About Us

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 organizations and industry through ‘live’ projects, consultations, internship and mentorship opportunities for its students. Its unique project-based curriculum simulates the intense and exciting deadline-oriented project cycle that 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 skillsets and prepare them well for rewarding and dynamic careers in the creative industry.

School Advisory Committee


Mr Adrian Tan
The Ad Planet Group

Deputy Chairman

Mr Lim Chong Jin
Temasek Polytechnic School of Design


Mr Bojan Blecic
Vice President and Head Experience Design


Mr Brian Low Lip Chee
Director (Landscape & Design), Development & Procurement Group
Housing & Development Board


Ms Cindy Goh Su Min
Executive Vice President
Corporate & Operations
Meiban Group Pte Ltd


Ms Daisy Tan Dai Shij
General Manager
VF Brands Pte Ltd


Mr Jeffrey Cheong
Tribal Worldwide Asia Pacific


Mr Joseph Lau Tse Kit
Managing Director
LAUD Architects Pte Ltd


Mr Kittichai Reawsanguanwong
Founder / Creative Director
Sketch Design Consultants Pte Ltd


Mr Kong Yit San
Assistant Chief Executive Officer
Park Management & Lifestyle Cluster
National Parks Board


Mr Pann Lim
Creative Director


Mr Patrick Low
Creative Partner
Goodfellas Consultancy Pte Ltd


Ms Rita Zahara Alhadi
CEO & Founder
Reta Pte Ltd


Dr Russell Arthur Smith
Sitetectonix Pte Ltd


Mr Seah Chee Huang
First Vice President/ Director
Singapore Institute of Architects/ DP Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore


Mr Sebastian Tan
Group Managing Director
Shooting Gallery Asia


Ms Susan Teh
Corporate Advisor of National Art Gallery of Singapore
ST Paramount Pte Ltd


Mr Wong Kok Keong
Senior Manager, Product Innovation Team
Samsung Electronics


Mr Yong Teck Meng
National Director
Habitat for Humanity, Singapore


Our History

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. Recognized 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.

Centres of Excellence


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 to 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, 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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