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Specialist Diploma in Design Innovation for Engineering


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

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300 hours (1 year)

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Course Objective

The Media, Arts and Design School (MAD) is pleased to introduce our new Specialist Diploma in Design Innovation for Engineering (NSDFE). This course is jointly offered with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE), and Singapore Polytechnic’s FabLab. This is a course that we are offering to enable engineering graduates to further their education in a new knowledge domain as part of the journey in being a life-long learner. This part-time evening course can be completed in one year.

Innovation often comes from cross-disciplinary ideas. So if you are talking about user experience design, you need both design and engineering knowledge to improve the usability of the product. And you need engineers to also interact with non-engineers, business people, creative, design people, artists, in order to come up with solutions which solve human needs.” (PM Lee Hsien Loong, 2016 at Institution of Engineers, Singapore Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner)

This course aims to address the demands faced by graduates in engineering and technical fields and other non-design sectors, to innovate and address complex multi-disciplinary challenges, since a large number of companies require graduates with engineering and technical backgrounds to develop new innovative products, services, and experiences that are of value to stakeholders with real-world impact. In this regard, the course curriculum adopts a foundational approach that prepares graduates for job functions and work responsibilities in the exciting field of engineering design and innovation.

Course Outline

The course consists of eight modules, with modules 3 to 8 forming three pairs of modules co-developed across MAD, EEE, MAE and FABLAB:

Modules 3 and 4 look into systems engineering design in the consideration of how various products and its components can be interconnected to become of exponential value.

Modules 5 and 6 focus on the technical understanding of design for manufacturing through both the overlapping lenses of the Mechanical Engineer and the Industrial Designer.

Modules 7 and 8, students from various engineering backgrounds work together using design methodology as a framework to create an innovative solution integrating multiple technologies, framed against a backdrop of an advanced technology landscape.

Module pairings, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, and 7 & 8 are required to be taken together

The course is conducted over two semesters within one academic year. Classes will be conducted over two to three evenings per week for 15 weeks each semester.

This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC will consist of a few modules and the details are as follows:

PDC 1 Certificate in Design Principles & System Innovation
Module 1 – Product Design (offered by MAD)
Module 2 – User Experience Fundamentals (offered by MAD)
Module 3 – Design-led Engineering System 1 (offered by EEE)
Module 4 – Design-led Engineering System 2 (offered by MAD)

PDC 2 Certificate in Digital Prototyping & Applied Innovation
Module 5 – Mechanical Engineering Design 1 (offered by MAE)
Module 6 – Mechanical Engineering Design 2 (offered by MAD)
Module 7 – Innovation Design Project 1 (offered by FABLAB)
Module 8 – Innovation Design Project 2 (offered by MAD)

Please click here for Module Synopsis

Minimum Requirements

Applicant should have a diploma or higher qualification from a post-secondary educational institution (PSEI) in the following fields:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace Electronics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering with Business
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced and Digital Manufacturing
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Marine Engineering

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or 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 passing all the modules in each certificate, the participant will be awarded one Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC). Upon successfully acquiring the two PDCs, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in Design Innovation for Engineering qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

This course is specially designed for engineering graduates who wish to complement their current skills and knowledge with a cross-disciplinary training that covers Product Design, User Experience/User Interface (UXUI), Design Prototyping infused with knowledge in Mechanical Engineering, and Design-led Systems Engineering to enhance their job mobility and versatility in the workplace. With the skills and knowledge gained from this course, graduates of this course will be able to take on new challenges in the field of engineering design and innovation in our rapidly changing economy.

Course Fees

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Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Design Principles & System Innovation Certificate in Digital Prototyping & Applied Innovation Total Course Fees:
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $424.68 $471.87 $896.55
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $283.12 $314.58 $597.70
SINGAPORE PR $1,160.57 $1,289.52 $2,450.09
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $354.62 $394.02 $748.64
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,831.22 $3,145.80 $5,977.02
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $2,901.42 $3,223.80 $6,125.22

*SC - Singapore citizen          ** PR - Permanent resident

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For details, please refer to here.

Other Fees Payable:

Other Fees Payable 
(Incl. GST)
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25$2.27

- 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.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- 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

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