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Diploma in Product & Industrial Design (T35)

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

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Good product design has the power to improve lives. Everything, from the smartest, sleekest personal communication devices, to large-scale projects such as transportation modes depend on good design to make our lives better.

Here in the product design course, you will be encouraged to break down conventional thinking, to seek the freshest and boldest of ideas and prototype them with the latest 3D printing technology as well as traditional workshop tools. Learn about different materials, human-centred design and the newest technologies and trends. Then get experimental, ideate and collaborate. Hone your sense of craft and work with industry on ‘live’ projects for the real world. Study trips, international workshops, internships and competitions will sharpen your skills and give you a global perspective into the ever-evolving world of product design. Combine cutting-edge technology with creativity and purpose to design meaningful, memorable and user-friendly products, systems and experiences.

If you wonder how you can make the world a better place, if you love to tinker and to create, to transform the mundane into nifty, intelligently designed gadgets that can create and add value to lives and businesses, come take your first step with us.

 The School has continued to stay relevant by producing creative thinkers, not just designers, and is cultivating a unique attitude towards design, not just skills and knowledge of design. Design thought leadership will be critical in the coming years for the graduates and the School.
—  Low Cheaw Hwei    
Vice President    
Global Head of Product & Service Design
Head of Design, Asia
Philips Design
Philips Electronics (S) Pte Ltd
Design specific products and services that enriches lives

 

What you will learn

  • Concept Sketching & Communication

    Concept Sketching & Communication

    Build your skills in presentation techniques and skills to produce strong and informative design concepts. You will experiment and try out different techniques, media and digital tools to effectively enhance and communicate your design ideas.
  • Service Design Methodology

    Service Design Methodology

    Get into the minds of consumers and users. These days, design is not only limited to products and objects but to services as well. Understand how users interact with business processes, products and systems from anything as big as transportation systems right down to the interaction experience at a bank or a boutique.
  • Innovation Science Technology

    Innovation, Science & Technology

    Design is at the confluence of art and science. How does technology impact design? And vice versa.

Notable Features

  •  Learn in up-to-date facilities such as 3D printing labs and a comprehensive prototyping workshop.

  • Be the part of a long and illustrious history in product design. The product design course has its roots as Singapore’s first object design diploma.

  • Engage in human-centered and experiential design. The Diploma in Product & Industrial Design is the first product design diploma in a polytechnic that focuses on these critical areas.

  • Travel with your course mates on annual study trips to places like Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Europe.

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

  • Intern with reputable design agencies, design studios and big multi-national corporations.

  • Work with reputable industry partners on live industry projects. Our students have worked with government agencies and multi-national corporations such as A*Star, SingHealth, ST Kinetics, SATS, NParks, Courts, Banyan Tree, Risis Singapore and others.

  • Count among your seniors, award-winning designers who have made a name for themselves globally – among them winners of the President’s Design Award.

Career Prospects

Product designers work in diverse fields such as consumer electronics, medical products, furniture design, packaging design, transportation design, product merchandising, object/craft design and more. Many have also started their own successful design studios.

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 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. Applicants who do not satisfy the pre-requisite may not be accepted into the course. For safety reasons, applicants must ensure that they do not suffer from medical conditions such as epilepsy or hearing deficiency.

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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
DSI3029

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
DPD1432

This subject introduces you to a wide variety of basic processing of wood, metal, plastics, composite materials and safe operations with workshop tools and machineries. You will acquire a working knowledge of Workplace Safety & Health (WSH), material specification, their characteristics and properties, prototype techniques, and competency in joining different materials together using the right methods of construction and techniques of casting, surface finishing as well as application of product graphics on 3-D prototypes.

16
DPD1433

This subject gives an insight into the evolution of product design and its impact on society. It traces the rich heritage of man’s quest for ideas and forms since industrialisation by examining developments in art and the design of product and architecture. It also follows the changes of product design from traditional to mechanical forms and finally examines its present state in the electronic age.

13
DPD1434

This subject gives an insight into the evolution of product design and its impact on society. It traces the rich heritage of man’s quest for ideas and forms since industrialisation by examining developments in art and the design of product and architecture. It also follows the changes of product design from traditional to mechanical forms and finally examines its present state in the electronic age.

13
DPD1435

This subject introduces you to form aesthetics in product design. It centres on methods and principles of form development and manipulation. It also looks into form proportion and the meaning of product form and how it communicates.

13
DPD1436

This subject develops a range of presentation skills to produce strong and informative design concept presentation. You will experiment with different graphic presentation techniques, media and digital tools to effectively enhance and communicate design ideas.

13
DPD1437

This subject develops your proficiency in generating concepts on screen using the appropriate Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) tools. You will develop skills in creating 3D concept visualisation using CAID tools and will be able to execute and manipulate the desired outcome best conveying your ideas within the CAID environment.

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
DVC1509

Computer software knowledge is integral to the creative process in the design industry. This subject teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills to carry out almost all forms of design solutions on the computer. From manipulating photos, illustrating your own graphics, to designing your very first layout — you will learn the digital tools that are essential in creating your own designs.

13
DPD2433

This subject introduces the basic product design lifecycle process. It will also look into individual’s cognitive and physical factors that influence usability of interaction with the products.

23
DPD2434

This subject deepens your knowledge of the design lifecycle. The subject centres on procedures to support design solutions to satisfy the needs and desires of individual users in the context of the environment. It will cover application of design reasoning and rationale necessary to develop a holistic solution.

23
DPD2435

This subject deepens your knowledge of form aesthetics in product design, focusing on types and methods of product detailing in relationship to form and proportion. It will also look into how product detailing affects user experience and perception.

23
DPD2437

This subject helps you learn to present and communicate design solution in a visually persuasive and captivating way by deepening your knowledge and ability to combine research process, design principles and art direction with the latest presentation techniques and technology.

23
DPD2438

This subject develops your proficiency in generating concepts on screen using the appropriate Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) tools. You will develop skills in creating 3D concept visualisation using CAID tools and will be able to execute and manipulate the desired outcome best conveying your ideas within the CAID environment.

23
DPD2439

This subject introduces you to basic design vocabulary and the visual language of three-dimensional forms. Emphasis is placed on the realisation of sculptural forms as opposed to a utilitarian one. The core focus lies on the semantics of form and structure and the communication of ideas juxtaposed with issues of historical, social, cultural, functional and practical concern.

26
DPD2440

This project emphasises the application and use of industrial processes to meet user needs so that manipulative and workshop skills are developed into an understanding of production processes. You will learn entrepreneurship, leadership, batch production, marketing and sale of your designs.

26
DPD2441

This subject covers the characteristics of materials available in the market. It also explores each material’s unique qualities and its application. The subject teaches you to express design ideas through various fabrication techniques for these materials.

23
DMP3011

This self-initiated project gives you the latitude to put your critical thinking skills to the test as you create and propose design solutions that address new opportunities that stem from anthropological, social, cultural and technological change. The scope is wide and you will be encouraged to identify new niches in product design or propose new user experiences while taking into consideration, insight into human behaviour and new emerging trends.

39
DPD3433

This subject covers fundamental techniques and theories of mechanical and structural engineering. CAID processes, additive manufacturing, prototyping technologies and product simulation with information and communication technology tools for product design will be taught.

33
DPD3434

This project provides you with a deeper engagement with industry through ‘live’ industry briefs. You are expected to utilise skills layered in earlier project modules to explore complex design challenges and offer appropriate solutions. Through this project-driven module, you will delve deeper into design research methodology, to practice and hone your skills in service design blueprint techniques, problem identification/ opportunity analysis and problem solving.

36
DPD3435

The subject highlights the influence that science, technology, interface and interaction design has on modern product design. This includes the importance and value of product innovation processes including ways to enhance existing business services through the design of new product eco-systems.

33
DPD3436

Layering skills learned in early studio project modules, this subject takes a deeper look at design methodology, including research and analysis, problem identification and problem solving. The focus rests on identifying new opportunities for a product ecosystem and product innovation. This includes the technical skillsets to translate sketches into digital rendering and general assembly drawings with the aid of maquettes and mock ups. There is emphasis on human-centric design approaches, including the consideration of ergonomic and user interaction. Technical constraints, functionality, practicality and product semantics and aesthetics are emphasised and explored which ends in the production of highly finished three-dimensional presentation models to communicate design intent.

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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

Blog Post

  • TP bags a new design for NDP2012

    TP bags a new design for NDP2012

    28 Jun 2012

    Fuelled by endless cups of kopi and long, soul-searching chats late into the night, buzzed by WhatsApp in all hours of the day, nine student designers from the Diplomas in Product & Industrial Design and Visual Communication worked together to create this year’s Fun Pack for the National Day Parade 2012.


  • Lindis Chia – Designing for The Human Design

    24 May 2011

    One of the things about meeting students is how they impress us, surprise us and leave us with a sort of wonder. “Did you seriously manage to do that?” we can’t help but ask.


  • Pushing It Forward

    12 Feb 2011

    Furniture designer Nathan Yong is well-known for his trail-blazing career, and has been credited with nothing less than advancing furniture design and furniture retail standards in Singapore. Having wanted to be a designer since the age of 15, he chose to pursue industrial design at Temasek Polytechnic as he was interested in the forms of products. His aim at the time was ‘to be as famous as Philip Starck’.

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