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Diploma in Interior Architecture & Design (T22)

2018 Planned Intake: 95 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 17

No longer is it enough to just learn how to make personal or work spaces functional and beautiful. The newly-improved Diploma in Interior Architecture & Design goes a step further into the world of collaborative social design. If you’ve ever thought about people-centric architectural design, to define and shape spaces, then this is the course for you.

Learn how to adapt the design of interior spaces to people’s needs and contexts. Explore issues and constraints that affect sustainable design.  Observe global trends in design and contemporary lifestyles. Provide thoughtful, human-centric and holistic solutions to complex design problems.

Interact with industry through ‘live’ projects and intern with reputable industry names such as Ong & Ong, SCDA, Aedas, FARM, DP Architects, DBS, Google Asia, M.Moser, HBA and many more. Your tutors will help you understand the mechanics and thought behind good sound architectural design and encourage you to push the envelope in creative expression.

Work in studios where new ideas and possibilities in spatial design are shared and explored. Overseas trips, student exchanges and opportunities to network with industry leaders provide the extra value in the learning experience offered in the course.

 DesignSingapore Council is encouraged by the course in the studio practice forming strong partnerships and collaborations with the industry for project based learning so that students are more industrially prepared.
—  Jeffrey Ho    
Executive Director    
DesignSingapore Council
Ministry of Communications and Information
Think out of the box and conceptualise different approaches to create a functional environment

 

What you will learn

  • Form Exploration

    Space Planning

    Learn about human-centric design issues pertaining to anthropometry, ergonomics, behavioural science and design programming that will help you design spaces that correctly meet user needs.
  • Architectural Design Theory

    Interior Design Trends & Issues

    Explore emerging issues in the socio-cultural, economic and political, and environment and conservation, realm and learn about current design trends that impact design decisions.
  • Interior Design Practice

    Architectural Drawing

    Learn to express your design ideas through digital drawing and rendering techniques with the use of tone, shade, shadow and colour. Ramp up your visual presentation techniques to communicate design ideas, including storyboarding.

Notable Features

  • Count among your seniors, some of Singapore’s award-winning designers. Many have come from this course, Singapore’s first and most established interior architecture & design polytechnic diploma course.

  • Learn from lecturers in the course with many years of practice in the field of architecture, interior design and exhibition design; many of whom are registered architects and interior designers with global experience.

  • Gain entry into the best design schools and universities. Many of our graduates have furthered their studies in Ivy league universities with advanced standing such as the National University of Singapore, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture (University College of London), Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, UNSW and RMIT among others.

  • Shaping futures and building careers, the course offers a unique learning environment and integrated studios, our programme continue to excel and excite with industry partnership such as DBS, People’s Association, Jurong Healthcare. Our  alumni Mohammed Syafiq Hassan Jubri, a DesignSingapore Scholar pursued MArch Architecture at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture.

  • Apply for scholarships and bursaries from the industry’s biggest names such as Shaw Industries Asia, Space Matrix Design Consultants, Vanguard Interiors, XTRA Designs, Jaya International, Interface Singapore, DP Architects, DBS Sparks, Sennex Consultants. This includes the BCA industry scholarships and sponsorships worth $15,000 and $7,000 per year respectively.

Career Prospects

“Graduates of this course are very much sought after in the design industry as a result of the course being aligned to the needs of the industry. Our graduates work in multidisciplinary design companies, design industry‐related firms, in project management, as design managers, space planners, project managers and design consultants working directly for clients such as real estate developers, hotel and retail chains. You may even choose to develop careers in exhibition design, furniture design, interior and architectural design firms as interior designers. After acquiring work experience, you could even establish a design practice offering a range of design services to clients locally and regionally."

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.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

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
IED1001

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.

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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.

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TFS1002

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.

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TFS1003

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
TFS1004

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
TFS1005

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
TFS1006

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
DSI3034

This is a graded subject that prepares you for the world of work. The internship period is 12 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 introduces the fundamentals of the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software and three dimensional modelling software that is relevant to specific application in the context of built environment.

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

The subject introduces notions of being environmentally friendly by examining how site context and environmental elements can impact human comfort in any built environment. The subject also involves the exploration of space and form as an ecological response to tropical climate. It will focus on passive design strategies that take into consideration ventilation and natural light.

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
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
DED2839

The subject introduces the fundamentals of the use of BIM software that is relevant to specific application in the context of built environment.

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
DIA2239

The subject covers the communication of an experience within a 3-dimensional space which contributes to spatial image and identity that includes considerations such as light, materiality, etc., in a relation to a site context.

23
DIA2240

This subject covers a design contextual framework with the focus on the analysis of a site (person/place/ programme), a vital step in the design process of an interior 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 study that needs to be interpreted and assimilated to explore design proposals through the design process. The subject will have emphasis on the exploration of form and space in relation to a program with functions.

26
DIA2241

The subject explores emerging issues such as sociocultural, economic and political, and environment and conservation, and also introduces current design trends that impact design decisions.

23
DIA2242

This subject is issue-driven and introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on deriving and establishing design issues and trends, as a vital step in the design process of an interior 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
DIA2243

This subject focuses on the construction of interior architecture and design elements as an amalgam of three distinct characteristics: the importance of materials as component in construction, the significance of fabrication as assembly, and shop drawings of the elements.

23
DRH2719

This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to produce a basic set of construction drawings to communicate architectural and design intents.

This subject covers the understanding and application of building Construction Elements, through a comparison of Structural and Non-structural Functions, providing an understanding of the constructional framework and the parameters within each interior space can be altered and manipulated considering the importance of precision in Detailing. 

23
DRH2721

The subject covers the knowledge and application of building systems that contribute to the comfort, safety and accessibility of users of an interior environment.

23
DIA3236

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
DMP3023

The project aims to synthesise the collective skills and knowledge acquired in past semesters. The scope includes the inception and exploration of design ideas and concepts within a specific context, the investigative study, analysis and research into pertinent design issues and the resolution of the design problem leading to a comprehensive interior design outcome.

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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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