Overseas Experience
On our overseas immersion programme to Japan, 23 Diploma in Digital Animation (DDA) students from Year 2 and Year 3 spent 2 weeks (7 to 20 September 2015) at Digital Hollywood University to learn about the process of 2D animation in Japan as well as create a 2D animated short film of our own as a group project. Before arriving in Japan, the students had come up with all the necessary pre-production for the film, including character, set and prop designs and storyboards.

On the first day of class we had our storyboards reviewed by renowned Anime director Satoshi Kuwabara, as well as a lecture on tips to drawing good storyboards and how to write the timing for them. For the subsequent lessons, we were taught by other fellow professionals such as key animators Mitsunori Murata and Tomoko Fukui about timesheets, layouts, key animation and in-betweens. At the same time we proceeded to work on our project during self-study sessions.

Being on this programme gave us a chance to learn and understand the workflow of Japanese animation, and we found things we could take and apply in our animation, such as their vertical storyboards. While I had previously thought that all Japanese animation focused mainly on 2D animation (and hence had no place for us if we were seeking 3D animation employment), we were introduced to Kamikaze Douga – an animation company that focuses mainly on 3D animation rendered with a 2D look. Their works were stunning and my friends and I would love to work there if we could.

Throughout the trip, we also went to several meaningful locations related to animation. We visited J.C Staff, a 2D animation company famous for creating many well-known anime that the students knew and loved. Being able to tour such a company and seeing the staff doing what we learnt about in class was really an eye-opener and allowed us to understand the work and job better.

We also visited Suginami Animation Museum, showcasing many famous anime works as well as interactive areas for visitors to get a feel of each aspect of creating 2D animation, from drawing to colouring to dubbing. Last but not least, we went to Ghibli Museum, an unforgettable place showcasing world-renowned Ghibli films and the various processes of their works and animation in the most creative ways possible. On top of all that we spent an entire day at the Tokyo Game Show 2015, where we saw sneak peeks and product launches of the latest games for both the Japanese and international markets.

We did learn very helpful things and carted back to Singapore some useful and inexpensive art and storyboard books. This was a trip that was definitely well worth it, the knowledge gained and lessons learnt are definitely irreplaceable and overall was a great opportunity that one would regret not taking up!

This article is written by Choo Wen Xin, Year 3 student and Tan Yi Bing, Year 2 student from the Diploma in Digital Animation (DDA).
DID Year 3 Furniture Atelier students went on a 10-day Overseas Study Trip to Thailand for a collaborative project with Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University Industrial Design department from 6th to 15th January 2015. The trip comprised of visits to the Thai Royal Art & Craft Training Centre, the Thailand Creative and Design Centre, Bancharoong Ceramics Village, Duriflex furniture factory and the Thailand National and Contemporary Museums to immerse the students into the environment of traditional craft and modern furniture making.
Sponsored by the National Youth Council and SP’s “Go-Serve” initiative, a team of 26 students and 2 staff from the School of Architecture & the Built Environment embarked on the 8th Youth Expedition Project (YEP) in Ben Tre, Vietnam. In collaboration with YMCA Singapore and YMCA of Vietnam, and assisted by 3 Vietnamese volunteers, the team comprised students from various diploma courses at SP: DARCH, DCEB, DEWT and DHLFM.

Led by Dr Chan Chin Loong and Mr Lucas Lim, the team had organised a pre-trip training camp before participating in a local community service at Toa Payoh. From 21 March to 3 April, saw the team constructing a courtyard, facilitating English lessons to pupils and maintaining classroom furniture at Linh Phung Primary School. The provision of a better study environment for the Vietnamese children was the prime objective of the trip.

Amidst the cacophony of construction, constituents such as sand, cement and coarse aggregates were manually transported to a concrete mixer. The work was laborious, but the construction team remained in high spirit in spite of the heat and dust. After mixing, the local skilled workers then poured and levelled the wet concrete mix.

Students also took turns to play different roles. Our teaching team structured mini lessons for the school children, from Grades 3, 4 and 5, to effectively learn Basic English. Along the way, they played interactive games which eventually forged a strong friendship between the teaching team and the kids.

SP students also assisted with maintenance work such as repairing, sanding down and repainting the surface of classroom furniture. Up to 150 sets of tables and chairs were fully refurbished.

During the closing ceremony on 2 April 2015, the team presented 3 ethnic dance segments and a spontaneous beat-boxing duet. Acknowledged by the local government, the convivial atmosphere marked the successful completion of the project.
A golden glow spread across the sky and the water in the sea glinted invitingly as eight first-year Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) students stepped on board Oshima Maru, a research vessel sailing under the flag of Japan. SP’s maritime students immersed themselves in the life of a Japanese sailor as they slept, cleaned, and navigated aboard the vessel on Japanese waters.

The experience was an exposure for SMA students on life aboard a ship, manoeuvring the seas. This exchange programme with Japan’s National Institute of Technology, Oshima College, has been held annually since 2008. Benevolent lecturers and cadets from Oshima College taught and trained the students on the rudiments of seamanship to mould them into adept cadets. And despite the fact that they had trouble communicating with their Japanese counterparts, the students did not allow the language barrier to stop them from forging valuable friendships.

A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The museum is dedicated to documenting the advent of the nuclear bombing at Hiroshima in 1945. It was a poignant visit for the students as they observed artefacts which embodied the suffering, agony and anger of the bomb’s victims. It ingrained in them that war is a tragedy.

What an invigorating experience. The students returned to Singapore inspired and ready to sail the world. Ahoy Captains!
When 17 Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) students landed in South Korea for a 12-day overseas study trip, they were naturally buzzing with excitement. After all, they were in the homeland of Girls Generation, Super Junior and Kim Soo-hyun. Star-chasing was however not on the agenda; visiting biomedical research facilities in universities and companies, as well as Daejeon is known as "Asia's Silicon Valley", and is home to 18 universities and a variety of research institutes and technology businesses.

During the trip, the group toured research labs, university hospitals and even a vaccine manufacturing company to observe Korean biomedical practices. Jillian Low found the trip to a university hospital to be especially eye-opening: "Blood samples in the hospital are delivered to labs by a special conveyor belt instead of manually, and for the hospital patients, there are touchscreen stations where they can spend free time learning about their illnesses or booking appointments with doctors. It seemed like a very interactive and engaging arrangement."

Course manager Dr Tan Tuan Lin, who led the tour, said, "We want to show our students good biomedical research and manufacturing practices beyond Singapore, as well as teach them about different cultures. We hope to have even more trips to other research centres in Asia in future." In Seoul, the SP students took part in a kimchi-making course and hanbok-wearing session (hanbok is the Korean traditional costume). They also visited Changdeok Palace, filming site of K-Drama, Jewel in the Palace, learning about different herbs and their treatment uses from a local medical doctor.
Read more of our students' overseas adventures here!