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Diploma in Environment Design (T46)

2018 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 19

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Singapore and many other cities with urban communities face the same challenges of balancing sustainable development and liveability. We need designers who will understand the nuances of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to create and design public spaces that are cohesive, relevant and liveable to ensure that the quality of life is not compromised.

The only one of its kind in Singapore, the Diploma in Environment Design offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that will engage and challenge you to explore the seamless integration of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. You will be trained to design and shape the character of places by combining  urban landscapes like civic plazas and community spaces with building design, public spaces that will add value to people’s lives.

To do that, you will be immersed in a curriculum that reflects the industry’s current practices and needs. Work in teams and collaborate on ‘live’ industry projects for real clients and firms, with software and processes that are current and industry-relevant. Go on study trips to key urban centres like Hong Kong or Tokyo because there’s nothing like learning from experience. You will learn how to think critically, strategise creatively, pitch and present ideas convincingly. By the time you graduate, you will be that new design para-professional that the architectural design community is looking for – one who is able to smoothly straddle the three core strands of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. 

 The inclusion of new industry standards will certainly provide a forward push for students to achieve a higher level of competency and be able to keep up at the forefront of things.

— Mr. Kong Yit San    
Assistant Chief Executive Officer
National Parks Board     


 

What you will learn

  • Urban Design Studies

    Learn about urban design principles and trends in the design of resilient and sustainable cities. Using Singapore’s vibrant urbanscape and urban history, discover how key urban design movements have shaped the cities of today.
  • Urban Design Studies

    Industry Studio Project

    Work in small groups on a collaborative model, together with actual clients or agents in industry on ‘live’ briefs as the first preamble towards the student internship programme.
  • Eco Design

    Sustainable Environment

    Learn about sustainability issues and the preservation of natural habitats. You will learn how to analyse proposed building sites and apply sustainable design strategies.

Notable Features

  • Be part of a niche group. Singapore’s first and only inter-disciplinary design diploma combines disciplines in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, enabling graduates to fit into the increasingly interconnected design industry.

  • Visit world-class urban centers such as Hong Kong and Japan on study trips.

  • Enjoy unique internships with reputable architecture and landscape architectural firms and design studios.

  • The diploma challenges students to be future-oriented learners with a sustainable mindset.

  • Compete and shine in national and international competitions. Our students have won awards like the CUBE(Challenge for the Urban & Built Environment), Assembly Competition, Singapore  Institute of Landscape Architects Awards and the SPADE (Spatial Design) Awards.

  • Win bursaries and scholarships. Our graduates and students have won scholarship awards from NParks, Tierra Design (S) Pte Ltd and, Cicada Pte Ltd.

  • Enjoy advanced standing arrangements with some of the best design institutions in the world to receive exemptions and complete your degree in a shorter time and at a lower cost.

  • Be mentored by a team of highly committed, diverse and experienced lecturers and mentors from the industry.

  • Go further after graduation. Many of our graduates have furthered their studies in the field of Architecture or Landscape Architecture from reputable universities such as the National University of Singapore, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology among others.

Career Prospects

Designers who are versatile enough to understand and manage projects that address the confluence of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are likely to be in demand in cities all over the world.

Well aligned to the needs of the industry, the course prepares school-leavers to be graduates with a versatile skillset and a sensitive understanding of industry demands. Our graduates readily find employment in landscape architecture and architecture practices as landscape designers and architecture assistants. They are well trained to work in park consultancies, project management firms, urban design consultancies, and multidisciplinary design practices.

Further Education

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

Applicants must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Art/ Art & Design, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Fundamentals of Electronics, General Science, Higher Art, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

Note: Applicants who have partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency should not apply for this course.

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Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DCS1017

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. You will also be taught to consider the Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) when writing and delivering oral presentations.

12
DCS1018

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.

12
DCS1019

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
DIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.  In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in you through the LEAN startup framework, idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding/crowdsourcing avenues.    

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.  It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, and to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
DGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
DGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
DGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
DGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. You will explain the role of cultural heritage stakeholders and learn to conduct cultural story-telling. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
DSI3027

This is a graded subject that prepares you for the world of work. The internship period is 16 weeks long. You will learn to identify prospective companies, prepare your portfolio, application letter and resume, and attend job interviews. You may have the opportunity to work with firms locally or overseas. The internship will expose you to actual design industrial or business environments, giving you a realistic perspective of working life. You will work with commercially “live” projects and demonstrate the ability to transit from student to employee. You will journal, record and evaluate your progress and learning with your supervisors and your lecturers.

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Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DED1821

This subject introduces the fundamental design elements that constitute the built-environment and develops a design vocabulary that is both elemental and timeless. It covers the sculpting and manipulation of form using various model making materials and explores the implications to the perception of space.

13
DED1822

This subject covers the history and appreciation of architecture from ancient to the contemporary times. The subject also encompasses specific influences on the architecture of Singapore.

13
DED1824

The subject covers the fundamentals of the use of computer aided design (CAD) software that is relevant to specific application in the context of built environment studies (e.g. architecture, landscape, urban design, etc). The aim of this subject is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to apply the main  commands of the CAD software for producing digital drawings and as a design development tool for built environment projects.

13
DED1828

This subject introduces spatial concepts through the exploration of how form and space may be organised. It further examines ordering principles of design and spatial composition using 3-dimensional models. It will also cover how colour and light can impact the perception of form and space. Anthropometry and ergonomics are introduced to help you understand the interaction of the human body with form and space.

13
DED1829

This subject introduces students to various environmental factors at an elemental level that are to be considered for sustainable, ecologically sound design responding to the environment to achieve optimal human comfort for users. The aims of this subject are to equip students with the skills and knowledge to carry out a basic site analysis and to be more aware of environmentally conscious design proposals incorporating passive control principles and strategies.

13
DIA1236

The subject covers rendering techniques with the use of tone, shade, shadow and colour. The subject also teaches the methods of selecting appropriate media, digital drawing and rendering techniques, as well as visual presentation techniques to communicate design ideas, including storyboarding.

13
DIA1237

This subject is exploratory in nature and introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on form exploration in the design process. The subject involves the introductory evaluation of a given site to identify environmental, program, and development constraints and opportunities. It covers the collation of data collected by basic site investigation assimilated to explore design proposals through the design process.

16
DIA1238

The subject focuses on understanding of functional planning of spaces that sets the stage for effective user experience. The subject addresses issues pertaining to anthropometry, ergonomics, behavioural science and design programming and provides a platform for exploring various techniques to creatively resolve challenges related to function and quality of human environments.

13
DPS1031

The subject introduces you to art and design fundamentals, aesthetic awareness and cultural appreciation. It will develop an understanding for the art and design processes, and enable you to reflect and see the world from a designer’s perspective. Through this subject, you will discover how to express yourself visually and with confidence in areas of art and design.

13
DPS1032

The subject will cover the necessary ability to research, analyse and organise information relating to societal issues in a collaborative manner. It will introduce the various collaborative strategies, design frameworks and integrate critical thinking. It will also cover innovative and conceptual approaches in the context of design.

13
DRH1701

The subject covers the fundamental concepts and construction of geometric drawings, orthographic projections and perspective drawings to communicate design ideas.

13
DED2826

This subject equips you with the skills and knowledge in the reviewing of the important factors that contribute towards urban design. You will be able to apply your knowledge of good urban design in your designs, and identify the importance of urban design guidelines in the local context.

23
DED2830

The subject covers the fundamentals of the use of digital visualisation and presentation software that are relevant to specific application in the context of the built environment.

23
DED2832

This subject covers the fundamental understanding of the basic properties of masonry and reinforced concrete structural systems and their respective construction techniques. The subject will cover topics such as the application of basic masonry and reinforced concrete systems and construction techniques in built environments.

23
DED2835

This subject covers the fundamental understanding of the basic properties of timber and steel structural systems and their respective construction techniques. The subject will cover topics such as the application of basic timber and steel systems and construction techniques in built environments.

23
DED2836

This subject introduces the historical development of landscape design periods from antiquity to the contemporary and fundamental knowledge of landscape architecture principles. It covers the application of this knowledge in developing a landscape design concept in the built environment that integrates architecture and landscape architecture with softscapes, hardscapes and waterscapes, to enhance biodiversity and the user experience.

23
DED2837

This subject introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on site analysis as a vital step in the design process for a built environment. The subject involves the evaluation of a given site to identify environmental, program, and development constraints and opportunities. It covers the collation of data collected by site investigation that needs to be interpreted and assimilated to explore design proposals through the design process.

26
DED2838

This subject is issue-driven and introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on deriving and establishing design issues as a vital step in the design process for a built environment. The subject involves the evaluation of a given site to identify environmental, program, and development constraints and opportunities. It covers the collation of data collected by site investigation that needs to be interpreted and assimilated to explore design proposals through the design process. The subject will emphasise how design problems may be identified through the exploration of an urban site and that proposals should be conceived as integrated environments of building and landscaping, which are mutually supporting one another.

26
DED2839

This subject provides the fundamentals of the use of building information modelling (BIM) software that is relevant to specific application in the context of built environments  like architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Students will also be introduced to the integration of different built environment services that the software is capable of.

23
DED2840

This subject introduces the meaning of sustainability from the perspective of the preservation of natural habitats with the focus on blue and green natural systems and their relationship with habitats, both natural and human. The subject will cover how to conduct a comprehensive site analysis, leading to the application of sustainable design strategies.

23
DIA2238

The subject focuses on the study of materials commonly used in the built environment with emphasis on both their functional and sensorial properties. It introduces you to basic materials and surface finishes as an essential component for achieving an intended spatial quality. The subject also introduces you to the idea of materials as limited resources that should be used in an efficient and sustainable manner.

23
DED3830

This studio is industry-driven and will equip you with skills and knowledge of working in small groups with the focus on collaborative practice-based scenarios. This studio will involve you with agents/clients in the industry and practice, and ultimately prepare you for your Student Internship Programme.

36
DMP3024

This subject provides you with the framework to experience a self-initiated and comprehensive project that focuses on the development of an innovative design solution that addresses and resolves environment design issues related to the field of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design as an integrated design proposal.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 87 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 123 credit units

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