School of Design & Environment

Why DE?


Be ready for the future workplace – acquire industry-relevant skills through a curriculum infused with the latest technologies


Learn differently through masterclasses and workshops conducted by industry experts, real-world projects, hackathons and more


Design for good with our signature human-centred design methodology and participatory design modules


Gain extra industry certifications in sought-after skill sets

About the School

At Ngee Ann Poly’s School of Design & Environment (DE), you will be inspired to unlock your innovative potential to design creative spaces, experiences, products or solutions, or add value to the built environment, making it greener and better. Our unique courses and exciting pathways open doors to careers across diverse sectors – architecture, building & construction, hotel & leisure, facilities management, property, consumer goods and services. The possibilities are simply limitless!

As a school with character and soul, we fuse our human-centred design methodology with a strong focus on technology and a huge dose of passion for sustainability in our curriculum. To put this into practice, DE’s etc.lab was set up to initiate projects that empower communities through design.

With DE, you will experience an industry-relevant curriculum and attain industry-recognised certifications that will put you ahead of the pack!

Take part in exciting learning experiences that include masterclasses by both local and international industry experts, real-world projects with reputable brand names, as well as industry-sponsored hackathons. You will master essential skills and knowledge, and go on to shine at competitions, prestigious universities and your future workplace!

Whether you aspire to be a designer, an architect, a real estate professional or a facility specialist, DE is the school you want to be in!


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What Students/Alumni Say

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My course at DE helped me expand my imagination and provided me with an all-rounded learning experience. I learnt many skills in technical, graphic and product design, which gave me an edge when I graduated.

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The diploma course at DE has been truly transformative. Through overseas exchanges and design competitions, I gained a profound understanding of architecture and design, allowing me to view it with both a global and personal perspective.

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I’m glad I chose HLFM as it has given me plenty of learning opportunities. The course covered business, hospitality and facilities management skills, which helped me to gain broad-based knowledge of the industry. I’m grateful to my lecturers for going the extra mile to help us grasp concepts during lessons.

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During my time at REB, I participated in an overseas internship at CapitaLand, Ascott China. The experience broadened my perspectives and challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. I’m also thankful to my passionate lecturers who made my learning journey in NP unforgettable.

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In REB, I gained knowledge in real estate and business disciplines from lecturers who had amassed significant industry experience. I am also grateful that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take on opportunities that honed my leadership skills. Through the internship and Industry Mentors Network programme, I gained real-world experiences and got to network with professionals, all of which helped me develop greater confidence.

Industry Review

LeapThought is delighted to work with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design & Environment, an institution that has placed a strong focus on nurturing talent for the built environment, to deliver training that helps students acquire the relevant digital skill sets for the built industry.

Smart facilities management has implications that go far beyond automation and energy saving. It extends the life of assets and enhances the security and safety of all resources. Our timely partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) School of Design & Environment offers HLFM students direct access to the latest industry technologies for valuable hands-on experiences. Together, we will equip students with the skill sets to grow and transform the industry, creating smart cities for a sustainable future.


Design for Good

Design for Good

In a collaboration with one of Singapore’s leading furniture store, Scanteak, and Choa Chu Kang Town Council, DES students put their design and entrepreneurship skills to good use when they upcycled nearly 1,000 kg of discarded furniture from Choa Chu Kang residents into 35 pieces of commercial furniture. The curated collection of designs was displayed for sale at Scanteak’s showroom and the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre in March 2022 and attracted rave reviews. 

A strong demonstration of DE’s commitment to design for good, proceeds from the sales went to the town council’s Community Development Welfare Fund to fund green initiatives and the needs of underserved communities. The project was also showcased by Mediacorp as part of its CNA Green Plan campaign.

Internships & Overseas Exposure

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My overseas internship experience at Silicon Valley start-up, Rental Roost, was truly a fruitful one. I learnt what it was like to run a start-up and the challenges of finding investors and customers. Through my internship, I have also grown to be more disciplined and independent.

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A highlight of my time at NP was my six-month internship at Kohler Design Studio in Shanghai. Working overseas was an eye-opening experience for me. I had the chance to work on projects for major companies and immerse myself in a different environment. It broadened my perspectives and inspired me to pursue business on top of design.

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I am immensely grateful for my internship at the Shanghai Kohler Design Studio, where I gleaned insights into the design business at a global MNC. I had the opportunity to attend large-scale events like the China International Furniture Fiar, as well as experience the life of a designer in one of China’s most exciting cities that is famous for its fast-paced environment.

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My internship at Knight Frank opened a whole new world to me and opened my eyes to how much I still needed to learn. I am thankful that my team recognised the efforts I had put into my work. Receiving the ‘Star Intern Award’ came as a huge surprise to me. This was the first time Knight Frank had presented this award and I am truly humbled by their kind gesture.


Award Winning Loo

Award-winning Loo

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Scholarship for National Climber

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Design Grad Wins Prestigious Awards

Smart Tap

Smart Tap Clinches Red Dot Award

Lexus Design Award

Lexus Design Award Grand Prix Winner

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Sleek Printer Tops Design Competition

Celebrating Distinctive Architecture Grads 

We celebrate the success of 4 of our graduates who are on their way to pursue exciting careers in architecture! Jonathan Daniel Lau (Class of 2014) completed the NUS Master of Architecture programme in 2021. Besides attaining the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Honours) with highest distinction at NUS, Sherry Goh (Class of 2016) also completed the Master of Architecture programme in 2021. Joanne Wong (Class of 2017) and Sharlene Sow (Class of 2018) have also graduated with a B.A. in Architecture (Honours) from NUS in 2021 and 2022 respectively. All 4 graduates have been awarded the BCA iBuild-Industry Sponsorship Awards that aim to identify top caliber talent for the industry. 

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