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About Us


Equator College; a recognised brand name as the leading art, media, and design college in northern Malaysia since 1987.

We have two campuses situated in the heart of George Town, Penang. The college offers qualified students well-structured programmes of study with up-to-date curricular as well as comprehensive training to fulfill the demands of the art, media, and design industries.

The college offers qualified students well-structured programmes of study with up-to-date curricular as well as comprehensive training to fulfill the demands of the art, media, and design industries. Classes are kept small (ratio 1:25) to ensure that lecturers are able to focus on the individual style of their students in order to encourage the best possible performance.

Our team of academic staff, both local and foreign, are well-trained, with many having professional experience in their respective fields. Using a student-centered approach to teaching, our lecturers do not only inspire the spirit of excellence in their students, they also lead by example by going public in exhibiting their own work.

On top of a conducive learning environment, the management of Equator provides the right infrastructures such as high-end computers and industry-standard software as well as numerous books, journals, and magazines to keep students up-to-date with the demands of modern industries. The management is also supportive and open to suggestions towards improvement.

All our programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) via the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


Equator Milestone

Programme Outline

Bachelor Degree Level

  • Bachelor of Science (Housing Building Planning) (Honours) Architecture
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Graphic Communication


  • Foundation in Design

Diploma Level

  • Graphic & Multimedia Design
  • Digital 3D Animation
  • Fine Art
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture Technology
  • Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) (Building Design)
  • Fashion Design Technology
  • Marketing Communication


  • Certificate of Art & Design

Academic Resources & Student Support Service

Both the Leith Street and Amoy Lane campuses are fully air-conditioned. EC has lecture rooms and halls, lecture theatres, computer and multimedia studios; art and design studios, a photographic studio, specialty workshops, a well-equipped library, a gallery to display works of art as well as free Internet and WiFi access for staff and students.

For chill out time, students are able to use the pool table and ping pong table (table tennis). There are student sports clubs that arrange the use of outside facilities. Hostel facilities are given on a needs basis. A student counsellor is available for both local and international students.

Student Development Activities for Employability & Student Experience

At Equator, we believe there should be a balance between work and play. As such, there is a good variety of student clubs and societies for our students. A wide range of exciting indoor activities as well as plenty of opportunities to embark on educational trips await the inquisitive and adventurous souls. These activities enable students to discover new interests, make observations, work in groups and relate to one another, but most importantly, they allow our students to have fun while enhancing their experience relating to the industry.

Recognition and Accreditation

  • 23 Years appointed as an Autodesk Training Provider and Professional Certification Center
  • All programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) via MQA
  • MyQUEST 5 stars 2016/2017

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • The PTPTN Education Loan Scheme
  • Equator College Art Talent Study Award 2020
  • The Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2020
  • Penang Future Foundation

Courses Offered

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Certificate Level
Cert. in Art & Design
Level: Certificate Level
Fees (Local): 9760/Course
Duration: 1 Yr 3 Mths (3 Sem)
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Diploma Level
1. Architectural Technology
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 29000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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2. Digital 3D Animation
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 27000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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3. Fashion Design Technology
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 21500/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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4. Fine Art
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 20000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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5. Graphic & Multimedia Design
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 20000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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6. Interior Design
Level: Diploma Level
Fees (Local): 23000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs + 3 Mths (Practical Training)
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Contact Details

Equator Academy of Art

7, Lebuh Leith
George Town
10200 Georgetown
Pulau Pinang

Type: Private College

Tel: 04-2615116
Fax: 04-2264766

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Key Personnel

Y.Bhg. Dato’ Chuah Kooi Yong

Chairman , Equator Academy of Art

Equator College (formerly known as Equator Academy of Art) was established in 1987. The entity grew from a tiny organization into a well-established institution of higher education for thirty-three years, bearing fruits in the forms of graduates who are productive members of society.

Being a provider of higher education is a challenging endeavor. The success of Equator College relies on good faith and is based on integrity, love, and commitment. With the full support of the community coupled with a great team, all of whom uphold the spirit of cooperation, Equator is able to meet our aspirations and continuously provide excellent educational services, producing competent graduates, scholars, and professionals. Dato’ Chuah, representing Equator, constantly supports charity organizations as well.

Equator College is a private institution approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and our programs are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Furthermore, Equator is also honored by the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST), having been evaluated as a five-star college. We have also successfully obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certifications. Therefore, we are proud to say that we are a well-organized and credible institution.

We have established a solid reputation in the fields of art, design, and technology. Many industrial partners have lauded our graduates’ quality performances. Simultaneously, our students have also won many prizes, both at national and international levels. This is further evidence that our students are indeed well-recognized because of their quality, credibility, and capability.

Equator graduates are eligible for credit transfer to reputable universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, as well as some local universities such as Taylor’s University and USM. Our vision is to be the driver of change in innovative and creative tertiary education and training that meets local and international market needs.

We are passionate to nurture the young generation to become professional lifelong learners who are forward-looking, holistic, responsible, innovative, creative, and high moral value.

Student Testimonials

Eric Ooi, Malaysia

Diploma in Interior Design

From graduation day until now, almost one year of time. I’m still feeling lucky and grateful for being able to study in such a wonderful place. The reason of why EC is so success until this day is because they have very kind and supportive staff range from lecturers, to marketing team and management team.

Roxanne Cheow Yan Tan, Malaysia

Lecturers were all very friendly, nice & helpful. Their dedication and commitment to educating the next generation is admirable and very inspiring. After graduation, lecturers still made themselves available to any questions in regards to my hurdles which I faced in the industry. During the graduation showcase, it was easy to transition into the industry as I had three offers from the showcase alone.

Cai Yi Min, China

Diploma in Interior Design, January 2002 - November 2004

I have found that Equator Academy of Art offers the best standard of Education in Art & Design in Penang. I am very happy with my choice of the Interior Design Programme which offers me great opportunities to further my final year Degree studies overseas countries like in United Kingdom, New Zealand & Australia; which I would be unable to do so if I were back home. I have improved my English Language skills tremendously with the use of the language in the curriculum. Besides the reasonable fees I have to pay, the easy availability of good & affordable varieties of food, cheap accommodation and conducive environment for studies in the safe, free and beautiful Penang, make my studies at Equator and my stay in this city a very memorable one. There are a lot of students from China who are looking forward to coming over here and I would strongly recommend them to Equator.

Chen Wei, People’s Republic of China

Graphic & Multimedia Design, 3 years

As a foreign student from China, I have spent my three years at Equator Academy of Art. Studying at EAA has changed me into a much stronger person than what I was before. I have certainly learned a lot, not only knowledge in my own field of study but also enriching various perspectives of my personal life. The experiences I gained will help me to brave whatever things that will come my way in the future. Thank you to Equator, the Specialist in Art and Design.

Doreen Chipo Chapoterera, Zimbabwe

Diploma in Interior Design

I knew of Equator through the internet and I was impressed. After joining Equator, I found the environment very conducive to learning. The lecturers are very helpful. The course of study is suitable in developing my future career.

Inca Natalia Rosalyn, Indonesia

Fashion Design Technology, 3 years

Equator offers a very well-balanced education programme. I have the opportunity to learn all the required skills I need for a career in Fashion through my caring lecturers. Besides this, Equator’s learning environment is the most conducive to my development and a most enjoyable experience too. I get to take part in Fashion shows which is most educational indeed.

Ivona Ong, Indonesia

Graphic & Multimedia Design

Studying design abroad has always been my dream and I was glad to be recommended into Equator Academy of Art, Penang by the Educationist from Medan. Penang Island, which is full of heritage and culture, is an ideal location for me as it is very near and similar to Medan. The course I am taking is also of quality with a wide range of interesting subjects, topped with affordable fees.

Lady Diana, Indonesia

Graphic & Multimedia Design, 1st Year

In my opinion, the reason I chose to do my Diploma course at Equator Academy of Art is because I think it is the best Art & Design college in Penang. The college offers good quality education at an affordable price. On top of that, I also really like Penang. I feel that it is a nice place to live in.

Pok Chuchuen, Thailand

Diploma in Graphics and Multimedia, 3 Years

I found out about Equator through a friend. I like studying at Equator because the college is good for Art and Design…and the lecturers are nice...

Veronica, Indonesia

Graphic & Multimedia Design, 2nd Year

The reasons I chose Equator are as follow:

  • Reasonable fees.
  • Advance lessons in Computer Graphics, advertising, illustrations, etc.
  • Personal attention from lecturers.
  • Equator has links with overseas universities.
  • Penang is near my hometown and monthly costs are cheaper than KL.
  • Easy transportation.

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Study Art & Design in Penang
Based in the heart of Georgetown Penang, Equator College is a leading brand name in art and design of Northern Malaysia. With 33 years of experience, the college has nurtured hundreds of creative professionals who have contributed their creative skills to various industries. Today the college offers a range of courses in the field of art and design under the school of Art, Media & Design Technology, School of Build Environment, School of Fashion and School of Creative Business.