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Diploma in Digital Film & Television (T23)

2018 Planned Intake: 75 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 14

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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

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any two 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.

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Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DCS1017

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form.

12
DCS1018

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.

12
DCS1019

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
DIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.  

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
DGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
DGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
DGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
DGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
DSI3026

This is a graded subject that prepares you for the world of work. The internship period is 16 weeks long. You will learn to identify prospective companies, prepare your portfolio, application letter and resume, and attend job interviews. You may have the opportunity to work with firms locally or overseas. The internship will expose you to actual design industrial or business environments, giving you a realistic perspective of working life. You will work with commercially “live” projects and demonstrate the ability to transit from student to employee. You will journal, record and evaluate your progress and learning with your supervisors and your lecturers.

312

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DMV1601

This subject looks at how to transform an idea to a properly structured story in the visual medium. It covers the elements that go into each act of a story. It also covers methods used to create distinctive characters that can engage with an audience.

13
DMV1604

This subject provides an introduction to electronic cinematography foundation techniques. Operational basics of camera and lighting equipment, exposure and lighting techniques, and visual composition are covered. The subject will also explain the essential job descriptions and division of labor required of an efficient film crew.

13
DMV1659

This subject covers 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.

13
DMV1661

This subject introduces the basic audio recording techniques, studio equipment setup, recording process, digital audio workstation and microphone techniques. It covers the vocabulary, basic studio recording skills, producing and mixing techniques.

13
DMV1662

This subject introduces aspects of non-linear video editing with the principles and grammar of editing to be introduced and further developed. It develops the skillsets of an editor.

13
DMV1663

This subject will provide an understanding of the film structure as a medium of communication. It introduces narrative techniques of film and the design of the communicative language of the film form.

13
DMV1664

This module takes the form of a production project that applies and consolidates academic and vocational knowledge to date, culminating in a short video clip. It covers visual narration techniques, pre-production, production and post-production techniques and teamwork.

16
DPS1031

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.

13
DPS1032

The subject will cover the necessary ability to research, analyse and organise information relating to societal issues in a collaborative manner. It will introduce the various collaborative strategies, design frameworks and integrate critical thinking. It will also cover innovative and conceptual approaches in the context of design.

13
DMV2644

This subject focuses on how to create ideas and "pitch", or market them. It covers basic budgeting and scheduling of documents, and creative documents such as a story outline and treatment, visual references and trailers.

23
DMV2645

This subject introduces you to planning and management, which are vital areas of pre-production in the process of film or television making. The subject focuses on the job scopes of an industry film or television programme Producer and Production Manager, consisting of elements such as budgeting, scheduling, location scouting and casting.

23
DMV2647

This subject focuses on the complex craft of directing a drama production. You will learn how to interpret the dramatic possibilities of a screenplay and translate it into a cinematic story.

23
DMV2657

This project covers the various skill-sets such as scriptwriting and project management to the production of a video with non-fiction content. It develops audio visual narrative techniques and integrate the knowledge acquired in other subjects to a video production.

26
DMV2660

This module provides an understanding of the organisation and skills involved when producing a video programme in a multi-camera production set-up. It covers directing different programme formats, preproduction and production tasks, simultaneous camera direction and instantaneous vision mixing.

23
DMV2662

This subject covers Production Design and how it is crucial to the look of a film. It covers 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.

23
DMV2664

This subject gives an overview of scriptwriting for an audio-visual medium and how to design scripts for different video and television programme formats. It also provides an understanding of how to apply scriptwriting principles and skills in order to develop the script for a message or a story.

23
DMV2668

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

23
DMV2669

This subject takes the form of a project that covers the abilities developed over the previous areas of the course to produce a project in a Fictional Narrative Form. It will define a film genre and utilise project planning and management skills to bring the project to completion.

26
DMP3021

This subject takes the form of a group project. It involves working on the production of a film that showcases the abilities developed throughout the course, reflecting areas of specialisation within the course. It involves scripting, time management, budgetary plans, casting and the execution of directing, camera, audio and editing skills.

39
DMV3666

This subject takes the form of an industry related project and involves working with a partner to fulfill a creative film brief. It fully utilises the abilities developed over all the previous areas of the course to pitch a video of either the fictional narrative or non-fictional genre.

36

Diploma Option Subjects

Production & Technical Option (Year 2)

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DMV2667

This subject introduces audio post production, a process of creating the soundtrack for any visual sequence. Both technical and creative aspects will be emphasised for the creation of a professional audio soundtrack.

23
DMV3664

This subject builds on the skills acquired in the "Camera and lighting" subject. It covers advanced lighting theory and techniques, camera placement, camera angles, camera movement and lens choice, as the basis towards telling a good story.

33
DMV3665

This module offers an in-depth insight into the process of post-production. It covers media management during post, integrating projects across different platforms, creating advanced colour effects and compositing.

33

Producing & Directing Option (Year 2)

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
DMV2663

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

23
DMV2665

This subject covers the application of scriptwriting principles and skills to the documentary and non-fiction genres. It develops the integration of interviews and narration to develop an audio-visual script that delivers a strong message or story.

23
DMV3661

This subject covers advance directing skills such as in-depth methods of working with cast and the skills required to bring out performance. It will highlight the styles of renowned directors’ and their different directing techniques and develop abilities in visual storytelling.

33

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 78 credit units
Option Subjects 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed 123 credit units

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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