Programmes

Diploma

Interior Design

Develop your technical and professional skills, as well as a wider understanding of the built environment that is inextricably linked to industrial design and architecture.

At LASALLE, we define Interior Design as the act of creating engaging environments within and around existing spaces and structures. This entails the design and planning of a diverse array of spaces that span residential, leisure, retail, F&B, office, healthcare, hospitality and institutional spaces.

The programme exists as an independent setting for learning, teaching and extending contemporary spatial design methods. It aims to be at the forefront of interior design education and practice regionally and internationally.

The curriculum is based on a number of key design principles. Fundamental technical skills and vocational knowledge remain the focus and are supported through design investigations, explorations, experimentations and conceptual thinking methods. These are explored in a practice-based studio environment where traditional drafting and modelling techniques, as well as the latest in computer-aided drawing and visualisation are honed.

Knowledge of historical and contemporary design further develops your understanding of design in the built environment. The programme remains sensitive and relevant to the industry’s developments and demands through continuous links with industry partners.

The programme is unique, as it seeks not only to develop your technical skills, but also to supplement your professional skill with a wider knowledge and understanding of the built environment that is inextricably linked to the fields of industrial design and architecture. It prides itself on its practical yet unconventional approach to interior design within the Asian context, while being regionally and internationally relevant to what’s current in the design industry.

The studio-based environment mimics ‘design ateliers’, promoting the vibrant exchange of communication, information and ideas. These ateliers are facilitated by experienced staff, who boast a wealth of reputed local and international experiences and knowledge.

Personal professional development is embedded in the studio through the course of study, where you are exposed to the demands of the industry with continual engagement in local and international design competitions, live projects and exhibitions.

With its diverse market sectors and niches, employment is abundant, ranging from large architectural practices to smaller boutique consultancy firms. The education you receive at LASALLE competitively positions you in an advantageous light. Our graduates have found placements in award-winning local and international practices.

"I had the opportunities to share and discuss my work with students from other design disciplines. This has helped me to further develop my design ideas and improve on it."
Priandra Izzan
Diploma in Interior Design, Class of 2013

Course Details

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full Time

Modules
Level 1

You will share some common modules across the Diplomas, as well as discipline-specific modules. The shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the basic creative processes, art and design fundamentals, as well as technical and academic skills essential for your progression to Levels 2 and 3. The discipline-specific modules will introduce you to core knowledge and skills required as the first layer to your specialist areas.

Studio Practice 1A: Design (15 CU)
This module develops your core design practical skills as well as creative and conceptualisation skills. It introduces you to key design foundation skills, allowing you to progress into a design specialisation in Semester 2. Problem-solving processes, analytical thinking and craftsmanship are emphasised in various compositional, visual grammar and colour exercises.

Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module aims to introduce and develop your understanding of the basics of visual language pertaining to artmaking. It comprises three components: Drawing, Visual Articulation and Grey Matters. You will learn to observe, analyse, record and how to communicate visually.

Technical Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module equips you with the essential software skills in image-making. There are two components within the module: Digital Imaging, and Moving Images and Sound.

Contextual Studies 1A (15 CU)
This module introduces and develops your basic visual and cultural literacy. You will learn to identify and describe visual elements, and relate images and objects to culture and history through discussion, research, presentation and reflection.

Studio Practice 1B: Interior Design (15 CU)
This module introduces the basic fundamentals necessary for the education of an interior designer. It consists of diverse design projects that aid in the progressive development of technical and vocational skills necessary for the discipline.

Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1B (15 CU)
This module encourages you to explore and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1A module. It continues to include Drawing, Visual Articulation and Grey Matters. The components are designed to complement each other in order to develop in you a clear and thorough understanding of studio fundamentals in Art and Design.

Technical Skills 1B: Interior Design (15 CU)
This module equips you with critical technical skills, vocational knowledge and understanding to develop more core discipline specific skills in interior design.

Contextual Studies 1B (15 CU)
This module encourages you to explore the broader contexts of art, media and design. It further develops your ability to think and express, and articulate topics in various contexts through engagement in more in-depth discussion, research, presentation and reflection, within an expanded range of issues.

Level 2

You will be taught technical and design skills specific to Interior Design, with a directed approach that encourages reflection and an understanding of design. These essential skills, which you will acquire through group and individual project briefs, are closely aligned to the demands of the design industry. Coupled with an interdisciplinary environment where peer-to-peer learning and dialogues are encouraged, you will play a more active role in exploring the possibilities of your chosen area of study with a higher level of confidence.

Studio Practice 2A (30 CU)
This module further builds on the technical skills and vocational knowledge acquired in Level 1 by the gradual introduction of projects of greater complexities. Design projects progressively introduce practical and realistic considerations, where the emphasis is on the unconventional exploration of spaces.

Technical Studies 2A (15 CU)
This module focuses on a component of Building Technology. It offers key knowledge of structural systems and construction technology, with the focus on the structural components that make up an interior. It focuses on materials and elements that form interior details and furniture assemblies.

Contextual Studies 2A (15 CU)
This module engages you in studying through seminal texts and discussions on topics about design and its histories. You will extend your knowledge in theory from Level 1 and focus on design history, which are important links to your design practice.

Studio Practice 2B (30 CU)
This module further builds on the technical skills and vocational knowledge laid in Semester 1 by further developing your understanding of the design process, as well as the standards and expectations of the interior design industry.

Technical Studies 2B (15 CU)
This module focuses on a component of Building Technology. Building Technology 2 builds on the technical skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in Semester 1. In this module, lecture and seminar sessions provide an in-depth understanding of building services as well as material technologies and detailing. It focuses on the preparation of technical documentation, including design detailing, usage of materials and elements that form interior space.

Contextual Studies 2B (15 CU)
This module focuses on key themes related to Visual Culture. It introduces you to key theories in visual culture and their relevance to the study of design. You will investigate and study how visual meanings are produced by the various crossovers between art, design, popular image-making practices and the application of technology in design.

Level 3

You will undertake modules, which may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. You will be tasked to problem-solve and articulate ideas through a variety of briefs. There will be self-initiated industry placements and/or live projects, where you can gain an accurate understanding of the design industry associated with Interior Design.

Studio Practice 3A (30 CU)
This module serves as a crucial component in the education of an interior designer. It seeks to incorporate all the technical, vocational and conceptual skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme leading to the Design Project.

Industry Placement and Community Engagement 3A (15 CU)
This module requires you to engage in a range of industry-focused projects and/or community-based projects. You will be introduced to different industry practices that provide you with the opportunity to sit in different seminar sessions conducted by key industry professionals. You will also interact with the local community by offering your services in a creative and professional manner.

Contextual Studies 3A (15 CU)
This module carries on from the seminal text introduced to you in Level 2. You will continue to study how Design interrelates with other areas. In this module, you will examine the norms and conventions of the four major disciplines in Design: Fashion, Interior, Product and Design Communication. You will also synthesise how the disciplines of Design continue to develop alongside societal changes and various technological advancements.

Cross-Disciplinary Design Project: Design Clusters (30 CU)
This module helps you to develop a cross-disciplinary take on a project. You will be tasked to respond to a set brief, and will have to examine design-related disciplines and other specialised fields in relation to your own specialisation.

Industry Placement and Community Engagement 3B (15 CU)
This module, depending on the project undertaken in Semester 1, requires you to undertake at least one industry-based live project or community-based project. It complements your studio module and provides links to your personal and professional practice. It addresses ways in which you will take on a more mature approach to monitor, build and reflect upon your personal development as a designer, as you take the final leap into completing your course of study.

Contextual Studies 3B (15 CU)
This module builds on the knowledge you have acquired from previous levels and further explores the design discourse through a critical and interdisciplinary lens. You will examine responses from designers and experts from various disciplines to contemporary issues, like sustainable manufacturing, “smart materials”, the sharing economy, and so on. You will also expand your knowledge in design areas outside of your own disciplines and use this as an opportunity to reflect on your own position as a designer within a rigorous academic setting.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, critiques, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips. Studio work and group and solo projects will also become part of your student life. As part of industry-based learning, you will be involved in a live industry-related project or an industry placement.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
Interior Designer

Or make your mark in a related career:
Furniture Designer, Exhibition Designer or Stage Designer.

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Design
Head, School of Spatial & Product Design
Lecturer, Interior Design
Lecturer, Interior Design
Lecturer, Interior Design
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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 15 February 2019
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 29 March 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4

 


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL
Diploma 5.5 PBT IBT
525 71

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

As an applicant, you are required to take an Admissions Test or submit a portfolio and attend an interview. 

Option 1: Admissions Test 

  • This test is only available to applicants from Singapore and in selected cities.
  • You will be notified of the required materials to bring along for the Admissions Test. 
  • After the Admissions Test, an interview will be conducted. During the interview, you are required to share your motivation in pursuing the Diploma programme that you have applied to. 
  • If you are an international applicant who has undertaken and passed the Admissions Test, a Skype/phone interview will be arranged at a later date. 

Option 2: Portfolio 
Your portfolio should contain a minimum of 10 pieces of original, recently completed work. 

Label each work as follows: 
(i) Title of your work (if any)
(ii) Medium used
(iii) Month/year created 

Your work may be inspired by a movie or book. 

Your portfolio should include at least two of the following categories: Paintings, drawings, collages, posters, sculptures, digital images (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc), photographs and/or video clips. 

Your portfolio should consist of works created solely by yourself (not from a photograph, magazine, or copied from a reproduction of another source). The artworks should have be completed within the last five years. 

During the interview, you are required to participate in a discussion about the content of your portfolio. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the following attributes: 

  • Readiness to participate in different learning environments 
  • An inclination to learn through exploration and experimentation 
  • A keen interest to acquire knowledge of the Visual Arts 
  • Good studentship i.e. time management, independent, learning integrity, etc. 
Fees
Components

Tuition Fees

DIPLOMA TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2019 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)

Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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Frequently Asked Questions

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