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Orita Sinclair School of Design, New Media & The Arts

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International students 13%
Institution type Private

About Orita Sinclair School of Design, New Media & The Arts

Orita Sinclair is not an average local art/design school. Orita Sinclair believes in doing things differently to their students' advantage. Each Orita Sinclair Diploma Programme student is privileged with the enjoyment of small class sizes and a high teacher-to-student ratio (1:10 on average). This leads to an open, discussion-driven learning environment with much room for personal development and learning opportunities, drastically shortening the learning process.

Industry professionals drive a hands-on studio practice: all Orita Sinclair’s educators are practicing designers or artists— Orita Sinclair has no full-time lecturers, by choice. This means that students learn practical skills and glean worthwhile advice from real designers and artists of varying disciplines. Orita Sinclair keep abreast of new trends, and believes that there is a need for curriculum to be current, flexible and constantly updated—this is where Orita Sinclair industry advisory council steps in to advise us, and Orita Sinclair translates this into what and how Orita Sinclair teaches students.

Orita Sinclair believes that art/design/new media education should be portfolio driven—project briefs in class are designed to simulate client briefs in the real world. Orita Sinclair sets much store by helping students to build up a substantive portfolio that will place students in good stead when the time comes for students to meet prospective clients and employers. Finally, Orita Sinclair inculcates in students more than technical ability: Orita Sinclair believes that students of the arts need to learn how to consistently generate great ideas, and Orita Sinclair hone students’ instincts and reflexes to this end. Step into the industry of students’ choice with a clear understanding of real-world requirements, boosted by the mentorship of practicing designers/artists, equipped with both a strong portfolio and a creative mind.

Campus information

Consist of four studios and one computer lab in the school, as well as an outdoor terrace on the second floor where students can mingle and relax. In addition, students have access to facilities and equipment to aid them in their learning process. This includes a library well-stocked with design books and journals, a professional-grade video camera, DSLRs, and audio equipment. Amenities in the school include water dispensers and lockers, and students are also free to borrow the school’s bicycles to travel around the neighbourhood.

Studio-grade printing and scanning facilities are provided. The school has expanded into an additional neighbouring shophouse unit. This enables the institution to provide additional facilities such as an art exhibition and gallery space, a seminar room and a photography studio. There is also a dedicated apprenticeship studio, a student lounge area, additional classrooms and an additional computer lab equipped with iMacs.

Orita Sinclair School of Design is located in the historic Kampong Glam neighbourhood. A district with a strong Malay-Arab influence, a typical day in Kampong Glam consists of streams of curious tourists, design students and fashionistas gathering to visit historic landmarks, take in the colour and vibrancy of the area or to hunt down great fashion finds.

Rows of conserved shophouses can be found in Arab Street, Baghdad Street and Bussorah Street, many of which house boutique design and IT firms, art galleries, crafts and curios shops, food caterers and restaurants. These stores blend in side by side with traditional businesses like textile and carpet shops, blacksmiths and shops selling religious items used by Muslims. It is also an area of good restaurants, from Malaysian coffee shops and bakeries to fine modern European dining. Take time to check out the graffiti on the walls -- it’s one of the best collections of street art around.


A wide range of excellent accommodation can be found in Singapore to suit all kinds of budgets and needs. Shared rooms and facilities, full board and choice of properties for rent are available through real estate agencies or selection from daily press. The accommodation fees are usually paid on a monthly or weekly basis.

The average cost per month can start from S$350 for a shared room in HDB approved apartments or student hostel. General advice with regards to the choice of accommodation could be obtained by the School’s counsellor (eg vicinity, neighbourhood, transportation connections, food facilities and pricing etc). However, the final decision is left to the student or parents/guardians.


Courses available 6

Creative Arts & Design 6 Mass Communication & Media 4


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