This module provides theoretical and practical exercises to introduce students to the elements and principles of design, 3D Design, and color theory. Scale, form, line, color, texture, and pattern will be studied in conjunction with the principles of balance, harmony, rhythm, emphasis, focus, proportion, and contrast.
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The Communication Design program educates and trains designers for the communication needs of various industries. Emphasis is placed on the conception, creation, planning and realization of visual solutions to complex modern day problems.
The course has a strong foundation in technology and provides the skills and knowledge needed to become imaginative thinkers, refined practitioners and well-informed designers. With a distinct emphasis on understanding branding, the Diploma gives a commercial edge to budding graphic designers.
|Awarded By||:||MAGES Institute of Excellence|
|Duration||:||12 Months (Full Time & Part Time)|
|Programme Layout||:||Full Time – 5 days a week and 5 hours a day|
|Part Time – 3 days a week and 3 hours a day|
|Note||:||International Students can only opt for Full Time programmes|
|Course Intake Dates:|
|23rd October 2017|
|In order to file for a graduation certificate, the student must have completed and passed all the modules of the course.|
Programme HighlightsLearning Beyond The Classroom
Students integrate methodology; prototyping, aesthetics, human factors, technology, materials, context and audience to develop strategies and solutions that give form to print, screen and the built environment.
Students explore the communication imperative in a commercial environment and learn how to respond confidently to design problems.
Students are guided to build their portfolio to increase their chances of employability upon graduation.Students are guided to build their portfolio to increase their chances of employability upon graduation.
Methods of Assessment
Each module will be assessed through a combination of assignment, progression test, attendance and project work.
Anyone who wants to build a career in design industry.
Students will learn the Design Communication principles and design processes. Basic principles such as line, shape, composition, perspective, proportion, positive and negative space, colour theory and the semantics of colour through a variety of applied media are explored.
Typography and Branding
Students gain a familiarity with typographic terms and technologies, an understanding of classical and contemporary typographic forms, an ability to construct typographic compositions and systems. students will also explore visual identity by creating a brand and developing a system to communicate that brand across multiple platforms.
Students will learn the formal, organizational, and craft aspects of publication design.students will also explore integrated approach to branding and visual communication as well as the various structural and production aspects of packaging design.
DCD101: Design Basics
DCD102: Digital Imaging
This module introduces students to the digital tools necessary for communication design. Students will be introduced to the Adobe imaging suite. Consideration will be given to the theoretical concepts and implications of digital technology as they relate to other art and design processes.
DCD103: Typography Essentials
Typography is the art of organizing letters in space and time. Students gain familiarity with typographic terms and technologies, an understanding of classical and contemporary typographic forms, an ability to construct typographic compositions and systems, and an appreciation of typography as an expressive medium that conveys aesthetic, emotional and intellectual meaning.
DCD104: Advanced Typography
Building on the fundamentals of typographic form and function, this module extends and applies basic vocabulary and understanding to more complex problems that address typographic hierarchy, context, sequence and gestalt. Through a focused series, students explore how typography behaves across media.
Visual Identity - Branding and Design Systems
DCD105: Visual Identity - Branding and Design Systems
Design, typeface, color, photography, imagery, text, composition and style come together to form a perceived “brand” for businesses, products and individuals. In this module, students will explore visual identity by creating a brand and developing a system to communicate that brand across multiple platforms.
Design Studio I - Web and Mobile Devices
DCD106: Design Studio I - Web and Mobile Devices
This module introduces students to techniques associated with the design and implementation of web sites and pages. Students are introduced to aspects of coding and other software based techniques for generating and managing simple web sites. Design skills for using and interacting with mobile devices are also explored.
Publication Design for Print and Digital Media
DCD107: Publication Design for Print and Digital Media
This module stresses on the research, development, organization, design and presentation of a document, such as a journal, annual report or a large publication. This unit explores the fornal, organisation and craft aspects of publication design.
Design Studio II- Packaging
DCD108: Design Studio II- Packaging
This module introduces students to the principles of packaging design and develops research, conceptual and implementation abilities. This module introduces the importance of an integrated approach to branding and visual communication as well as the various structural and production aspects of packaging design.
DCD109: Design Portfolio
Under faculty supervision, students will review, revise, and refine previous deliverables based on peer and faculty evaluation, and create a portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of industry standards and expectations. The student will present and discuss their portfolio of work to an audience/ jury.
Capstone Studio Practice
DCD110: Capstone Studio Practice
The Capstone Studio Practice is a research-based module that integrates concepts and work from throughout the program. Students are expected to integrate skills, knowledge, and creativity to produce a project that will showcase professional expertise in a chosen career field. Note: Internship is not mandatory in this module. The international student would be allowed to take up internship only upon having the valid work pass as per the Ministry of Manpower requirement.
A graphic designer works on a variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organisations a visual 'brand'.
The role of a brand designer combines marketing and graphic design to create the visual materials that represent a company. Brand designers analyse market trends and formulate strategies to reach consumers. They also design and produce the projects and materials that satisfy the needs of their businesses. These materials can include logos, fonts, color palettes and more.
Package designers work with clients and creative teams to develop eye-catching, cost-effective and safe packaging for products. They usually brainstorm, sketch and re-design their concepts based on client needs.
The Role of an Art Director is to Confer with clients to determine objectives, budget, background information and presentation approaches. Work with department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
What people say about us
Yong Lee Chin, Regine
B.A Honours in Illustration, University of The West of England, UK
Regine’s experience spans from East to West, she has worked as an art director in creative agencies, collaborating with a wide variety of clients in various industries to design and conceptualize various projects ranging from advertising, corporate communication and brand management. Graduating with honors in Bachelor of Illustration from the University of The West of England, UK. Regine is an art adventurer with a strong background in graphic design and illustration.
Yee Suk Yi
Digital Designer (UI/UX), Ex Etude House & GSK
Yee Suk Yi is a Graphic Designer with 6 years of experience in digital design and corporate branding. This includes user interface (UI) design, infographic design, and managing social media channels. She is also the author of several articles for a luxury lifestyle website. Suk Yi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Programme in Graphics Design, from Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore.
1. Intake Consideration
Applicants must have a passion for creation, a love of media and entertainment, and willingness to strive for good results.
17 years old or above (based on date of birth) at point of start class.
3. Academic Qualifications for Diploma Intake
2 GCE 'A' level passes or minimum of 2 H2 level subjects with a pass or above or
Certificate in Art and Design from MAGES or Certificate in Art or
Animation related course from other PEIs
Equivalent to Year 12 from the respective home country of the applicant or
Certificate in Art and Design from MAGES or
Certificate in Art or Animation related course from other PEIs
Mature Candidates Entry
Applicants must be at least 30 years of age with 8 years working experience
4. English Proficiency
GCE ‘O’ Level English - Requires a minimum of C6
International StudentsIELTS 5.5 or Other equivalent qualifications where the medium of instruction is English