Specialist Diploma in Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
Intake: January, April, July, October

Build your career by equipping yourself with the right skills to create effective communication graphic designs! Take your first step into a graphic design career with First Media!

Level - Fundamentals

Ideal for those looking to pursue an industry-relevant design diploma in Singapore and to fast track their learning experience in becoming an industry-ready graphic designer!

Programme Outcome

Acquire all the necessary skill sets to conceptualise and execute graphic design works across various range of mediums and design softwares.
Commmunication graphic design

About the Programme

Design is Intelligence Made Visible!

Take on the challenge and groom your creative talents by perceiving what good communication graphic design looks like today.

At the end of the programme, you will be imparted with skills to work on conventional print media graphics, typography and publication design, moving and still photography and other design collateral techniques.


Fundamentals of Design

Understand the key elements and principles of design

Creative Software Skills

Create graphics using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

Idea Generation Techniques and Design Portfolio

Build your concepts around a consistent ideation framework

What will you learn?

Art Direction And Videography
Learn to create a storyboard for indoor and outdoor shooting. Study the various camera positions and angles that can be used in photography and videography.
Conceptual Thinking Using Design Thinking Methodologies
Apply the design thinking approach by framing design problems and finding desirable solutions.
Design Studio Management
Understand the key elements of professional practices and processes across design studios. Learn how to write and prepare a design brief including contract proposals.
Graphic Design Essentials
Learn to use Adobe Photoshop to produce print collaterals ready for printing. Also be trained to do basic reimaging, photo montaging, superimposing, and retouching images.
Graphic Illustrations

Learn to use Adobe Illustrator to create graphic designs and illustrations for packaging and print designs.

Integrated Marketing Communications
Acquire basic knowledge of brand traits, brand positioning, types of target market, and the effectiveness of various on and offline channels for promotion.
Mixed Media Drawing And Rendering
Create and render artworks that integrate a range of mediums in the structure and design of the object. Hands on projects include collage, assemblage art, and altered objects.
Publication Design
Learn to use Adobe InDesign to create visual messages applied across multiple visual print formats.
Typography For Design

Experiment and familiarise yourself with the various fonts types available and understand the proper application of each to create a well-balanced design.

Programme Fees

SGD $9,095 (Inclusive of GST)

Talk to us about Financing Options!


January, April, July, October

Programme Duration

Full Time: 6 months, 5 days a week

Part Time: 15 months, 2 days a week

Intakes Yearly


Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer / Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Art Director / Creative Director
  • Web Designer / Packaging Designer
  • Designpreneur

Entry Requirements

Specialist Diploma level

Direct Entry
Applicants will be enrolled directly into Specialist Diploma programmes if they meet the following criteria:

  • Singaporean and Singapore PR applicants: 3 GCE ‘O’ Level subjects including English with minimum C6 grade for each subject, or equivalent
  • 18 years old and above
  • Foreign applicants: Completion of Grade 10 taught in English or completion of Grade 10 not taught in English with minimum IELTS score of 5 or minimum TOEFL score of 55, or equivalent


Conditional Entry
Applicants will be given conditional entry into Specialist Diploma programmes based on the following criteria:

  • Submission of a design portfolio subjected to assessment by FMDS Academic Team AND
  • Submission of resume and Letter(s) of Identity from employer(s) for matured candidates of minimum 25 years of age with a minimum of 2 years of working experience in a related field AND
  • Completion of the FMDS Design Foundation programme with a minimum Credit grade

Financing Info

  • Installment and financing plans available.
  • Do reach out to our admissions team to find out more about financing your education!
  • Course fees are subjected to 7% GST.
  • First Media reserves the right to change, modify course fees without prior notice.