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Equator College

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).

Leith Street Campus Amoy Lane Campus Facilities Facilities
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Equator Milestone

Programme Outline

Bachelor Degree Level

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


  • Foundation in Design

Diploma Level

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


  • Certificate In 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

  • Over 20 years experience as an appointed Autodesk Training Provider & Professional Certification Centre.
  • All programmes are recognized and approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) via Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
  • Achieved MyQUEST 6 Stars 2018/2019.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • The PTPTN Education Loan Scheme
  • Equator College Art Talent Study Award 2022
  • Penang Future Foundation

Courses Offered

Click on a programme name for full details.

Pre-University/Foundation Studies
Foundation in Design
Fees (Local): RM17,625.00
Duration: 1 year ( 3 semesters)
Certificate Level
Certificate in Art & Design
Fees (Local): RM11,375.00
Duration: 1 year 4 months ( 3 semesters)
Diploma Level
Diploma In Architectural Technology
Fees (Local): RM52,908.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Business Studies
Fees (Local): RM23,500.00
Duration: 2 years (6 semesters)
Diploma in Computer Aided Design & Drafting
Fees (Local): RM32,800.00
Duration: 2 years 6 months (8 semesters)
Diploma in Digital 3D Animation
Fees (Local): RM51,908.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Fashion Design Technology
Fees (Local): RM44,623.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Fine Art
Fees (Local): RM42,035.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Graphic & Multimedia Design
Fees (Local): RM44,011.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Interior Design
Fees (Local): RM46,654.00
Duration: 3 years ( 9 semesters)
Diploma in Marketing Communication
Fees (Local): RM25,900.00
Duration: 2 years 6 months (8 semesters)
Bachelor's Degree Level
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) Graphic Communication
Fees (Local): RM57,410.00
Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture
Fees (Local): RM76,310.00
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

Key Personnel

Y.Bhg. Dato’ Chuah Kooi Yong

Chairman, Equator College

Mission in Life

Dato’ Chuah had a vision to set up a pre-university college to cater to the more aesthetically minded students. By his establishment of Equator College he has made it possible for all the interested students to study the subjects of their choice. His main objectives to cultivate the creative minds of futures – to train young school leavers to spearhead the nation’s need for a better class of quality driven artistic designers. With the vast experience in the art and design discipline, Dato’Chuah always been far-sighted and having the students’ best interest at heart.

Contributions to Equator College

Equator College has provided scholarships amounting to more than a few millions Ringgit to assist the outstanding, but financially burdened students to pursue relevant courses, and in turn, the students being able to contribute to society.

Dato’ Chuah has invested millions of ringgit to make Equator a better educational institute for the students by equipping it with state-of-the-art facilities and up-to-date curriculum. Moreover, the college is conducted by dedicated and experienced teaching team, comprises both full-time lecturers and industrial professional who work as either part-time lecturers or external examiners.

Equator College has produced competent and highly sought-after employable graduates who able to meet relevant industry needs. Most graduates even performed exceptionally well overseas, by receiving high distinction degrees, first class honours degrees, Masters and Doctorates. All these are proof and recognition given to Equator’s quality of education.

Contributions to the Education Industry

Equator College is one of the most established and renowned art, media, and design college in Malaysia. The college is affiliated with many good universities, being from local such as Taylor’s University and USM, as well as from the foreign countries such as Taiwan, UK, New Zealand and Australia. Parents are spoiled for choice, allowing them to budget and save towards their children’s further study.

For Dato’ Chuah more than 32 years of unrelenting dedication to provide continuing education and services to the art community as he was acknowledged by the Royal Society of Arts U.K. with their fellowship carrying their FRSA title.

Success has never made Dato’ Chuah forget his roots and background. He constantly donates his own salary to charitable organizations to helping others, from raising funds to building a new school wing, to donating substantial amounts of money to help the Tsunami victims. Dato Chuah, representing Equator, constantly supports charity organizations.

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. All class is well organised and interesting for example Basic Photography and 3ds Max class. 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. One day, I will go home. Just to visit our greatest “godfather” and “godmother”, the one who put up 100% of effort to teach a child with no blood relation. Maybe they try even harder than teaching their own children. Their patience and commitment to the teaching quality inspires me wherever I go. So, here is a BIG THANK YOU and SALUTE to Equator College and all members of EC family. I hereby wishing each one of you good health and good fortunes.

Roxanne Cheow Yan Tan, Malaysia

I was a student here at Equator and I can say that the learning experience has been great! Lecturers were all very friendly, nice & helpful. Their dedication and commitment to educating the next generation is admirable and very inspiring. Even after graduation, lecturers still made themselves available to any questions in regards to my hurdles which I faced in the industry. On top of that, Equator did well in building an established connection with many relevant sectors in the industry that is tied to their programs. During graduation showcase, it was easy to transition into the industry as I had three offers from the showcase alone. Many thanks to Equator for fostering in us a better future!

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 over 30 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 and School of Fashion

Contact Details

Equator College

7, Lebuh Leith
George Town
10200 Georgetown
Pulau Pinang

Type: Private College

Tel: 04-2615116
Fax: 04-2264766
Website: https://www.equator.edu.my/

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