• Happy New Year 2019
  • new intake 2019
  • Convocation Ceremony 2018
  • Grand Prize Winner for Spotlight by Penang Art District
  • PTPTN 20th Anniversary Short Video Winners 2018
  • Signing Ceremony for MOU between USM and Equator
  • MyQUEST 2017 5 stars College based and Cluster based categories
  • We are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified!
  • Gurney Plaza Fashion Month 2018
  • Joo Lee Gurney Plaza Fashion Month 2018
  • UOB Painting of the Year Awards 2016 Winner
  • MODA Samsung innovation Award Showcase 2016 Winner
  • Tanjong Heritage Competition 2016 Winners
  • Jack Cheoh
  • Goh Wan Ning
  • Equator College 3D Modelling Typography

The College for Creative People

Equator College (Formerly known as Academy of Art) was founded in 1987 and is now a recognised brand name as the leading art, media, and design college in northern Malaysia. This is mainly due to the recruitment of quality staff, the establishment of a conducive learning environment, and the supportive administration. Our academy has two campuses: one in Leith Street and the other in Amoy Lane. Both campuses are situated in the heart of George Town, Penang.

The college offers qualified students well-structured programmes of study with up-to-date curricular as well as comprehensive training to fulfill the demands of the art, media, and design industries. Classes are kept small (ratio 1:20) to ensure that lecturers are able to focus on the individual style of their students in order to encourage the best possible performance.

Our team of academic staff, both local and foreign, are well-trained, with many having professional experience in their respective fields. Using a student-centred approach to teaching, our lecturers do not only inspire the spirit of excellence in their students, they also lead by example by going public in exhibiting their own work.

On top of a conducive learning environment, the management of Equator provides the right infrastructures such as high-end computers and industry-standard softwares as well as numerous books, journals, and magazines to keep students up-to-date with the demands of modern industries. The management is also supportive and open to suggestions towards improvement.

At Equator, we believe there should be a balance between work and play. As such, there is a good variety of student clubs and societies are in store for our students. A wide range of exciting indoor activities as well as plenty of opportunities to embark on educational trips await the inquisitive and adventurous souls. These activities enable students to discover new interests, make observations, work in groups and relate to one another, but most importantly, they allow our students to have fun.

All our programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) via the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

School of Art, Media & Design Technology

Equator College offers a range of comprehensively designed Diploma Programmes. These programmes are highly regarded for equipping students with specialist knowledge and skills which are designed to stimulate the imagination and provoke deals and creativity in students who will themselves shape the future of the nation.

To produce innovative and forward-thinking graduates for both local and international creative industries in the area of Art, Design & Technology.
To provide relevant, industry-driven, and quality education that produces ethical and professional artists, designers, and leaders.

Graphic & Multimedia DesignKP/JPS (A8154), (R2/213/4/0042)
Digital 3D AnimationKP/JPS (A9802), (R/213/4/0169)
Fine ArtKP/JPS (A10329), (R/211/4/0013)
Certificate in Art & DesignKP/JPS (A5628), (R/214/3/0094)
School of Fashion

To be a leading creative school in Fashion Design education, producing regional and international industry leaders.

  • To instil graduates with knowledge and skills needed to excel and flourish in the fashion industry.
  • To produce ethically holistic graduates with vision, and critical and creative thinking abilities.
  • To lead and enhance the development of the fashion industry to benefit, support and sustain the evolving domestic and global markets.

Fashion Design TechnologyKP/JPS (A10976), (R/214/4/0095)
School of Engineering & Built Environment

Equator College offers a range of comprehensively designed Diploma Programmes. These programmes are highly regarded for equipping students with specialist knowledge and skills which are designed to stimulate the imagination and provoke deals and creativity in students who will themselves shape the future of the nation.

To be the leading school in the fields of built environment and emerging engineering technologies.
To provide experiential learning for students to practice ethical leadership and professional responsibilities while stimulating innovation and creativity in architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Interior DesignKP/JPS (A8155), (R2/214/4/0028)
Architectural TechnologyKP/JPS (A10419), (R/581/4/0038)
Computer Aided Design & Drafting (Building Design)N/581/4/0094
School of Creative Business

The School of Creative Business is a young and unique academic School. It's this global network together with highly skilled faculty and industries connect that propels School of Creative Business to create industry ready professionals to compete on a global scale. At School of Creative Business, we nurture young bright minds to collaborate through learning and deliver world class results. Our courses empower our students to merge creative thinking and business ideas which leads to high managerial effectiveness.

To be a creative business school developing transformational leaders who can promote business integration by engaging with relevant industries.
To develop creative graduates and produce socially responsible leaders who are capable of dealing with changes in the global environment, and meet the demands of the business community.

Marketing CommunicationMQA/PA 7536, (N/342/4/0182)
School of Professional Development

Equator College is also a global Autodesk Authorized Training Center and Professional Certification Center in Malaysia, for Entertainment and Advanced in Building, we committed to educate anyone who wishes to learn the application of any of the softwares under the Autodesk family. The softwares can help anyone in the Entertainment, Building and Constructions Industry to work better and to improve the business since the softwares are able to assist and enhance both the design and documentation process, hence, the resulting work are coordinated, consistent and ready for implementation.

Autodesk AutoCad 2018 (Level 1)
Autodesk AutoCad 3D 2018 (Level 2)
Autodesk 3DS Max 2018
Autodesk Revit 2018
Autodesk Maya 2018
Autodesk Certification Center
SketchUp Pro
InteriCad T6
Short Courses

Equator also offers a variety of Short Courses to suit both professionals and students. All our courses are delivered within a modular structure which provides flexibility in terms of timing and choice, hence, enabling you to study without disrupting your other commitments.

Interior Decoration & Residential Interior
Computer Graphic Design
Fashion Design & Garment Construction
Drawing Class
Painting Class

Affiliated & Accreditation Institutions

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), was established on 1 November 2007 with the coming in force of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The main role of the MQA is to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a basis for quality assurance of higher education and as the reference point for the criteria and standards for national qualifications. The MQA is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education.

With the vision to be a credible and internationally recognised higher education quality assurance body and the mission to inspire the confidence of its stakeholders through best practices, the MQA is set to chart new boundaries in higher education quality assurance.

MQA Official Website