2017 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 19
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.
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.
|English Language (EL1)*||Grades 1-7|
|Mathematics (E or A)||Grades 1-7|
|Any three 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.
See also the minimum entry requirements for:
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Communicating Design Ideas
A rich and sophisticated language repertoire is required for articulating and presenting design ideas. This subject explores the creative use of language features such as denotation, connotation, metaphors, tone and style in a variety of genres. It further analyses the discourse modes of description, narration and exposition as used in the design context. Next, it focuses on the application of these language features in written and oral presentations for expressing, examining and supporting design concepts in design critiques.
Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 1 (LEAP 1)
This subject focuses on self-leadership and personal effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to discover and understand themselves in terms of their personalities, values and mission and to build their ‘Logical Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on the ‘Golden End’ and ‘Consequential Thinking’. It helps the students to listen to the inner self and to express their personal thoughts and ideas.
Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 2 (LEAP 2)
This subject focuses on team-leadership, followership and team effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to build their ‘Emotional Quotient’, relate to peers and manage team conflicts. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on a ‘Win-Win Attitude”. It helps students to make meaningful conversations and to articulate their vision.
Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 3 (LEAP 3)
This subject focuses on service to others. It provides a platform for students to understand themselves better and to make responsible choices in life and to build their ‘Community Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on ‘Ethical Judgement’ and ‘Moral Courage’. It helps students to build trust and credibility in their communication with others and in the community.
Professional Communication for Design
Effective written and oral communication play a critical role in advancing a design professional’s career. Designers are expected to be persuasive in articulating their design ideas in order to secure design contracts and employment. Hence, this subject focuses on the use of persuasion in two broad areas of professional communication for designers: client relationship and career self-promotion.
Student Internship Programme
This student internship programme provides students with the opportunity to relate their academic learning in the course of study to a relevant work environment. It allows them to gain a perspective of work life and to understand the attributes expected by the employers.
Communicating Design Arguments
The culmination of the design process is the communication of design solutions. This subject focuses on the argumentation process that leads to the articulation of informed, rational and creative design solutions. You will identify key issues in a client’s brief, conduct research, analyse findings, define design directions and rationalise design solutions through written and oral presentations.
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Integrated Studio 1
This studio is exploratory in nature which introduces students to the design process and methodology, integrating built form and landscape. Students will develop design proposals responding to a brief that reinforces the fundamentals and relationship of space and form, structure, scale and proportion, environmental and landscape elements. Students will have opportunities to present and articulate their ideas in the form of drawings, models and storyboards.
Architecture Design Studies
This subject gives an overview of the historic development of architectural periods from antiquity to the contemporary. The subject aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make observations and identify specific influences on the development of architecture and built-environment in Singapore.
The subject focuses on the study of materials commonly used in public spaces with emphases on both their functional and visual properties. The subject provides a platform for exploration of surface finishes as an essential component for achieving the intended spatial quality; which at the same time satisfy the current standard of sustainability.
Architectural & Landscape Drawing
This subject introduces the basics and principles of visualisation techniques for architectural and landscape drawing. It equips you with the skills and knowledge to produce drawings, apply basic methods of hatching techniques, orthographic projections, perspective drawings and basic landscape graphics.
Form & Space Exploration
The subject focuses on the sculpting and manipulation of the built form and its implication on the external space. It addresses concepts pertaining to spatial concepts and qualities, resolution of geometry and design principles. You will have the opportunity to explore 3-dimensional forms and develop a set of design vocabulary.
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.
Marketing In Design
This module introduces you to the definitions and practice of Marketing in Design with a focus on people, spaces and interactivity. It provides an understanding of the scope and purpose of marketing and its integrated role within the design process. The module enables you to develop processes to identify the target audience, understand the clients and brands and understand the competition of the marketplace. The module also covers the fundamentals of marketing research methodology through field work such as simple field interviews, data analysis, comparative analysis and matrices. Most salient is the exposure to the language of marketing and its relevance to designers in the business of Design.
Digital Visualization 1
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.
Sustainable Design 1
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.
Building Technology 1
This subject introduces students to basic timber construction techniques and masonry structures that are relevant to specific applications in the context of built environments like architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. It provides students with an understanding of the properties of timber and masonry structures and their use in construction. Students will also get a glimpse of current and future trends in the use of timber and masonry structures.
Landscape Design Studies 1
The subject introduces students to landscape design and principles with an overview of the historic development of landscape architectural periods from antiquity to the contemporary. The subject aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make observations and identify specific influences on the development of landscape architecture in Singapore.
Landscape Design Studies 2
The aim of this subject is to equip students with a foundational knowledge of tropical horticulture in landscape design coupled with an understanding of application of softscapes and hardscape design in urban environments. The subject aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make observations and identify how architecture and landscape elements are integrated.
Digital Visualization 2
The subject covers the fundamentals of the use of digital visualisation and presentation software and concepts that are 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 visualisation software as a visual design development and presentation tool for producing digital rendered images for built environment projects.
Sustainable Design 2
This subject introduces students to the concept of sustainability in the context of design and urban developments. The aim of this subject is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to carry out an in-depth site analysis and to propose strategies to address sustainability issues at the community level. Students should be able to relate their designs with the holistic understanding of any given site and its environmental issues.
Building Technology 2
This subject introduces students to basic steel construction techniques and composite structures that are relevant to specific applications in the context of built environments like architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. It provides students with an understanding of the properties of steel and composite structures and their use in construction. Students will also get a glimpse of current and future trends in the use of steel and composite structures.
Urban Design Studies
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.
Integrated Studio 2
This studio is site-driven and focuses on the advanced processes of performing site analyses and attempts to confront students with physical site conditions. The aim of this subject is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to incorporate the processes of site analysis and the understanding of site contextual issues which include social and cultural factors and biodiversity to formulate and rationalize appropriate integrated design proposals and solutions. Students are encouraged to identify basic and real site issues critically.
Integrated Studio 3
This studio is issue-driven and is contingent on in-depth site analysis at an urban scale. The studio focuses on the formulation of innovative and workable ideas to solve urban design issues such as high density living, conservation, image of the city and revitalization. The aim of this subject is to equip students with skills and knowledge of advanced processes of site analysis, site contextual issues, building typology, social and cultural factors. Students will be able to integrate these processes to formulate and rationalize their own design strategies and proposals.
Integrated Studio 4
This studio is industry-driven and will equip students with skills and knowledge of working in small groups with the focus on practice-based scenarios. This studio will involve students with agents/clients in the industry and practice, and ultimately prepare students for their Student Internship Programme.
Digital Visualization 3
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.
Sustainable Design 3
This subject introduces students to man’s broader relationship issues with the environment and the local/global strategies of dealing with them. It provides students with the knowledge of local policies and regulations addressing environmental, social and economical challenges at the national and global level. The aim of this subject is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to propose holistic design strategies to address sustainability issues.
Building Technology 3
This subject introduces students to the basic construction techniques of concrete and other types of structures (e.g. tensile structures, etc.) that are relevant to specific application in the context of built environments like architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. It provides students with an understanding of the properties of concrete and other structures and their use in construction. Students will also get a glimpse of current and future trends in the use of composite structures.
You will learn about the professional practice of environmental design. You will be introduced to the relevant standards, codes, rules, regulations and bye-laws which govern the practice of environmental design. The subject will help you understand proper procedures prevalent in the office or site environment and exposes you to the different roles and responsibilities of members of the project team. You will be further equipped to contribute towards efficient and successful office, design and project management. You will be made aware of prevalent contractual agreements and contractual obligations which will be part and parcel of your responsibilities in the course of a design project.
Major Project: EVD
This subject provides students 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.
|Cumulative Grade Point Average||min 1.0|
|TP Core Subjects||20 credit units|
|Diploma Core Subjects||93 credit units|
|Cross-Disciplinary Subjects||min 9 credit units|
|Total Credit Units Completed||min 122 credit units|
Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.
Third Year Environment Design (EVD) students, Celine Yong and Cera Carmen Yeo, spent their (OSIP) in Megchelen, a Dutch village on the border with Germany.
So somewhere in between meeting the top poly award winners and writing about other students who, despite their struggles, are graduating in May along with their peers, there is a group of seniors that linger in my mind.
It was like walking into a treasure trove of a great library (minus all the reference books). As we passed from piece to piece, display to display, we were lavished with stories of inspiration, creativity and a daringness to be different.
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