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Course Overview

Do you have a burning passion to shape the world, ignite change and captivate hearts through design? Prepare to embark on a transformative learning experience through the Common Design Programme (CDP), where you can explore your interests before diving into a specialised pathway!


In the revolutionary world of design, it’s not just about colours, shapes, or pixels. As you immerse yourself in the Process, Craft, Context, and Mindset of being a designer, you will unravel the secrets of problem-solving, discover the power of design tools and techniques, and develop an appreciation for the artistry that lies within design.


Form meaningful connections with fellow students who share your passion, and be part of a community of like-minded individuals who will inspire and challenge you throughout your journey. You will also nurture your creative confidence as you prepare for a dynamic future through interdisciplinary learning.


Through a unique curation of exposure workshops, talks, and activities, CDP will empower you to make an informed decision about the pathway that resonates with your interests, strengths, and aspirations. After an engaging and eye-opening semester, you will be able to forge your path forward by choosing one of our five diplomas:


[T59] Diploma in Communication Design

[T23] Diploma in Digital Film & Television

[T20] Diploma in Fashion Management & Design

[T22] Diploma in Interior Architecture & Design

[T35] Diploma in Product Experience & Design


Unleash your creative spirit, embrace the thrill of exploration, and embark on your exciting journey towards becoming the designer of tomorrow, right here at Common Design Programme!

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.


English Language (ELT)*


Mathematics (E or A)


Any one of the subject in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for ELR2B2-D Aggregate Type

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Food & Nutrition/ Nutrition & Food Science
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Higher Art
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
2024 Planned Intake
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
6 - 14

* Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

Note: Applicants with 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. Applicants must ensure that they do not suffer from medical conditions such as epilepsy or hearing deficiency for safety reasons.

Admissions Exercises

What You'll Learn

We believe that to become a well-rounded and successful designer, you need to understand the core principles and acquire the essential skills across various design domains. Through the Designerly Ways of Seeing, Knowing, Thinking, and Doing, you will embrace the joy of experimenting with everyday materials and forms as you unlock the hidden potential within them. Master the art of visual storytelling, weaving narratives through imagery, sound, and graphics that captivate and inspire. Dive deep into the realm of design trends and issues, understanding the contextual landscape in which design thrives.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DCF1036 Discovering Design

This subject will cover the essential ideas, tools, processes and techniques of the various disciplines within design. It provides the framework to develop creative confidence towards learning in design by acquiring fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and mindsets necessary to build design conversance.

DCF1037 Design in Context

This subject explores the context, influence and motivations in creative practices led by global art, design and film movements across various periods. It will cover the study of design trends and socio-political climates to translate design inspirations using the appropriate terminology and language in both writing and oral presentations.

DCF1038 Aesthetics for Design

This subject introduces the aesthetic and communicative aspects of design. Key topics include the elements of visual art, principles of design, basic drawing techniques and fundamental applied typography, and will explore integrating different sensorial qualities to expand the aesthetic experience for effective design communication.

DCF1039 Form & Materiality

This subject will introduce prototyping and tactile manipulation in relation to form and function. The subject provides the framework for exploring form, proportion and hierarchy, with a focus on 2D and 3D drawings, interacting with both hard and soft materials, and journaling.

DCF1040 Visual Narratives: Photography

This subject provides an overview of the power of visual narratives through a variety of photographic directions. It includes the fundamentals of camera skills such as shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, basic principles of photography, and the narration of a story through a series of photographic images.

DCF1041 Visual Narratives: Videography

This subject will cover the use of electronic cinematography techniques to tell a story. Key topics include mobile videography, visual composition, shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, lighting concepts, audio and post-production, and video sequencing in creating visual narratives.


You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.


Graduation Requirements

All students who enrol through this common programme will graduate with the same diploma as those who had joined a particular diploma right from the start.  They will be subject to the graduation requirements of the respective diplomas into which they have been streamed.


Please refer to the respective diploma websites for more information:


Course Review

Course Fees

PET Course Fee


The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

(Aged below 40 in the year 2024) 



There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2024/2025 are:
Semester 1:  15 April 2024 – 13 October 2024 
Semester 2:  14 October 2024 – 20 April 2025

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.


View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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