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Specialist Diploma in Digital Design

(User Interface Design & User Experience Design, UI/UX)

Intakes: Monthly Intakes Available 

Equip yourself with the latest strategies, techniques and technologies used by leading professionals to develop world-class, compelling user experience design. Our Specialist Diploma programme in UI/UX offers a quick start to building your own professional-grade portfolio. Dive into a curriculum that will enable you to create your own websites and mobile applications! You will also learn fundamental digital marketing skills to create campaigns that will increase web traffic and expand your digital presence.

UI/UX focuses on a user-centric approach to design and is listed as one of the top 5 most needed skill sets on Linkedin.

user interface and user experience

What will you learn? 

Module 1: Digital Marketing Fundamentals
This module is aimed at Students to learn about how digital marketing works. They will be introduced to the concept of marketing funnels, as well as organic and paid marketing methods through popular platforms such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Module 2: Design Thinking for Digital Marketing

This module is aimed to teach Students how to strategize ads using the non-linear iterative design thinking methodology. Students will be introduced to the basics of persona building, empathy mapping, idea generation and prototyping of ads. They will learn how to prototype an advertising creative, creating an attractive headline and copywriting.

Module 3: Graphic Design Essentials (Adobe Photoshop)

This module is aimed at teaching Students how to recognise and discern between different kinds of visuals from different styles. Students will also learn about the characteristics of visuals such as size, resolution and colour profile. Based on this knowledge, Students will learn how to manipulate and enhance visuals using Adobe Photoshop.

Module 4: Art Direction and Photography

This module is aimed to teach Students to plan a strategy for a video production. They will learn how to incorporate the “three-part-act” into their strategy for storytelling. They will do this by firstly learning the key considerations in video filming, including angles, lighting, shots and scenes. They will also learn how to create film storyboards and to align scripts with scenes.

Module 5: Idea Generation Techniques

This module is aimed at teaching Students how to generate ideas through the use of popular idea generation techniques. This will be composed of ideas for design as well as ideas for business innovation. They will also learn how to come up with logo ideas appropriate to a brand.

Module 6: User Interface Design

This module is aimed at teaching Students how to use design thinking to discover the elements of a good user interface. They will learn about choosing intuitive icons based on current industry standards. Students will also learn how to create wireframes and a mobile app prototype using Adobe XD.

Module 7: Implement Design Thinking (User Experience)

This module is aimed at teaching Leaners how to apply the philosophy of design thinking to a digital audience. It covers the application of a holistic design thinking approach to empathise, define the problem, ideate, prototype and test their proposed solutions.

Module 8: Graphic Illustrations and Design Fundamentals (Adobe Illustrator)

This module is aimed at introducing students to the techniques and processes involved in designing 2D digital collaterals. Students will be exposed to digital drawing techniques that can be used to create logos, infographics and “electronic direct mailers” (EDMs). They will also learn to integrate visual appeal with functionality int their designs.

Module 9: Web Development and Design

This module is aimed at teaching Students how to develop a website using familiar tools and languages. They will learn about the differences between static, responsive and dynamic web development. They will lean about using HTML and applying CSS to the websites they develop. They will learn how to plan out their website development using workflow processes that enable them to clearly lay out their website building project.

Module 10: Final Major Project (Digital Design Campaign Concept; Execution and Implementation)

The final major project is a research-based module that integrates concepts and work from throughout the program.  The module is designed for students to expound their skillset in one unified project. This project would test Students’ ability in the areas of digital design to build or improvise a new or existing brand, conceptualise its marketing messages through the application of digital design to build a brand visual identity system through the creation of digital collaterals.

Programme Fees

In SGD – Inclusive of GST

$379 (24-month instalment)

$607 (15-month instalment)

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Intakes

January, April, July, October

Programme Duration

Full Time: 6 months, 5 days a week

Part Time: 15 months, 3 days a week

Teacher to Student Ratio

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer / Packaging Designer
  • Art Director / Creative Director
  • Brand Consultant / Manager
  • Web 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: 5 ‘N’ 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

Useful Information

Graduation Requirements 

For the successful graduation from any FMDS qualification, students are required to pass all modules. For Specialist Diploma, Diploma and Advanced Diploma students, they are additionally required to successfully complete their Final Major Projects as well.

Assessment and Examination Methods

Assessments for each of the modules under each qualification is based on a student project to be completed by the student. It will be conducted by a qualified examiner to be appointed by the school. Students will be given ample time to prepare their deliverables for assessment and the assessment date will be informed in advance. The appointed examiner will grade student assessments based on a standardised gradesheet given by the school. Students are also entitled to appeal the grades they receive should they feel that there was either a procedural error, evidence of a failure of supervision or other extenuating circumstances.

Requirements of Industry Attachments

 Students which sign up for the Advanced Diplomas will be required to undergo an industrial attachment programme at the tail end of their studies. Students will be matched up with a participating partner to undergo this industrial attachment where they will receive on-the-job training in the following: design and management, human relations, computer applications, cost implications, safety measures, quality control, productivity and marketing.