Diploma in Digital Media

Diploma in Digital Media offered by the CSM Academy International leads to an Advanced Diploma in Digital Media.

Course Duration

Full time: 9 months (3-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 9 months (3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 9 modules have to be completed and passed for the award of the Diploma in Digital Media.

Course Module and Synopsis

The Business of Digital Media
This module is an introduction to digital media and is designed to expose students to the myriad of digital media elements existing in present market conditions. It focuses on enabling students to understand the critical success factors digital media can be designed to achieve in the areas of business development, marketing and enhancing relationships with stakeholders.

Interactive Media Development
Interactive Media Development is a foundational skill that is required by any media artist to put thought onto paper. This module trains students to observe both form and action with an object, in relation to its surrounding space.

Digital Imaging
This module aims to develop a detailed understanding of digital imaging and painting, suitable for media application. It covers elements of digital painting, photo manipulation as well as compositing to ensure each student is fully capable of capturing, creating and publishing a portfolio of digital art.

2D Animation
This module teaches the student principles of animation and its applications using flash software. This is to support students in producing interactive websites and games while keeping to the traditional principles of squash and stratch etc to bring about believeability and life to their work.

Storyboarding
This module focuses on the visual development of concepts, which are then put into narrative forms. It teaches the students key points of mise-en-scene, camera work, colour moods, character and layout design, as well as the actual planning and composition of shots.

Principles of Design
This module covers the basics of graphic design, layout and typography. Upon successful completion of the module, students will be familiar with the essential concepts and techniques of design, typography and its relevant uses in digital media. There is a key focus on type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language. Typographic terminology, history, technical issues related to typography will also be examined.

Foundation 3D
This section aims to train the media artist on the essentials in 3D creation and animation using Maya. The key areas of focus are on creating 3D text, modelling lighting, rendering and basic camera work. The end result is a fully rendered digital space or object that is believable and fully usable for a 3D animated scene.

Sound Theory
This module aims to give the media artist the necessary practical and technical tools to record and/or craft audio, music and sound elements to enhance or work as a stand-alone in his/her media project.

Digital Video
Ease of access to digital video has brought about overnight sensations and internet superstars on online channels such as YouTube and the likes. This module identifies this powerful medium and attempts to enable students with the ability to plan, develop and create their own mini productions. It enriches the individuals with basic pre to post production skills necessary to become the next big thing.

Course Learning Objectives

The programme is practical in nature and emphasises digital practice. Its general aims are:

  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the design and development of digital media.
  • To develop students’ creative abilities through practice and evaluation of that practice, while also developing their critical understanding in their chosen specialisation.
  • To develop the students’ critical, analytical and problem solving skills in relation to digital media design issues.
  • To develop the students’ skills in learning to ensure that their theoretical knowledge and technical skills can be kept up-to-date in a fast changing discipline and that they appreciate the need for continuing professional development.
  • To provide students with practical and transferable skills, such as oral and written communication, research ability, time management and group working, to assist them in subsequent employment or further study.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered face-to-face, in classroom mode and through e-learning.

Course Commencement

January, April, July and October

Assessment Methodology

Assessments/Exams are conducted after every module.
Assignments, assessment tasks, portfolios, practicals, workshop activities.

Note:
In case students fail the main examination of a particular module, they are allowed to sit for ‘One’ supplement assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module, shall they fail the supplementary assessment. Modules are independent of each other.
* Refer to Miscellaneous Fees

Graduation Requirements and Awards

Students must complete and pass 9 modules to be awarded the Diploma in Digital Media conferred by CSM Academy International Pte Ltd.

Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and international students must achieve an attendance of 90% in any month of the course.

Career Opportunities

The course structure is designed to provide passionate aspiring artists with the necessary skills and tools in order to become:

  • Production assistants (Animation and Video Pipeline)
  • 3D Artist Assistants (Modelling/Texture/Lighting)
  • Storyboard Artists
  • Web Designers
  • Social Media Marketers
  • Video Generalists (Editors/Sound Tech/Camera Operators)

Entry Requirement

GCE A-Level with at least 3 passes of equivalent or GCE O-Level Holder with A minimum age of 30 at the point of application and 8 years of working experience.

 English Requirement

GCE A-Level pass in English or equivalent

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

International student: S$600 (before GST)
Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

For local students: S$12,500.00 (before GST)
For International students: S$13,500.00 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

International Students

Step 1 – Fill up the following forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
  • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

Step 2 – Attach the following documents:

 

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India etc)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post. Alternatively, you may also submit the documents to CSM Academy’s recruitment partner in your country.

Step 5: Application of Student Pass
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR+ to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You will know of the outcome within 1 – 2 months.

Step 6: Payment of Programme Fees
Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

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