Diploma in Sequential Art at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU
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University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU is offering the first and only private university to offer the Diploma in Sequential Art.
Furthermore, UOWM KDU is collaborating with Kadokawa to develop talent and to build national awareness. Developed in collaboration with the Japanese publishing conglomerate, KADOKAWA, the UOW Malaysia KDU University College’s Diploma in Sequential Art diploma is meant to cultivate visual artists and storytellers with a high work standard synonymous with the Japanese with a flair for localised Malaysian content. . Malaysia is home to an abundance of visual talents, proudly showcasing their work locally and globally. This course creates an opportunity for students to create trademark characters, story-lines that traverses multiple dimensions, the prospects are limitless to the imagination of the mind.
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Course Information, Fees & Intake Dates for Diploma in Sequential Art at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU
Immerse yourselves in the exciting world of comics, an industry defined by passion, boldness and experimentation; and be an entrepreneur of this visual storytelling pop culture
When we imagine comics, we think of heroes, villains, distant worlds and different lives beyond our imagination. Today, comics are a pop-culture phenomenon which brings new opportunities in intellectual property creation, media franchising and merchandising. At the heart of it all, stunning imagery and engaging narrative form one of history’s most powerful mediums of communication – ‘Sequential Art’.
The comic book industry in Malaysia is worth about RM1.5 billion a year, with over one third of 500 publishing houses active. However, technology is changing the face of entertainment in certain areas, such as comics and manga. For decades, Japanese publishers have been churning out volumes of comic strips known as manga with themes adapted to particular age groups and gender; their printing runs into the millions. With the highest consumption now on digital devices, fans have now access to countless manga titles as well as western comic titles. Sales of digital manga volumes excluding magazines have jumped 27.1% to USD1.3 billion in 2018.
Developed in collaboration with the Japanese publishing conglomerate, KADOKAWA, the UOW Malaysia KDU University College’s Diploma in Sequential Art diploma is meant to cultivate visual artists and storytellers with a high work standard synonymous with the Japanese with a flair for localised Malaysian content. . Malaysia is home to an abundance of visual talents, proudly showcasing their work locally and globally. This course creates an opportunity for students to create trademark characters, story-lines that traverses multiple dimensions, the prospects are limitless to the imagination of the mind.
For those who are interested in pursuing a career in visual storytelling and the art of sequential imagery; the Diploma in Sequential Art is your best bet and UOW Malaysia KDU is the obvious choice.
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Intakes are in January, March, June and September of each year for the Diploma in Sequential Art at UOWM KDU. For the exact dates, please WhatsApp 01111408838
Students after SPM or O-Levels who love anime and have a passion to design them can consider studying the Diploma in Sequential Art at the best and only university for this course in Malaysia at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU, Utropolis Glenmarie.
- SPM / O Levels : Min. 3 Credits
- UEC : Min. 3 Credits
- Local Student :
Pass (SPM / 1119 / UEC / O-Level English)
- International Student :
Band 4 in IELTS; or a min score of 30 (IBT) or 397 (PBT) in TOEFL ; or score 30 and above for Pearson English Test
*If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.
Upon fulfilling the entry requirement, a prospective student MUST submit a 2 (TWO) page comic panel (free topic) and 1 (ONE) character drawing. Include your name and email address clearly on the submissions. Non- submission of review work may result in non-acceptance into the program.
Year 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Sequential Art
- Fundamentals of Drawing
- Fundamentals of Design
- Comic Culture and History
- Traditional Art Media
- Perspective and Environments
- Figure Drawing and Anatomy
- Introduction to Comic Writing
- Typography and Desktop Publishing
- Digital Illustration
- Adaptation and Scriptwriting
- Layout and Lettering
- Creature Visualisation
Year 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Sequential Art
- Eastern & Western Sequential Art Studies
- Digital Imaging
- Mechanical Visualisation
- Visual Storytelling
- Comic Studio 1
- Project Proposal Development
- Character Design for Production
- Acting and Staging
- Comic Studio 2
- Business Management for Artists
- Studio Project
- Bahasa Kebangsaan A*
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Life in Malaysia
- Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (International Students)
- Pengajian Malaysia 3 (International Students)
- Hubungan Etnik (Malaysian Students)
- Tamadun Islam & Tamadun Asia (Malaysian Students)
Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students
- without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
- without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programmes)
Awards won by the Computing & Game Design Students at University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU
- KPMG Cyber Challenge 2019: University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU Wins Top University Award
- Level Up KL 2019 -SEA Game Awards 2019 Nominees – Echoes of You and House of Ignotus by KDU Glenmarie Games
- Best of Tertiary Student category at the MSC-Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APiCTA) 2018
- SCCM’s game development students made headlines during the recent South East Asian game developer’s conference – LEVEL UP KL 2018, by walking away as winner in the ‘Best Student Game’ award category. Eight Game Development students conquer the ‘Best Student Game’ award category with their winning game called Terminus: Lockdown. The award recognizes the overall best game developed by students from the Southeast Asia region. Terminus: Lockdown, is a third-person survival shooter game where the players play the role as a lone Technician trapped in a world filled with deadly parasitic plants infesting the halls of an abandoned space station.
- UOWM KDU Team EzSense, the second runner-up winner for the 23rd International ICT Innovative Services Awards (InnoServe Awards). Their innovative product, EzSense, an IoT- enabled commercial aquaponics monitoring kit using an Arduino microcontroller and LoRa wireless technology.
- Three KDU’s Game Development Alumni walked away with a seed grant worth RM 50,000 and an Adobe Create Cloud license when they came out top as the winner of Intellectual Property Creators’ Challenge (IPCC) 2018 – Commercial Ready Game
- Level Up SEA Game Jam 2017 -Teo Jia Luen, a Bachelor of Game Development student; Lai Ze Ren, a graduate of the same programme, were both in the same team that won the first place and walked away with a cash prize of RM8000. The game which their four-member-team made was a ‘clicker’ type that focused on building the entrepreneurial spirit.Apart from that, Ms Nabilah Raihan Binti Zakaria, a Game Art Lecturer was part of the team that won third place, by providing the visuals for a multiplayer pixel art game.
- Level Up KL 2016 – the largest and most prestigious regional game conference in Malaysia – by being crowned as the top three winners in the SEA Game Jam 2016 together with the inaugural Industry Recognition Award 2016
- MSC- APICTA 2016’s Best of Tertiary Student Category – Creative Multimedia prize for their First Person Co-Op Shooter Game called Combat Infiltration Droid (C.I.D)
- Awarded an Entry Point Project under the Malaysian Government’s Economic Transformation Plan (ETP), spearheading the Game Development Industry in Malaysia.
- MyGameDev2020 is an initiative spearheaded by University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU that represents the start of a strategic collaboration between educational institutions and industry sectors.
- University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU collaborates with Codemasters Studios to develop talent and to build national awareness.
- Bachelor of Game Development (Hons) programme student won The Merit Award for the MSC-Malaysia APICTA 2013 awards under the Best of Tertiary Student Project Category (Creative Multimedia)
- Bachelor of Computing programme won the central zone category for the MyInovasi 2012 competition, a competition organized by the Ministry of Higher Education to promote innovation and creativity.
|2011||Lee Jian Aun (leader), Lee Jian Yi, Gan Chun Meng (School of Computing and Creative Media) Finalist – Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia 2011|
|2014||Khor Rui Yen & Chua Yin Fu (School of Computing, Communication & Media Studies) Team Member – The Best Prototype Award – MDeC-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Start-up Labs Programme|
UOWM KDU School of Computing & Creative Media
IDEAL SCHOOL FOR COMPUTER STUDIES – TAKE IT IN UOW MALAYSIA KDU
“An all-inclusive syllabus that produces computing wizards & games maestros”
THE BEST STREAMLINED SYLLABUS
UOWM KDU syllabus is a direct result of in-depth analysis and collaborations with industry partners to ensure our graduates are not only employable but desirable talents that can integrate seamlessly into the industry. It evolves to stay relevant to current industry needs and practices.
The Game Development degree programme at UOW Malaysia KDU is endorsed by a major UK-based game development studio and stalwarts in the local industry. The programme’s streamlined syllabus and industry insights produces sought-after graduates, drawing many a studio to headhunt and handpick talents before they even graduate. With three specialised streams to choose from, our programme is one of the most comprehensive Game Development programmes out there.
UOW Malaysia KDU also collaborates with Codemasters Studios in the adoption of industry benchmarking and standards for curriculum and assessment methods in programme delivery. Codemasters is one of Britain’s oldest video game development companies and is considered Europe’s largest independent games company with nearly 700 employees in the UK alone.
UOWM KDU recognises the need to integrate and diminish the gap between industry requirements, practice and technology and academic delivery. Irrespective of the computing stream students choose to study, our syllabus ensure they have a strong grasp in the fundamentals on computing, from programming, to using complex algorithms, and designing, building and testing of applications or systems – all of which are critical in cultivating a graduate who is an analytical thinker and creative problem-solver.
UOW Malaysia KDU offers programmes in 3 out of the 4 major facets of computing (as stated by The Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest scientific and educational society for computing).
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering
- Information Systems
“Our strong industry collaborations means students actively collaborate with potential future employers – before even graduating!”
We work with selected corporate industry and relevant organisations to obtain practical training materials and tools for knowledge transfer as well as the opportunity for events and networking. Students get a taste of real world experience in consultation with top technological companies such as IEEE Computer Society, and RapidMiner Master Reseller, Ouandatics (M) Sdn Bhd keeping updated with latest trends through projects and industry involvement.
Students are exposed to and prepared for external certification exams and professional certification processes through our partnerships.
MyGameDev Talent Development Initiative:
In 2012, the Ministry of Higher Education awarded UOW Malaysia KDU with a PEMANDU Entry Point Project initiative under the Economic Transformation Plan and the National Key Results Area (Education) to spearhead the Game Development industry in Malaysia, focusing on awareness and talent building activities. This Game Development Cluster represents the start of a strategic collaboration between educational institutions and the Game Development industry to create a High-Income, Sustainable Creative Economy in the area of Game Development.
The primary measure of success in a digital game region is a critical mass of talent. Without critical mass, it is difficult to find support, retain talent, and attract international visibility and credibility. In an effort to maintain a constant flow of talents into the Game Development Industry, MyGameDev’s role is to ensure that not only are the relevant institutions generating graduates which are industry ready but to also prepare a ready pool of raw post-secondary student talents to feed into this pipeline.
The new 10-acre purpose-built University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU campus at Utropolis, costing RM320 million, has been designed around the philosophy that learning is experiential and can happen anywhere.
There are open spaces, themed gardens and discussion cubes, along with 9 fully equipped lecture halls that can house up to 250 students each, 60 state of the art classrooms where 4,000 students can be attending lecture and classes at any one time, a 50,000 sq ft space housing University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU’s comprehensive library and a 500-bed student village.
- Cafeteria – A melting pot of food and life, students from all walks of life and schools gather here for their daily feast.
- Computer Lab – A number of computers all at the ready for our students’ access, connected to the free high speed WIFI service available on campus.
- Student Lounge – A student hotspot equipped with comfortable furniture for students to ease their minds.
- Library – The Utropolis Glenmarie library is spread out over 50,000 square feet, fitted with a coffee bar, Zen garden reading lounge, quiet study and learning pods.
- Learning Pod- Students can have the space they need in order to focus on studies at hand at the private Learning Pod.
- Atrium – Wide open space often bathed with natural sunlight.
UOWM KDU Student Accommodation, Utropolis, Glenmarie
On-campus accommodation on a 10-acre, 7-storey block that accommodates up to 580 students which is divided into male and female wings.
Game Lab at UOWM KDU
This is where Game Development students will be spending most of their time at.
Equipped with powerful equipment necessary for your education, the Game Lab in UOWM KDU has everything that you’ll need to play the latest and greatest titles on the market currently. Of course, playing won’t be everything you’ll do in this lab. You’ll be developing games from the ground up.
The Game Lab offers 11 units of Alienware Aurora gaming desktop systems. In a room found next to this, is the Game Console Area, where there’s Sony PlayStation 3, one Special Edition Gears of War themed Xbox 360, and a Nintendo Wii.