Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM) JAE Code: S41

What You'll Study

 

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC8001 General Education 1
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.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
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.
30
SC8101 Writing Across Media Platforms
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.
90
SC8102 Deconstructing Television
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.
45
SC8103 Story Classics Heroes Myths and Legends
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.
45
SC8104 Creative Story Making
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.
60
SC8105 Storytelling I: Visual Communication
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 storytelling.
60
SC8106 Storytelling II: Conceptualisation and Structure
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 characters.
60
SC8107 Scriptwriting for Television I: Entertainment Programmes
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.
60
SC8108 Video Production Principles and Practices
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.
105
SC8109 Communication Skills for Media Makers
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.
45
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
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.
15
Visual Communication
 

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
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.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
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.
30
SC8111 Research and Interview Techniques
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 research.
45
SC8112 Philosophy, Psychology and Society
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.
45
SC8113 Storytelling III: Character and Plot Development
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.
45
SC8116 Journalism I: News Writing for the Global Audience
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.
45
SC8118 Journalism II: Total Journalism
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.
45
SC8119 Documentary Making
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.
60
SC8120 Web Publishing and Design
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.
75
SC8129 Scriptwriting for Television II: Drama and Comedy
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.
90
SC8130 Video Production for Narratives 1: Drama & Comedy
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.
75
SC8131 Video Production for Narratives 2: Documentary
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.
75
SC8132 Transmedia Storytelling
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.
45
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
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.
30
Research And Interview Techniques
 

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
SC7762 Media Law and Ethics
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.
60
SC8133 Media Entrepreneurship
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.
75
SC8134 On-Location Production
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.
60
SC8135 Creative Writing Project
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.
105
Free Elective*
45
Internship (Semester-Long)
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!

*Choose one of the following electives:

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
SC8124 Filmmaking
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.
45
SC8127 Television and Online Journalism
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 news situations.
45

Please note: Course structure subject to change

On Location Production