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Diploma in Communication Design

Programme Highlights

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students integrate methodology such as prototyping, technology, materials, context and audience to develop strategies and develop strategies and solutions that give form to print and screen the built environment. Students explore the communication imperative in a commercial environment and learn how to respond confidently to design problems.

Portfolio Development

Students are guided to build a comprehensive portfolio to improve their employability upon graduation.

Methods of Assessment

Each module will be assessed through a combination of assignments, progression tests, attendance and project work.

Recommended for

Anyone who wants to build a career in the design industry

Articulation Pathway to Degree

MAGES is affiliated with two world-renowned universities. Students are provided with the option to continue to a degree pathway to gain not only a world-class education but also a global perspective as they make progress as competent media professionals.

MAGES Diploma
MAGES Adv. /
Specialist Diploma
Articulation
Degree at
Abertay or AAU

STUDENT ARTWORK

Course Modules

1

Design Basics

Design Basics

DCD101: Design Basics

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.

2

Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging

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.

3

Typography Essentials

Typography Essentials

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.

4

Advanced Typography

Advanced Typography

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.

5

Visual Identity - Branding and Design Systems

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.

6

Design Studio I - Web and Mobile Devices

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.

7

Publication Design for Print and Digital Media

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.

8

Design Studio II- Packaging

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.

9

Design Portfolio

Design Portfolio

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.

10

Capstone Studio Practice

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesGraphic Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesArt Director
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesPackaging Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesCreative Director
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesCorporate Identity Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesMultimedia Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesSocial Media Content Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesWeb Designer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesUser Interface Designer

Graphic Designer

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’.

Art Director

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.

Packaging Designer

Packaging 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.

Our Faculty

Rajesh Chakravarthy

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Master of Arts (Department of Visual Arts), Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

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Rajesh Chakravarthy

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Master of Arts (Department of Visual Arts), Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

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Mr. Rajesh is working in the education, animation and digital design field for the past 16 years, with more than five years of educational experience with film and creative media schools. As a lead lecturer in US institutes, Rajesh has successfully trained students for employment in animation and creative arts industry for companies such as Electronic Arts, Bungie Studios and Gulfstream Aerospace. Some institutions he has lectured in include, Career Education Corporation in Orlando, Florida and Brown College in Minneapolis, USA.

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Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali

Temasek International Pte. Ltd. - Lead Animator
Diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation, Animation Mentor, Berkeley, California

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Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali

Temasek International Pte. Ltd. - Lead Animator
Diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation, Animation Mentor, Berkeley, California

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Kader is an expert conceptualizer and a strategist. He is associated with companies like Sunwoo and Grid Synergy since 2013. His clients include SingTel, ST Engineering, Internal etc. He has been in the industry for the past thirteen years, working on Concepts, Art Direction, Fabrication & Project Costing etc.

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Regine Yong

Creative Design Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
B.A Honours in Illustration, University of The West of England, UK

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Yong Lee Chin, Regine

Creative Design Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
B.A Honours in Illustration, University of The West of England, UK

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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.

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Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

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Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

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Zaki brings with him more than 18 years of experience in various creative industries, from illustration to animation. Zaki has been a valuable addition to various companies such as Scrawl Studios and Chip & Toons taking up the responsibility of Animation Director in both places. In addition to his illustrious career, Zaki has also been published 5 times – with his latest comic, Badang, being a historical comic based on the Second World War in Singapore. Zaki completed his formal education with MAGES Institute of Excellence, graduating with a Diploma in Entertainment Design.

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Yee Suk Yi

Digital Designer (UI/UX), Ex Etude House & GSK
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Programme in Graphics Design, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore.

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Yee Suk Yi

Digital Designer (UI/UX), Ex Etude House & GSK
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Programme in Graphics Design, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore.

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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.

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  • Admissions
  • Entry Requirements
  • Programme Fees
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
Student to Lecturer Ratio:12:1
Medium of Instruction:Lectures & Practical (Hands on Application)
Language of Instruction:English
Mode of Assessment:Project Based Assessment for All Modules
Graduation Criteria:In order to file for a graduation certificate, the student must have completed and passed all the modules of the course.
1. Age

17 years old or above (based on date of birth) at point of start class.

2. Academic Qualifications for Diploma Intake
Local Students

2 GCE ‘A’ level passes or minimum of 2 H2 level subjects with a pass or above

OR MAGES Foundation Certificate in Art and Technology

OR Certificate in Art or Animation related course from other PEIs

International Students

Equivalent to Year 12 from the respective home country of the applicant

OR MAGES Foundation Certificate in Art and Technology

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

3. English Proficiency
Local Students

GCE ‘O’ Level English

English grade of C6 required

OR Pass interview with the Academic Director and assessment by Academic Board (if student does not meet the above English requirements).

International Students

IELTS 5.5

OR Other equivalent qualifications where the medium of instruction is English

OR Student may attend additional English classes (MAGES English Programmes) and pass at the equivalent of upper intermediate level (if student does not meet any of the above English requirements)

Fees Breakdown
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Total Payable(S$)
(Singaporeans & PR)
Total Payable(S$)
(International Students)
Course Fee13,88813,888
Admission Fee200500
Course Material Fee450450
FPS Insurance100100
Examination Fee450450
Medical Insurance Fee150150
Student Pass Application0500
(A) Total Course Fees Payable15,23816,038
Total Fees Payable [Inclusive of 7% GST]16,304.6617,160.66

 Miscellaneous Fees*

Purpose of FeeAmount (S$) and When Payable
Course Transfer Fees$100 ($107 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
5% – Overdue for 1 week
Late Payment Fees (Exclusive of 7% GST)6% – Overdue for 2 weeks
9% – Overdue for 3 weeks
10% – Overdue for 4 weeks
Replacement of lost Course Material$50.00 ($53.50 (Per Module) [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Replacement of Student ID$30 ($32.10 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Re-Taking Examinations$500 ($535 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Re-module (Exclusive of 7% GST)(Total Course Fees * Module Credits) /
Total Programme Credits
Review of grade per module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Late Re-enrolment fee per module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Admin fee for every cancellation/change of module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Deferment fee per module/unit$100 ($107.00 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Admin fee for the lost library item$20 ($21.40 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Convenience Fee for using Credit Card3% based on amount payable
Banker’s Guarantee (if applicable)Bond AmountFee Payable (Inclusive GST)
1000$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
1500$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
3000$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
5000$600 ($642 [Inclusive of 7% GST])

Application Fees

  • Local Students – $250 ($267.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
  • International Students – $500 ($535.00 [Inclusive of 7% GST])

Payment Notes

  • Non-Refundable Application Fee is not summed up in (A)
  • Total Fees Payable [Inclusive of 7% GST] is fully protected as required by EduTrust FPS
  • MAGES Institute of Excellence has adopted the Insurance Scheme
    • Account Name: MAGES INSTITUTE OF EXCELLENCE PTE LTD
    • Account Number: 106-902634-2
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Student Testimonials

Kavya, Communication Design Student

I really had an amazing work culture at MAGES which is one of the reasons I would love to work or learn here. Lecturers are very supportive, and we actually have time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Which I think is really important if you are a designer who has to sit in front of a computer all day long. The unique part about MAGES is that they allow students to be themselves and give them the freedom to use their own creative and art style without boxing them in with rules.

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