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School of Media and Info-Communications Technology Set to Offer Full-suite of IT Courses for 2006

Singapore Polytechnic launches three new courses in Infocomm Security Management, Games Design & Development and Digital Media


The School of Info-Communications Technology has been renamed the School of Media and Info-Communications Technology (SMIT) to reflect the increasing importance of media courses. It will offer three new diploma courses in infocomm security management, games design and development and digital media.


With the introduction of the Diploma in Games Design and Development, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is now a one-stop training centre for computer game developers.


With its latest revamp and rollout of new diploma courses, SP will offer a comprehensive education in the various aspects to meet the manpower needs of the Info-Communications and Media clusters.


At the launch of the new courses on 13 Jan 2006, Mr Song Nay Hay, director of SMIT, announced a new diploma course in game design and development, which focuses on the aesthetics and experience of games.


According to Mr Song, the new courses would support the blueprints of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA).


According to the IDA's director of manpower development, Ms Seah Lye Khim, current workforce needs of the infocomm industry stands at about 108,000.


Over the next two years, the manpower demands from the existing companies are expected to rise by three to four per cent.


Likewise, the digital animation and gaming industry in Singapore is rapidly expanding with "big players like Electronic Arts, Lucasfilm Animation, Koei and Genki" setting up shop in Singapore, said Mr Seto Lok Yin, MDA's director of Industry Development.


For a start, SP's new digital media course will take in 120 students while the gaming and infocomm security courses will enrol 40 students each.


Upon graduation, these students would fill positions such as game designers and developers, IT security analysts and auditors as well as 3D animators and video editors.


Said Mr Raymond Wong, general manager of Koei Singapore, "There's a very strong demand for talents in the gaming industry. We have about 60 game designers now, and we will be looking to ramp it up to 100 over the next few years."


With this 'full suite' of courses, final-year students across different diploma courses can collaborate to 'create more powerful products', said Mr Lee Kwan Yong, deputy director of SMIT.




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