Get creative at NYP’s School of Design (SDN).

Our four diploma courses, run by dedicated and talented lecturers, focus on building a strong design foundation and inspiring you to make the world a better place for everyone through excellence in design.

We take a studio-based approach to learning and our project-based curriculum is modelled after a real-world environment where you will work on actual projects, pitch your ideas to industry experts and see your designs come to life. Our unique approach encourages inter-disciplinary peer learning, sharing and experimentation among our students.

Each year, our Overseas Programmes offer inspirational learning journeys, taking you to the design capitals of the world. You’ll get to visit cities such as Barcelona, Helsinki, Tokyo, Seoul and London, where you’ll experience a whole new world of culture, design and art, discovering everything from the grandest architectural wonders to the smallest details in product design, spatial design and visual communication. You will also get the opportunity to work on projects with students from countries such as Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, through our International Summer Programmes.

With our innovative training, you’ll be ready to take on the world of design in no time. Many of our graduates have exciting careers with well-known companies such as Philips, Electrolux, Sapient, Shimano, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, IKEA and WOHA. Others have gone on to further their studies at top universities in Singapore and overseas, including NUS and NTU, the UK’s Royal College of Art, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and the Glasgow School of Art. We also have graduates who have chosen to attend established Australian universities such as RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of New South Wales and the University of Canberra.


Why SDN?

  • We connect YOU to the World
  • We inspire YOU through Awards & Recognitions
  • We show YOU how Design can make a Social Impact 
  • We infuse Industry Realism into Our Curriculum for YOU

Full Time Diploma Courses

Lifelong Learning Courses

Life in SDN

Discover how life in SDN empowers and inspires our students to become the best in the design industry.

  • Director's Message

    If DESIGN is your passion, SDN is the place for you!

    Our fabulous team of teaching staff, many with years of working experience and solid University credentials, are committed to work with you to realise your passion.

    Our innovative curriculum and well-equipped facilities emulate the industry environment to ensure that you are ready to join the industry or continue to pursue degree programmes. In your three years with us, you will be engaged in multiple real-life industry projects in addition to a 12 or 24-week internship programme, locally or overseas. And while at SDN, you will have many exciting opportunities to go on inspirational overseas trips to Global Design Cities like London, Barcelona and Tokyo.

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning

    SDN offers a vibrant learning environment, inspiring the imagination and talents of our students and adult learners to create innovative solutions to improve the lives of others. Our curriculum, together with our industry collaborations, will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to become creative designers.
  • Industry Projects

    We collaborate with many industry partners to work on projects and participate in design competitions, so that our students and lecturers continue to work with industry’s very best and remain updated on the best practices, latest technology and innovations. Many of our industry projects are client-based and provide students all-rounded training and experience. SDN also offers integrated projects for students from across various disciplines and year of study to come together, apply their skills and share knowledge in developing design solutions.


25 Mar 2019

SDN Students Won Awards on Spatial Design Awards at the Design Excellence Award 2019

Diploma in Spatial Design students bagged three awards at the Design Excellence Award 2019.

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14 Mar 2019

Multiple Wins at the Singapore Design Awards 2019 for SDN Students

SDN Students clinched three Gold and three Silver Awards at the Singapore Design Awards 2019.

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09 Mar 2019

SDN Graduating Students Showcased Design Work at UNIT 19 – Infuse

A total of 167 SDN graduating students showcased their works at the UNIT 19: Infuse show from 7 to 9 March 2019

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25 Feb 2019

SDN Collaborates with Happy Walker

Together with Happy Walker, SDN launches the Ergonomics and Design Semantics module for our first-year Diploma in Industrial Design students

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17 Dec 2018

NYP Alumnus shares journey from N Level Student to UK University Scholar

NYP Alumnus, Alfred Low shared on how he emerged from a N level student to an UK University Scholar

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01 Dec 2018

A Garden Conceived with Love

To bring the community closer, SDN students designed and created a community garden for the residents of Jalan Besar

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  • 11 Nov

    Service Experience Design Masterclass

    by School of Design

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Strategic Transformation and Leadership by Design
    Service Experience Design Masterclass 2019...


Nur Atikah Binte Mohamad Azami
Diploma in Visual Communication (Year 1 Student)

"In just one semester, I’ve learnt valuable skills that I never thought would be possible previously

Chong Shihui
Diploma in Visual Communication (Class of 2014)

"SDN has prepared me well for my undergraduate studies in Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technolog

Lee Hong Xuan
Diploma in Space & Interior Design (Year 3 Student)

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