Diploma in Digital Advertising

IACT College

Course Overview

Think of brands, advertisements and marketing campaigns. Does any come to mind? If you can remember a specific one, then it has served its purpose. Keeping up with trends, creating unique concepts and finding new ways to impress consumers - the world of marketing and advertising is incredibly exciting and fast-paced. Are you interested in the ways companies and businesses choose to advertise and market their services or products? Do you always have ideas of how certain campaigns and advertisements could improve? 

As one of the most established advertising diplomas in the country, fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA), this Diploma is accepted to 124 different programmes in 6 different countries.

Why Choose this Programme at IACT?

  • Hone your interest in the field.
  • Develop your skills in marketing and advertising.
  • Become a versatile professional in the creative industry.
  • Gain access to advanced standing into Year 2 of the BA (Hons) in Advertising and Design or Year 3 of other degree programmes offered by the University of Sunderland.
  • Gain access to advanced standing into the BA (Hons) in Marketing Management or Year 3 of the BA (Hons) in Advertising & Digital Marketing offered by the University of Northampton.
  • Upon completion, gain a Diploma from the International Advertising Association (IAA), New York.


About IACT College

A pioneer in creative communications education as early as the 1970, IACT has since established itself as the nations premier creative communication’s specialist. We do not just teach creativity, we actively inspire it as a trusted educator in the creative industry- with our students receiving over 90 prestigious industry awards over the past 5 years. We are also the only college in Malaysia to receive accreditation from the International Advertising Association in New York, and continue to focus on providing industry ready education with programmes designed and developed to train our students for industry expectations.

How Do I Get In?

  • 3 credits in SPM or IGCSE; 
  • 3Bs in UEC; OR
  • IACT College Certificate in Communication Studies; OR
  • Other qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia

English Language Proficiency

  • Achieve a minimum score Band 2 in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • SPM – Grade C; or
  • UEC – B6; or
  • IGCSE 1st Language – E; or
  • IGCSE 2nd Language/ GCE O Level / GCE A/AS Level – D; or
  • IB English A1/A2/B Higher Level – 2; or
  • Equivalent

* Trial examinations/ forecast results are accepted

*Candidates who do not have a credit in Art at SPM level, will need to pass an interview and a drawing test, or portfolio assessment

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COURSE MODULES

Year 1

Advertising Principles

You will get the chance to study basic advertising concepts and the roles that advertisers, advertising agencies, the media and other related professional bodies play in the industry, as well as how the industry works to reach its target audience.

Communication English 102

This subject aims to help you express your opinions and views in English and to further improve reading comprehension as well as write academic essays confidently. 

Communication English 103

The subject aims to help you express your opinions and views in English and to further improve reading comprehension as well as write academic essays confidently. 

Market Research

This module's focus area brings you up to speed on research terminology, the basic principles of statistical methods and sampling theories, as well as various types of research applications in the marketing communications field. 

Media: Research Strategy, Planning and Buying

You will explore the nature and scope of media research available and set media objectives and their rationales. This module also teaches you how to plan and execute a media strategy. 

Creative Concept Development

This module focuses on hands-on assignments, where you will learn the ideation processes in which creative thinking is carried out and developed into advertising concepts. This process teaches you to become an advertising idea generator. 

Computer Graphics

You will be introduced to the most basic design software used today and taught to handle simple and basic computer design functions and applications.

Creative Thinking

This module invites you to change your creative mindset by helping you to understand creativity, what it takes to be creative and how to be a creative thinker. Besides developing your creative thinking, it also helps in honing your analytical skills.

Introduction to Sociology

This module will expose you to the discipline of sociology, theories and its research methods. It discusses the relationships between individual cultures and society, and how social and cultural forces influence personal experiences and group behaviours. 

Mass Communication

This module encourages reflection upon the relationship between mass communication and our society. You will be taught the various communication elements and processes in order to better understand media messages and the impact of media content on audience attitudes and behaviour.

Marketing Principles

This module gives you the opportunity to analyse the role of marketing, managing markets from the perspective of information system management, analysis of markets, managing products, promotions, as well as pricing and distribution strategies. 

Presentation Skills

This module exposes you to the skills needed for effective presentations. It also encourages you to think critically about your audience and the purpose of presenting while planning for and delivering a presentation.

Year 2

Advertising Campaign Management

This module introduces you to the business of advertising through the critical role of an account manager. It follows the logical progression of account-planning tasks from start to finish. It equips you with the knowledge and practical aspects of how to formulate an advertising campaign. You will also be introduced to the essentials of executing a campaign based on a client’s brief. 

Brand Management

A company’s most important asset is its brand. This module focuses on honing your understanding of the importance of branding, creating and enhancing brand value as well as managing the brand. It blends theory, concepts and the practice of brand management through lectures, exercises and case study discussions. 

Consumer Behaviour

This module helps you look at the modes by which consumers obtain information and make decisions about products. It also helps you perceive how consumer opinions and attitudes are formed. You will develop a better appreciation of values, beliefs, prejudices and persuasion adopted in consumers’ lifestyles. 

In-Company Practical Training

This module helps you develop strategies which will extend your learning beyond the educational institution, into the industry. The Internship Reflection exposes you to the critical and analytical thinking of industry practice, communication skills and identification of professions that may be of interest. A thorough analysis will be documented in the form of a comprehensive report and presentation.

Digital Marketing

This module reflects on the current interactive media prevalent in our society today, especially pertaining to internet technology (but not limited to this medium). You will cover the basic fundamentals required in this form of direct marketing, as well as the strategies and practices of interactive marketing such as social networking. 

Creative Process and Execution

This module looks at the creative process, its basic disciplines and applications, creative thinking, creative approaches and styles, art direction and execution. 

Cross Cultural Studies for Advertising and Marketing Communication

You will be provided with an overview of the different aspects of culture and its relationship with marketing and advertising strategies. 

Research Methods

This module introduces you to the importance of research in today’s world, and helps you think critically about society.

Final Semester

Contextual Studies

You will explore the history, theories and contexts of advertising, design and media. This module investigates the causes and influences of advertising and design-related practices in broad cultural and contextual frameworks, which are fundamental. You will learn to analyse stereotypes, notions, value, class, race, gender, spectatorship, psychology and art movements, through application of critical theories and media theories. 

Portfolio Building

This module will focus on building a great Book (the creative portfolio) customised to your strengths, though creating on-strat and conceptually grabbing campaigns from various briefs. 

ELECTIVE MODULES*

*Choose any 2 modules below:

Visual Communication

You will delve into a cultural analysis of visuals and their meanings. Workshops/studio time will be used to experiment with these relationships and further explore your technical skills and knowledge.

Copywriting

This module will cover areas on effective copywriting and copywriting for various media, such as print, radio, TV, billboards, etc. 

Integrated Marketing Communications

This module synergistically blends various marketing communications aspects (advertising, sales promotion, public relations, direct and interactive marketing, and personal selling) to effectively promote a product. You will be required to apply this knowledge in planning and developing a relevant and effective IMC campaign.

International Marketing

This module provides a deep understanding of international business and how marketing relates to other businesses in serving the needs of overseas consumers. It also develops curiosity on the dynamics of a fast-changing environment.

MPU MODULES

Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian students) / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International students)

Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban aims to provide a true understanding of the concept of ethical appreciation, especially in complying with the National Principles (Rukun Negara), government policies, unity efforts and national development. In this module, students will also be enlightened on Malaysian history before and after its independence, and efforts undertaken in building the nation's civilisation. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 teaches international students the basics of the Malay language to help in their daily communication. You will also learn to read, write and understand simple sentences and paragraphs in Malay.

Integriti dan Anti-Rasuah

This module covers the basic concepts of corruption including the value of integrity, anti-corruption, forms of corruption, abuse of power in daily activities and organisations as well as ways to prevent corruption. Cases related to corruption are discussed. Teaching and learning methods are implemented in the form of ‘experiential learning’ through individual and group activities. At the end of this module, students will be able to understand the practice of integrity, the concept of corruption, anti-corruption, abuse of power, as well as the prevention of corruption in society and organisations.

Community Service

Community Service focuses on the development of students’ communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills through community service and cooperative learning. This will include the values of social responsibility, leadership and teamwork. The primary emphasis is on community service and/or co-curricular activities that may require going beyond the university environment.

Bahasa Kebangsaan A (only for students without credit in SPM BM)

Bahasa Kebangsaan A helps in grasping the national language to effectively communicate, and express thoughts clearly and creatively through verbal and written communication.

You can also earn microcredentials from:

IE Business School

  • Market Research and Consumer Behaviour

Digital Marketing Institute

  • Digital Strategy and Business Opportunity

University of Colorado Boulder

  • Basic Elements of Design: Design Principles and Software Overview

The State University of New York

  • Photography
  • Photography Part 2

California Institute of the Arts

  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees:

Year 1:
RM20,500

Year 2:
RM20,500

International Students:

RM42,000

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