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The One Academy of Communication Design

As a world-class, award-winning, top notch creative education institution, The One Academy is reputed to transform its students into renowned industry players and leaders through any of its internationally-recognised courses offered at Bachelor's Degrees and Diploma Levels. These courses are fully accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The One Academy has been in the education industry for over two decades.

To date, the academy has maintained its reputation as one of the world’s most outstanding creative education institution by winning numerous awards and industry collaborations in the local and international arena. The One Academy was also received a special award from the Ministry of Education Malaysia for its contribution in nurturing successful students, many of whom have won awards or hold successful careers locally and internationally.

Programme Outline

As an MQA-accredited college with MSC-status that aims to nurture quality homegrown talents, The One Academy offers top notch diploma courses such as Digital Animation with Game Development, Film Visual Effects, Digital Media Design, Illustration, Movie & Game Art, Advertising & Graphic Design, Interior Design, Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making and Fine Arts as well as 3+0 UK bachelor’s degree programmes in partnership with one of the top ranked universities in the UK, the University of Hertfordshire where young aspiring youths will be 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 in UK, Australia, New Zealand, US and more, providing wider selections for our graduates to further their studies.

Academic Resources & Facilities

The One Academy of Communication Design

As a leading creative education institute, our academic strengths lie in ensuring optimum creative education is given to our students. This is done through the practice of our teaching philosophy is ‘Masters Train Masters’ where we believe each educator must possess relevant industry knowledge to produce excellent graduates. Besides that, we also ensure students are constantly exposed to real-life industry practices through various Masterclass and sharing sessions that are held throughout the school year. This allows the students at The One Academy to get both theoretical and practical knowledge on the creative field. Our academic staff consists of top industry experts who have made a name for themselves in the creative scene both local and abroad. Most of them are successfully running their own creative organizations and have worked with top-notch renowned companies such as Pixar, Ubisoft, TBWA\, Grey Worldwide and more.

Student Support Services

The One Academy of Communication Design

There are many services offered to the students here to ensure their time with us is a truly remarkable one. We provide a student’s hostel to live in nearby to the institution as well as shuttle buses to make travelling to and fro to the institute easy. Besides that, we also provide student counselling services and host a number of social clubs. The One Club here comprises of various sporting and social activities that are made available for the students to partake in. Examples of these clubs are the Photography Club, Badminton Club, Tae Kwon Do Club, Basketball Club, Dance club and many more.

Student Development Activities for Employability

At The One Academy, we take pride in ensuring our students are ready to take on the industry the moment they graduate from the institution. A big part in making this happen is opening the right doors for them while they are learning with us. We hold various exhibitions during which external companies and public are invited to come and view students work, this does not only give them the chance to exhibit their talent and skills but also allows them to connect with potential employers. Besides that, we regularly hold sharing sessions and Masterclasses during which students get the opportunity to refine their skills and understand what is expected of them upon entering the industry and to prepare for this. By doing so, we are allowing them to not only better themselves but also open opportunities to be hired by their dream employer.

The Student Experience

The One Academy of Communication Design

To further inspire students, The One Academy features exhibitions, establishes many real life working experiences and conducts master lecture series by top notch industry experts. Examples of these are: for digital animation and digital media students, they were involved in the Art in Video Games exhibition in partnership with Ubisoft. For advertising students, they worked on projects with established brands and gain exposure on latest trends in the industry and also gain insights from advertising gurus hailing from TBWA\, Grey Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather and Leo Burnett through master lectures. For Fine Arts, students worked on some painting projects while for fashion, fashion design students collaborated with Disney Pixar for various events. For Digital Media students, they organized Malaysia’s first ever Arduino World event and collaborated with the British Council. In addition, two groups of students were invited to Shanghai to present their work to the public at the Shanghai Maker Carnival which is truly an amazing feat.Through master lectures conducted by renowned artists from Disney Pixar, visual effects studio Lucasfilm, and Rhythm & Hues such as The Hobbit: 1, 2 & 3 Hollywood concept artist Eduardo Pena, Pixar Animation Director Andrew Gordon and Executive Producer of Tau Films (former founder of R&H) John Hughes to name a few, digital animation students understand the industry better. The One Academy is a recruitment ground for many multinational corporations like Ubisoft and Tau Films.

Recognition and Accredition

The One Academy of Communication Design

International/ regional awards and recognitions garnered by The One Academy students showcase their outstanding creativity, ensuring a repeated success in the global arena. Among the top accolades gained globally include D&AD Student Award, Asiagraph Award, Summit International Awards USA, Italy-International Art & Design Competition, APICTA Awards, Creativity International Awards, Masterpieces Futures Masters Award, Japan Media Arts Festival, TBS DigiCon6 Awards Japan, Crowbar Awards (by 4As Singapore), and a prestigious advertising competition by 4As Malaysia, the Kancil Awards, where The One Academy students have won numerous medals over the past nine years. We were recently honoured as Creative School of the Year at the Kancil Awards and were named as one of the Top 10 Creative Illustration Schools in the World 2018 by The Rookie Awards. Besides that, two students from The One Academy also received the esteemed Student of the Year Awards from the recent Kancil Awards. In addition to this, we made the list of 100 Top International Animation Schools ranking by Animation Career Review.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

We offer a scholarship known as the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards during which a number of scholarships is given out to deserving young talents each year. To date, RM 16.2 million worth of scholarships has been given out since the inception of this award. Interested applicants can keep an eye out on our MT10 website for more details on this.

Why study in our institution?

Grab the opportunity to learn at one of the leading communication design institutes and take the first step to accomplishing you dream career in the creative industry. Our faculty is made up of top-notch industry experts that impart not only useful knowledge but also insider insight on how to succeed in the thriving creative field. Choose from the variety of creative courses offered and be assured that you are receiving world-class education here at The One Academy.

Ranking

Ranking Type & Ranking Details Year
SETARA/D-SETARA/ MyQUEST/QS/THE/Others MyQuest 5 Star (International Student Services Category) 2014/2015
MyQuest 5 Stars (College Based Category) 2016/2017
MyQuest 4 Stars (Cluster Based Category for Art and Humanities) 2016/2017

Courses Offered

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Diploma Level
1.
Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Digital Animation
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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3.
Diploma in Digital Media Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Fashion Design & Pattern Making
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Film Visual Effects
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Fine Arts
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Illustration
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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Diploma in Interior Design
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 years
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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
1.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Digital Media Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): Refer to College
Duration: 4 years (1 yr Foundation + 3 yrs BA (HONS) + 0 yr overseas)
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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
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Duration: 4 years (1 yr Foundation + 3 yrs BA (HONS) + 0 yr overseas)
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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 years (1 yr Foundation + 3 yrs BA (HONS) + 0 yr overseas)
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Contact Details

The One Academy of Communication Design

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

Type: Private College

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

Other Campuses

The One Academy Penang

Address:
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. Tatsun Hoi Tack Seng

Founder & Principal, The One Academy of Communication Design

Tatsun Hoi is a creative strategist and entrepreneur who is also the Founder and Principal of The One Academy, one of the world’s best creative art & design institutes. Besides that, he is also the Founder and Managing Director of The One Group, comprising The One Academy, One Creative Development Centre, Tatsun Studio and Tatsun Integrated. For over 27 years in the creative industry to date, Tatsun has been a well-acclaimed educator, renowned for his consistency in heightening creative education in Malaysia. During the decade prior to founding The One Academy in 1991, he felt that there is a lack of talent as well as substandard level of training in the communication design industry. He wanted to prove wrong the misguided belief that ‘creativity cannot be taught’.

In recognition of this outstanding contribution in the creative industry, Tatsun was awarded the Outstanding Young Malaysian Award and Asia Young Chinese Entrepreneur Award. He had also served as Beijing's Olympic Games Creative Multimedia Consultant and President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (PUMM). His renowned leading example has led The One Academy to be awarded The BrandLaureate Awards 2008, 2009 & 2010 - Best Brand in Education Creative Communication Art & Design.

Throughout his career, Tatsun has not been just a role model who has demonstrated exemplary leadership but is also actively involved in community projects. One of his most recognisable efforts is the Malaysian Unity Campaign which he initiated back in 1997 when the country was rocked by internal and external threats during the economic crisis. He created a campaign to remind all Malaysians to stay united in order to overcome all impending threats. The animation was aired over NTV7 and RTM for 6 months.

At the age of 29, Tatsun became the youngest principal among all colleges in Malaysian education industry when he founded The One Academy together with prominent creative consultant, the late Veronica Ho. It’s his mission to make Malaysia the creative and educational centre of excellence since the college’s establishment, having successfully imparted his knowledge and expertise to over 15,000 students through practical, result-driven professional syllabus.

He is also committed to promoting locally nurtured art & design talents, grooming them to reach international levels in the creative fields of advertising & graphic design, digital media design, visual effects, fashion design, interior architecture & design, digital animation, fine arts and illustration worldwide.

He imparts his wisdom to prepare students to know all about strategic practical applications of creativity in the global market. To date, the graduates are now among the best creative leaders working for the best names such as Pixar Animation Studios, Ubisoft, Lucasfilm, Tau Films, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Worldwide and many more. The art and design industry has greatly benefited from the teaching philosophy he initiated – ‘Masters Train Masters’

As part of his commitment to produce industry-ready talents, various top-notch professional masters were engaged by The One Academy to give lectures to the students. Among those who shared their insightful knowledge and experience were Oscar-winning production designer of Star Wars, animation director, story artist, character designer and animator from Pixar Animation Studios, animation master of The Lord of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, world’s top game developer Ubisoft, and leading creative marketing gurus from renowned advertising agencies.

One way in which he advocates the opportunity for creative young talents to pursue creative education is through the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards. Currently in its 21st year, this art competition brings out the best and most talented young artists and nurtures them to help lead them to success. To date, it has given out more than RM16.2 million worth of scholarships to deserving talented individuals all over Malaysia.

From being a creative whiz in communication art, a successful entrepreneur as well as a leading business strategist, his passion in sharing expertise and experience has made a strong presence in both the entrepreneurial and the educational arenas. His self-made success story has inspired many and is keenly featured in various media.

Today, The One Academy’s achievements under Tatsun’s leadership have garnered international recognition. The institute has fostered educational partnership with prestigious universities and institutions in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia to provide opportunities for students to continue their learning journey abroad.

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.

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