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Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media
(DTVM) S41
School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)

Have you ever dreamt of turning your love of words into a fulfilling career in the new media — such as scriptwriting, journalism, documentary producing, professional blogging or podcasting? DTVM helps you turn inspiration into success — dream it, write it, make it.

How do words combine with pictures, video and sound to make good stories? How will you mesmerise and challenge your audience? DTVM develops and hones your ability to find, shape and realise your stories, fine-tuning them into polished messages for print, radio, television and interactive media platforms.

At CASS, authentic learning means taking your story from your imagination to the drawing board and to the audience. Produce children's stories, news scripts, documentaries, TV dramas and sitcoms, content for mobile applications and more.

With the course, you will:

  • Be inspired. Find your muse in The Writers' Room, our unique space for dreaming and writing. Through our master classes, network with seasoned journalists, script writers, filmmakers, animators, comic strip artists and other media professionals from Singapore and around the world.
  • Leave the classroom! Record your drama, sitcom, reality show or documentary in a studio setting or outdoors. Travel overseas to film a documentary as an assignment. Intern with reputable media networks or related companies.
  • Get business savvy through our training in media entrepreneurship. Pitch your programmes to industry experts and, if selected, watch them come alive on TV.

Join us - Dream it. Write it. Make it.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 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)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-A
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 4

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 7

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

Note:

To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Art / Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Combined Humanities
  • Commerce / Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • History
  • Introduction to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English / Chinese / Malay / Tamil
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Music

The Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Writing Across Media Platforms
  • Deconstructing Television
  • Story Classics Heroes Myths and Legends
  • Creative Story Making
  • Storytelling I: Visual Communication
  • Storytelling II: Conceptualisation and Structure
  • Scriptwriting for Television I: Entertainment Programmes
  • Video Production Principles and Practices
  • Communication Skills for Media Makers

Second Year

  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Research and Interview Techniques
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Society
  • Storytelling III: Character and Plot Development
  • Journalism I: News Writing for the Global Audience
  • Journalism II: Total Journalism
  • Documentary Making
  • Web Publishing and Design
  • Scriptwriting for Television II: Drama and Comedy
  • Video Production for Narratives 1: Drama & Comedy
  • Video Production for Narratives 2: Documentary
  • Transmedia Storytelling

Third Year

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • On-Location Production
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Free Elective*
  • Internship (Semester-Long)

Free Electives (Choose one):

  • Filmmaking
  • Television and Online Journalism

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

Lift off into a successful career. Your skills in original content creation will be highly marketable. We open the door to a variety of rewarding career options in the in the fields of TV, video production, journalism, web publishing, telecommunications and other industries requiring online or multimedia communication.

  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Producer
  • Corporate Communication Executive
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Media Content Writer for Web, Radio, TV, Film
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Scriptwriter

Further Studies

You may pursue a degree in arts and social sciences, journalism, mass communication, new media communication and other related degrees. DTVM graduates are accepted into degree programmes at local and foreign universities. Some of these universities grant generous exemptions and advanced standing to our graduates.

DTVM graduates get job offers even before they graduate and some have been awarded prestigious scholarships by the Nanyang Technological University, Ministry of Education, Media Development Authority and Singapore-Industry.