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Professional Certificate
in Communication Design

Professional Diploma in Advertising and Design Course

You! The passionate closet creative, who feels like taking the first step to become a Graphic Designer; because you're not quite ready to take that giant step forward enrolling in a design course (It's okay, we have all been there once in our lives).

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Part Time
6th Nov 2017
Full Time
30th Oct 2017


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Course Outline

 

The revised Professional Certificate in Communication Design aims to provide students with a stronger fundamental skill set in visual literacy and technical executions. With a strong foundational pillar in place, students are able to make better decisions before execution; having strong technical skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator makes it easier for them to achieve their desired outcome. The course also acts as an ‘introductory package’ to design, crafted even for people without a design background but want to upgrade themselves, as design fundamentals can be applied to all aspects of life.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understanding the elements and principles of design
  2. Understanding the importance of design visual literacy and how to use it to communicate effectively
  3. Developing skill sets for the use of basic and advanced Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  4. Understanding the concept of Typography and how to correctly use the right Typeface for the right application

Core Outline

Visual Communication
Typography and Communication Design
 
This module allows students to explore and embark on their creative journey to discover and cultivate what it takes to become a successful visual communication designer. Students will learn the importance of how to integrate basic design elements, principles of design, visual composition and relationships to develop and resolve visual problems. Specifically, this course focuses on the design process, function, exploration of various media, graphical experimentation, theoretical and practical skills of visual communication design.

The aim of this module is to provide students an insightful experience on the role of visual communication design, purpose, function, process and contemporary practices of visual communication.
This module provides students with the theoretical and practical experiences of typography as a visual language and its application in visual communication design. Students will learn the history of type, anatomy, terminology, type classifications, principles of typography, typographic layout, type aesthetic and type choices consideration. The emphasis includes an in-depth understanding of the role, purpose, and function of typography.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the understanding of how typographic elements such as letter structure, legibility, readability, tone of voices, type personality, characteristics, mood, selection of type choices, integration of other design elements and visual compositional relationships can create a visual impact in visual communication design today.
Digital Studios I (Illustrator)
Digital Studios II (Photoshop)
 
This module introduces students to the essential vector drawing tools to unlock their creative potential with Adobe Illustrator while learning useful shortcuts to enhance their design workflow. Students will learn from fundamental to the advanced techniques of adobe illustrator to create and construct logo design, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional graphics, special visual effects, typographical graphics, realistic illustrations, perspective drawing and 3D packaging mock up presentation.

The aim of this module is to equip students with the industry professional skills and techniques to edit and create vector visual graphics and special visual effects in the world of visual culture and highly visual saturated society today.
This module introduces students to the professional practice and experts’ choice of digital image editing, manipulation and photo retouching tools for graphic design and multimedia with Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn from fundamental to the advanced skills and techniques of Adobe Photoshop to create special visual effects, artistic interpretation of images and enhance digital photography. The emphasis includes design process, exploration of advanced Photoshop techniques by integrating raster and vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator to maximizing the creative potential of the tools to create appealing visuals to effectively engage the audiences.

The aim of this module is to provide students, graphic designer, web designer, multimedia designer, photographer as well as special effects artist with the professional skills to digital image edit, retouch, process digital image confidently and professionally in your respective profession.
 
 

Course Duration

Maximum 10 Months (Full Time)
Maximum 12 Months (Part Time)

Lecturer:students Ratio

1:20 (Full Time)
1:25 (Part Time)
Average Number of Students: 15 per class

Entry Requirements

For Singapore Citizen / PR

  • Applicants are to be aged 16 or above when applying.
  • GCE 'N' level with minimum 3 credits (C6) or equivalents
  • Applicant not meeting the entry requirement may need to undergo an interview.

For Others (with valid visa)

VIETNAM - Minimum year 10 education

CHINA - High School Senior Level 2 or equivalent

INDONESIA - SMU2

MALAYSIA - SPM / STPM / Chinese Independent – High School Senior Level 2

OTHERS

  • Minimum year 10 education
  • China and other countries : High School Senior Level 2 and above or equivalent Diplomas
  • Indonesian : SMU2 and above
  • Malaysia : SPM/STPM/Chinese Independent – High School Senior 2
  • Others : Min Year 10 and above.

Exemption will be considered for applicants with related working experience or graduates from other design schools. (Exemption for design modules is strictly based on portfolio evaluation and interview)


Language Requirements
At least 'N' Level English (C6) or equivalents



Graduation Requirements and Course Assessment

 




Amelie

"CMA is a warm family that accepts anyone who's passionate about Design. They have trained me up to be an award-winning designer. With their 3-in-1 MAD formula, along with the array of top-notch lecturers, I am all ready to stand out in the creative industry!"

Amelie Kam Pei Wan
CMA Graduate
Winner of D&AD Student Yellow Pencil Award, 4 Silvers at the 2012 Crowbar Awards


What other students say...
 
 
Crowbar Awards
1 Silver Award
1 Bronze Award

Campaign:
"Electricise"

Student:
Joyce Tay, Trevor Chua
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category: Silver – Direct Category
Bronze – Integrated Campaign Category
Crowbar Awards
1 Bronze Award

Campaign:
"Digital Detox"

Student:
Audrey Khang, Chelsea Chen
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category: Bronze– Integrated Campaign
Crowbar Awards
3 Bronze Awards

Campaign:
"Breathing Life into Stories"

Student:
BrandonLoh, Jimmy Yap
and Seng Hwee Ho
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category: Bronze (Posters, Transit)
Bronze (Posters. Non-Transit))
Bronze (Print/Press)
 
Crowbar Awards
Finalist

Campaign:
"It's Nice that / Powered by Peers"

Student:
Fuad Rahmat, Marcus Ng, Brandon Loh
and Joyce Tay
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy

Crowbar Awards
Finalist

Campaign:
"Soothe Your Stomach"

Student:
Roana Koh
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy

Crowbar Awards
Finalists

Campaign:
"Burning Point"

Student:
Ting Yu Goh, Xue Ni Yeo, Jimmy Yap, Seng Hwee Ho, Roana Koh
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
 
Crowbar Awards
Finalists

Campaign:
"Pacer, Every step counts"

Student:
Joyce Tay, Trevor Chua
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Crowbar Awards
4 Silver Awards

Campaign:
"Nanoblock - Small Creation, Big Stories"

 
Student:
Andy Xu Dexiang, Chua See Hiang, Kam Pei Wan Amelie
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category:
Advertising (Posters)
Advertising (Posters Non-Transit)
Advertising (Print/Press Newspaper & Magazines)
Advertising (Art Direction)
Crowbar Awards
3 Bronze Awards

Campaign:
"Oral B - Catch"

 
Student:
Idris Bin Afandi

School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category:
Advertising (Posters Non-Transit)
Advertising (Print/Press Newspaper & Magazines)
Advertising (Illustration)
 
D&AD Logo
D&AD
Student Yellow Pencil

Campaign:
"Peace One Day"

Student:
Amelie Kam Pei Wen, Andy Dexiang Xu,
Fleur Vella, Goh Ting Yu, Violaine Hemery
School: Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Category: Open Brief
 
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