About SDM

The School of Design & Media (SDM) equips you with skills for the creative industry, through our eight diploma courses:

  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Architecture
  • Digital Game Art & Design
  • Experiential Product & Interior Design
  • Game Development & Technology
  • Interaction Design
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Visual Communication

Our diploma courses are taught by dedicated and talented lecturers who emphasise on a strong foundation.

Our ideation-based and design-forward practicum enables you to tackle 21st-century challenges with ease. By combining art, technology, and business, we develop your problem-solving abilities and help you deliver positive social impact through your work.

Our graduates have won numerous awards and are employed in renowned design and media studios, including industry majors like Blizzard Entertainment, Netflix Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Pixar Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company.

As a multidisciplinary school, we also encourage our learners to explore entrepreneurial avenues post-graduation. Some alumni have launched their own companies in animation, VFX, games and multi-disciplinary design practices. Some examples are Crave FX, Genesis Motion Design, Mighty JAXX and Semicolon.

Other graduates have gone on to further their studies in top art and design universities, including the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Institute of Technology, ArtCenter College of Design (US), Academy of Art University (US) and Goldsmiths University (UK), among others.

Why SDM?

  • As Singapore’s most established design and media school, we’re pioneers in the areas of architecture, game development, design and visual communication.
  • Our deep understanding of the various creative industries allows us to nurture talents for the art, design, media and technology sectors.
  • Our faculty comprises experienced and award-winning visual storytellers, content creators, animators, game artists and designers from around the globe.
  • You will gain insights from studio projects, industry collaborations and industrial attachment programmes. Our rigorous curriculum will ensure that your journey in the design and media industry is rewarding.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to go global, through our market-immersion study programmes, overseas student exchanges and internships at renowned international studios in cities such a`s Barcelona, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo.

360° Facility Tour of the School of Design & Media

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Life at SDM

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  • Director's Message

    The School of Design & Media (SDM) is the pioneer educational institution in Singapore for animation, visual effects, games, and service experience design. Our incredible faculty, with years of industry experience, is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and long-established partnerships with world-class companies like Disney, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ubisoft and Lucasfilm.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning

    You can expect to attend in-depth and relevant training sessions on animation, architecture, games, visual effects in our varied design tracks.

    Our multidisciplinary courses integrate art, design, and technology. We have produced passionate graduates, who are strongly endorsed by top industry professionals and universities for their innovative and entrepreneurial abilities.

  • Industry Projects

    Our close ties with the industry ensure that we continue to work with the best, and stay updated on the latest practices, technology and innovations. Thus, our graduates will have an edge over others in the working world.

    Our industry partners include Bandai Namco, DBS Bank, Disney, GE Life Assurance, Lucasfilm Singapore, Mediacorp, National Healthcare Group, NTUC Club, ONG&ONG Group, Side Effects Software, Singapore Press Holdings, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, Ubisoft, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and many more.

    NYP is also the only educational institution in Southeast Asia to be appointed as a PlayStation®First academic partner. Our campus also boasts a state-of-the-art Games Resource Lab for students and industry professionals. This attests to our standing in the creative industry. 

    Our students are encouraged to partner with Non-Governmental Organisations and other social enterprise groups to develop solutions that benefit the disadvantaged. This ensures our students are trained in social empathy, and create work that makes an impact and difference in the lives of those in need.

    The Industry Partnership enables schools and enterprises to learn from each other. For example, we update each other with best practices, explore and experiment with new ideas and solutions, as well as induct our students to the real world.


28 Mar 2022

SDM students create short films & premiums for Nickelodeon

SDM students had the opportunity to create animated short films and premiums for popular children’s TV channel.

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16 Mar 2022

Artwork by SDM students featured in Budget 2022

Commissioned by MOF, artwork has been used by People's Association for Budget 2022 outreach.

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15 Feb 2022

SDM senior lecturer uses live brainwaves to sense emotions

Ng Wen Lei developed a brain-computer interface to sense reactions and emotions.

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29 Jan 2022

SDM students produce exhibits for Malay Heritage Centre

Motion Graphics Design students worked on 10 animated videos.

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21 Jan 2022

SDM lecturer Aaron Lim bagged prize at a regional speed painting competition

He came in second place at Limits Asian Championship 2022.

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13 Jan 2022

Abstract Creatures exhibition to inspire students

SDM hosts art installation by Designer of the Year 2020.

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  • 8 Jun

    Early Admission Exercise Portfolio Workshop Sessions

    by School of Design & Media

    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Want help to get ready for your Early Admissions Exercise Portfolio to join us at the School of...

  • 9 Jun

    Circular Design & Business Modelling Masterclass

    by School of Design & Media

    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Circular Design Acceleration for Businesses
    This 5-day, hands-on course aims to take companies...

Meet Our Alumni!


Their Journeys Began with Us!

Our School of Design & Media alumni share inspiring stories of their time with NYP, and beyond. 

Follow their journeys here.


Rainy Fu
Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation)

“NYP is definitely a catalyst for my success. Besides enrolling in Digital Media Design, I was selec

Derus Loh Jun Jie
Diploma in Visual Communication (Class of 2014)

"SDN provided a great environment to get creative and inventive with my design work in the three yea

Tan Ying Ying
Diploma in Digital Game Art & Design

“During my time in SIDM, I had the honour of representing Singapore at the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 co

Becca Ang
Diploma in Visual Communication (Class of 2014)

"SDN has given me a firm foundation in design and enabled me to think critically and come up with in

Peter Tan
Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation)

“Signing up for Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation) turned out to be one of the most importa

Lee Hong Xuan
Diploma in Space & Interior Design (Class of 2016)

"Each lecturer has his or her own special set of knowledge and there’s so much to learn from all of