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Antony Chacko
17 Aug 2015 852 1 min Share

Know more about Film Studies in Singapore

Film making - Learn what it takes to become a successful film maker. This article focuses on the modules of study and career options available for Indian students.

17 Aug 2015 852 1 min Share
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If you enjoy watching movies as much as critically analyzing the making of the film, then studying film production could be a great idea.  As a film studies major, you will learn to discuss and write about films critically, their history and evolution, and learn to make your own films.

With Singapore becoming an international study hub for quality higher education, many Indian students are opting to do their undergraduate and postgraduate studies there. Singapore is quite popular for the professional programmes the institutes there offer in film studies and media. The film industry in Singapore, the study of film and cinema, as well as the opportunities for research have evolved so much over the years that the country is now attracting international interest both from scholars as well as practitioners across the world. Most leading institutes in Singapore offer diplomas, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in film and media studies- these programmes provide you with an enriching learning experience and prepare you professionally to succeed in the dynamic film industry.

The diploma programmes are offered in a wide range of subjects such as acting, direction, cinematography, editing, script writing, sound engineering and animation. The diploma courses are usually one to two years long and require you to have completed 10+2 to be eligible for admission. These are usually viewed as pathway or vocational programmes that lead to higher studies in the field.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in subjects like digital film production and film studies.

The bachelor’s degree at a Singaporean university is usually three to four years long and you need a higher secondary school certificate to be eligible for admission. A few universities also offer master’s degrees in film studies and cinema.

At the end of the film studies course, you can expect to have acquired a working knowledge of handling the audio and video equipment, exposure to new concepts in international cinema, the techniques of scriptwriting, and all other aspects right from pre-production to post-production. The courses prepare you to work in any country, as a technician, actor, film critic or journalist. Hands-on practice through industry projects, internship opportunities, and annual project showcases will give you the exposure you need in the film and media industry.

Some attributes that are seen as essential to become successful in the film industry are: creativity, vision, perseverance, hard work, attention to details, ability to work under pressure, and a love for the art.

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