SINGAPORE – Students wishing to study media, arts and design at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be able to try out different specializations before choosing one, a process that was not possible before.
SP announced on Wednesday, June 10 that it had replaced eight related degree programs with the Single Diploma in Media, Arts and Design, which has eight specializations.
This will allow students to explore different avenues and give them transversal training and exposure.
The eight specializations are: animation and art of the game; applied theater and psychology; design for communication and experience; game design and development; integrated marketing communications; design and motion effects; music production; and the creation of stories and content.
These were previously taught under separate degree programs.
The students of the first semester will follow basic modules such as writing and design, as well as “tasting” modules which will introduce them to the fundamentals of the different specializations.
To encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and broaden their learning experiences, the scores from the tasting modules will not be included in their average scores.
Students will then choose a specialization to focus on during the 2.5 years of their degree.
They will still have the opportunity to take selected modules in the other specializations as options in their second and final year, the polytechnic said.
SP Director and CEO Soh Wai Wah said the new program was part of efforts to create “a pool of skilled and in-demand talent for the arts, design and media industries.”
Career options for these graduates could include jobs as animators, designers, game developers, motion graphics artists, and music producers.
“The future prospects for graduates of the new diploma are promising. They will become a new generation of ‘key-shaped’ professionals, who are resilient and versatile across multiple disciplines, possessing the skills and qualities that will position them well in their creative careers in an evolving business landscape marked by volatility and challenges. constant disruption, ”said Soh.
The first cohort will be admitted in the academic year starting in April next year through existing admission exercises, including the early admission exercise this month.
The Straits Times reported on Tuesday about changes made by Nanyang Polytechnic to its teaching approach, which will see students working on projects involving multiple subjects and skills from the start. It will start with the business intelligence and analytics students.
Under the new approach, students will take units that combine multiple subjects and skills, with industry players contributing to the content and possibly teaching it.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic told ST that her business and accounting school is experimenting with a new program that combines internship and study for third-year business degree students.
The program is taught on the basis of “skill areas”, such as emerging technologies and disruption, rather than the usual teaching modules.
Instead of having a conventional timetable with semester-based subject modules, students will have learning opportunities such as seminars led by industry experts, learning paths, online courses, hackathons, corporate projects, hands-on research projects and multiple internships combined on one. period of one year.