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The School of Design is Singapore’s most comprehensive design school. It offers a wide range of design courses, ranging from fashion to film, communication design to product design to interior architecture. As Singapore’s first design school in a polytechnic, it has been a pioneer and a leader in design education since 1990.

Over the years it has built a reputation among industry and educators, locally and globally, as an award-winning school well-known for its high standards and creative excellence. Many of its graduates go on to further their education at some of the world’s best design schools or to make a name for themselves in the creative industry.

In an industry saturated with award-winners, the School of Design proudly counts among its alumni, five President’s Design Award winners, Designers of the Year, the largest number to come from any design school in Singapore.

Today, it continues to engage government organisations and industries through ‘live’ projects, consultations, internships and mentorship opportunities for its students. Its unique project-based curriculum simulates the intense and exciting deadline-oriented project cycle that the industry demands. Studio culture in the School encourages a vibrant environment for idea incubation and inter-disciplinary sharing. In doing so, the School of Design offers its students a rich and diverse educational experience that will sharpen their skill sets and prepare them well for rewarding and dynamic careers in the creative industry.

School Advisory Committee

Mr Patrick Low

Founder & Creative Partner
Goodfellas Consultancy Pte Ltd






Ms Elaine Ho

Temasek Polytechnic
School of Design

Mr Bojan Blecic


Senior Vice President and Head Experience Design


Mr Chris Lee


Founder & Creative Director


Ms Doreen Neo


Chief Talent Officer


Mr Hans Tan


Associate Professor
Division of Industrial Design
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore

Founder, Hans Tan Studio

Mr James Chua


Founder & Managing Director, Germs Digital
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, LUXIEE
Co-Founder & Director, AKINN

Mr Jeff Cheong

Chief Executive Officer
DDB Group Singapore

Ms May Seow


Head of Digital Content

MD Standard Chartered Bank

Mr Pann Lim


Co-Founder & Creative Director


Mr Seah Chee Huang



DP Architects Pte Ltd

Mr Sebastian Tan


Group Managing Director

Shooting Gallery Asia

Ms Semun Ho


Chief Executive Officer

Singapore Fashion Council

Mr Yong Teck Meng


National Director

Habitat for Humanity, Singapore

Our History

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Once known as Baharuddin Vocational Institute and also Temasek Design School - The School of Design has come a long way.

Baharuddin Vocational Institute started operations under the Vocational and Industrial Training Board in 1969 at Kim Keat Vocational School, offering several courses from Graphic Design to Dressmaking, primarily to service the design and tourism industry.

Operating from their premises in Stirling Road, Queenstown, five design courses were offered at Industrial Technician Certificate level. They were Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Dressmaking, Doll-making and 3-D Design.

In 1990, with the inception of Temasek Polytechnic, 192 students from Baharuddin were absorbed into the Polytechnic's School of Design. Recognised as professional courses that were quite different from technician level courses, the School of Design started with three diploma programmes: Product Design, Graphic Design and Interior Architecture & Design.


Temasek Polytechnic (TP) School of Design recognises that continual learning is a critical component in the development of a designer. In forging ahead in design education, TP's School of Design has equipped itself with the newest technologies and facilities to immerse our students into an environment that is conducive for learning and one that is on par with industry standards.

Students work in facilities such as natural light-filled loft studios, HD post-production rooms, audio post-production labs, TV studio, digital photography studio, tactile design rooms, sewing labs, lighting lab and exhibition galleries. They are also given access to the comprehensive workshop equipped with machines that facilitate the production of prototypes, from architectural models to furniture. Among our modern facilities are also training rooms designed specifically for corporate training and professional development.

In the context of digital mobility and connectivity, students are encouraged to work outside the classroom in the many gathering spaces available in the School of Design, such as the iconic ‘Padi fields’.

Staff Profile

They are the living assets of a great design institution: the professionals who have built their reputations on achievements, and whose uncompromising standards continue to raise the bar.

Together, they form a powerful resource of diverse talents at Temasek Design School.

It is their unwavering commitment to the highest ideals that place Temasek Design School in the leader class, year after year.

Meet the accomplished professionals who are cultivating the next generation of world-class designers in Singapore.

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Industry Partners

Temasek Polytechnic School of Design collaborates with a wide range of external industrial and academic partners, corporations and government agencies. Listed below are some of the partners that we work with.

  • Prime Minister's Office, Public Service Division
  • Institute of Policy Studies
  • National Leadership Institute
  • Singapore Armed Forces
  • National Science and Technology Board
  • Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
  • Ministry of Defense
  • One North, Biopolis

  • Singapore Association for the Deaf
  • CASE
  • Design Association of Singapore
  • Interior Design Confederation

  • Domus Academy
  • University of New South Wales
  • RMIT
  • University of Canberra, Australia
  • IDEA Factory, USA
  • International Council of Society of Industrial Design
  • Jilin College of the Arts
  • Insitute of System Science, National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Philips Design
  • Pinnz Innovation Pte Ltd
  • Ericsson Telecommunications Pte Ltd
  • BMW
  • Milk & Kiehl's
  • TV Mobile
  • LIME magazine
  • Crescendas Group
  • CYC Shanghai Shirt Co Pte Ltd
  • Cerebos Pacific Limited
  • Yakun International Pte Ltd


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