Diploma in Creative Writing for TV & New Media (DTVM - S41)
What you'll Study
Communication Skills for Media MakersMore
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.
Creative Story MakingMore
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.
Critical and Analytical ThinkingMore
This module aims to equip students with skills in critical and analytical thinking, which includes the ability to evaluate different perspectives, articulate a point of view and support it with relevant and credible evidence. The module also provides students with opportunities to practise information literacy, and critical and analytical thinking skills through the exploration of contemporary local and global issues.
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.
This module aims to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate the elements of narratives used in a variety of contexts, and to appreciate and harness the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will analyse narratives to connect and contextualise self to society, and learn to craft impactful personal narratives to inspire or influence others.
Scriptwriting for Television I: Entertainment ProgrammesMore
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.
Story Classics Heroes Myths and LegendsMore
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.
Storytelling I: Visual CommunicationMore
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 II: Conceptualisation and StructureMore
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
Video Production Principles and PracticesMore
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.
Writing Across Media PlatformsMore
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.
World Issues and the Media MakerMore
Design Thinking for Social InnovationMore
This module aims to equip students with a Design Thinking mindset in a social innovation context. Students collaborate in multi-disciplinary groups to apply Design Thinking tools and methods to create innovative prototype solutions for local social issues. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves, and empathy for a local community in need.
Introduction to DocumentaryMore
Journalism I: News Writing for the Global AudienceMore
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.
Journalism II: Total JournalismMore
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.
Scriptwriting for Television II: Drama and ComedyMore
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.
Storytelling III: Character and Plot DevelopmentMore
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.
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.
Video Production for Narratives 1 (Drama and Comedy)More
Video Production for Narratives 2 (Documentary)More
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.
Web Publishing and DesignMore
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.
Creative Writing ProjectMore
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 module aims to provide students with relevant work exposure with reputable industry partners, mainly in the areas of writing, scripting, journalism, video production, television production and web content development. This is to provide them with the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in school to actual work situation. This will create a valuable learning opportunity for students to sharpen their skills and knowledge, as well as learn what cannot be taught in the classroom. Students will also learn to cope with the demands of the industry, on top of gaining even more editorial and technical know-how.
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.
Media Law and EthicsMore
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.
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.
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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.
Television and Online JournalismMore
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
Please note: Course structure subject to change