Diploma in Interior Architecture & Design (T22)

2017 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.

Over three years, build and layer your knowledge and skills through five core clusters – Foundation, Tectonics & Technology, Contextual Place-making, Trends & Issues and Assembly & Materiality. From here, you will develop a deeper understanding of issues and constraints, and cultivate an innate sensitivity to shapes, forms, branding, materials that will result in thoughtful, human-centric and holistic solutions to design conundrums.

There are many opportunities to work on real ‘live’ industry 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. You will be guided and mentored by tutors who will help you understand the mechanics and thought behind good sound architectural design while encouraging you to constantly push the envelope in creative expression and execution of the projects you work on. Studio culture is alive and well in the School of Design. Here, learning takes place in bright and airy 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

    Form Exploration

    Experiment with 2D and 3D shapes to see how this impacts modern interior design and architecture. The best innovative ideas come when you freely innovate with everyday shapes.
  • Architectural Design Theory

    Major Project (DMP3023)

    The major project introduces student to a self-initiated project of a scope that entails a considerable amount of critical and creative thinking skills. The design and development process is systematically recorded, which covers the rationale, design research approach, discussions, reflections and design decisions. It should address design issues from productivity, cultural, health, social, safety, technology and etc.
  • Interior Design Practice

    Media Techniques & Presentation (DIA1235)

    This subject introduces basic visualisation and presentation techniques for interior architecture and design. The subject covers basic methods of constructing geometric drawings, orthographic projections, perspective drawings and presentation techniques to effectively represent architectural design ideas, concepts and details.

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

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.

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Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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.


The subject aims to equip the students with knowledge to create interior architectural spaces with the understanding of basic design elements and principles of space making.

The subject covers basic spatial planning and focuses on exploration and development of varying perspectives in design conceptualization, visualization and expression of design ideas.


The subject aims to equip the students with knowledge and skills to produce architectural drawings for interior design practices.

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


The subject aims to equip the students with knowledge and skills to generate shapes and forms that become meaningful interior architectural spaces.

The subject covers basic design elements, structures and principles of space making. The subject also introduces basic measurement of human proportion and scale in relationship to space.


This subject aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills to enhance architectural drawings with advanced rendering techniques and digital means for design presentations. The subject covers rendering techniques with the use of tone, shade, shadow and colour. The subject also covers the methods of selecting of appropriate media and visual presentation techniques to communicate design ideas.


The subject aims to equip the students with the skills and knowledge of Computer-Aided Drafting to generate digital architectural drawings. The subject covers the basic principles of project documentation using computer generated drawings softwares to document and manage a design project. Students will learn the principles of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and digital skills for efficiency in building information and documentation.


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.


The subject aims to equip the students with the skills and knowledge to create meaningful and functional interior architectural spaces by exploring, experimenting and developing varying perspectives of design processes.

The subject covers processes and approaches in space making, and studio practices to make design decisions at varying stages of design development. The subject also introduces functional spatial planning, basic tectonics and technology as an essential component of a spatial design proposal.


The subject aims to equip the students with skills and knowledge to make considered judgements in the selection of finishes and texture, colour, natural and artificial light in space making.

The subject covers the general uses and applications of common materials and methods of lighting strategy in built environment. The subject also introduces the basic concepts of specifications for material applications.


The subject aims to equip the students with skills and knowledge to investigate design history and theory through critical observation and analysis.

The subject covers the theories and movements associated to the development of modern and contemporary architecture. The subject also provides historical overview of the theories and developments of modern and contemporary architecture. The subject will also highlight the development of architecture and design style in South East Asia. 


This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to contextualize a design within a given space based on the understanding of Sense of Place.

This subject covers concept development as a seamless process of design from inception of a design idea to the resolution of the design process. The subject focuses on the physical developmental evidences of the design process as the key to externalizing conceptual thinking and development in Interior Architecture and Design.


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. 


The subject equips the student with the skills and knowledge to integrate building systems into the design of the built environment.

The subject gives an overview of building systems that provide comfort, health and safety in the design of a built environment. At the same time the subject covers how the systems can be optimized to positively affect the space, form and character of the built environment.


This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop a set of design portfolios for design presentation and interviews to broaden student’s design profession.

The subject covers the means and techniques of interior design presentations. Students will learn new presentation style through both manual and digital modes which will enhance the presentation of design works. This involves the development of the process and techniques required to articulate design proposals effectively. A compilation of effectively communicated design ideas and concepts would form an appropriate design portfolio for design presentations.


The subject equips students with specific skills and knowledge to design built environments that effectively responds to the needs of a specific prominent issues faced in society.

The subject gives an introduction to a framework with the focus on issue driven approach to the design of a built environment. The issue chosen would be a prominent issue faced in society such as sustainability, universal design, climate change, resource depletion and social concerns.


This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills on the use of computer as a design tool in three dimensional design creation and visualization to effectively present ideas and concepts in digital mode.

The subject covers understanding of software application that shall lead to the exploration and animation of 3-dimensional digital built environment design and develop fundamentals of 3-dimensional design creation and visualization.


The subject equips the students with skills and knowledge to develop sustainable built environments. The subject gives an over view of the main paradigms of sustainability and its influence on the design of the built environment. At the same time the subject covers how knowledge of the different paradigms of sustainability can be used positively to affect the space, form and character of the built environment.


The aim of this subject is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of relevant codes, rules, regulations & bye-laws including contractual and project management aspects of the interior architectural design profession.

The subject provides exposure to the different roles and responsibilities of members of the project team.  It will provide knowledge to contribute towards efficient studio, design and project management from feasibility through post-construction stages of a project. Prevalent contractual agreements and obligations which form part and parcel of the responsibility of the interior designer will be covered. This subject will be conducted on-line.


Design Studio 5 aims to provide a platform for the synthesis of skills and knowledge in a professional context.

The subject takes students through an Interior Architectural Design process that challenges them to apply and practice their design skills and knowledge at a smaller but more detailed scale with the project brief scoped to enable students to synthesise their design thinking towards the professional landscape.


The aim of this subject is to introduce the skills and knowledge that will enable students to apply in conducting research on a given design issue. 

This subject provides the framework for the introduction and application of design research methods on a self- initiated interior design project brief. The scope includes the inception and exploration of design ideas and concepts within a specific context, through conducting a series of documented systematic investigative studies, analysis of field experiments and data mining. The subject is intended to generate research content that are pertinent to the design issues that the student is pursuing in their Major Project.


This subject provides the framework for the organisation, management and coordination of a design process based on a self-initiated and comprehensive interior design project brief. The scope of it 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 process leading to an appropriate interior design outcome.


Graduation Requirements

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

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.

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