 evenings per week
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Course Duration: 
900 hours (2.5 years)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details, please contact the  course manager:
Name: David Tan
For other enquiries, please email to


Course Objective

SP's Media, Arts & Design School is pleased to introduce our new Diploma in Design (Visual Communication). This diploma comprising of 5 Modular Certificate (MC) courses, would provide pathways for those who are working or intend to work in Brand Design, Packaging Design, Web Design and Advertising.

Participants are required to bring computer notebook when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.

The main objective of the course is to equip students with the concepts and practice of design as a communication language and creative ideation to establish an innovative experience with integration of various contemporary and new media, with emphasis on sensorial media channels in communication design.

Course Outline

The course consists of 5 Modular Certificate (MC) courses conducted over five semesters within 2.5 academic years. Classes will be a combination of online learning and classes conducted in two to three evenings per week for 15 weeks each semester. This will culminate to 900 curriculum hours over 5 semesters.

Each MC will consist of a few modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 Certificate in Design Foundation
Module 1 – Principles of Design
Module 2 – Design History
Module 3 – Basic Drawing

MC 2 Certificate in Visual Design
Module 1 – Graphic Communication
Module 2 – Video Production

MC 3 Certificate in Brand Design
Module 1 – Brand Experience
Module 2 – Brand Communication

MC 4 Certificate in Web & Motion Design
Module 1 – Web Design
Module 2 – Motion Design

MC 5 Certificate in Communication Design
Module 1 – Communication Design
Module 2 – Portfolio Design

The synopsis of the modules can be found here.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the Part-Time diploma:

a) The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience:

  • English Language  Grade 1 – 6
  • Mathematics (Elementary or Additional)  Grade 1 – 7
  • Any One other subject excluding CCA  Grade 1 – 6

b) Nitec with GPA >= 3.5

c) Nitec with GPA >= 3.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.

d) Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA >= 3.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.

e) Higher Nitec with GPA >=2.0

f) Higher Nitec with GPA >=1.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.

g) Higher Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA >=2.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.

h) Relevant WSQ Advanced Certificate (or higher) with at at least 1 year of relevant working experience and Level 6 for both WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA & Workplace Numeracy SOA

i) Applicant with none of the qualifications listed above but at least 2 years of relevant working experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of the modules in each semester, the participant will be awarded one Modular Certificate (MC) respectively.

Upon successfully acquiring the five MCs, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

This course is tailored for current practitioners in the Communication Design industry who wish to upgrade their qualifications, as well as deepen their skills. It is also suitable for those who wish to acquire Communication Design knowledge and skills so as to prepare themselves for a career in Communication Design and attain professional qualifications in the future.

Course Fees

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 8 % GST rate.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Design Foundation Certificate in Visual Design Certificate in Brand Design Certificate in Web & Motion Design Certificate in Communication Design Total Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $502.59 $502.69 $502.69 $502.69 $502.69 $2,513.43
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $335.12 $335.12 $335.12 $335.12 $335.12 $1,675.62
SINGAPORE PR $1,376.35 $1,376.35 $1,376.35 $1,376.35 $1,376.35 $6,881.76
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE CITIZENS $346.09 $346.09 $346.09 $346.09 $346.09 $1,730.43
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $420.55 $420.55 $420.55 $420.55 $420.55 $2,102.76
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $3,351.24 $3,351.24 $3,351.24 $3,351.24 $3,351.24 $16,756.20
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $3,440.88 $3,440.88 $3,440.88 $3,440.88 $3,440.88 $17,204.40

 *SC - Singapore Citizens

**PR - Permanent Residents


Other Fees Payable:

Fee DescriptionPer semester (after GST)
Singapore CitizensSingapore PR and others
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01 $1.02
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49 $7.56
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25 $2.27
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee$4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:

i) Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement - 70% refund of paid course fee
ii) Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement - no refund of paid course fee

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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