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About Us

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 degree and diploma levels. These courses are fully accredited by the 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.

Academic Strength

In line with The One Academy’s teaching philosophy, ‘Masters Train Masters’, the creative education institution has engaged many industrial experts who impart real industry experience to students, as part of the academy’s strive to provide 'Just World Class Results', enabling students to experience a heightened evolution in concept development and creativity.

Programme Outline

The One Academy of Communication Design

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 Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation with Game Development, Interior Architecture & Design, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making 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 the UK, Australia, the US and more, providing wider selections for our graduates to further their studies.

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 multimedia students, the Art in Video Games exhibition in partnership with Ubisoft, the top game producer in the world, showcases concept art works produced for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. 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/TEQUILA; McCann Erickson; and NagaDDB through master lectures. For Fine Arts, students worked on the Sasaran Mural painting project while for fashion, fashion design students collaborated with Disney Pixar for the Alice in the Wonderland Fashion Show. For Multimedia students, they organised Malaysia’s first ever Arduino World event and collaborated with the British Council and KL Performing Art Centre for their Shakespeare exhibition. Through master lectures conducted by renowned artists from Disney Pixar, visual effects studio Lucasfilm, Rhythm & Hues, Oscar Winner Doug Chiang, The Lord of the Rings animator Mike L. Murphy, The Hobbit: 1, 2 & 3 Hollywood concept artist Eduardo Pena, digital animation students understand the industry better. The One Academy is a recruitment ground for many multinational corporations like Ubisoft and Rhythm & Hughes.

Recognition and Accreditation

The One Academy of Communication Design

International and regional awards and recognition 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 54 medals over the past eight years.

6. Scholarships and Financial Aid

The One Academy of Communication Design

There are two types of scholarships available at The One Academy.

The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards (MT10) Scholarship Fund
Every year, secondary school students nationwide are invited to participate in the MT10 Competition where the top 3 winners are awarded partial The One Academy scholarships.

Sin Chew Daily Education Fund
Applicants must possess good academic results, be active in co-curricular activities, and be financially needy, and must not be in receipt of any other financial aid in order to be awarded this education fund.

Courses Offered

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Diploma Level
1.
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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3.
Diploma in Fashion Design & Pattern Making
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs (9 Sem)
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4.
Diploma in Film Visual Effects
Level: Diploma Level
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Duration: 3 Yrs
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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
Fees (Local): Refer to College
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
1.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Design (3+0)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): Refer to College
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

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. 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.