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Background of Institution

The One Academy of Communication Design

Since its inception in 1991, The One Academy has always been committed to actively nurturing creative talents. It is now renowned as a top notch international art and design institute, crowned with various international awards and recognitions.

Over the years, The One Academy has been upholding the 'Masters Train Masters' teaching approach at the pinnacle of creativity, by mobilising professional masters to impart industry-driven and practical knowledge to students, enabling them to become outstanding achievers in the worldwide creative arena.

International awards and recognition

The international awards and recognition garnered by The One Academy students showcase their outstanding creativity on achievement-oriented results, ensuring a repeat success in the global arena.

Among the top accolades gained around the world include D&AD Student Award, Asiagraph Award, Autodesk Panorama Asia Pacific, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Summit International Awards USA, Horizon Interactive Award USA, Japan Media Arts Festival, TBS DigiCon6 Awards Japan, Excellence Award at JVC Tokyo Video Festival,  Asian Youth Animation & Comics Contest (AYACC), and Hiiibrand International Logo Design Award, among others.

The One Academy students have also garnered many more regional accolades, including The Excellence! Award of the Hong Kong Design Association (HKDA) Awards, Swiss Embassy Logo Design Award, Crowbar Awards (by 4As Singapore), and an advertising competition by 4As Malaysia, the Kancil Awards, where The One Academy students have won 48 medals over the past seven years.

International Collaborations

The One Academy of Communication Design

In line with the Masters Train Masters teaching philosophy, The One Academy is constantly involved in major international collaborations with the best names in the industry, which affirms its credentials as a dominant educational entity in the global creative industry.

The One Academy unprecedentedly invited Pixar experts namely, Andrew Gordon (Animation Director), Matthew Luhn (Head of Story), Ricky Nierva (Art Director & Lead of Production Design) to speak to both industry professionals and students. The masters behind the animated features Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc. & Monsters University spoke to both industry professionals and students, covering a wide range of topics that include bringing characters to life, providing participants the tools they need to help create their own blockbusters featuring their own stories.

To further inspire its students to develop various qualities cherished in the industry, The One Academy featured Art in Video Games exhibition help in partnership with Ubisoft, the top game producer in the world. The exhibition showcased a range of stunning concept art works, produced for famous gaming titles such as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and the image of Singapore's Chinatown created for Ghost Recon: Online.

Students also learned professionalism in the other learning experiences held by The One Academy, during its series of International 3D Animation Mastersclass & Seminars, under its partnership with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC), where a team of world-renowned animators from Disney.Pixar whom have contributed greatly to the making of Toy Story series, shared their expertise. Other masters also include Ubisoft, Lucasfilm, Rhythm & Hues, experts such as Oscar winner Doug Chiang, as well as creative marketing gurus from advertising agencies such as TBWA\TEQUILA, McCann Erickson, NagaDDB to share their insights, and of course, employing Mike L. Murphy who has participated in the production of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings and Eduardo Pena, Hollywood Concept Artist for movies like The Hobbit: 1, 2 & 3, Transcendence (2014), Lucy (2014) and more.

The One Academy has become the recruitment ground of many multinational corporations, especially when managers from top video game publisher Ubisoft, producer of Star Wars series Lucasfilm, and visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues, have all visited The One Academy regularly to seek fresh talents.

Successful graduates

The One Academy of Communication Design

Many of The One Academy graduates have spread their wings throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries, either playing vital roles in the creative field or having kicked start their own businesses.

Advertising & Graphic Design graduate Tattfoo Tan runs his own art and design gallery in New York and is a Design Consultant to many prominent brands. He received the Excellence in Design award from the Public Design Commission of New York and made Malaysia proud as an award-winner artist.

Illustration graduate Jerome Moo is Digital Artist of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) at Lucasfilm Animation Singapore (LAS), a fully integrated Digital Animation studio that produces digital media and games content for global market. One of his highly-acclaimed projects with LAS includes the blockbuster hit Iron Man.

Tan Bee Jin graduated in Illustration from The One Academy and set off to the United States to venture into the film industry as a compositor and motion graphic artist for award-winning movies such as Fantastic Four: Silver Surfer and John Woo's Red Cliff.

Ng Chun Seong is a Digital Animation graduate who is a Senior Modeller in special effects studio Hydraulx on award-winning blockbuster films such as Jumper, The Incredible Hulk, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Fast & Furious, 2010, Avatar and more. He was also part of the team that won an Oscar for best achievement in visual effects, through the silver screen blockbuster The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The One Academy's Just World-Class Results

The One Academy students will experience heightened evolution in concept development and creativity with its 'Just World-Class Achievements' teaching philosophy, giving them a quantum leap to garner high-profile career in international creative industry upon their graduation. They are coached by practising industry gurus, with state of the art facilities, as well as industry-driven syllabus, all meant to gear them up with the cutting-edge industry-related creative knowledge and practice, getting them ready for the real-world. Besides having a strong artistic atmosphere, the institute is also equipped with many advanced facilities that help create a cohesive learning environment for students.

Best Brand of Education Exemplified

Lauded for being one of the best education brands around, The One Academy was awarded three times The BrandLaureate's Best Brand in Education – Creative Communication Art & Design by The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF). A Special Award was conferred to The One Academy by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in recognition of the academy's achievement in holding the best record for producing global high achievers.

Word-Class Creative Education

The One Academy of Communication Design

As a MQA-accredited college with MSC-status that aims to nurture quality homegrown talents, The One Academy of Communication Design also offers 3+0 UK bachelor's degree programmes in partnership with one of the top ranked universities in the UK, the University of Hertfordshire. Through this prestigious UK design degree programmes, namely BA (Hons) Interactive Media Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design courses, young aspiring youths are able to pursue an excellent UK design education locally and acquire uncompromised creative education.

In addition, The One Academy has also formed official affiliations with reputable design universities and colleges worldwide such as University of Hertfordshire, Birmingham City of University (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), University of the West of England and Teesside University in United Kingdom; Swinburne University of Technology and JMC Academy in Australia; Auckland University of Technology and University of Waikato/Wanganui School of Design in New Zealand, as well as the College for Creative Studies in the United States, widening the choice of furthering their studies for our graduates.

The One Academy offers Fashion Design & Pattern Making under the name of ESMOD Kuala Lumpur, an international syllabus hailed from one of the world's top fashion school- ESMOD Paris, France. The fashion programme towers over the rest because students are guided by European lecturers, from France, Italy and so on, as they are armed with strong French-quality industry-teaching approach.

The One Academy also introduces its Fine Arts course, nurturing future artists who possess steady foundation and forward thinking, while guided by knowledgeable artists, in hope of becoming well-received art masters building a harmonious world with art.

The One Academy is committed to providing its students with the opportunities to leap forward in the creative industry. Nurtured with the industry-driven syllabus according to its signature practical coaching approach, students will succeed in emerging as towering art and design professional leading high flying careers around the world!

Courses Offered

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Diploma Level
Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Digital Animation
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Fashion Design & Pattern Making
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Fine Arts
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Illustration
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Interior Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Diploma in Multimedia Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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Bachelor's Degree Level
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
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Duration: 4 Yrs (1 Yr Foundation & 3 Yrs Degree Programme) (3+0)
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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Interactive Media Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
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Duration: 4 Yrs (1 Yr Foundation & 3 Yrs Degree Programme) (3+0)
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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
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Duration: 4 Yrs (1 Yr Foundation & 3 Yrs Degree Programme) (3+0)
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Contact Details

The One Academy of Communication Design

28, Jalan PJS 11/28A
Bandar Sunway
47500 Subang Jaya

Type: Private College

Tel: 603-5637 5510
Fax: 603-5621 1716
Website: http://www.toa.edu.my/

Other Campuses

The One Academy Penang

No. 33, Jalan Anson
10400 Pulau Pinang

Type: Private College

Tel: 604-210 3000
Fax: 604-210 3003
Website: http://www.toa.edu.my/penang

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Key Personnel

Mr. Ali Mohamed

Chairman, The One Academy of Communication Design

Chairman of The One Academy, Ali Mohamed is also an Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett, a renowned global advertising agency in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. As a creative guru of the advertising industry, Ali Mohamed has led his team at the agency to reach international excellence with many awards and is one of the most awarded creative directors in Asia Pacific. It is because of his expertise that Ali Mohamed is also one of the top recipients of AAAA (Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia).

At The One Academy, practicality and efficiency is often emphasised in training which is proven in students' achievements. This is acknowledged by Ali Mohamed as according to him, our graduates have commendable business acumen and are ready with industry-driven qualities that they don't even need to be trained on the job because they are already welltrained and well-equipped with knowledge and skills at their fingertips. Thus even Ali Mohamed himself accentuates that the endless list of alumni and students success stories speaks for itself while future creative leaders continue to motivate, lead and inspire the creative community to achieve greater heights.

Mr. Tatsun Hoi

Managing Director/Principal, The One Academy of Communication Design

Mr. Tatsun Hoi is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2002; the Asia Young Chinese Entrepreneur Award 2003; the Creative Multimedia Consultant of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; and is the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (PUMM) - a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship in Malaysia. As Asia's foremost creative communication strategist, Tatsun is also a member of the International Creator's Organisation and New York's Art Directors Club.

With over 20 years of experience, Tatsun is a successful creative entrepreneur who is passionate in art and design with a leading example of leadership qualities. As the principal of The One Academy, Tatsun strives to nurture young creative aspirants to have creative thinking, artistic and marketable skills as well as integrity to endure challenges from all aspects. He imparts his wisdom in creative communication to prepare students to know all about strategic practical applications in creativity in the global market.

Mr. Tatsun has also constantly ensured exposure in the Malaysian advertising and illustration industry whereby to date, the graduates are now among the best creative leaders working for the best names such as UBISOFT, Lucasfilm, Rhythm & Hues, IKEA, Sega, KOEI, Leo Burnett, McCann Erikson, Beijing 2008 official website and many more. With this, The One Academy is the recommended network of world-class corporations for graduates to reach international success.

Student Testimonials

Delphine Saira Gomez

Design Major in Advertising & Graphic Design (Alumni Student)

I have worked on projects for the government, private corporations and merchandising firms. Each client has his or her own needs and it's important to listen to them to ensure customer satisfaction. It is also important that designers have their own ideas and style. There is an unfortunate tendency to stick to the tried and true instead of coming up with original ideas. This needs to change. You must believe that you can come up with something better, something new. I am very grateful to the lecturers in The One Academy for the excellent guidance which has led me to success.

Eric Wong

Design Major in Illustration

I set very high expectations for myself. If I'm not satisfied with the work I produce, I'll spend extra time improving or re-doing it. The result is something I can be proud of and that is what matters. Of course, a good learning attitude is important. Whatever you do, give it your best. Your future is what you put in now. It's in your hands and it's up to you to achieve what you want; others cannot do it for you. I chose The One Academy because it produces the best students.

Ng Pui Yan

Design Major in Advertising & Graphic Design

The One Academy opened a whole new world of discovery and technique by including in-depth training on topics such as history and culture. We studied and compared Western and Eastern art, explored our roots and got a clearer picture of how advertising has evolved internationally and locally. It gave us so much more to think about. The syllabus was designed to help make us all-rounders who would be masters of technical skills, problem solving, researching, articulate presentation and dedicated team playing.

Abdullah Boges, Saudi Arabia

Digital Animation

I found out about The One Academy through the Internet. During the search, I found a website which rated The One Academy very highly compared to other design art schools in the country. After getting catalogs from the college, I was simply amazed by the students’ artwork.

The One Academy is like my second home now—it’s really part of my life. I find living in Malaysia and studying in The One Academy a cool mix.

Benjamin Encarnacion, Philippines

Multimedia Design

I feel that learning doesn’t end after graduation but involves continuous evolution and adaptation. The One Academy provides us with a solid foundation that enables us to shape the very essence of what multimedia is when we become creators of content ourselves.

Would I encourage others to study here? Definitely!

Billy Wen Hao, Shanghai, China

Diploma in Multimedia Design

Strong teamwork for a common purpose is essential for success.

Youth cultures around the world today are similar. What I like about this place is the two-way process of sharing, the exchange of knowledge, ideas and suggestions among coursemates at The One Academy.

Christopher Gunawan, Jakarta, Indonesia

Multimedia Design - 3 years

I joined The One Academy because it is known to be the best around. Working together with cross-cultural Asian friends here is a new learning experience for me. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I wouldn’t mind to becoming a lecturer here one day!

Dewi, Indonesia

Multimedia Design, 3rd Year

I am happy to be able to prepare myself for the world through solid and practical guidance from the very best in the industry. Creativity is more than a catchphrase here, but an amazingly functional advantage that will mould a highly-demanded professional.

Donna Harapan, Indonesia

Multimedia Design, 2nd year

The programmes here are interesting and mainly hands-on, which makes them fun and enjoyable. The lecturers here really work you hard, therefore I learnt a lot in a relatively short period. The advantage of being in Bandar Sunway is that it is not only convenient; it also means we are practically living in a creative resource centre, where the vibrant city provides us our research and a source of inspiration.

Doreen shuk Bekenova, Indonesia

Advertising and Graphic Design

Malaysia is quite an interesting place because we can meet many people from different countries, races and backgrounds. I would recommend my friends to study here at The One Academy because it’s a wonderful experience to exchange cultures and thoughts with people here as you become exposed to many different languages.

Isabel Kang Zhu Jiao, China

Advertising & Graphic Design, 2nd Year

The One Academy has a stimulating and pleasantly designed environment that no one institute in this region can provide. This makes it very conducive for my creative growth. It is also easy to mix with the cosmopolitan student population here, and everyone here has positive attitude in learning and sharing.

John Akpan Eyo, Nigeria

Interior Design

The One Academy is a nice place to study. They provide quality education, include most needed facilities and employ good lecturers and provide a good learning environment. Malaysia is a nice place to study with beautiful tourist attractions. I want to encourage more Nigerians to study with The One Academy as the academy has what it takes to mold students into self-employed leaders after and even before graduation.

Mohamed Sathom, Republic of Maldives

Illustration & Comics

The One Academy doesn’t just teach you about techniques, but also passion for art, how to grow in the field and ways to develop your own art sense. That’s one of the major reasons I enjoy studying here. I have met new people of different races and cultural backgrounds here and I enjoy learning, being inspired and working with them too.

Oky Indrajaya, Indonesia

Advertising & Graphic Design

Studying in another country is an invaluable experience for me. I was working as a designer in China when I realised that I was wanting in many aspects and there were so many things that I needed to master. It was then that I was presented with the chance to study in Malaysia. Today, I am in the final term of my Advertising and Graphic Design major, but my ability and creativity have improved by leaps and bounds. The One Academy also gives its students many hands-on learning opportunities. Being appointed as an Art Director in the Graduation Campaign project, I am even more prepared than ever to take on the challenges of the region’s creative industry. There’s no doubt in my mind - if you want to be a professional designer, The One Academy is definitely the place to be.

Oliver Halbauer, Germany

Bachelor in Management

In the short span of time that I am with The One Academy, I noticed that the lecturers here are professional and very talented. The lecturers are also always on hand to give personal advice whenever students face any problems. They have become friends and mentors to us as well. We know that whenever we encounter any problems we can turn to them, especially when we are so new in this country.

Rezaliando, Indonesia

Diploma in Multimedia Design

Multimedia design is beyond having fun. It’s having the power to push for new boundaries.

To be a good multimedia designer, you need a conducive place to explore new knowledge and get great guidance. For me, I’ve certainly improved tremendously since the day I joined this college.

Watanabe Noriko, Kobe

Japan, Advertising Design - 3 years

I have compared the major institutions for creative education in Malaysia and found that The One Academy is the best. It sets very high standards in teaching quality and student development. In addition, the lecturers here are very supportive and helpful towards all students. The coursework is very interesting and fun-filled, I’ve certainly learnt a lot. Ever since I joined this place, my English has improved, too.

Yang Hai E, Shanghai, China

Multimedia Design, 3 years

I have a university degree majoring in multimedia and already planned to further my studies in Germany, but once I saw the creations of The One Academy students, I knew I had to study here! I am impressed with the concept and designs taught here, and even more impressed with the independence and initiative of my course mates.

Yang Qin, Guang Zhou, China

Digital Animation - 3 years

I was studying law in a university in China before switching over to The One Academy. The atmosphere here is so youthfully vibrant and lively, and not dark and dull like some other institutions. Here, I really enjoy the group projects and the experience of being a team player.