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Equator College (formerly known as Equator Academy of Art)

George Town, Penang, Malaysia
  • 3 MyQuest
Campus setting Urban
Living cost RM 1,500 per month
Student population Small (1,000 or less)
International students 10%
Institution type Private

About Equator College (formerly known as Equator Academy of Art)

Equator Academy of Art and Design started its operations in 1987 and has since grown to become the largest Art and Design College in the Northern region of Malaysia. Today, it has two campuses in the tropical island of Penang. Penang is ideal as an inspirational environment for students to develop their creativity with its rich cultural heritage.

Equator brings out the widest expression of its students' creative talents through its unique cross-disciplinary learning, research and practical training, anchored in an environment whereby theory and practice are integrated. This ensures graduates succeed in a continually changing and increasingly demanding market.

In order to remain current, facilities, resources and equipment are frequently reviewed and updated accordingly, with programmes that are relevant to society’s needs being offered. The academy also offers an environment of study excellence with qualified professional artists, designers and educators.

With international linkages well connected, EAA is poised to grow from strength to strength in the coming years. It is no wonder that EAA has matured and developed into the art and design specialist college that it is today, still the only and design college in the Northern Region of Malaysia.  

Campus information

The facilities provided include:

  • Equator's Art Gallery
  • Photography Studio
  • Library
  • Drawing Studio
  • Fashion Study
  • Sewing Lab

EAA, at one point in time, had 3 branches to accommodate all its students with the occupation of premises at Dato Keramat Road, Seang Teik Road and Anson Road. Now it looks as if the space problem is a thing of the past because the management embarked on a bold millennial project of expansion by moving in into 7 Leith Street, a world heritage mansion that has an exceptionally rich heritage past.

As the new millennium neared the old century bade its goodbye, the eagerness to transverse the trans-century digital divide was greeted by the official opening of EAA's own 5-storey Wisma Equator at Amoy Lane on the 11th of April 1999. This landmark establishment at the Wisma heralded the coming of age of EAA as the cent of educational excellence in the up-and-coming fields of art, design and multimedia.


EAA’s campuses are strategically located in the heart of Georgetown where students are able to find cheap, quality accommodation within walking distance from the campuses. Facilities such as restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, laundries, convenient shops, clinics, hospitals, dry and wet markets, telephone booths and parking facilities are easily available. EAA is able to assist students in obtaining suitable hostel-type accommodation.

Additional info

Equator Academy of Art celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007, is the leading art & design college located in Penang, Malaysia. Equator is renowned for providing art & design enthusiast with quality education, specialist knowledge and professional skills. All Diploma education is approved by the Ministry of Education and accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) with Full Recognition.


Courses available 7

Architecture, Building 2 Computer Science, IT 3 Creative Arts & Design 4


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