Common Media Programme (N14)

Why CMP?

  • Gateway to one of 3 exciting diplomas whose graduates continue to impact the media industry
  • Gain emerging skills and competencies that enable you to be a multi-platform media practitioner
  • No exams – Work on projects that will enhance your portfolio
  • First intake in 2023 – Be among the first to secure a place in this unique programme from none other than Singapore’s original media school!

About CMP

Want to try out different media disciplines before deciding on one? Join the Common Media Programme offered by Singapore’s original media school, established since 1989!

Right from your first semester, you will learn to curate transmedia content by taking foundation modules such as media writing & storytelling and introduction to film & media, as well as ‘taster’ modules that will introduce you to the various media disciplines you can specialise in later. You will gain skills in using emerging technologies for content creation across multiple platforms. You will also discover your strengths, aspirations and career goals through the Career & Professional Preparation module. All this will prepare you to be a multi-hyphenate media professional to seize many exciting opportunities!

What’s more, there will be no exams in this course – only projects that can be used for your portfolio.

At the end of your first semester, you can choose one of our 3 exciting diplomas: Mass Communication, Film, Sound & Video or Media Post-Production. All our media diplomas are designed to provide industry-relevant and real-world learning via internships and industry projects.

Highlights of CMP


Entry Requirements


To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-6
Mathematics (Elementary / Additional)1-7
Any one of the 1st group of Relevant Subjects for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB). 

Students opting to be streamed into the Diploma in Mass Communication must obtain grade 1 to 4 for O-level English Language.

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period. 

Candidates with severe vision deficiency, colour vision deficiency or hearing deficiency may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectations. Those with mild colour vision deficiency are required to undergo an in-house test.

What You Will Learn

Career & Professional Preparation I (1 Credit Unit)

This module gives students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics and producing an overall game plan for heir their future education and career goals. The module aims to deepen students’ commitment to the sector that the course prepares them for.

Introduction to Film & Media (4 Credit Units)

This module examines multi-platform content and the digital platforms and technologies by which the content is delivered (virtual conferences, streaming, blogs, social media, online videos, immersive experiences). Students will appreciate and analyse a variety of media with different perspectives based on multiple platforms to reach an audience. By the end of the module, students will become more literate “produsers” and critics of multi-platform media today.

Motion Graphics (4 Credit Units)

This module gives students hands-on experience in creating motion graphics for digital media. Students will be taught skills such as visual design and the creation of computer-generated graphics in service of multi-platform commercial media productions (video, immersive media, social media, etc.).

Media Writing & Storytelling (3 Credit Units)

This module scaffolds and synthesises storytelling, functional writing, and research techniques, to create engaging multi-platform content. Through the module, students will be taught the tools to effectively ideate compelling story and content ideas and efficiently craft considered and professional written treatments and proposals, with which to present their content and engage audiences across media platforms.

Integrated Marketing Communications (4 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of marketing communications, with an emphasis on promotion in marketing. Students will learn about marketing and how its promotional elements must be integrated to communicate effectively. Students will apply basic skills in research and market analysis to plan and develop a marketing communications campaign.

Video Production (4 Credit Units)

This is a foundation module introducing students to single-camera video production. The module gives students hands-on experience with pre-production planning, single-camera operation, location lighting, grip work, sound recording and non-linear video editing. Students will gain an understanding of working with moving images and learn to combine them with simple soundtracks to create compelling content.

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)
This is a Level 1 Core module for all Year 1 students. The module will introduce students to the importance of maintaining both physical and mental health through the knowledge and monitoring of health indicators, and application through appropriate exercises. The aim of the module is to empower students with basic knowledge and skills to be independent and responsible in maintaining overall personal health. 

Exploring Contemporary Issues^ 

English Language Express^*

Innovation Made Possible^*


The Common Media Programme (CMP) is specifically tailored for applicants who have a passion for media but are unsure of which area to pursue. Upon completing the first semester of modules to explore and understand the various disciplines, applicants will then decide between Film, Sound & Video, Mass Communication or Media Post-Production*

*Note that we may not be able to allocate all students to their choice courses due to the number of vacancies and other factors. Please see the FAQ on How will CMP students be allocated to courses.
The respective course entry requirements apply. For example, if you intend to enrol into Mass Communication and FSV, then you will need to satisfy the entry requirements for both courses.

Film, Sound & Video - Candidates with severe vision or hearing deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with a colour vision deficiency are required to declare this condition at enrolment, as certain modules require colour recognition.

Mass Communication - Minimum B4 for English Language

Media Post-Production - Candidates with severe vision deficiency or hearing deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency may be considered, subject to passing an in-house test.
Course allocation after the first semester will be based on candidates’ GPA for that semester, grade for the module most relevant to course of choice, course choice, vacancies in the selected course and relevant entry requirements.
You can appeal for course transfer after the second semester.
CMP students will have opportunities to attend course sharing sessions for each of the constituent diplomas, career talks by professionals from various media industry arms and education and career guidance by their ECG advisors. Additionally, there will be a 1 hour e-learning module and 1-hour hands-on module for CMP students to experience sampler lessons from each diploma, outside of the core curriculum.
There will be no disadvantage as a CMP student because all FMS students will be attending the same semester with the same modules.
The main difference for the CMP students is that after the first semester, you will get a chance to select the diploma of your choice to stream into.
The CMP will take in approximately 70 students in each cohort.
The qualities for CMP students that our EAE assessors look for are the same as those of any FMS students looking to enter any of our three diplomas. We are looking for people who are passionate about the film and media industry, who are self-starting and self-disciplined, that undertake creative endeavours in and outside of the confines of schoolwork and who possess a strong willingness to learn all about the ins and outs of the film and media industry.
The modules of Introduction to Film & Media and Storytelling Techniques are modules that will be taught in the context of the general film and media industry and will benefit students in their understanding of the film and media industry and how the different arms of the industry work together.
The Persuasive Communication module is the taster module for the Mass Communication diploma. The Video Production module is the taster module for the Film, Sound & Video diploma. And the Motion Graphics module is the taster module for the Media Post-Production diploma.
Yes. As all FMS students will undertake the same modules in the CMP semester, regardless of diploma, there will be opportunities to interact and work with students who have been admitted directly into the constituent FMS courses. There will also be interaction opportunities via the FMS CCAs that you can participate in such as the FMS Society, Stage 52 and SGNewWave.
The key difference of FMS’ CMP is that you can get a chance to stream into the original film and media courses of the polytechnic with the longest history and most established list of film and media alumni in Singapore.

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