Diploma in Design (Visual Communication)


SP 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 to when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.


Course Objectives

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.

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


Suitable for

This course is tailored for ITE Graduates and 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.

Minimum Entry 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 3 years 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 and with at least 2 years of relevant working experiences.


c) Higher Nitec with at least 1 year of relevant working experiences.


d) Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA ≥ 3.5 with at least 2 years of relevant working experiences.


e) Higher Nitec in Technology/Services with at least 1 year of relevant working experiences.


f) Relevant WSQ Diploma qualification or equivalent, with relevant working experiences and WPLN at Level ≥ 6 for English and Mathematics.

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 will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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 in 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.

Award / 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 in Design (Interior Design) qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Course Fees

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Diploma in Design (Visual Communication)
Modular Certificates (MC) Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40 Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support scheme Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Design Foundation $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Visual Design $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Brand Design $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Web & Motion Design $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Communication Design $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Total Course Fees: $2,354.55 $1,569.70 $6,278.75 $1,621.05 $887.55 $15,696.90

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee $4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.

- Part-time diploma course participants who submit withdrawal notification more than 2 weeks before semester commencement, an administrative fees of $50 + GST and Student Union related fees would be levied.

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Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:

15 Oct 2018

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Academic Calendar

Registration Period:

1 Jun - 31 Jul 2018

*Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Class Schedule:

2 - 3 evenings per week


900 hours (2.5 years)

MC to start with:


Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: David Tan
Email: David_Tan_Yang_Tow@sp.edu.sg