Common Design & Media Programme (C28)

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Find your creative compass

Minimum entry requirements

4 to 16 points
6 to 9 points

Minimum entry requirements

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For O Levels


4 to 16 points


Minimum entry requirements / Grades

  • English Language : 7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) : 7
  • Any one of the following subjects: 6
    • Art / Higher Art
    • Biology
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing / Computer Studies
    • Creative 3D Animation
    • Design & Technology
    • Design Studies
    • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
    • Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
    • Media Studies (English / Chinese)
    • Physics
    • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

Admission to a course is based on merit and subject to the availability of vacancies. The range of net ELR2B2 aggregate score of the students who were admitted to these courses through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) are shown as a general reference.


6 to 9 points

Minimum entry requirements / Grades

  • English Language Syllabus A : 3
  • Mathematics Syllabus A / Additional Mathematics : 3
  • Any one of the following subjects: 3
    • Design and Technology
    • Food and Nutrition / Nutrition and Food Science
    • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Any two other subjects (excluding CCA): 4

Medical requirements

  • You may encounter difficulties in some learning units with high reliance on colour usage. You may be required to attend an interview to ascertain your suitability before admission. 

A transformative semester for you to discover your strengths and artistic direction.

You will emerge from this creative foundry:

Empowered. Inspired. Confident.
    What you'll learn
  • This immersive one semester empowers exploration while equipping you with a solid foundation in art, design and media. Uncover your strengths, hone essential technical and soft skills, and emerge ready to craft your own creative destiny. Explore the different disciplines and discover your passion, interest and aptitude. Learn more about the three design and media courses offered through education and career guidance activities such as talks by alumni and industry partners, as well as course-sharing sessions by our lecturers.


    At the end of Year 1 Semester 1, you will make an informed decision to pursue any one of the following as your preferred diploma from Year 1 Semester 2 onwards:

  • Learning Units

    • 4 Competency Units (CmU): Each CmU integrates skills and knowledge from different disciplines. This enables the students to fulfil specific work-tasks upon completion.


    11 General Studies Modules (GSM)
    General Studies Modules allow you to explore other areas of interest beyond your chosen area of specialisation. You will have to take 6 prescribed GSMs and 5 elective GSMs across Year 1 and 2.

Programme Curriculum

This programme adopts the new Professional Competency Model

  • You will take a total of 3 elective GSMs in Year 1. You will have a wide range of elective GSMs to choose from. Please note that the modules offered are subject to change each semester.

    Elective General Studies Modules

    Each elective module consists of 10 hours of class time and 5 hours of eLearning/self-directed learning.

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    School of Applied Science

    Science behind Skin Care (ASX111)


    Taking care of our skin is important, but which is the right routine for our individual skin type? Do expensive skin care products do a better job than cheaper ones? Learn more about what goes into a skin care product, the chemistry behind a good skincare product, as well as the myths and facts behind skin care.

    Understanding Our Environment (ASX112)


    Industrialisation and a rapidly growing population are putting a lot of stress on our planet, including global warming, ocean acidification, water shortage, biodiversity loss and desertification. This module will cover important environmental issues and how human activities affect them.

    School of Business Management

    Psychology of Mass Media (BMX111)


    Discover the relationship between mass media and human behaviour. This module uses real-world examples to show how media influences its audiences, giving you insight into what drives media consumption and how it affects our daily lives.

    Accounting for Beginners (BMX112)


    Find it challenging to crunch numbers? This module will teach you basic accounting concepts and show you how to read and understand financial statements.

    Marketing Essentials (BMX113)


    How did Apple's iPhone become such a global success? How does Singapore Airlines maintain its reputation as one of the world's best airlines? Get your answers to these questions and more as you learn key marketing strategies in this module. You will also learn with case studies from big brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Samsung and Louis Vuitton on how to win your customers' hearts, minds and wallets.

    Catalyst for Business Sustainability (BMX114)


    Explore essential concepts and practices of sustainability within the corporate world. Learners will gain foundational insights into sustainability, its relevance to business, and how sustainable practices can drive success, innovation, and responsible business operations.

    School of Engineering

    Introduction to Quadcoptors (EGX111)


    A quadcopter is a multi-rotor aerial vehicle used in aerial photography and videography, inspections, surveillance, entertainment and car-racing sports. Quadcopters have gained popularity because they are affordable and easy to control. In this module, you will learn to assemble a quadcopter, calibrate the flight controller and fly it.

    3D Print Your Design (EGX112)


    3D printing is changing the way products are manufactured today. In this module, you will learn about the endless possibilities of this technology, and learn how to bring your creative ideas to life.

    Harvesting Green Energy (EGX113)


    Play a part in preserving our planet for the sake of our future generations. The world is increasingly looking to environmentally friendly and sustainable energy sources to meet future energy demands. Green energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, can be used to meet the world’s (and Singapore’s) growing energy needs, while ensuring environmental sustainability. Through this module, you will be able to better understand how green energy helps to reduce our carbon footprints.

    Appreciation of Smart Technology in Daily Life (EGX114)


    Singapore is constantly being referred to as a smart nation where smart technologies are applied, but what exactly does that mean? In this module, you will learn about the key technology enablers and business opportunities involved in employing technology on a large scale, as well as the social benefits created by our smart nation.

    School of Health and Social Sciences

    Basic Sign Language (HSX111)


    Sign languages are one of the most important and accessible means of communication for the vast majority of deaf and people who are hard-of-hearing. This module will enable learners to communicate and participate in simple conversations with the deaf communities. In addition, you will be introduced to the history of sign language, its traditions and cultures, and will have a better understanding on how to integrate with individuals with hearing loss. You will also develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the deaf culture and learn to accommodate diversity and contribute to universal inclusion.

    Sustainable Health & Social Care in Singapore (HSX112)


    Sustainability is not a destination but a journey. Since independence, sustainable development has been integral to Singapore’s nation-building where policies have been designed with long-term sustainability in mind. Learners are provided an overview of Singapore’s approach and commitment to this, with particular focus on health and social care. Gain insights to these practices and be challenged to come up with ways on how you can support and/or contribute whilst improving health and social care services.

    School of Information Technology

    Computational Thinking for Everyday Life (ITX111)


    In an increasingly complex world, having the ability to tackle tough problems is a valuable asset to have in any situation. Using a computational thinking framework, this module teaches you problem-solving skills and techniques that will help you tackle complex problems in both work and life.

    The Importance of Cyber Security (ITX112)


    With the boom in digital data, companies and individuals are finding it challenging to make their data secure. Learn more about cybersecurity and how everyone can play a part in avoiding or reducing the risks against cyber threats.

    Create Professional Business Documentations (ITX113)


    Have a great business idea, but not sure how to put together a winning proposal to impress others? This module will teach you tips and tricks to enhance your word processing skills using Microsoft Word to create impressive, professional-looking documents.

    Digital Technologies for Sustainability (ITX114)


    Discover how digital technologies can tackle sustainability challenges and help achieve sustainability goals in our fast-paced world. This module uses real-world case studies spanning sectors like renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and waste management to witness digital solutions in action. You will gain valuable insights into the environmental and social impacts of these technologies, and pinpoint digital technologies for promoting sustainability.

    Centre for Foundation & General Studies

    Bounce Back! The ABCs of Resilience (FGX111)


    Facing difficulties in life is inevitable. Many people react to these challenging events with strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet, some people bounce back from such adversities.


    Discover how you can take control and bounce back when faced with adversity!

    Healthy Relationships, Enriched Lives (FGX112)


    Healthy relationships can build us up, while toxic relationships can tear us down. Learn the steps to building supportive relationships with people around you, as you pick up skills to better engage and communicate with others.

    Emotional Intelligence (FGX113)


    Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and control your emotions. People with high emotional intelligence don’t let their emotions affect their judgment or decision-making. They are also good at recognising the feelings of others, making them great at managing relationships and relating to others. This module will give you tips on how to build and manage your emotional intelligence.

    Developing Personal Effectiveness (FGX114)


    Have you ever dreamt of being a highly successful person? Come embark on an exciting learning journey to maximise your personal effectiveness and achieve your goals. We will use experiential learning activities to introduce several practical strategies for becoming a more effective individual. Don’t just admire the inspirational role models in your life; start on a path to becoming them!

    Introduction to French Language 1 (FGX115)


    Bonjour! Interested in learning some basic French? Oui? Then this module is for you! You will learn handy phrases you can use when you are in France or when you are making first contact with the French. A bientôt!

    Introduction to German Language 1 (FGX116)


    Guten Tag! Did you know that 100 million people outside Germany are able to speak German? Learn phrases to use when you are in the country or when communicating with your German friends.

    Introduction to Japanese Language 1 (FGX117)


    こんにちは(konnichiwa). Want to be able to speak some basic Japanese? Through this module, you will learn basic pronunciation and writing, so you will be able to understand what your Japanese friends in class are saying.

    Introduction to Korean Language 1 (FGX118)


    안녕하세요! Keen to learn some basic Korean? Learn phrases you can use when travelling in Korea or when speaking with your Korean friends. You can even better enjoy your favourite Korean drama or K-pop music!

    Introduction to Malay Language (FGX119)


    Selamat datang ke kelas bahasa Melayu! (Welcome to the Malay Language class!)


    Always wanted to converse with your friends in Malay? Need to travel to Malaysia or Indonesia for the weekend? This module is for you. It will equip you with the basics of the Malay language through situational dialogues and give you a glimpse of the Malay culture and customs. 


    As this is an introductory module, only students with no prior formal training in Malay may apply.


Nurturing you to be future-ready

Learning Journeys

Take your education beyond books. Embark on various activities to explore your interests, ignite your passion, and hone your skills. Dive into hands-on activities that let you explore the diverse design and media landscape. Discover your artistic path while acquiring essential skills.

Apply to this programme

To apply, please visit our admissions page for more information.

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