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Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD)




What will I learn?

This comprehensive programme exposes students to the many facets of visual communication and media design - graphic design, digital photography, illustration, 3D rendering and video production, interactive and new media design to branding communications. Students will be immersed in a dynamic environment from a rigorous curriculum to exploratory projects, authentic industry exposure and exciting collaborations, here and abroad. Insights into professional practice through engagements of renowned practitioners and guest speakers in the industry and through industrial training programme in creative industry. Students have opportunities to gain recognition by showcasing their works through exhibitions and publications, mentored to win competitions, and seek challenges beyond the classroom with like-minded peers. Graduate with an outstanding portfolio to pursue higher learning. They will gain direct entry into first or second year of related degree programmes at local or overseas universities or jumpstart their design career as a brand designer, editorial designer, packaging designer, interactive designer, art director, copywriter, illustrator or photographer. Work among creative people in design studios, advertising agencies, internet/new media companies and corporations with an emphasis on communication design.

Which department am I in?

School of Design

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,56,581) per year
Total Fee payable for student who accepts tuition grant/year: S$ 9,211.11; Total Fee payable for student who rejects/ not eligible for tuition grant/year: S$ 26,226.21
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Design

Singapore Polytechnic,

500 Dover Road,

139651, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have obtained the following qualification: GCE 'O' Levels, relevant Institute of Technical Education Higher NITEC (ITC/CBS) qualifications, or relevant Institute of Technical Education NITEC (NTC2) qualifications (with minimum GCE 'N' Level qualifications). A 'B' average overall would be minimally sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. those from Integrated Programme (IP) Schools in Singapore who have completed the equivalent of Sec 4 as well as those who have graduated from IP schools can be considered for admission; eligibility is similar to GCE 'O' level; for those who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the entry requirements are minimum Grade 4 for English (1st Lang) except for Creative Writing for Television and New Media and Media and Communication courses where a Grade 5 (1st Lang) is required, minimum Grade 5 for Mathematics, minimum Grade 5 for relevant subject, overall aggregate should be at least 22 (based on 5 subjects including English, Mathematics and relevant subject); or equivalent qualification. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Singapore. Also they must fulfill the following English language requirements: TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System - overall minimum 6.0; for China qualifications 6.0 is also required for reading and speaking components), or passes English language entrance test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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