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Professional Diploma in Advertising and Design

THINKER FIRST. CREATIVE SECOND

The One and Only 3-in-1 Marketing, Advertising & Design Diploma In Singapore
Professional Diploma in Advertising and Design Course
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6th Nov 2017
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30th Oct 2017


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Our most popular and signature formula integrating marketing & advertising into design. Yearning for a trailblazing career as a creative director or owner of your design or advertising agency? This comprehensive course will arm you the strategic thinking and analytical skills to thrive in the advertising and design industry. It is a lethal combination of the Diploma in Communication Design and Specialist Diploma in Advertising Design.


M.A.D. School’s Professional Diploma in Advertising and Design combines both pragmatic and strategic studies in a never seen before three-in-one pow-wow diploma based on our MAD formula. Benefit from site visits, case studies, hands-on assignments and explorations into contemporary design by creating your portfolio through solid industry-like training .


In Singapore, most design schools impart skills and software knowledge. Other schools focus on paper credentials. While WE, train each individual with the ability to First Think then Create.


Who are We?
The Only Marketing+ Advertising+ Design School in SG. We are M.A.D. School

Pragmatic Aspect
Strategic Aspect
Visual Communication
Creative Thinking

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.

The Creative Thinking module is a place where students are taught the methods to construct, create and develop ideas, which can be applied across all mediums and platforms. Students will learn how the creative process fits into the planning process and how to distinguish the difference between strategic development and execution (design). It discusses the development of creative concepts that are designed to meet advertising objectives. Students will also learn to understand the difference between effectiveness and creativity.
Digital Studios I
21st Century Advertising
Digital Studios I (Illustrator) 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.
The 21stCentury Advertising module will be covering on advertising concepts & theories and the world of advertising & ad agencies; and account management that will include presentation sessions on getting clients to buy into the strategy. Students will be taught the fundamentals of advertising and what are the difference between marketing planning and advertising planning. The focus is on advertising planning and the processes involved. Students will also learn from the perspective of key players in the advertising industry and how do they contribute to the advertising process. Does advertising lie? What are the control mechanisms to ensure ethical practice in the advertising industry?
Typography and Communication Design
Copywriting
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.
The Copywriting module is a dynamic and highly collaborative class that gives students plenty of discussion and practice opportunities. Not only will they master the different techniques of copywriting, students will learn creative concepts that sell. For those interested in pursuing a career in advertising, it will introduce them to life working in an agency. For others, this is a chance to pick up the skills of creating attention, stirring interest, prompting desire and inducing action with their persuasive writing.
Corporate Identity and Design
Branding
This module will provide students the science behind every corporation’s ‘persona’. Besides creating the corporate personality, the module also explores the components of a corporate identity programme that will promote consistency in both discipline and application. Students will learn about the coming of corporate communications, the story, visual and package, science of symbols, logos and colours, logotype and semiotics, supporting devices and applications, corporate design mandatories and the corporate identity system and why is it so important.
The Branding module covers the important aspects of branding. Students will learn how to build a branding campaign by understanding the fundamental concepts of branding and how it works. This module will focus mainly on areas such as what makes a brand, its worth, the business and creative sides, brand image, personality, identity and equity.
Packaging and Print Technology
Innovative Marketing
This module offers students an in-depth study of the principles of packaging design and the design process from concepts to three-dimensional forms. Not only will students explore key concepts of the packaging design development process, aesthetics, and visual composition organization, they will also learn about structural construction, technicalities, print production, packaging material and its properties, mechanisms and the overall presentation of the packaging design. The emphasis includes the sustainability and environmental issues associated with packaging design.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the necessary skills to analyse and comprehend how packaging design elements (size, shapes, colour, material, graphics, typography, visual images, graphical treatments), choices of material and appropriate printing options can be integrated together as an effective marketing tool, creating impact and influence on consumers’ perception and buying decisions.
The Innovative Marketing module introduces fundamental but industry relevant marketing concepts and framework.​

Students will learn to perform accurate consumer research through qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, the importance of market segmentation and how it influences message development. Students will also learn about Omni-channel marketing, inbound marketing and how analyzed data plays a strategic role in the new world marketing.
Editorial Design
Digital Studios II
This module introduces students the digital publishing tools and techniques for publications design and gains insights into the professional practice of publication designers. Students will learn the anatomy of publication, design principles of page layout, grid systems, visual elements, and the organization of editorial content through Adobe InDesign software. The emphasis includes conceptual development, design process, choosing appropriate paper stocks, print production, and finishing.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the essential publication software, page layout skills, design considerations and practical publishing skills to create the personality and tone for publication to engage defined target audiences.
Digital Studios I I (Photoshop)

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.
Web Interface Design
Digital Marketing
This module introduces students to the industry standard of web design using basic HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Throughout the course, students are introduced to the planning, designing and publishing of effective web page designs through writing HTML and CSS code and Adobe Dreamweaver. The emphasis includes web page interface design, layout techniques, wire-frame, flowchart, integrating graphics and images, file management, web design development and web publishing through FTP software.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the relevant industry skills to plan, design, develop and publish their multi-page website portfolio for online media.
The Digital Marketing module offers a complete coverage of what it takes to become a successful digital marketer. What is digital marketing in today’s marketplace? Understanding Owned, Earned and Paid Media. Techniques for search engine optimization (SEO) and how to measure the success of search engine marketing (SEM). Using a framework of profiling digital audiences in strategising your digital plan.
TVC (Concept + Development)
M.A.D. Integrated Campaign Project
The TVC (Concept + Development) module is an introduction to TV advertising medium. Understanding what it’s best for, how has it developed, how has it evolved. Students will learn to write a TVC Script, the importance of brief, understanding AIDA model, how to apply AIDA and how to get it right and use it to decide on a film approach. The ten commonly used approaches, their merits and pitfalls. They will also learn to craft a storyboard and present it effectively to make a great TVC with great ideas.​
The M.A.D. Integrated Campaign Project is the final major project for all Professional Diploma in Advertising and Design students. Students will have to integrate everything they have learned from the past modules with a self-initiated project, combining elements of marketing, advertising, and design. This full-fledged project allows students to implement their design methods, communication design, marketing, and advertising strategies into a solid campaign that can be used as an industry worthy portfolio piece.

Course Duration

Maximum 20 Months (Full Time)
Maximum 28 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

 

Our Partners/ Friends






"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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