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First Media Design School

No 5 Teck Lim Road, Singapore, Singapore, 088383, Singapore

First Media Design School
About First Media Design School

Established January 2006

Established in 2006, FMDS is a design school dedicated to graphic design, multimedia, fashion design and merchandising, new media animation and film-making, integrated brand communications and design management programmes at Diploma, Advanced Diploma levels. Graduates of FMDS’ Advanced Diploma enjoy credit transfer and can seek enrolment into the final year of study for their Bachelor of Arts Degree with many renowned partner or collaborated universities in Australia, United Kingdom and United States.

First Media Design School is one of Singapore’s most successful and awarded groups in the design industry. Being a specialist in design with over 20 years of experience, we provide educational services ranging from Diploma to Degree from University of the West of England (UWE).

Why differentiates FMDS from other design schools?

FMDS was founded by its principal and design entrepreneur, Mark Phooi. Mark, started a design company called the First Media (FM) Group and has had a successful 23 years with it. The FMDS pedagogy is one that focuses on Designpreneurship - which is derived from design entrepreneurship - a design management module which marries the innovative, technical and aesthetic aspects of design with its marketing and management in preparing students for working on actual, full-scale projects in the design industry.

All lecturers are design professionals hailing from various creative fields. As the classes are small--consisting of no more than 25 students per class--the teaching lecturers are able to engage in more tutorial time per student compared to other design schools.

The curriculum includes live design projects, local and overseas industry visitations and industry attachments, which not only expose students to the dynamics of working in real industry situations, but also assist in their smooth transition into an exciting, creative and sustainable design career.

Awards and Certifications of FM Group and FMDS

FM Group is the only design communications group to win the Enterprise 50 Startup Award in recognition of FM’s business success in the design communications industry.

In 2006, FM Group CEO, Mark Phooi, was awarded the top Entrepreneurs of the Year Award for his business leadership in the design communication industry.

In 2010, FMDS was also the recipient of the 2010 Professional Enterprise Certification (PEC) conferred by the Asian Management Association (AMA).

In 2011, FMDS was awarded the Council of Private Education's (CPE) EduTrust certification for four years, a first among Singapore design schools

In 2013, FMDS, in conjunction with the University of the West of England in Bristol, is offering 20 students a one-year design degree programme with one weeks' residential training. Programmes commence in June of this year.

Offered Services

  • Creative Advertising
  • Fashion Design
  • Multimedia
  • Graphic Design
Specialist Diploma
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design (SD)
  • Filmmaking
  • Animation
  • Integrated Brand Communication
  • Design Management
Advanced Diploma
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia (Double Diploma) – New
  • Entrepreneurship (AD) – New
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Digital Media Design
  • New Media (Filmmaking)
  • New Media (Animation)
  • Fashion Design & Merchandising
  • Multimedia (AD)
  • Graphic Design (AD)
Bachelor of Arts(HONS)
  • Graphic Design (BA)
  • Fashion (BA)
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