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BA(ID) Industrial Design (Hons.) Programme

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

18500 SGD
8700 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
School of Design & Environment
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The B.A. (ID) programme at NUS was first offered in 1999 with support from the Faculty of Engineering and School of Business. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, B.A. (ID), is a four-year undergraduate honours programme, consisting of courses crafted with our synergistic three-pronged approach:

  • Design Thinking: Out-of-box innovation strategies and investigative methods to discover new ideas and unmet needs.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Aptitudes: Behavioral sciences, social economics, business strategy, engineering and technology knowledgedevelop  entrepreneurial strategic thinking and holistic problem-solving.
  • Artistic Sensibility: Training of imagination, taste, and craft-like ability to give pleasing and appropriate aesthetics and emotion to ideas, through traditional and 2D/3D digital means, so that solutions are both functional and desirable.

The combined approaches equip the graduates with high-level strategic thinking, and enable them to translate problems and ideas to tangible, desirable solutions, i.e. meaningful products, environments and experiences that people love to have, love to use - and those which have a big impact on lives.

In these platforms, students tackle both conceptual and real-life projects led by our industry collaborators, e.g. Asus, Dell, L'Oreal, Estee Lauder, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Tupperware, Toshiba, Osim, ICI, Swarovski, HansGrohe, Risis and Nakamichi.

Students may customize their individual course during the 4 years by selecting from amongst these different industry platforms - Each student will get the opportunity to be involved in 6-7 of these projects.

The programme has been proven to be effective in grooming students for the design and related industries. Apart from the success in local and international competitions and awards, recent graduates have achieved recognition in gaining scholarships for further studies as well as being placed in well-known design practices and reputable companies. 

Career Opportunities
Students are educated to become expert innovators and master problem-solvers. These attributes make them highly valuable in any industry.

Graduates pursue careers as industrial designers, interaction designers, brand and packaging designers, design managers, product managers and innovation consultants. It is also possible for industrial designers to rise to corporate leadership levels in the areas of creative innovation or design. These are highly-coveted positions, such as Chief Designer, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), etc.

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Eligibility Criteria

The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.

 Please note that only IELTS and/or TOEFL scores obtained in the two years leading up to 1 March of the year of application will be considered. For instance, for applications closing on 1 March 2016, the validity period for the scores is from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2016 (both dates inclusive).

Students are required to take all essential modules offered in the semester to which they have progressed, provided they have passed the relevant prerequisites. In addition, they may take modules to satisfy University and other requirements. ‘Fulfilling' Modular Credits means reading and passing the modules, which carry the Modular Credits.

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Course Modules

  • University Requirements MCS:20
  • General Education Modules (GEM) MCS: 20
  • Programme Requirements MCS: 120
  • Essential modules taken within the Department MCS:120
  • Unrestricted Electives (UE) MCS:20

Students are required to read one of the below modules as Breadth in Year 2:

  • MKT2413 Marketing Research
  • MKT2401 Asian Markets & Marketing Management
  • MKT2411 Retail Entrepreneurship
  • MKT2412 Global Marketing
  • DSC2006 Operations Management
  • TR2201 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • TR2202 Technological Innovation
  • TR3001 New Product Development

List of Unrestricted Electives

  • ID2113 Visual Communication Design
  • ID3122 Innovation & Design
  • ID3123 Interaction Design
  • ID2112 Digital Design & Fabrication
  • ID2122 Ecodesign & Sustainability
  • ID3124 Creative Communication & Design Argumentation

Teaching Approach
Design modules are taught through design studios. Critique sessions will form part of the studio procedure in teaching. Lecture modules include formal lectures, followed by seminars/tutorials.

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

The Fees mentioned above is payable by students in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant.

But the Fees payable by students not in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant (Inclusive of GST) would be S$ 38,450

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