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Course Overview

Course is applicable only for AY2018/2019 intake and earlier

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Singapore and many other cities with urban communities face the same challenges of balancing sustainable development and liveability. We need designers who will understand the nuances of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to create and design public spaces that are cohesive, relevant and liveable to ensure that the quality of life is not compromised.

 

The only one of its kind in Singapore, the Diploma in Environment Design offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that will engage and challenge you to explore the seamless integration of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. You will be trained to design and shape the character of places by combining  urban landscapes like civic plazas and community spaces with building design, public spaces that will add value to people’s lives.

 

To do that, you will be immersed in a curriculum that reflects the industry’s current practices and needs. Work in teams and collaborate on ‘live’ industry projects for real clients and firms, with software and processes that are current and industry-relevant. Go on study trips to key urban centres like Hong Kong or Tokyo because there’s nothing like learning from experience. You will learn how to think critically, strategise creatively, pitch and present ideas convincingly. By the time you graduate, you will be that new design para-professional that the architectural design community is looking for — one who is able to smoothly straddle the three core strands of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. 

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.

Subject
Grade

English Language (EL1)*

1-7

Mathematics (E or A)

1-7

Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

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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What You'll Learn

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DCS1017 Communication & Information Literacy

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.

2
DCS1018 Workplace Communication

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.

2
DCS1019 Persuasive Communication

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.

2
GCC1001 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

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 civic-minded individuals.

2
DIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

2
LEA1011 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 1

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.

1
LEA1012 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 2

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.

1
LEA1013 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 3

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.

1
LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

The subject enables students to build a good foundation for healthy living. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on practical sessions where they will experience and develop both physical and technical skills in their chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, students will be able to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will also be supplemented by health-related topics that span the dimensions of health, such as diet, nutrition, stress and weight management, to provide students with a holistic approach to healthy living.  This subject also prepares students to be self-directed and accountable for lifelong learning for good health.

2
MCR1001 Career Readiness 1

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.

1
MCR1002 Career Readiness 2

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.

1
MCR1003 Career Readiness 3

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.

1
DGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1003 Managing Diversity at Work*

This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1004 Global Citizenship & Community Development*

Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world. In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
DGS1005 Expressions of Culture*

This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts. The subject prepares students to be responsible citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
TGL1001 Guided Learning

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

3

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DED1821 Form & Space Exploration

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.

3
DED1822 Architecture Design Studies

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.

3
DED1824 Digital Visualisation

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

3
DED1829 Sustainable Design

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.

3
DIA1236 Architectural Drawing 2

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.

3
DIA1237 Integrated Studio Project

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.

6
DIA1238 Space Planning

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.

3
DPS1031 Design Fundamentals

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.

3
DPS1032 Collaborative Design

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.

3
DRH1701 Architectural Drawing

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

3
DED1828 Form & Space Exploration 2

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.

3

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DED2826 Urban Design Studies

This subject equips you with the skills and knowledge in the reviewing of the important factors that contribute towards urban design. You will be able to apply your knowledge of good urban design in your designs, and identify the importance of urban design guidelines in the local context.

3
DED2830 Digital Visualization 2

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.

3
DED2832 Building Technology 2

This subject covers the fundamental understanding of the basic properties of masonry and reinforced concrete structural systems and their respective construction techniques. The subject will cover topics such as the application of basic masonry and reinforced concrete systems and construction techniques in built environments.

3
DED2835 Building Technology

This subject covers the fundamental understanding of the basic properties of timber and steel structural systems and their respective construction techniques. The subject will cover topics such as the application of basic timber and steel systems and construction techniques in built environments.

3
DED2836 Landscape Design Studies

This subject introduces the historical development of landscape design periods from antiquity to the contemporary and fundamental knowledge of landscape architecture principles. It covers the application of this knowledge in developing a landscape design concept in the built environment that integrates architecture and landscape architecture with softscapes, hardscapes and waterscapes, to enhance biodiversity and the user experience.

3
DED2837 Integrated Studio Project 2

This subject introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on site analysis as a vital step in the design process for a built 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.

6
DED2838 Integrated Studio Project 3

This subject is issue-driven and introduces a design contextual framework with the focus on deriving and establishing design issues as a vital step in the design process for a built 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. The subject will emphasise how design problems may be identified through the exploration of an urban site and that proposals should be conceived as integrated environments of building and landscaping, which are mutually supporting one another.

6
DED2839 Digital Visualisation 3

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

3
DED2840 Sustainable Environment

This subject introduces the meaning of sustainability from the perspective of the preservation of natural habitats with the focus on blue and green natural systems and their relationship with habitats, both natural and human. The subject will cover how to conduct a comprehensive site analysis, leading to the application of sustainable design strategies.

3
DIA2238 Material & Finishes

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.

3

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DSI3027 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

12

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DED3830 Industry Studio Project

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.

6
DMP3024 Major Project: EVD

This subject provides you with the framework to experience a self-initiated and comprehensive project that focuses on the development of an innovative design solution that addresses and resolves environment design issues related to the field of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design as an integrated design proposal.

9

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

Careers Prospects

Designers who are versatile enough to understand and manage projects that address the confluence of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are likely to be in demand in cities all over the world.

 

Well aligned to the needs of the industry, the course prepares school-leavers to be graduates with a versatile skill set and a sensitive understanding of industry demands. Our graduates readily find employment in landscape architecture and architecture practices as landscape designers and architecture assistants. They are well-trained to work in park consultancies, project management firms, urban design consultancies, and multidisciplinary design practices.

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