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Diploma in Illustration

Offered by: The One Academy of Communication Design
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Exam BodyInternal Diploma, The One Academy
Course Duration3 Years
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CampusBandar Sunway & Penang
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyAudio-visual Techniques & Media Production
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Course Description

Illustration major is a 3-year course comprising 9 semesters. The first year of your diploma programme consist of studio work augmented by slide lectures, demonstrations, field trips and critiques. In these courses, students learn to manipulate the principles and elements of art while developing technical skills with various tools and media. This enables students to expand their critical thinking and deepen their understanding of visual language, which can be applied to concepts and materials encountered in major programs and in the professional world. The second year of coursework provides an understanding of the closely related fields of illustration especially into the entertainment design and comic drawing field, in order to broaden students’ career potential and creative scope. At graduate level, students build on their existing skills to reach a higher level of professionalism. Graduate students create a substantial body of work, producing comprehensive portfolios in preparation for career in the art design and entertainment industries. In addition, the illustration department also hosts prominent illustrators, art directors and artist representatives as guest speakers to enable students to have the opportunity to gain real-world experience knowledge.



  • Pencil
  • Gouache
  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic (on Canvas & Gesso)
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Corel Painter
  • Google SketchUp
  • Blender


  • Language and Communication Skills
  • History of art and Design
  • Survey of S.E.A Art and Culture


  • Business and Marketing


  • Seminar and Workshops
  • Portfolio Presentation


  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Visual Communication
  • Perspective Studies
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Light and Mood Studies
  • Medium and Technique
  • Creative Workshop
  • Comic Workshop
  • Typography Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Production Sketching
  • Visual Development
  • Concept Design
  • Digital Matte Painting
  • Cinematic Storyboarding
  • Practical Project

(Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academy Board and MQA.)

Entry Requirements

Pass in SPM with minimum 3 credits including a pass in English, Bahasa Melayu & History

Intake Months

January, April, August

Career Prospects

After graduating, students may begin work in one of the following:

  • International/Local Advertising Agencies
  • Game Production House
  • 2D / 3D Animation production House
  • VFX Production Studio
  • Design Studios
  • Corporate In-House Design Division
  • TV/Film Production House
  • Publication House
  • Art Education College / Centre
  • Your own Illustration Studio

Students may pursue a career as a/an :

  • Illustrator
  • Visualiser
  • Digital Artist
  • Matte Painter
  • Comic Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Conceptual Rendering Artist
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Director
  • Film Director

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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