Diploma In Illustration



Movie & Game Art
KP/JPS(R3/213/4/0317)11/26 (A7674)

Moving Beyond the Bounds of Imagination

Illustrators as visual storytellers are sought after in a variety of industries, from commercials, publications to entertainment designs in animation, video games and films. This 3-year programme prepares aspiring illustrators by bringing out the truest artists in them through hands-on experience and master classes by industry professionals. Through sharing sessions by prominent illustrators, concept artists and game & film producers, students will be exposed to contemporary industry practices which help them to expand their own level of critical thinking, deepen their comprehension in this field and produce substantial portfolios.

  • Intake

    January, April, August

  • Location

    Bandar Sunway Campus, Penang Campus

  • Accreditation

    5-Star College-Based Category

    About This Programme!



    Fundamentals of Design & Drawing

    Illustration is about creating impressive imagery and visuals that capture audiences’ imaginations. Here, students will learn the foundation of drawing and producing illustrations. Subjects focusing on drawing, perspective studies, visual communication and more are vital in making sure that students’ skills of producing images are honed. This will prepare them as they move into the technicalities of illustration.

    Understanding the Technicalities

    As students delve deeper, they will undertake more specialised subjects aiming to sharpen their skills, such as Light & Mood Studies, Production Sketching and Figure Anatomy. They will be exposed to both traditional and digital media. Training in pencil, gouache and watercolour will further strengthen students’ image making skills and artistic foundation, while proficiency in digital software such as Adobe Photoshop and Blender will ensure students are familiar with the current industry workflow. This exploration of media will allow students to produce excellent artwork with more versatility.

    Collaborative Projects & Portfolio

    To prepare students for their future careers in the illustration industry, they will learn subjects that improve teamwork, leadership and critical thinking, such as Community Service and Collaborative Project. Students will have the opportunity to create pre-production design for animated short films in collaboration with Digital Animation major students for their Final Project. Additionally, subjects that mirror industry practices such as Cinematic Storyboarding and Concept Design help students to express their creativity and ideas to generate a portfolio that is up to the industry’s standard. A professional-standard portfolio will give them the best advantage when beginning their careers in the illustration field.

    Course Modules
    • Drawing
    • Figure Studies
    • Design Fundamentals
    • Visual Communication
    • Perspective Studies
    • Watercolour Rendering Workshop
    • Light & Mood Studies
    • Introduction to Digital Photography
    • Production Sketching
    • Illustration
    • Visual Development
    • Story Development
    • Concept Design
    • Digital Matte Painting
    • Cinematic Storyboarding
    • Collaborative Project
    • Pencil
    • Gouache
    • Watercolour
    • Digital
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Premiere
    • Google SketchUp
    • Blender
    • ZBrush
    Business Courses
    • Business & Marketing
    Contextual Courses
    • History of Art & Design
    • Language & Communication Skills
    • Survey of S.E.A Art & Culture
    Personal Development
    • Seminar & Workshops
    • Graduation Campaign
    (Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academic Board and MQA.)


    • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with minimum 3 credits (3Cs) including a Pass in Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah
    • Pass Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with minimum 3 credits (3Bs)
    • Pass IGCSE / O-Level with minimum 3 credits (3Cs)
    • Pass The One Academy’s Certificate in Communication Design OR Certificate from other Institutions of Higher Learning in related field with minimum CGPA 2.00
    • Pass Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in art & design field (subject to internal assessment process)
    • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by the Malaysian Government AND
    • Pass Portfolio Review or Drawing Test conducted by The One Academy for candidate who does not have a Pass in Art subject or without an art subject at SPM level or its equivalent

    Explore the complete list of Entry Requirements for domestic and international students here



    The estimated value of the online art market is forecast to reach a total of U$9.32 billion worldwide by 2024.

    *source: statista.com
    • International/Local Advertising Agencies
    • Game Production House
    • 2D / 3D Animation production House
    • VFX Production Studio
    • Design Studios
    • Corporate In-House Design Division
    • TV/Film Production House
    • Publication House
    • Art Education College / Centre
    • Your own Illustration Studio
    • Illustrator
    • Digital Artist
    • Matte Painter
    • Comic Artist
    • Concept Artist
    • Texture Artist
    • Background Artist
    • Storyboard Artist
    • Cartoonist
    • Graphic Designer
    • Desktop Publisher
    • Visual Merchandiser
    • Art Teacher
    • Art Director
    • Film Director