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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central

Course Certification


For creatives who have the passion to develop their aesthetic sense through designing innovative graphics and crafting out purposeful ideas.

You will use graphic design as a medium for expression and communication, coming up with solutions that combines art, design and technical skills. Develop your unique style in digital photography and illustration, while exploring new approaches to visual storytelling.

What you'll learn

  • Produce drawings
  • Produce design artworks
  • Perform digital imaging
  • Create illustrative images
  • Perform digital photography
  • Develop final artwork for output
  • Design pictograms
  • Create layout and composition
  • Perform press checks
  • Develop packaging
  • Make client presentations

Entry Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level grades in any 2 subjects:

  • Grade 1-8


GCE ‘N’ level passes in English Language and 2 other subjects:

  • Grade A-D or Grade 1-5


  • Applicants for this course must ensure that they are free from colour appreciation deficiency.
  • Shortlisted applicants will have to attend an interview and aptitude test.
  • Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Occupation Traits and Functional Ability Requirements

Nature of Work Functional Abilities
Graphic Designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communicate in print and electronic media using colour, type, illustration, photography, and various print and layout techniques.  
In creating the design to convey the message, graphic designers gather relevant information by meeting with clients, creative director and by performing their own research. communication skills, interaction with strangers, sensory (hearing) ability
They prepare sketches or layouts, by hand or using a computer, to illustrate their vision for the design.  They select colours, artwork, photography and other visual elements for the design. finger dexterity, attentive, sensory (visual) ability
They work in teams and are expected to present the completed design to their clients or creative director for approval. communication skills, interaction with strangers, sensory (hearing) ability
Graphic designers may work overtime in the evenings or weekends to meet the tight work schedules. dealing with non-routine schedule

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated. If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College Central for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Nitec in Visual Communication graduates with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Nitec in Visual Communication graduates with a GPA of 3.5 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Nitec in Visual Communication graduates may apply for progression to related Higher Nitec courses offered by ITE, if their GPA meets the requirement of 2.3 or 2.8 for the Higher Nitec course. For more information on progression, please click here.

Career Opportunities

Companies in the fields of advertising, graphic design, photography, multimedia, production and print employ Nitec in Visual Communication graduates. Our graduates serve the industry as Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Photographer.