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In a rapidly evolving world, designers need to equip themselves with the relevant skillsets to give themselves a stronger competitive edge. To support you in your training needs, the DesignSingapore Council has put together a list of online design and non-design related courses that may be relevant for designers and design businesses.

For more learning resources, you can visit the SkillsFuture Singapore [SSG] Training Exchange Portal, and sign up for SSG accredited courses which can help you enhance your capabilities. For more information on SSG accredited courses, please access the SkillsFuture Singapore website. In addition, you can also access Udemy and General Assembly for more information on other related courses.

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For more information on the courses, please contact the respective course providers. If you would like to be included in the listing or have other enquiries, please contact the Industry Development Office at industry@designsingapore.org. The services listed below are not endorsed by the DesignSingapore Council. 

Course Types 

Design related courses

Graphic Design

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the ArtsCreative DesignThe course will guide you through designing and developing your own creative poster design, print publication and digital publication using design principles with Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Click the link for more information.  More info
OnlineLocal 
Lasalle College of the Arts
Fundamentals of Graphic Design
This course will allow you to explore and develop the creative process of making visual collaterals that can move ideas and communicate effectively with the target audience. Click the link for more information.  More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the Arts
Introduction to Type and Identity DesignThis course focuses on equipping learners with essential skills and knowledge in identity design. You will get to craft and design logo and brand identities and learn the basic elements of colour psychology, typography, design principles, market research and brand personalities. Click the link for more information. More info
OnlineInternationalM.A.D School by Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Professional Certificate in Editorial Design
The course will teach you on digital publishing tools and techniques for publication design, and gain insights into the professional practice of editorial designers. Above all, they will be apt in conceptual development, editorial design process and have practical publishing skills to create the personality and tone for their publication to engage defined target audiences. Click the link for more information.       
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OnlineInternationalM.A.D School by Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Professional Workshop in Typography & Communication Design 
This typography course provides students with the theoretical and practical experiences of typography as a visual language and its application in visual communication design. Students will learn the history of type, anatomy, terminology, type classifications, principles of typography, typographic layout, type aesthetic and type choices consideration. The emphasis includes in-depth understanding on the role, purpose and function of typography. Click the link for more information.         
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OnlineInternationalM.A.D School by Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy
Professional Certificate in Communication Design
The Professional Certificate in Communication Design aims to provide students with a stronger fundamental skill set in visual literacy and technical executions. With a strong foundational pillar in place, students are able to make better decisions before execution; having strong technical skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator makes it easier for them to achieve their desired outcome. The course also acts as an ‘introductory package’ to design, crafted even for people without a design background but want to upgrade themselves, as design fundamentals can be applied to all aspects of life.​ Click the link for more information.
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OnlineInternationalUdemyGraphic Design Masterclass – Learn Great Design
The course will provide you with a deep understanding of typography, color theory, photos, layout, blocking and other design theory and skills including creating logos and branding packages for potential clients. You will master the techinques in essential vector design tools in Adobe Illustrator. Click the link for more information.  
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Fashion

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the Arts
Design & Construction of Men’s JacketsThe course will focus on the secrets of making a high-quality men’s jacket, which will train you on fit and style, accurate measuring, figure observation and adjustment of faults. Click the link for more information.  More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the Arts
Design & Construction of Men’s ShirtsThis course will teach participants how master tailors construct a shirt and give it a professional finish. Click the link for more information.     More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the ArtsDesign & Construction of Men’s TrousersLearn essential techniques of trousers measurement, drafting, methods of construction and tips on how to put it all together. Click the link for more information.    More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the ArtsFashion IllustrationLearn basic fashion illustration techniques using a variety of media such as markers, colour pencils, ink and pastels. Click the link for more information.       More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the ArtsSewing Techniques of Top, Skirts, Pants, Dress and Jacket Making PatternFrom basic sewing techniques to accurate pattern making and construction skills, this course will show you how to make a top, skirt, pants, dress and women’s jacket from start to finish. Learn to draft and adapt your patterns to create different styles of high quality tops, skirts, pants, dresses and jackets that look professional.More info
BlendedLocalLasalle College of the ArtsJewellery IllustrationFrom generating visual concepts to illustrating designs on paper, take your jewellery idea to the next level with this course. Learn basic jewellery sketching and drawing techniques using colour pencils and artist gouache to illustrate gold, silver, diamonds and gemstones. Click the link for more information. More info
OnlineInternationalIAP Career College
Fashion Designer Certificate CourseThis course will equip you with important principles and practical step-by-step techniques to get started in a career as a professional fashion designer. Click the link for more information.More info

Packaging Design

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineInternationalM.A.D School by Chatsworth Medi@rt AcademyProfessional Workshop in Packaging and Print TechnologyThis course offers students an in-depth study of the principles of packaging design and the design process from concepts to three-dimensional forms. Click the link for more information.         More info
OnlineInternationalM.A.D School by Chatsworth Medi@rt AcademyProfessional Certificate in Packaging DesignThe Packaging and Print Technology module offers students an in-depth study of the principles of packaging design and the design process from concepts to three-dimensional forms. Not only will students explore the key concepts of a packaging design development process, they will also learn about structural construction, technicalities, print production, packaging materials, mechanisms and the overall presentation of the packaging. Click the link for more information.   More info

Product Design

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineInternationalElle EducationProduct DesignThe short course will help you acquire skills to create personalized and unique design pieces. Throughout the 2 months duration of the program, you will gain a deep understanding of the product design sector and grasp the main aspects of a product design project. You will also learn to develop your own product design project and communicating it to the client. Click the link for more information.          

Non-design related courses

Dealing with crisis

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineLocalBritish CouncilBitesize 90 virtual workshopsBitesize 90min virtual workshops in communication skills training for those who have to host virtual meetings, teleconferences and manage teams remotely. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalLinkedIn LearningManaging in Difficult TimesThis course introduces important tools for keeping you and your team focused, inspired, and effective during times of change or crisis. Learn how to build self-awareness, achieve clarity and focus, keep innovating despite volatility, and develop a committed team that is resilient in the face of change.  Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalLinkedIn Learning
Crisis ManagementEvery organization needs to plan how to communicate internally and externally in the event of a crisis. The course walks participants through the process of preparing the organization to communicate with employees, customers, suppliers, media, and the public at large. It covers identifying audiences, assembling a crisis response team, crafting an initial statement, and evaluating response once the crisis has passed.  Click the link for more information.More info

Marketing

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineInternationalGeneral AssemblyDigital MarketingIn this course, you will build confidence and capability to apply modern marketing strategies on the job and drive growth with multichannel campaigns powered by data and customer insight. Click the link for more information.      More info
OnlineInternationalThe New SchoolDigital MarketingThe Digital Marketing Certificate seeks to develop digital strategies and tactical approaches across a range of platforms, leverage social media, and reach new audiences to support businesses of all kinds. Click the link for more information. More info
OnlineInternationalSkillshareDigital MarketingThis programme is a series of online courses on digital marketing, digital strategies, business analytics and entrepreneurship. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalMarket Motive – Masters in Digital Marketing CourseDigital MarketingThis course gives a overview on marketing strategy,  digital channels and data analytics. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalDigital Marketing InstituteBecome a Certified Digital Marketing ProfessionalThis comprehensive digital marketing course teaches key digital marketing skills required for the modern workplace and learn Google Ads, social media marketing and SEO, Google Analytics, mobile marketing. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternational
Digital Marketing InstituteSocial Media MarketingThis specialized online social marketing course covering Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram gives you the skills, know-how, strategy and techniques to be that change. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalDigital Marketing InstituteDigital and Social SellingThis dynamic online social selling course gives participants the social selling tools and techniques essential as part of any successful sales strategy. Click the link for more information.
BlendedInternationalCantley Lifecare
Facebook Ads courseLearn to set up your first social media marketing with Facebook Ads in this workshop, helping you to drive visitors and sales to your website or landing page. Click the link for more information.
OnlineInternationalHyper Island
Digital Strategy CourseThis course willl help you understand the changes in consumer behavior and the impact of digital business models and client journeys and know how the networked society will impact businesses, individuals, and society. You will create a sustainable and adaptable digital strategy, to meet customer demand and your business’ vision. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalDigital Marketing InstituteDigital Strategy & PlanningThis course is a certification in digital marketing, provides knowledge in digital communications, analytics, marketing automation, budget & strategy formulation and more. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalLinkedIn LearningSocial Listening for issues and crisis managementIn this course, you will learn how to incorporate social listening in an organization’s marketing strategy, how to set up your social listening dashboard, tune into the right online conversations, and use social listening to discover insights that could lead to new products and opportunities. Click the link for more information.More info

Branding

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
BlendedLocalSMU AcademyBrand Building for DigitalThe key goal of this 2-day course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle digital brand engagement and drive innovative marketing strategy through customer-centricity. Participants will rethink the customer journey to help them build positive and relevant experiences across all channels and touchpoints. Click the link for more information.More info
BlendedLocalC-Academy by CreativeansBuilding and Enduring BrandFind out more about:

1) What exactly is a brand?

2) What great brands do differently from mediocre brands?

3)The BrandBuilder™ methodology to building a strong brand.
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BlendedLocalC-Academy by CreativeansBrand BuildingOur 1-Day Business BrandBuilder™ Workshop helps you to see, understand and navigate your brand strategically.

Facilitated by Yulia Saksen, a certified management consultant and co-author of branding book ‘Are You Brand Dead?’, this comprehensive workshop will reveal the mystery of branding through practical examples and interactive activities, and introduce methodologies so you can build a strong brand for your organisation. Click the link for more information.
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BlendedInternationalM.A.D SchoolProfessional Workshop in BrandingThe Branding module covers the important aspects of branding and focuses on areas such as what makes a brand, its worth, the business and creative sides, brand image, personality, identity and equity. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineLocal Course providerQEDArticulating Business Narratives via Data StorytellingWith data and analytics becoming increasingly important to organisations, the ability to translate data into stories and numbers into narratives that effectively communicate insights and ideas to convince key stakeholders becomes an essential skillset for any professional to have. This 2-day workshop goes beyond data visualisation and chart creation, to equip you with deep knowledge and skills on how design a convincing, evidence-based business story using data and a storytelling framework.More Info

Business Fundamentals

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse Description
Link 
OnlineLocalIPOS and SUSSIntellectual Property (IP) Essentials for BusinessesA complimentary course which seeks to equip participants with a basic understanding of how various types of intellectual property law can be applied to support and drive an organisation’s activities. The content, pedagogy and methodology of this course are structured in a way that allows participants to review the course materials at their own pace. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineLocalIPOS, UniLearrn and SUSS
Applying IP Fundamentals in BusinessAccelerate towards success with a better understanding of intellectual property (IP) law and how it can be applied to drive your business goals. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineLocalLasalle College of the ArtsFashion Business: EntrepreneurshipLearn techniques on data analytics and identify your data set including repurposing, charting, and pivoting data. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalLinkedIn LearningLearning Data AnalyticsLearn techniques on data analytics and identify your data set including repurposing, charting, and pivoting data. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalLinkedIn LearningCash Flow FundamentalsThis course teaches small business owners and their staff to think beyond the bank to build and grow a financially healthy business. The topics includes organizing your business, managing cash flow, choosing the right financial partners, borrowing to accelerate growth, putting your money to work, and protecting your business. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalINSEADBusiness Strategy and Finance PerformanceThe programme will help you understand how a company’s strategic agenda can evolve, and how you can use that understanding to better identify opportunities for profitable differentiation.  Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalThe New SchoolFashion BusinessThis program offers the basics in business practices for anyone interested in the fashion industry, providing practical and theoretical foundations for industry or entrepreneurial careers. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalDelft University of TechnologyDesign Practice in BusinessIn this Design Practice in Business course, you’ll follow the lead of big successful companies who already create new business opportunities and spark innovation by practicing design. Click the link for more information.More info

Digital Transformation

Mode of CourseLocal / International Course ProviderCourse ProviderCourse NameCourse DescriptionLink
OnlineInternationalBerkeley ExecEdDigital Transformation (online)This programme culminates with a capstone project where participants create an action plan for a challenge at a level that is appropriate for their role or responsibility. Click the link for more information. More info
OnlineInternationalMIT Management Exec EDDigital Transformation: Platform Strategies for SuccessIn this course you will learn about the fundamentals of digital transformation, identify why platforms beat products, and how can you make your business a platform. It will equip you with the knowledge on governing your platform, strategically evaluating your competition, and provides you with a futuristic view of digital transformation across industries. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalUniversity of CambridgeDigital Disruption: Digital Transformation Strategies This programme provides research-based insights on disruptive innovations and what it takes to build and manage successful business models in this complex era. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalNorthwestern UniversityKellogg Digital Transformation ProgramThis programme will take you through rigorous training spread over online and physical lessons to develop the skillset in analysing how trending technologies can be leveraged to improve business. Click the link for more information.More info
OnlineInternationalStanford UniversityStandford Digital Transformation CertificateThis program provides a comprehensive framework for implementing digital transformation throughout your company. It brings together proven tools and techniques that can be applied across business units — from HR and Finance to Marketing and Product/Service Development to Manufacturing and Sales — to make your company’s transformation complete, sustainable, and effective. Click the link for more information.More info

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