Frequently Asked Questions

Admission

  • 1. What are the admission requirements?

    GCE A Levels or any international academic equivalent/ Diploma awarded by a local Polytechnic in Singapore. Apply here.

  • 2. Indicative Grade Profile?

    The grade profile of A-level applicants offered places in Industrial Design in 2019/20 was: 90th percentile- AAA/A, and 10th percentile- ABB/C.

    The GPAs of Polytechnic applicants offered places in Industrial Design in 2019/20 was: 90th percentile: 3.97, and 10th percentile: 3.88.

  • 3. Does the Division of Industrial Design consider discretionary admission?

    Yes. The Division will consider admitting students who do not meet the cut-off points, base on non-academic factors such as: demonstrated ability and interest in design and/or other forms of creative exploits, work experience, leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, and exceptional talent, subject to a minimum level of academic competence.

    Applicants who wish to be considered for Aptitude-based admissions must provide details under the "Outstanding Achievements" section of the online admission application form. Supporting documents are not required to be submitted with the online application. However, applicants must be able to provide a set of supporting documents for this section when they are invited by to attend the admission interview.

  • 4. Are exemptions granted to diploma holders?

    Yes, diploma holders who are given Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) - in design modules (ID 1103 and ID 1104) can complete the BA (Industrial Design) course in 3 years. Refer here.

  • 5. Are there any scholarships and financial aid available?

    Yes. Read the NUS Office of Admissions' section on Scholarships here and Financial Aid here.

  • 6. Is there an admissions test and interview?

    Yes. All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an interview at the Division. Before the interview candidates undertake a short design exercise. The exercise is discussed during the interview - check out our Prep Kit!

  • 7. Do I need to have a portfolio?

    No, you do not need to have a portfolio. For the admissions interview, we welcome you to bring along your creative dabblings so we can get to know you better. It can be photographs, drawings, paintings, and diy projects etc.

  • 8. Must I know how to draw?

    No, although it is an added bonus, drawing is not a prerequisite as it is only one of many components needed in the course. Also, it is a skill which you will be taught in the programme, and you can practice to further improve.

  • 9. Is the BA(Industrial Design) programme offered on a part-time basis?

    No. The 4-year BA(Industrial Design) programme is only offered on a full-time basis.

Application

  • 1. When is the application deadline?

    Refer here . For 'A' Levels applicants, application for AY2020 will commence at the end of February. For Polytechnic Diploma applicants, application for AY2020 has commenced from 1 Feb to 21 Feb 2020.

  • 2. How do I apply?

    Refer here for the application guide. Join us in our Telegram Channel here (managed by seniors ID students hoping to help out prospective juniors) as we walk you through your admissions application journey.

  • 3. When is the faculty interview?

    Shortlisted applicants must attend the interview either on 3 or 4 April 2020. Refer here . Applicants will be notified via the Online Application Status Facility if they are shortlisted. SMS alert will be sent to shortlisted candidates who have provided a valid Singapore mobile number in their admissions application form.

  • 4. When do I accept the Letter of Offer?

    Successful applicants are required to accept the admission offer online via Common Acceptance Platform by the deadline shown in your electronic offer letter. Refer here.

  • 5. What if I'm a Returning NS Man?

    NUS will reserve a place for you if you are serving full-time National Service (NS) in Singapore. You will only enrol after the completion of your full-time NS obligation, or if you are granted disruption by MINDEF. Refer here.

Curriculum

  • 1. What is the course structure?

    The B.A. (ID) (Hons) curriculum is divided into 3 main progressive levels, namely Design Fundamentals, Design Platforms and Final Year Thesis.

    Students learn fundamental design knowledge, skills and capabilities in the first 3 semesters (Design Fundamentals), put these into practice in the next 4 semesters through a series of conceptual and industry projects (Design Platforms), and finally demonstrate their proficiency with a thesis project in the final year (Final Year Thesis).

    Refer here for AY1920 timetable, do note that taking up Industrial Design UEs are optional as students are given the freedom to choose UEs from other faculties and plan their timetable accordingly. More information here.

  • 2. What is Design Fundamentals about?

    In the first 2 semesters, students acquire fundamental knowledge, skills and aptitudes in industrial design. This is achieved with a succession of small-scaled design exercises that focus on specific areas of learning in detail.

    In the 3rd semester, Design for Context and Sustainability consolidates all the prior learnings into one complete, coherent, industry-relevant project where students learn to manage and go through a comprehensive design process from research to execution, with sustainability factors incorporated as critical consideration.

  • 3. What are Design Platforms?

    Change your industry every 13 weeks. Learn different design approaches from individual platform leaders and industry collaborators.

    Our Design Platforms allow students to tailor their individual course of learning by selecting and participating in 2 concurrent design studios from a range of 6 to 8 different design projects offered every semester - ranging from furniture design, healthcare design, consumer electronics design, transportation design, apps and interaction design, retail design, conceptual design, service design and more. Check out the wide range of exciting topics here.

    The vertical format of design platforms facilitates cross-year learning of ideas, skills and methods while junior students work alongside and/or compete with senior students. This arrangement reflects the prevalent importance of group dynamics in industry practice, where design teams often comprise of junior designers, senior designers, and sometimes a creative director.

  • 4. What is the Final Year Thesis about?

    In the 4th year, students have the opportunity to self-initiate a project according to their areas of interest through research and investigating opportunities. The major topics addressed in developing a comprehensive project include research methodology, brief formulation, project planning techniques, information search and documentation, product analysis and evaluation, concept development and selection process for design development, design detailing and final market implementation.

    At this final year level, students would learn to form and evaluate value judgments on design decisions that ensures design proposals meet with rationalized and functional criterion as well as less tangible qualities of the aesthetic. Successful graduates will demonstrate innovation and competency in industrial design.

  • 5.Where can I travel to for the Student Exchange Programme?

    Around two-thirds of each cohort goes for a one-semester overseas exchange programme during their 3rd year to distinguished design schools. Our partner schools include:


    Tsinghua University, China
    Zhejiang University, China
    ENSCI, France
    ENSAD, France
    Institut Superieur Design, France
    Strate School of Design, France
    Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
    TU Delft, The Netherlands
    TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    KAIST, South Korea
    ECAL, Switzerland
    Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Information is updated as of 19 February 2020, and subjected to change.

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