The School of Design offers you a conducive environment that stimulates and nurtures creativity. 

Our four Diplomas, delivered by a team of inspiring, dedicated and talented teaching staff, are built around a curriculum that focuses on building a strong design foundation, infusing industry realism, inspiring design excellence and inculcating design for social impact.

Our studio-based approach to learning and project-based curriculum are designed to emulate a real-world environment where you work on real life projects, pitch your ideas to industry practitioners and see your projects through to fruition. 

This unique cross-disciplinary studio-based approach also creates the environment for inter-disciplinary peer learning, sharing and experimentation amongst students from all four Diplomas and across all three years of study.

The School’s international programme is developed to open our students’ senses to the world. Every year, inspirational learning journeys are organised to take you to the design cities of the world. You get to travel to cities such as Barcelona, Tokyo, Seoul and London. From the grandest of architecture to the smallest details in products and visual communication, each trip introduces you to a whole new world of culture, design and art.

With our innovative pedagogy, you are ready to take on the world of design. Our graduates are going places. Many of them quickly embarked on careers with renowned companies such as Philips, Electrolux, SapientNitro, Shimano, Banyan Tree, IKEA and WOHA. Others have pursued further studies at NUS and NTU as well as in top universities in UK such as Royal College of Art, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and Glasgow School of Art. Others have gone to established Australian universities such as RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of New South Wales, and University of Canberra.

Our purpose remains the same - to nurture and inspire students who will make the world a better place for everyone through Design.


Why SDN?

  • Building A Strong Design Foundation
  • Infusing Industry Realism
  • Inspiring Design Excellence
  • Inculcating Design for Social Impact

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

    The School of Design offers a vibrant environment where the imagination and talents of polytechnic students and adult learners are honed to create innovative solutions that improve people's lives. The School's curriculum, coupled with many industry collaborations, is design to nurture graduates with knowledge and skills to work as innovative and creative designers.
  • Industry Projects

    We collaborate extensively with industry partners in projects and design competitions, so that our students and staff are able to stay current and relevant with the best practices, latest technology and innovation. Many of our industry projects are client based and integrated to provide students with all-rounded training. The integrated projects, our pedagogical mainstay, allows students from across disciplines and years to come together and develop holistic solutions.


13 Jul 2018

Innovating for Silver Generation

As Singapore grapples with an ageing population, innovative solutions can help our seniors lead a more fulfilling life.

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04 May 2018

Welcoming the Design Freshies

How do you welcome 270 freshies on their first day of school?

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20 Apr 2018

Every Design Tells a story

SDN's annual graduation show titled UNIT 18.

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23 Mar 2018

Imparting Design Knowledge

More than 200 students from 15 secondary schools participated in the workshop where they designed and made lampshades.

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05 Jan 2018

Abuzz with Activity

Our Schools, as well as corporate departments such as Foundational General Studies and Student Development put up massive displays and had activities through the campus.

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22 Dec 2017

Students Shine in Design Excellence Awards

SDN students won a total of two Gold, one Silver, and a Bronze at the Design Excellence Awards.

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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