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What You'll Study

Common Foundation

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
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.
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.
SD0005 Experience Design Methods
The module aims to instil fundamental user research methods essential for design students and will equip them with basic techniques in observation, analysis and exploration of ideas. The module is delivered through a series of exercises designed to equip students with skills in observational and analytical methods to allow students to understand the users as social being interacting with spaces, objects and time. Students will also be introduced to basic facilitation skills to engage their audience in design activities.
SD0006 Logic Design
This module aims to equip students with foundational knowledge to tackle elementary computational problems. The intention is to train students to design solutions to solve problems using a computer program, thus creating opportunities to experience key elements of computational thinking which encompass: ● decomposition: breaking down data, processes or problems into smaller, manageable parts. ● pattern recognition: observing and generalising patterns, trends, and regularities in data and processes into rules or insights. ● abstraction: identifying the general principles that generate these patterns. ● algorithm design: developing step-by-step instructions for solving problems/tasks.
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.
SD0008 Graphic Visual Communication
This module introduces students to various means of digital media. Students will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of digital photography, vector graphics creation and typography. Photography skills will be taught to equip students with the vocabulary of the medium to convert photographs with basic digital retouching skills to transform images into meaningful storytelling images. Digital Vector Illustration with practical sessions in typography and layout design are also introduced. Students will understand the basics of page hierarchy and effective visual flow through layout & composition design. Students will have a portfolio of typographic, photographic, vector design work and projects demonstrating the application of the module topics.

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.
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.
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.
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 conceptualisation and thinking.
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.
SD1103 Interior Design Communications 1
The module emphasises on students acquiring foundational level of manual drawing techniques and using computer aided software to produce orthographic drawings. Introduction to techniques in graphic-based software will also be taught to students to enable them to refine visual content in their presentation. Verbal presentation techniques are also introduced and closely integrated to their Studio reviews and critiques.
SD6001 Materials Process Fundamentals
This module equips students to take on an experimental and investigative approach to study materials, understand its accompanying qualities as well as its application in design. Students are encouraged to manipulate the assigned materials to bring about new design possibilities and realise the potential of a material. Through a multi-disciplinary design perspective, students will gain a broader understanding of the principles and application of materials in different design contexts.
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.

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.
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.
LC8003 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.
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.
SD112Z Interior Design Studio 2
Investigates the issues of spatial experiences and sequences, in response to a specific commercial context, such as retail, mixed-use spaces,etc. 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.
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.
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.
SD1201 Interior Design Practice - Fundamentals
This module is an introduction to a practice-oriented interior design training that develops students with the relevant discipline, practical skills and knowledge to apply into their working life as a designer. Pre-contract administration procedures are introduced to students for the understanding of the planning and management of projects and expectations in an interior design office. Students are exposed to Codes of practices, professional practices in the interior design industry. A portion of the module also focuses on the students own personal development as a designer.
SD601Z Design Theory and Research 2
This module aims to develop students’ critical and analytical skills with various design lenses in the research and study of technological, social, political, historical, cultural and economical aspects. This inquiry allows students to comprehend the influences and impacts that these factors can catalyse design propositions.
SD7202 User Experience Design (Elective)
This module equips students with fundamental knowledge of the User Experience (UX) Design Process. Students will immerse in understanding of ecosystem and people, learn methods to uncover the motivations of the user, and design the basis of how users can relate to experiences, through the rethinking of the architecture and flow. The module is taught through a participative studio and will equip students with specific methods in the research and early prototyping of designing an enhanced user experience.
SD7203 Virtual and Augmented Reality (Elective)
This module exposes students to innovative and creative processes that lie behind Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) development. Through introducing the unique affordances and design opportunities inherent to these platforms, students will master techniques for integrating contents and building interactive applications used for visualisation, simulation, communication and collaboration purposes. Potential trends and applications of these technologies used in the enhancement of user experience (UX) will also be explored.
SD7204 Digital Visual Storytelling (Elective)
This module exposes students in the theory and practice of visual storytelling through videography. Students will be taught video camera techniques, audio capture techniques, non-linear editing techniques in both video and audio and learn the essentials of lighting to achieve impactful aesthetics for videography. Students will be equipped with the fundamentals of storytelling, videography and editing, to prepare digital content in various formats across different platforms.
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.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
IA8001 Internship Programme
This module aims to immerse students with the real-world industry experience. This programme comprises a 12-week internship programme integrating a structured learning outcome which facilitates authentic learning.
12 Weeks
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.
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.
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.
SD1301 Interior Design Practice - Advanced
This module provides a practice-oriented interior design training that develops students with the relevant discipline, skills and knowledge to apply into their working life as a designer. Pre- and post-contract administration procedures are introduced to students for the understanding of the management of projects and expectations in an interior design office. Students are exposed to business, management and productivity concepts and applications with emphasis on the operations and functions of an interior design practice. A portion of the module also focuses on the students' own personal development as a designer.
SD602Z Design Theory and Research 3
This module aims to explore and challenge design methodologies, forms and practices. This allows the students to employ the theories in their final year project with the intent to expound their design propositions.


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