Diploma Illustration | The One Academy


(KP/JPS(R2/213/4/0317) 11/21)

Course Overview
This 3-year course prepares its students to create intriguing illustrations for commercials, publications and entertainment in animation, video games, films and theme parks, bringing out the truest artists in them. Through hands-on experience and master classes, students are exposed to sharings from prominent illustrations; concept artists; and games and film producers to experience real world knowledge from industry professionals which helps them expand their own level of critical thinking, deepen their comprehension in this field and produce substantial portfolios.

This course is available at both the Sunway and Penang campuses.

Our annual intakes take place during January, April & August every year.

  • SPM / O-Level / UEC or equivalent
  • or
  • The One Academy's Certificate Programme
    Certificate in Communication Design
    (1 Year 3 Months)
  • The One Academy's Diploma Programmes
    (3 Years)
  • Degree in Affiliated Universities
    United Kingdom, Australia,
    New Zealand & United States
    (1-2 Years)
  • *Subject to meeting entry requirement and credit transfer mapping


    Studio Courses
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Visual Communication
  • Perspective Studies
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Light and Mood Studies
  • Creative Workshop
  • Typography Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Production Sketching
  • Visual Development
  • Concept Design
  • Digital Matte Painting
  • Cinematic Storyboarding
  • Collaboration Project
  • Digital Painting Workshop

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Google SketchUp
  • Blender

    Liberal Arts Courses
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • History of Art and Design
  • Survey of S.E.A. Art and Culture

General Studies

    Personal Development
  • Seminar and Workshop
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Graduation Exhibition

    Bussiness Studies
  • Business and Marketing

    Illustration Medium
  • Pencil
  • Gouache
  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic (on Canvas & Gesso)
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital

    Career Opportunities Abound At
  • International/Local Advertising Agencies
  • Game Production Houses
  • 2D/3D Animation Production Houses
  • VFX Production Studios
  • Design Studios
  • Corporate In-House Design Divisions
  • TV/Film Production Houses
  • Publication Houses
  • Art Education Colleges/Centres
  • Your Own Ilustration Studios

    Career Options
  • Illustrators
  • Visualisers
  • Digital Artists
  • Matte Painters
  • Comic Artists
  • Concept Artists
  • Texture Artists
  • Storyboard Artists
  • Cartoonists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Conceptual Rendering Artists
  • Visual Merchandisers
  • Art Teachers
  • Art Directors
  • Film Directors

(Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academy Board and MQA.)


  • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with minimum 3 credits (3Cs) including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with minimum 3 credits (3Bs)
  • Pass in IGCSE/O-Level with minimum 3 credits (3Cs)
  • Pass The One Academy‚Äôs Certificate in Communication Design OR Certificate from other Institutions of Higher Learning in related field with minimum CGPA 2.00
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in Art and Design Field with 1 credit in SPM including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • 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 in SPM level or its equivalent

    English Requirements
  • For candidates who do not have a pass in English will be required to take Intensive English Programme (IEP) in The One Academy.
  • For International Students only:
    When you apply for a Visa Approval Letter you must demonstrate that you have an acceptable level of English language proficiency. The English Language tests which are accepted for Student Pass Application are:
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum Band 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT (30-31)
  • CAE (160) (Cambridge English: Advance)
  • CPE (180) (Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English) (30)
  • MUET (Malaysian University English Test)(Band 2)

    Entry Requirements For International Students
  • Indonesia:
    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU) 3 / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) / Ijazah Madrasah Aliyah (bagi lulusan mulai tahun 2015) dengan gred purata 55 - 65
  • Vietnam:
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)
  • China:
    Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Graduation Certificate from a Vocational / Technical Secondary School (Zhixiao / Zhigao) or a Skilled Worker School (Jixiao)
  • Maldives:
    UCLES O-Level / Secondary School Certificate SSC)
  • South Korea:
    High School Diploma / High School Graduation Equivalency Examination

For non-Malaysian applicants, please refer to the The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student (PDF) to see if you qualify for this course.

*Sejarah (History) is a compulsory subject to pass in SPM starting 2013