Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
Introduces students to the various platforms in the media world and how
they have evolved to dominate the present way of communication. Students will be
able to recognise the changing identity, preferences and habits of the consumer
of the different media platforms. They will learn to craft stories and content for each
medium and platform. The module will also take the student through the processes of
conceptualising, crafting and developing an idea into media content that can cross
different platforms, for the evolving media consumer.
Provides students with a brief history of television and introduces them to the
early television genres of drama, comedy, game shows and reality TV. Students will
deconstruct popular television genres to appreciate the origins and how they have
evolved into their present-day adaptations. Students will also create an original concept
for a television programme.
Exposes students to seminal works of literature in books and films, while exploring
the classic fairy tales, heroes, myths and legends. Students will appreciate how the
use of heroes, protagonists, antagonists, universal themes and issues that are key
to creating and telling good stories. They will discover how often these elements
are adapted to reflect the desires and preoccupations of the present society.
This module uses creative thinking, brainstorming and observation exercises
to help students generate creative story ideas. Students will be taken through a
journey of self-discovery, including their life experiences, to tap into various sources
of creativity and inspiration and uncover their potential as writers. They will apply
what they have learnt about the appeal of myths, heroes and universal themes to craft
engaging and powerful short stories.
Teaches students the fundamentals of storytelling through visual communication.
Students will investigate and learn the techniques to communicate visual and
dramatic elements within a script, without the use of dialogue. They will also learn the
basic principles of information design, visual design, layout and colour, as well as how
picture composition, camera movements and cinematography are crucial for good
Introduces conceptualisation and structure as crucial elements of good storytelling.
It teaches students how to use plots and sub-plots to engage their audience,
thereby further transforming their fictional characters into multi-dimensional ones
that resonate with the audience. Students will also learn about the use of traditional
and interactive narrative structures and create their own three-act story and multidimensional
Introduces students to key entertainment genres in the television industry. It
exposes students to the processes behind the conceptualisation, crafting and
development of scripts related to these entertainment genres. It equips them with
the knowledge and tools to write broadcaststandard and industry-quality scripts.
Students will receive core skills training in scriptwriting for genres such as reality,
infotainment and talk-shows. Students will also be taught how to conceptualise and
craft scripts according to the purpose and context of television production for a range
of target audiences.
Introduces students to the entire digital video production process, from translating
a script to the final product. Students will learn practical aspects of single camera
techniques, basic lighting, audio recording, camera directing and video editing. This
module also imparts to students a sound understanding of the entire production
process from the breaking down of a script to production and post-production
management, as they engage in multiple roles in the production cycle. Students will
produce their own short video clip at the end of the module.
Emphasises the importance of oral and written communication skills for media
makers who need to network with media companies. Students will be trained to
persuade and pitch effectively to media networks and production houses, write
the different types of proposals needed for pitches to the media industry, as well as
structure and deliver persuasive oral pitches and presentations, using appropriate verbal
and non-verbal language and visual aids. They will also learn to handle the intense
question and answer sessions associated with the media industry and hone their
media networking skills in the process.
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to
conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social
cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply
suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to
trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment,
and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of
themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
Stresses the importance of both primary and secondary research before an interview
can be conducted. Students will learn the different techniques in carrying out
an interview for various purposes and platforms. They will also learn to organise,
structure, focus and apply story and narrative to the primary and secondary
Introduces students to some of the greatest thinkers of our times. Students will learn
approaches to decipher the meaning of life and human behaviour. They will explore
how philosophy and psychology apply in society as well as in the creation of media
products that have popular appeal.
Emphasises the importance of understanding the media audience and
the appeal of myths, heroes, and antiheroes as well as universal and specific
themes. This will help create identifiable, lovable characters. Students will use
character development, motivation and an understanding of the rhythm of language
to create dialogue for their characters. Students will also learn various plot
development techniques to enhance their storytelling.
Stresses the importance of news in a globalised world and its impact on society,
culture and politics. Students will be introduced to the basic elements and
stages of news writing and be trained in news writing for print, television and
the web. News research, investigation, accuracy and strong editorial skills will also
be emphasised in this era of information overload.
Prepares students for the demands faced by journalists today. They must be capable
of not just writing a good story, but also be proactively involved in the news sourcing,
news gathering and news production stages. Students will be trained to deal
with diverse situations and persons, write headlines, create layout pages and caption
pictures. Students will complete a news project from conceptualisation to final
product, and in the process, develop their aptitude for news.
This module will deconstruct well-known documentaries that have changed the
world and examine the elements that made the documentary one of the most significant
genres of film and television. Students will explore the importance of objectivity, ethics
and morality in their roles as social activists and research and script a documentary on
a pertinent issue.
Aims to equip students with the basic principles in Web Publishing as well as
Design Thinking techniques. Through Design Thinking, students will explore
deep understanding of the user, find creative resolution to tensions, develop
collaborative prototyping and modify ideas for web solutions. Students will experiment
with tools of design, digital photography, imaging and layout. They will also manage,
plan and prepare electronic publications.
This module will deconstruct popular television dramas and comedies in detail
to expose the devices and techniques of scriptwriting in these two classic television
genres. Students will practise creating identifiable characters and effective plots
and stories by writing and revising original plot outlines and scripts.
Designed to enable students to transform their written scripts into full-fledged sitcom
or drama products. Students will have to pitch for their work to be produced and
only the winning pitches and scripts will be produced by the teams. This module
challenges students to apply what they have learnt and further refines their
scriptwriting, directing, producing and production management skills to produce a
drama and sitcom.
Designed to enable students to transform their documentary scripts into full-fledged
documentaries. Students will have to pitch for their work to be produced and
only the winning pitches and scripts will be produced by the teams. This
module challenges students to apply what they have learnt and further refine
their scriptwriting, directing, producing and production management skills in the
context of producing a documentary.
This module aims to expose students to the role of the media maker in shaping public
views and opinions. Students will explore how the media maker uses current affairs
as a source of inspiration in producing media products such as articles, blogs,
television programmes and mobile apps. Students will also reflect on the influential
role of the media maker and how that is changing with new media technologies.
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
The module teaches the basic concepts of media law and ethics applicable to the
media and communication industry. At the end of the module, students will be
able to demonstrate an understanding of the Singapore legal system; freedom of
expression; defamation law; law and policy on print media, broadcast media, Internet
and film; advertising law and policy; and intellectual property law.
Gives students a broad overview of the media as a business, including the value
chain from creation and production to distribution. Students will learn to
recognise changing media market demands, appreciate their place as writers
and creators, take ownership of their work and discover how to network, manage
and distribute their media content to production houses, television networks and
related businesses. Students will also be challenged to find creative and innovative
ways to brand their creations, look for sponsors, pitch and market their ideas and
content, and adopt a proactive approach to media buyers and consumers. This module
aims to develop students’ potential as media managers and entrepreneurs.
Trains students to produce a three-minute video report after an on-location shoot
overseas. Students will learn how to find a compelling story in an unfamiliar
environment within a fixed duration. Students will be guided to prepare for the
filming trip in which they will have to work as a production. They will have to make
preparations such as research, equipment lists, production planning and timeline
before the trip.
Students are required to propose, conceptualise, write/script and pitch an
original television and new media project to industry content makers. This is to
showcase their strengths as media content writers and creators.
This is where you get a taste of the real thing. You will go on a six-month long internship with media production houses, media networks or media-related companies. This will give you the hands-on application of what you've learnt. You also get to join the media industry immediately!
This 45-hour module introduces screenwriting as a distinctive media
platform that requires a different set of skills and techniques, in terms of storytelling,
scriptwriting and the business of moviemaking.
Aims to hone the skills of journalism students in the fast-paced field of television
and online reporting. Students will learn how to write to pictures, use sound and
visuals, as well as make full use of online platforms for broadcast reporting. Students
will develop scripts for soft and hard news, piece to camera and simulate breaking
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