SDN offers plenty of opportunities for you to gain global exposure through overseas exchange programmes, internships and study trips. Over the years, we have built close partnerships with many companies and associations abroad. They ensure that you are well taken care of and given the best industry training to prepare you for the future.
Student Programmes (International)
School of Design (SDN) work closely with overseas organisations to provide our students with international outlook and a comprehensive understanding of the global industry's evolving design trends. During the overseas stints, students gained valuable exposure to different cultures through immersion trips and cultural exchange experiences.
The following overseas trips and programmes took place between October 2018 and June 2019:
Overseas study trip to Barcelona, Spain
A group of 16 students went for Barcelona for a study trip from 10 March to 22 March 2019. During the trip, they attended a 4-day design workshop at the LaSalle University and visited several designer icons such as Casa Milla,
Walden 7, La Fabrica, La Sagrada Familia as well as a number of design museums.
Inbound Exchange from Guangdong Industry Technical College (GITC)
NYP School of Design (SDN) hosted a joint workshop – Unique Singapore Gift together with GITC (Guangdong Industry Technical College) in September 2019.
A total of 30 students from the GITC and NYP worked in teams to propose new gift designs for a local company, Shevron Pte Ltd. The designs were launched to the market in May 2019 and are sold in Changi Airport and many tourist attractions.
Co-creating Design for Healthy Ageing
NYP School of Design (SDN) and School of Health and Social Sciences (SHSS) have jointly organised the Design for Healthy Aging 2019, an International Design workshop in collaboration with University of Canberra, Monash University and Federation University, Australia. This is the 3rd edition of the Design for Healthy Ageing Workshop series. Over a two-week period (10 to 21 June 2019), 70 students from the areas of health sciences, media arts and design representing Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong worked with seniors in community and care settings across Singapore. These students identified key challenges of seniors and co-design solutions to support and promote healthy ageing. Solutions representing unique multicultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary approaches to ageing were exhibited at NYP Library from 21 June to 5 July 2019.
Go Bamboo Workshop
Bamboo is a sustainable material for future building industry. It is essential for the new generation of designers and architects to be well equipped with the knowledge on this sustainable material for design and construction so as to develop new design concept for a more ecological world. More than 70 Diploma in Architecture students attended the workshop held on 1 - 4 July 2019 where they were introduced to the properties and possibilities of bamboo in design and construction. The workshop was led by Low Ewe Jin, an architect from the Bamboo U, The Green School, Bali who specialised in bamboo architecture. In addition to the workshop, theoretical lectures and hands-on workshop sessions were also held.
10-day exchange programme at SDN’s partner institution - Kun Shan University, Taiwan
11 students were on 10-day exchange programme at SDN’s partner institution - Kun Shan University, Taiwan from 19-28 March 2018. The programmed included visits to places of historical interest and cultural heritage, as well as experience sharing and interaction sessions with staff and students. The students also joined a papermaking workshop.
SDN hosted students from Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic
SDN hosted a group of 29 students and two staff from Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic for their study trip at NYP from 7-16 May. The 10-day programme covered educational/cultural lessons, visits to places of historical interest and cultural heritage, as well as experience sharing and interaction sessions with staff and students of NYP. We also conducted 1-day Design Thinking Workshop for them.
Inspired by Singapore: Design for Healthy Aging 2018
Inspired by Singapore: Design for Healthy Aging 2018 School of Design and School of Health Science jointly organised an International Design Workshop - Inspired by Singapore: Design for Healthy Aging 2018, in collaboration with University of Canberra, Monash University (Australia), Kun Shan University(Taiwan) and Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong. Over a two-week period, from 10 to 21 June 2018, 100 students from the areas of health sciences, media arts and design representing Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been working together with residents in elder care centres/community hospital across Singapore to co-design new solutions that will support healthy ageing in Singapore. The elder care centres/community hospital who were involved in this project were: AWWA, Vanguard Health Care, Thong Teck Home for Senior Citizens, Sree Narayana Mission, Kembangan Chai Chee Senior Activity Center, Ang Mo Kio - Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. The solutions were showcased in an exhibition at the National Design Centre and the Australia High Commission. Through this workshop that brought students from the four countries together, the solutions represent a unique multicultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary outlook on ageing and design.
Algorithmic Origami Workshop by Ankon Mitra
ARCH invited Ankon Mitra to deliver a workshop as part of ARCH do.share lecture series. The workshop introduced students to various digital tools that enable the design and creation of origami, as it finds application in architecture and sustainable structural design. Students participated in the digital tools sessions and created virtual 3D models that they would go on to physically fabricate and assemble just like real world architectural objects, enabling a better understanding of the relationship and constraints between digital and physical realms – constraints of material, structure and fabrication. The workshop provided a rigorous dialogue between design models, fabrication, and digital experimentation in architecture. A one-day workshop for the Spatial Design Year 3 students was also offered on 25 October 2018. The students picked up some new design methodology, aided by origami and technologies, converting their complex folding into virtual 3D models. At the end of the workshop, we curated an exhibition in SDN, showcasing the processes of origami structural design and application.
International Summer Design Workshop 2018 in Japan
13 students participated in the International Summer Design Workshop 2018 from 18 to 27 August 2018. The workshop was organised in rotation by participating institutions on an annual basis. Hosted by Future University Hakodate and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan this year and jointly organised by SDN - NYP, Seoul National University, Sangmyung University, Korea and Taiwan Ocean University, the workshop aimed to bring together students from the 6 institutions to work on a cross cultural project; the theme is “Smart Transportation". The design process was the integration and coming together of cultures and ideas as well as breaking the language barriers to forge friendships. 79 students comprising of 24 from Korea, 32 from Japan, 10 from Taiwan and 13 from Singapore, participated in this workshop. Through the process of the workshop, the students gained a deep understanding of all aspects of the design process, from observation, market research, user studies, and ideation to concept development.
AA Cambodia Workshop
5 students attended AA workshop at Cambodia from 7 to 21 August. The workshop was conducted by world renowned The AA School of Architecture. It was a Summer Workshop where undergraduates from Hong Kong University, AA School, Vienna, Australia, Cambodia and Canada worked on various architectural design processes and built various additions to an existing village school. Students learn about vernacular architecture, social design, understand materials and detailing and contribute to the local community. They built a play structure for the local children and additions to an existing village school as well as equipped the campus with communal dining facilities. They also learnt about the rural social framework through their interactions with the local community. Students gained confidence and satisfaction to see their work being used by the local community and brought joy and delight to the local children.
Overseas Internship Programme in Tokyo, Japan
Teo Li Min Celine from the Diploma in Visual Communication was attached to a Japanese company, Sakamoto and Plane Co. from 23 June to 15 September. Sakamoto Radio markets phone accessories and Plane Co. is an industrial design consultancy.
Immersion and Overseas Exchange Programme at Guangzhou/Hong Kong
38 students were attached to our Overseas Project Centre in Panyu Polytechnic between 3 and 16 September 2018 for the immersion programme. The students participated in various cultural programme, workshops and visits. There were cross-institution interaction activities with students from Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic. They also visited Hong Kong PolyU.
Inbound Exchange from Guangdong Industry Technical College (GITC)
SDN hosted a joint workshop – Unique Singapore Gift together with Guangdong Industry Technical College (GITC). 16 GITC students and 13 SDN students were divided into 6 groups to propose new gift designs for a local company, Shevron Pte Ltd. The company was very happy with the final design presentation and produced the winning design to market during the Chinese New Year.
SDN hosted students from Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic (PYP)
SDN hosted a group of 36 students and two staff from Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic for their study trip at NYP. The 10-day programme included educational/cultural lessons, visits to places of historical interest and cultural heritage, as well as experience sharing and interaction sessions with staff and students of NYP. We also conducted 1-day Design Thinking Workshop for them.
Educational immersion trip to Berlin and Plague
20 students from all diplomas and 2 staff embarked on an 8-day educational immersion trip to Berlin and Plague from 30 September to 8 October. Students visited various arts & design museums as well as various social spaces designed with strong design intentions or cultural influences. Students also visited various iconic buildings or structures to appreciate and understand the design intentions and executions. Students immersed in the culture by visiting various attractions with strong cultural background and history.
Helsinki, Finland Entrepreneurship Experience Trip
20 SDN students from all 4 diplomas went to Helsinki for study trip from 9 to 17 September, as part of a Design and Entrepreneurship Experience Trip to attend the Helsinki Design Week and visit entrepreneurship start-ups within Helsinki. Special themed visits to various venues were organised to expose students to Nordic design culture and the local entrepreneurship environment. Through this experience, students showed more awareness of the cultural and designs from Nordic region and were inspired by Finland Government’s support to encourage young entrepreneurship from the region.
Eco-Study Trip to Laguna Bintan, 27th and 28th August 2017
15 SDN students embarked an Eco-Study Trip to Laguna Bintan from the 27 to 28 August 2017. Supported by The Banyan Tree Global Foundation, the study trip provided an opportunity for the students to explore innovative and sustainable living conditions and designs. This is to enable them to be designers in the contemporary era, who are familiar with modern technological conveniences, and yet also mindful of the excessive use of resources. Upon reaching Laguna Bintan Resort, our students were guided by key management staff through the thinking and practice of Banyan Tree Holdings & Resorts. These included their encompassing commitment to the CSR initiatives, renowned and recognised vertically integrated hospitality and their unparalleled track record of 30 years of experience in building sustainability into their operation and ecosystem. Prior to the trip, most of our students were not aware of the wildlife, and they knew very little about the pro-environmental standards and systems. This has indeed been a meaningful CSR trip that touched these young hearts and was both educational and enlightening.
Inspired by Singapore: Design for Healthy Aging Workshop
For 2 weeks in June and July, 27 Design and Nursing students from the University of Canberra and Monash University, 13 Landscape Architecture students from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, 11 Nursing students from NYP SHS and 15 students from NYP SDN participated in the Inspired by Singapore: Design for Healthy Aging Workshop. The teams visited hospitals, design firms and care facilities to research on creating new and innovative design solutions for healthy aging. Design for the ageing population is a topic of interest across the globe but is especially relevant in the Asia Pacific region where some of the largest population imbalances are estimated. In Singapore the aging population is rapidly increasing. Currently there are 440,000 people over the age of 65 and it is estimated that by 2030 it will double to 900,000 with one in five residents 65 or older. The impact of this population imbalance will be profound. More robust health services will need to be implemented and considerations for housing, community interaction and dealing with new technologies will need to be adapted to suit the needs of this growing population.
School of Design's Overseas Internship Programme in Japan
On the 29 May 2017, SDN signed an agreement with Sakamoto Radio Co Ltd and Plane Co Ltd to promote and develop design activities through an overseas internship programme. With this agreement, two lucky SDN students from the Diploma in Industrial Design will be going to Tokyo on a three month internship programme. They will be engaged in planning, designing, production, and sales for accessories for smart phones, audio equipment and devices for PCs based in Japan. One of the students, Shevon Lee expressed her excitement on being selected for the internship: “I am really excited about it! I know this overseas internship will provide me with great exposure and experience. I am grateful to the company and NYP for giving me this opportunity! “ SDN looks forward to forging more relationships with overseas companies to provide our students with opportunities to venture abroad! Bon voyage!
Design Workshop with Guangdong Industry Technical College
SDN is pleased to host a group of 16 students and two teaching staff members form Guangdong Industry Technical College (GITC), China for a design workshop on “City Impression” from 26 September to 3 October 2016. The intent of the workshop was to encourage cultural interaction and sharing of design ideas among the students from the two institutions. The visiting students provided valuable insights on Singapore from the point of view of foreigners. During the workshop, the two teaching staff members from GITC supervised the students together with our SDN lecturers. The students have to present their work using all forms of Illustration, Photography, Posters, Packaging and Short Films. In the words of one of our SDN students, “It was an awesome experience! We have never seen Singapore in the same light as our friends from China.”
Overseas Students Attachment to NYP’s Project Centre at Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic
A group of 38 SDN students, led by two lecturers, went on a two week attachment to NYP’s project Centre at Guangzhou Panyu. Leaving on the 5 September, the team participated in various cultural programme, design workshops and visits. There were many opportunities for cross-institution interaction activities with students from the Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic, Guangdong Industry Technical College and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The attachment ended with a four-day study visit to Hong Kong.
SDN Students’ Design Inspiration Learning Journey to London
28 Year 2 & 3 students from SDN, led by 2 lecturers, went on an 8-day educational trip to London during the London Design Festival 2016. Visits to multiple museums, exhibitions and districts were organised. These visits showcased international work by famous artists/designers, exhibited at the inaugural London Biennial at Somerset House, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Bankside Design District and Brixton Design District, just to name a few. The students were not only exposed to creative visions, expressions and craftsmanship, they also experienced UK’s rich culture, architecture, musical and its people. Indeed a design inspiration learning journey for them!
Inspired by Singapore – A Design Workshop for Students from Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia
Sixteen students from the School of Design (SDN) joined students from the University of Canberra, Australia (UC) and the Technology and Higher Education of Hong Kong (THEi) for the Inspired by Singapore Design Workshop, held in SDN from 11 to 15 July.
Design Learning Journey to Barcelona
Over the course of 9 days and 8 nights, in March 2016, 28 SDN students accompanied by two lecturers, visited the magical sensational Barcelona streets, the unique gothic cathedrals, architecture master pieces and World UNESCO heritage buildings. The tour was designed for students to widen their perspective in design and understand how various cultures, specifically Catalan/ Spanish, influence and impact on design and urban planning globally.
Study Trip to Barcelona
Sim Tai Jin, a Year 2 Diploma in Space & Interior Design student, embarked on an exciting 9-day study trip to Barcelona, Spain. The exposure provided him the opportunity to experience first-hand, the state of the art architecture, history and art museums, like Picasso and Joan Miro in Bacelona. Tai Jin visited Ramon Llull University, School of Architecture, met with students from their international program, as well as visited an acclaimed architect office, Ricardo Bofill, and one of his projects, Walden Seven. Citing this learning journey, Tai Jin said he “appreciated the local culture and the unique urban design, public spaces and architecture”. During the trip, he was totally immersed in Barcelona’s rich history.
Workshop by Renowned Origami Artist from India
188 Students from SDN participated in a Technical Origami Workshop conducted by Renown Origami Artist, Mr Ankon Mitra from India from 26 April 2016 to 4 May 2016.
Trip to PaperOne Indonesia’s end to end operations
On the 21st & 22nd March 2016, 9 students from the Diploma in Spatial Design made an exciting trip to PaperOne Indonesia’s end to end operations.
NYP - Yonsei International Design Workshop 2015
Jointly organised by SDN and Yonsei University, Korea, the objective of this international design workshop was for students from Korea and Singapore to work on a project with the theme "Home Manufacturing". Through the process of the workshop, the students gained a deep understanding of all aspects of the design process, from product planning, manufacturing, to marketing.
John Bateson Workshop: Design and Brand Communication
30 Year 2 and 15 Year 3 students from the Diploma in Visual Communication attended a workshop conducted by Mr John Bateson, a branding communications and graphic design expert from the UK. Mr Bateson was at NYP from the 23 Feb to 6 Mar 2015 to mentor our students. While he was here, Mr Bateson also conducted sessions on Portfolio Review, where he met with individual Year 2 and Year 3 Visual Communication students to go through their portfolios. He provided them with good advice on how to prepare for internships and the working world.
Design Study Visit to Barcelona, Spain
Over the course of 9 days and 8 nights, from 15 to 23 Mar 2015, 28 SDN students accompanied by two lecturers, visited the magical sensational Barcelona streets, the unique gothic cathedrals, architecture master pieces and World UNESCO heritage buildings. The tour was designed for students to widen their perspective in design and understand how various cultures, specifically Catalan/ Spanish, influence and impact on design and urban planning globally.
Design Study Visit to Tokyo, Japan
24 students from SDN, accompanied by two staff members, went on a study trip to Japan from 27 Mar to 1 Apr 2015. During this trip, they visited several design and art related museums and sites such as the Fashion Capital of the World, Harajuku, Tokyu Hands Craft Center and 21-21 Design Sight, the first Japanese design museum in Roppongi. The students were also immersed in the Japanese culture, having visited sites such as Tsukiji Market and Nakameguro, a popular town rich with Japanese arts and design culture along the river.
Overseas Student Exchange Programme in Guangdong Industry Technical College
For the first time, four Year 3 Diploma in Visual Communication students were attached to Guangdong Industry Technical College (GITC) for their Overseas Attachment Programme, from 1 Mar to 31 May 2015. The students experienced a different culture and were exposed to a different environment. This will strengthen their design skills and ability when they join the design industry. SDN has officially signed an MOU with GITC on 4 May 2015.
THEi Exchange Programme at SDN
11 Year 3 students from Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) visited NYP and joined the Space & Interior Design (SID) Year 3 programme from 22 Jun to 24 Jul. During the month, they participated in guided visits to URA Centre City Gallery, Marina Barrage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Punggol Waterway, Lor Halus Wetlands and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). Students learned about Singapore’s resilience, green and sustainability strategies.
International Summer Design Workshop 2015 (ISDW2015) - Design for Children
21 SDN students from the three diplomas participated in the design workshop held in NYP from 21 to 31 Aug 2015. The workshop was co-organised with Future University. The overseas participants included 22 students and 2 professors from Future University and Shibaura Institute of Technology. The objective of the workshop is to provide a cross-cultural experience for the students through the development and sharing of design problems and solutions.
Overseas Students Attachment to NYP's Project Centre at Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic
A group of 37 SDN students (25 from Space & Interior Design, 8 from Visual Communication and 4 from Industrial Design) were attached to NYP’s project Centre at Guangzhou Panyu from 7 to 20 Sep 2015. The students participated in various cultural programme, workshops and visits. There were cross-institution interaction activities with Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and a study visit to Hong Kong.
Student Exchange Programme to THEi
3 SDN students from the Diploma in Space & Interior Design were attached to Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) for an exchange programme from 1 Sep to 31 Dec 2015. This is the second year we sent exchange students to THEi.
Design Workshop with Kunshan University
SDN hosted a group of 10 students and 2 teaching staff members form Kun Shan University, Taiwan for a design workshop on “Wayfinding System in Orchard Road” from 25 to 30 Nov 2015. The intent of the workshop was to encourage cultural interaction and sharing of design ideas. The Taiwanese students gave valuable insights as foreigners who were not familiar with the Orchard Road shopping belt. During the workshop, the 2 teaching staff members supervised the students together with our SDN lecturers.
Student Exchange Programmes
SDN has partnered educational institutions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan to give you the chance to take part in student exchange programmes. You can spend a semester studying at these institutions, learning about the customs and lifestyles in these countries. You will definitely come back with a better appreciation for the different cultures and what it takes to be a designer at an international level.