Diploma in Digital Film & Television (T23)

2017 Planned Intake: 75 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 16

What makes this course stand out from other film courses is the strong emphasis on the creative aspects of story-telling and the exposure to the business end of the film industry.

Not only will you learn the technical skills of camerawork, editing, video and audio post-production, you will also learn about what makes a good riveting story and develop strong script-writing skills that can capture the imagination of your audience.

Pitch your story ideas, manage your production budgets and schedules. With the Adopt-A-Film Initiative, our students have had their films funded up to $13,000 per film and screened for the general public. With our tie-ups with community groups your work may also be seen by a larger audience. Our students’ works have been screened at prestigious film festivals such as Cannes – who  knows, yours could be next!


 Mix talented students with an accomplished and dedicated faculty and you get a dynamic film school. The best student work at Temasek Polytechnic is comparable to the best in other film schools in Europe and America.
—  Professor Mark Jonathan Harris    
Distinguished Professor    
School of Cinematic Arts    
University of Southern California    
and three-time Academy Award Winner
What makes a good story


What you will learn

  • Getting the Basics Right

    Getting the Basics Right

    Never picked up a camera before or penned a script? No problem.

    In Year 1, you will be taught all the basics of putting a production together, including camera work, scriptwriting, directing, producing and more.

  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    In Year 2, finally put to use what you’ve been learning as you embark on your first short film project. Discover which production role suits you best, whether it’s working the cameras, writing the script or directing the shoot.
  • Your Final Masterpiece

    Your Final Masterpiece

    Put together a budget proposal, hire professional actors and pour all your creativity in one last production: the Final Year Project. Standby, silence on set and action!

    In Year 3, students will embark on a major short film or documentary production of their choice. Make your audience laugh, cry… or stay up in the middle of the night in fear.

Notable Features

  • Work in the coolest and industry-standard facilities such as the latest film-editing suites, sound editing suites and a brand new TV studio.

  • Follow your passion. Specialise in either the Production and Technical aspects of film production, or Directing or Producing.

  • Shine in national and international competitions. Our students have won at the National Youth Film Awards, the Crowbars, the Singapore Design Awards and the prestigious New York Festival among others.

  • Pitch your stories. Just as it is in the real world, our students learn to pitch for investment and funding for their final-year projects. Successful projects have been funded up to $13,000 per film.

  • Screen your films to a wider audience. Partnerships with Singapore Airlines and S’pore Discovery Centre have resulted in student work being screened on multiple platforms.

  • Walk the red carpet at Cannes. Our students’ films have been screened at the annual Cannes Film Festival.

  • Travel with your classmates. Our students have gone on annual study trips to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Japan and Korea.

  • Enjoy advanced standing arrangements with some of the best design institutions in the world to receive exemptions and complete your degree in a shorter time and at a lower cost.

  • Be mentored by a team of highly committed, award-winning and experienced lecturers and mentors from the industry.

  • Win scholarships and further your education in film-making. Our students have won the MDA Media Education Scholarship among others.

  • Tell the world stories that need to be told. Our students have worked on documentaries highlighting elephant conservation in Thailand, the poverty-stricken districts in Indonesia, the plight of villagers who live in the wake of typhoons in the Philippines, the artisans in Cambodia who turn the artefacts of war into jewellery and many other powerfully moving social stories.


Career Prospects

Your skills will enable you to have challenging and rewarding careers in the growing film and
media industries, not only here in Singapore, but internationally. You might just be the next
big name film or television producer/ director, digital post-production editor, or top-notch
director of photography.

Further Education

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

Applicants must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Art/ Art & Design, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Fundamentals of Electronics, General Science, Higher Art, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

Note: Applicants who have partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency should not apply for this course.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

A rich and sophisticated language repertoire is required for articulating and presenting design ideas. This subject explores the creative use of language features such as denotation, connotation, metaphors, tone and style in a variety of genres. It further analyses the discourse modes of description, narration and exposition as used in the design context. Next, it focuses on the application of these language features in written and oral presentations for expressing, examining and supporting design concepts in design critiques.


This subject focuses on self-leadership and personal effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to discover and understand themselves in terms of their personalities, values and mission and to build their ‘Logical Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on the ‘Golden End’ and ‘Consequential Thinking’. It helps the students to listen to the inner self and to express their personal thoughts and ideas.


This subject focuses on team-leadership, followership and team effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to build their ‘Emotional Quotient’, relate to peers and manage team conflicts. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on a ‘Win-Win Attitude”. It helps students to make meaningful conversations and to articulate their vision.


This subject focuses on service to others. It provides a platform for students to understand themselves better and to make responsible choices in life and to build their ‘Community Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on ‘Ethical Judgement’ and ‘Moral Courage’. It helps students to build trust and credibility in their communication with others and in the community.


Effective written and oral communication play a critical role in advancing a design professional’s career. Designers are expected to be persuasive in articulating their design ideas in order to secure design contracts and employment. Hence, this subject focuses on the use of persuasion in two broad areas of professional communication for designers: client relationship and career self-promotion.


This student internship programme provides students with the opportunity to relate their academic learning in the course of study to a relevant work environment. It allows them to gain a perspective of work life and to understand the attributes expected by the employers.


The culmination of the design process is the communication of design solutions. This subject focuses on the argumentation process that leads to the articulation of informed, rational and creative design solutions. You will identify key issues in a client’s brief, conduct research, analyse findings, define design directions and rationalise design solutions through written and oral presentations.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject looks at how to express an idea through a story that an audience will find engaging. You will be introduced to elements such as story structure, character(s) and conflict to build your story from. You will also be exposed to the various tools of story development as well as the different ways stories can be told.


This is a basic subject in electronic cinematography foundation techniques. You will be taught the operational basics of camera and lighting equipment, exposure and lighting techniques, and visual composition. You will also learn the essential job descriptions and division of labour that an efficient film crew requires.


This module takes the form of a production project that allows you to apply and consolidate your academic and vocational knowledge to date, culminating in a video clip. You will practice visual narration techniques, pre-production, production and post-production techniques and teamwork.


This subject explores techniques that help you with the conceptualization of story ideas for the film and television mediums. Topics covered include brainstorming of ideas from life experience, environment and encounters to the identification of a good idea and development of an idea into a simple storyline.


This subject introduces you to basic audio recording techniques, studio equipment setup, recording process and microphone techniques. Through these learning processes, you will acquire the vocabulary, basic location recording skills, producing and mixing techniques.


In this subject, you will learn the basic responsibilities of a Director in a film production. Topics covered include the fundamentals of directing techniques and theories such as blocking, working with technical crew and basics of working with casts. These basic directing techniques are crucial even for simple videos such as TV commercials and online content.


The subject introduces you to art and design fundamentals, aesthetic awareness and cultural appreciation. It will develop an understanding for the art and design processes, and enable you to reflect and see the world from a designer’s perspective. Through this subject you will discover how to express yourself visually and with confidence in areas of art and design.


This subject introduces you to non-linear video editing with the principles and grammar of editing to be introduced and further developed. You will also practice and develop the skills-sets of an editor.


This subject covers pitching techniques and teaches you how to sell or market your projects. You will learn how to prepare the basic budget and schedule documents, and creative documents such as a story outline and treatment, visual references or storyboards and trailers.


This subject teaches you the skills that are required in pre-production planning. They include budgeting, scheduling, location scouting and casting. You will also learn how to manage a production efficiently and timely, as well as put together the necessary documents after you have finished post-production.


This subject introduces the complex craft of directing a drama production. You will learn how to interpret the dramatic possibilities of a screenplay, work with actors and crew and translate a written script into a cinematic story.


This subject takes the form of a project to encourage the application of the various skills set such as scriptwriting and project management to the production of a video with non-fiction content. This subject aims to develop your ability to apply audio visual narrative techniques and integrate the knowledge acquired in other subjects to a video production.


This subject takes the form of a project and allows you to fully utilize the understanding and abilities developed over the previous areas of the course to produce a project in a Fictional Narrative Form. You will define a film genre and utilise project planning and management skills to bring the project to completion. You will develop project management and research processes and strategies in relation to your option discipline.


This module provides an understanding of the organisation and skills involved when producing a video programme in a multi- camera production set-up. You will apply and develop your design and technical skills to direct and produce a programme segment in a controlled setting. They include producing and directing different programme formats, pre-production and production tasks, simultaneous camera direction and instantaneous vision mixing.


In this subject, you will learn how Production Design is crucial to the look of a film. You will be breaking down a script to identify its production design elements from sets to costumes, and from visual treatment to props in order to achieve the look and feel and create the mood that is necessary for the film.


This subject introduces a variety of nonfiction television programmes such as documentary, docudrama and reality television. Through screenings and discussion, you will develop a critical understanding of the research and creative approaches involved in developing non-fiction genre.


Film Genre introduces the various genres of film that we are familiar with and provides you with an understanding of film structure as a medium of emotional communication. You will be exposed to the narrative techniques of the different genres as well as the semiotics behind film elements.


This subject takes the form of a group project. It allows you to work on one that showcases the abilities you have developed throughout the Digital Film & Television course, reflecting your area of specialisation within the course. You will develop your own story idea and script, manage time and budgetary plans, hone casting skills and come up with directing, camera and audio plans in a team to support your project idea within presentations. You will also edit your own projects and provide the necessary audio design. You will develop your projects within a supervisory relationship with your lecturers. In addition to developing your project, you will document and reflect upon your project outcomes.


This subject introduces you to the craft of screen writing. It will provide you with an understanding of the principles of fictional storytelling for the screen and the process of writing a screenplay.


This subject takes the form of a project and allows you to fully utilise the understanding and abilities developed over all the previous areas of the course to produce a video of either the fictional narrative or non-fictional genre. You will define a video piece initially, and utilise your creative, technical and project planning and management skills to bring the project to completion.


This subject challenges you to explore the numerous and new media platforms that can be used to broadcast videos and carry out marketing campaigns. You will discover the possibilities of adapting your film projects into content for online and mobile users.


Diploma Option Subjects

Production & Technical Specialisation

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces you to audio postproduction, a process of creating the soundtrack for any visual sequence. Both technical and creative aspects will be emphasised. Through these learning processes, you will acquire the skills necessary for the creation of a professional audio soundtrack.


This subject will cover advanced lighting theory and techniques, camera placement, camera angles, camera movement and lens choices. You will build on the skills you have learnt in Camera & Lighting as well as Camera & Aesthetics to enhance the visual treatment of a film.


This module offers an in-depth insight into the process of post-production. You will learn about media management during post, integrating projects across different platforms, creating advanced color effects and compositing. The subject will equip you with advanced skills that editing professionals need to know with hands-on projects and technical and aesthetic lectures.


Directing Specialisation

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the application of scriptwriting principles and skills to the documentary and non-fiction genres. You will learn how to integrate interviews and narration to develop an audio-visual script that delivers a strong message or story.


In this subject, you will be exposed to advanced directing skills such as in-depth methods of working with cast and the skills required to bring out performance. You will also study the styles of renowned directors’ and their different directing techniques and develop abilities in visual storytelling.


This subject introduces you to various issues such as globalisation, the aging population and how technology is changing the society and human perceptions. You will be exposed to world issues that will help you broaden your general knowledge and develop you as a holistic filmmaker.


Producing Specialisation

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces the basic marketing and distribution methods in the media industry. You will learn how to develop a marketing plan and come up with creative ideas on how to sell your film.


This subject covers the application of scriptwriting principles and skills to the documentary and non-fiction genres. You will learn how to integrate interviews and narration to develop an audio-visual script that delivers a strong message or story.


This subject covers advanced producing skills in the film and television industry. You will learn the responsibilities of the executive producer and the techniques of creative producing in a video production in order to enhance the narrative in a script and improve on the storytelling in a final film.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Core Subjects min 24 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 93 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 126 credit units

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.

Blog Post

  • Digital Film & TV Alumni Take Gold at 18th Digicon 6 Competition

    Digital Film & TV Alumni Take Gold at 18th Digicon 6 Competition

    10 Nov 2016

    “Vengeance is Mine,” a short film created by the Digital Film & Television Alumni has won gold at the 18th Digicon 6 Awards.

  • Unveiling the Kavadi Tradition

    Unveiling the Kavadi Tradition

    13 Nov 2015

    Digital Film & Television student Navin Kumar clenches 'Best Documentary' Award at the National Youth Film Festival 2015. Navin shares the inspiration behind his Thaipusam film.

  • A Journey of Films and Fruition

    A Journey of Films and Fruition

    05 Oct 2015

    Kannan Vijayakumar, a TP alumnus, from the diploma of Digital Film & Television (previously known as Moving Images), has been recently awarded the Media Education Scholarship by the Media Development Authority (MDA). Kannan speaks to us on his journey of films, and the birth of his new company.

  • Pushing Boundaries In Film: Recounting SQ117

    Pushing Boundaries In Film: Recounting SQ117

    25 May 2015

    Rudy Tan, together with his team, has put together a film featuring the 1991 SQ117 incident, honouring the brave commandos. Check out how the Digital Film & Television crew managed to capture these unbelievable film moments!

  • Jingle bells and a whole lot of trees. Ten to be exact!

    Jingle bells and a whole lot of trees. Ten to be exact!

    17 Dec 2013

    Step aside traditional Christmas trees!  This year, in true designer style, Temasek Polytechnic is doing away with the old and ushering in the New Year with 10 avant-garde trees made out of wooden chairs, bottles and mirrors.

  • Revealed – A Short Film from Moving Images

    Revealed – A Short Film from Moving Images

    05 Dec 2012

    There’s a LOT that goes into film-making that people don’t realise. Makeup, costumes, location, lighting, sound, camera-work are just some of the things that are needed just to shoot a scene.

  • Bertrand Lee – Inspiring Ideas, Inspiring Lives

    25 Feb 2011

    Sometimes it can be a challenge to describe someone, due to a whole host of factors. Sometimes I can’t recall the right word, other times the person just defies description.

    For Bertrand Lee, a lecturer at the Diploma in Moving Images, I was at loss to find words that would do him justice.

  • Andrew Ngin – He Who Wrote Fighting Spiders

    18 Feb 2011

    Andrew Ngin, a lecturer in TP’s Diploma in Moving Images, wrote the script for the first season of Fighting Spiders (if you check out the Wikipedia page on Fighting Spiders, you’d see an “Ngin Chiang Meng” as one of its creators. That’s him).


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