The One Academy of Communication Design

The One Academy of Communication Design

In 1991, The One Academy of Communication Design was established as a private art college in Malaysia and soon proved its worth producing industry-standard graduates. Our academic strengths lie in the practice of our teaching philosophy “Masters Train Masters”, where we...

About School

In 1991, The One Academy of Communication Design was established as a private art college in Malaysia and soon proved its worth producing industry-standard graduates. Our academic strengths lie in the practice of our teaching philosophy “Masters Train Masters”, where we believe each educator must possess relevant industry knowledge to produce excellent graduates.

Since our humble beginning almost three decades ago, we have come a long way from there, having recently being ranked as the World’s No. 1 Best Concept Art & Illustration School, World’s No. 4 Best Architectural Visualisation School, World’s No. 4 Best 3D Motion Graphics School and the World’s No. 10 Best Game Design School by the Rookies. We were also named Creative School of the Year for 2018 & 2019 by Malaysia's most renowned advertising awards, the Kancil Awards.

Today, as a world-class creative education institution, we have a total population of 2,500 students from 42 countries. The One Academy transforms its students into renowned industry players through any of its internationally-recognised courses offered at Bachelor's Degrees and Diploma levels.

Success Stories

The One Academy has always been committed to imparting industry-driven practical knowledge to students as part of our teaching approach and to nurture exceptional talents for the various fields of creative industries. Below are a few of our outstanding alumni who have made remarkable achievements and contributions to the global creative arena:

Andrea Goh

Layout Artist, Pixar Animation Studios

Lee Yon Hui

Story Artist, Pixar Animation Studios

Esther Yap

Lead Matchmover, Double Negative VFX

Kobe Sek

Senior Art Director, Ubisoft

Nicholas Quek

Animator, Framestore

Ng Chun Seong

Head of 3D, Barnstorm VFX

Employment Rates

Our commitment to the students does not end once they have finished their studies. We make efforts to constantly stay in touch and monitor their progress in the creative industry. Currently, we have an employment rate of 95%.

Layout Artist, Pixar Animation Studios

Without The One Academy’s classes (referring to animation, drawing, design and film classes that gave her an artistic eye), I would not have gotten to where I am now.

Staff  Bios

Jan Urschel

Jan Urschel is an art director, concept designer and illustrator working in the entertainment industry where he does design for feature films and video games. He teaches advanced courses in Production Design and Concept Art for feature film and games.

Hooi Ling Lee

Hooi Ling is the Head of Digital Animation Department and Manager for Diploma in Visual Effects Program at The One Academy. During her 15-year tenure, she oversaw the operations and strategies planning for the Digital Animation Department and Visual Effects Program.

Eduardo Peña

Eduardo has contributed his professional skills as a Concept Artist and Art Director at Weta Digital for famous Hollywood movies such as The Hobbit Trilogy, Transcendence, Hercules, Lucy and more.

Student Artwork


At The One Academy, we teach a wide range of programmes on various fields that are highly sought after in the creative industry. True to our “Masters Train Masters” teaching philosophy, we have brought together hundreds of experienced creative professionals to educate and empower our students through high-quality syllabus and industry-standard amenities and environment.

Illustration: Visual representation of an idea or storytelling which offers designers the opportunity to transform their thoughts, feelings and emotions into inspiring visuals that are widely used in the entertainment, game and film sectors worldwide.

Digital Animation: Create thinkers and animators that are able to cultivate ideas, creativity, artistry and technological mastery; a strong grasp of art, imagination and effective storytelling skills to keep audiences engaged and entertained.

Visual Effects: The integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be impossible to capture on film in reality. Captured techniques such as matte painting, explosion, computer-generated characters, and environments with photorealistic aesthetics are taught.

Digital Media Design: Aims to nurture talents to keep up with digital trends and contribute to the rapidly evolving economy of today’s technology-driven world. Collaborative networks enhance students’ exposure and confidence to enter the creative industry as inventors and become the changemakers of today.

Interior Design: Planning, designing and organizing the detail elements of an interior space while learning to identify, research and creatively provide quality and functional solutions. We train students to be able to meet all these and match the ongoing progression of the interior design industry.

Advertising & Graphic Design: A discipline that utilizes artistic, innovative and strategic thinking to create creative work aimed to build brands, market businesses, sell products or promote social welfare. Students will be trained to master creative skills that contribute to a variety of fields in the creative industry.

Fashion Design & Pattern Making: We combine fashion & pattern making techniques to give students the unparalleled expertise to excel in the industry while emphasizing on imagination, creativity and intelligence to create and recreate the fashion culture and lifestyle in the vastly dynamic fashion sector.

Fine Arts: The course aims to nurture sophisticated talents rooted in the global art movement, centralising on concrete fine arts fundamentals to help transfer ideas and emotions into works of art. Upon completion, students will possess the artistry & marketing abilities to produce sought-after masterpieces.

BA (Hons) Digital Media: Exploring the digital domain, including multimedia platforms, mobile devices, augmented & virtual realities, and establishing a rich, hybrid area of study for the 21st century through subjects such as web-based content, social media systems and interactive installations, to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to become part of the digital revolution.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design: Students will develop an understanding of how people and activities interact with the material, environmental, sensual, emotional, functional and cultural qualities of a specific space and situation and how interior architects can design better places through the creative improvement of existing and new buildings & spaces.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design: Aims to create designers that are skilled in graphic arts, and would be able to bring their skills beyond the boundaries of conventional graphic design. From being able to adapt to entrepreneurial and start-up cultures, to incorporating their work in the digital and technological age, our graphic designers seek to solve design problems widely through means and media that are relevant to our society today.


2019 Rookies World School Rankings

  • No. 1 Best Concept Art & Illustration School
  • No. 4 Best Architectural Visualisation School
  • No. 4 Best 3D Motion Graphics School
  • No. 10 Best Game Design School
  • Rookie of the Year – People’s Choice Award

Student Kancil x sCooler Awards 2019

  • Creative School of the Year
  • 12 Golds
  • 18 Silvers
  • 30 Bronzes
  • 33 Merits
  • 3 Idea of the Year
  • Lecturer of the Year
  • Student of the Year

Animation Career Review 2019

  • Top 11th School for Animation Program in the World

NAPEI (National Association of Private Educational Institutions)

  • Education Excellence Awards 2017–2019

The BrandLaureate Awards

  • Best Brand in Education – Creative Communication Art & Design (2008 – 2010)

Adrenaline Student Creative Awards

  • ‘Best of the Best’ creative institution of higher learning in Malaysia & Singapore

MyQuest, the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges

  • 5-star rating in International Services

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