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Course Overview

Are you a film enthusiast? Do you love telling stories? Do you often find yourself intrigued by the behind-the-scenes footage of your favourite movies and how they were produced and written?


The journey of a great film begins with a strong story idea. From award-winning emotional dramas to inspiring documentaries and punchy engaging video content for social media - we teach you the craft of storytelling through film and video production.


Delve into the cutting-edge realm of AI in filmmaking, understanding how artificial intelligence is shaping and revolutionising the creative process in the film industry. You will also learn what makes an idea stick with an audience, be taught the craft of writing effective screenplays, as well as practical tools in directing and producing.


Build a strong foundation in camerawork, lighting, sound and production design. You will also learn to work in teams, pitch your stories to investors and create emotional dramas, films, and thought-provoking documentaries. Be mentored by lecturers who are award-winning writers and producers with years of experience behind them. Your films will also have a chance to compete in prestigious local and international film competitions. From the National Youth Film Awards, the Crowbar Awards, New York Festivals to Cannes Film Fest, our films have travelled far and won major awards.


Everybody loves a good story, take the next step to create yours with the Diploma in Digital Film & Television.

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.


English Language (EL1)*


Mathematics (E or A)


Any one of the subject in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for ELR2B2-D Aggregate Type

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Food & Nutrition/ Nutrition & Food Science
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Higher Art
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
2024 Planned Intake
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
6 - 13

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

Admissions Exercises


What You'll Learn

Learn the basics of how a film is put together. You will gain technical skills in directing, camera, sound, writing, editing and more. This is where we help you develop your critical eye for a good story and a strong script.  Start your film-making journey with a short 3 to 5-minute film project. 

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DMV1666 Basic Video Production

This subject introduces the basics of video production through electronic cinematography foundation techniques and location sound gathering. Image acquisition through DSLR operations, basic lighting techniques and location sound recording will also be covered under this subject. In addition, the students will be exposed to visual composition, exposure control, genre based lighting concepts and location sound recording techniques.

DMV1667 Creative Storytelling

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.

DMV1668 Introduction to Directing

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.

DMV1669 Video Editing

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.

DMV1670 Short Film Project 1

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.

DMV2672 Pitching for Social Media

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.

DCF1038 Aesthetics for Design

This subject introduces the aesthetic and communicative aspects of design. Key topics include the elements of visual art, principles of design, basic drawing techniques and fundamental applied typography, and will explore integrating different sensorial qualities to expand the aesthetic experience for effective design communication.

DCF1037 Design in Context

This subject explores the context, influence and motivations in creative practices led by global art, design and film movements across various periods. It will cover the study of design trends and socio-political climates to translate design inspirations using the appropriate terminology and language in both writing and oral presentations.

DCF1036 Discovering Design

This subject will cover the essential ideas, tools, processes and techniques of the various disciplines within design. It provides the framework to develop creative confidence towards learning in design by acquiring fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and mindsets necessary to build design conversance.

DCF1039 Form & Materiality

This subject will introduce prototyping and tactile manipulation in relation to form and function. The subject provides the framework for exploring form, proportion and hierarchy, with a focus on 2D and 3D drawings, interacting with both hard and soft materials, and journaling.

DCF1040 Visual Narratives: Photography

This subject provides an overview of the power of visual narratives through a variety of photographic directions. It includes the fundamentals of camera skills such as shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, basic principles of photography, and the narration of a story through a series of photographic images.

DCF1041 Visual Narratives: Videography

This subject will cover the use of electronic cinematography techniques to tell a story. Key topics include mobile videography, visual composition, shutter speed control, depth of field, sensor sensitivity, exposure and angle of lenses, lighting concepts, audio and post-production, and video sequencing in creating visual narratives.


This year, you will choose to specialise either as director/producer or as a technical production specialist with help from your tutors. You will work on both a 10-minute dramatic short film and documentary project.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DMV2657 Documentary Project

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.

DMV2669 Short Film Project 2

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.

DMV2673 Directing

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.

DMV2674 Screen Writing

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.

DMV2675 Production Planning & Management

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. 

DMV2676 Overview of Non-Fiction

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.

DMV3667 Studio Production

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.

DCF2042 Sustainable Practices in Design

The subject focuses on how design drives sustainable living in a circular economy, emphasising the primary foundational understanding of ethical, responsible, and meaningful design and its impact on the environment and society. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject will drive students to organise and drive activities, stimulate analysis, encourage application, and synthesise ideas through collaborative strategies.

DIM2387 Design for Screen *

This subject will introduce the process and principles of user-centered design for designers to identify needs and opportunities for positive interaction based on user personas. Using appropriate tools, it will cover the creation of interactive screen design for desktop, tablet and mobile devices, usability and interaction principles, interface design elements, wireframes and screen flow for prototyping.

CGE2C20 Game Design *

The subject emphasises the use of game design to improve ideas before and during implementation. It covers various aspects of game design, from initial target audience, player behaviour and attitude to aspects affecting implementation within the actual video game. By examining various successful video games within different genres, you will learn to include a variety of attributes in your video games such as motivation for the player and being able to generate re-playability.

DMV2677 Broadcast Design *

This subject trains students in foundational motion graphics for film and television, using Photoshop and After Effects software. Students will learn to layer, composite and render graphics that can be integrated into the entire production workflow.


*Students must choose ONE of these electives

Diploma Option Subjects

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DMV2678 Audio Post

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.

DMV3668 Advanced Editing

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.

DMV3669 Cinematography

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.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DMV2679 Writing for Non-Fiction Film & Television

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.

DMV3670 Advanced Directing

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.

DMV3671 Content Marketing

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.


Your internship will provide the opportunity for you to earn your stripes as a part of a film-making team. Also, in your final year 15-minute short film, you will invest time, energy, sweat and tears for an experience that will shape you as a young film-maker. You will learn the craft of balancing storytelling with film-craft.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DMV3666 Industry Film Project

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.

DMP3027 Major Project: DFT

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.


You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
DSI3024 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

DTX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication.​ There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

DTX1002 Professional Communication

This subject covers professional communication skills for the workplace and employability skills in the areas of career preparation. It covers communication and interpersonal skills, including effective virtual communication etiquette, and conducting oneself professionally in the workplace. In addition, essential career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview skills, needed to seek and secure work would be included. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework would also be applied when engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

GTP1202 Career Management

This subject focuses on career management skills. It covers the importance of workplace readiness skills to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment. Career ownership and continuous learning for lifelong employability will be emphasised. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

DGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

GTP1302 Guided Learning*

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

DIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

GTP1102 Leadership in Action

This subject focuses on Service Learning as an experiential platform to apply the tenets of Self and Team Leadership. Service Learning will be the capstone project for this subject, which will require an analysis of the diverse needs of the community, collaboration with community partners and demonstration of learning, including key elements of empathy. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject reinforces the fundamental knowledge learnt on health, fitness, exercise and sports. Hands-in time will be allocated for a greater variety of fitness exercises and sports skills in a recreation setting. In addition, theoretical knowledge such as sports safety and risk management when participating in physical activities will be introduced. Guidance will be provided for improvement of physical fitness, acquiring of sports skills and relating theoretical knowledge to the physical activities.

TGS1001 Sustainability & Climate Action*

This subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and future leaders who can contribute to the global community.  It introduces the topics of sustainability and explores how human societies can act to build a sustainable future. This subject focuses on the impact of climate change, potential solutions to climate change, and the future of the green economy from global and local perspectives.


* Students must choose to take either Sustainability & Climate Action or Guided Learning.

Graduation Requirements
Cumulative Grade Point Average
min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects
36 credit units
Diploma Subjects – Core Subjects
78 credit units
Diploma Subjects – Option Subjects
6 credit units
Diploma Subjects – Elective Subjects
min 4 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed
min 124 credit units

Career Prospects

This course opens doors in the media and broadcast industries, leading to potential careers as:


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Course Fees

PET Course Fee


The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 
2023 S$3,086.50 S$6,317.10 S$12,042.20
2022 S$3,076.05 S$6,306.50 S$11,638.20



There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2023/2024 are:
Semester 1:  17 April 2023 – 15 October 2023 
Semester 2:  16 October 2023 – 14 April 2024

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.


View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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