Higher Diploma in Mass Communication

Course Introduction

The Higher Diploma in Mass Communications provides students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the interdisciplinary fields of mass communications, i.e. journalism, film, and multimedia. It equips students with general transferable skills which are of relevance to a wide range of careers in the field of mass communications. The Higher Diploma is designed to help develop students’ analytical techniques and problem solving skills, enabling them to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in the field of mass communications. Course assessment: Assessment of the modules includes assignments, projects, presentations, class tests, and/or practical tests. Teaching and learning: There will be a combination of guided studies, lectures, tutorials, seminars, film studio, presentations, projects, and computer laboratories sessions.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • Age 17 years old
  • Academic Qualification (Any of the following or equivalent)
    • Obtained at least an E at GCE A level in any 2 subjects
    • TMC Diploma/Foundation Diploma International Baccalaureate Diploma (at least 24 points)
    • NUS High School Diploma
    • Polytechnic Diploma
    • Diploma (in Accounting / Business / Management / IT / Computing / Hospitality / Psychology) from Private Education Institutions (assessed on a case by case basis)
  • English Proficiency (Any of the following or equivalent)
    • At least a C6 at GCE O English
    • Completed a Diploma or equivalent where medium of instruction is English
    • Pass an English online test and an interview with the Dean/HOD/designate
  • Mature Candidates ≥ 30 years old with 8 years of work experience

Target Audience/Who Should Attend

For those interested in pursuing a career in the Communications, Broadcasting, Publishing Industry

Course Outline

  • Core Modules: Level One:
    • Foundations of Writing
    • Advertising and Public Relations
    • Web Production
    • Documentary
    • Media Communications and Technology
    • Introduction to Media
  • Level Two:
    • Global Culture
    • Media, Popular Culture and Entertainment
    • Film Studies
    • Film Production
    • Media Representations
    • Researching Media
  • Modules that are currently not offered:
    • Animation for Digital Production
    • Legal and Ethical Issues for Journalists
    • Introduction to Screen Theories
    • Theories and Techniques of News and Feature Writing
    • European Cinema Studies
    • Editing and Production
    • Print Media Design

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