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Diploma in

Mass Communication


 

Powering the media industry since 1989, MCM is the first and most established media course in Singapore that is highly regarded by the industry


Largest network of successful media alumni that opens doors to exciting internships, one-of-a-kind capstone projects and exclusive mentorship opportunities

Broad-based curriculum that offers real-world exposure – so you get to build a top-notch portfolio that will take you places



Get career-ready through an immersive learning environment that features state-of-the-art facilities including TV and radio studios, media labs and editing suites


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​​Course Overview​

A compelling narrative has the power to impact lives. Bring light to important topics, develop the big idea to effect change, and shape the way your community thinks, all with the skills you’ll pick up in the most established and well-loved media course in Singapore – the Diploma in Mass Communication (MCM).

With a comprehensive curriculum that includes digital content creation, journalism, integrated communications, advertising, public relations, radio, TV and social media, you’ll learn how to effectively use all media platforms and deepen your skills in a specific area at the same time.

A Strong Foundation in Media
During the first year, you will learn about the fundamentals of media writing, digital media, reporting and communications, and pick up skills on radio and video production. In your second year, you will be exposed to areas such as digital journalism and marketing, content marketing, market research and user experience design. You will develop your skills in top-notch purpose-built facilities that include TV and radio studios, and media labs.

Real-world Exposure
You will get many opportunities to gain real-world training in your final year. Besides building your portfolio, you will get to integrate your skills and knowledge through a capstone project where you will work with real clients. You may find yourself screening your documentary at an international film festival, reviewing restaurants and plays, interviewing or taking photographs of celebrities, producing programmes for national TV or radio, or pitching advertising and public relations campaigns to multinational companies.

Thanks to our strong industry links, you may also get to go on a local or an overseas internship with industry leaders such as Captive Media (China), DDB Worldwide, Dentsu Aegis Network, Mediacorp, Quantum Endorphine Digital (Cambodia), Singapore Press Holdings, TBWA, TheSmartLocal, UltraSuperNew (Japan) and many others. Want to have a taste of the gig economy? You can even train to be your own boss and learn how to run a media business, source for opportunities and use data analytics to drive business growth.

Join the League of our Illustrious Alumni
As the most established media school in Singapore, we have the biggest network of alumni, many of whom have become top honchos in media agencies, successful communication practitioners and well-known media personalities. Some of our illustrious alumni include:
– Phin Wong, Head of Content Marketing, SPH
– Dennis Chan, Night Editor, The Business Times
– Delicia Tan, Managing Director, Edelman Singapore
– Mary-Ann Russon, Freelance Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online
– Hedirman Supian, Product Marketing Manager, Facebook
– Jean Danker, Radio DJ, Mediacorp
– Dawn Lee, Brand and Reputation Lead, Google Cloud, APAC

A number of our MCM graduates are also making their mark in the non-media sector, a great testament to the versatility of the course that has enabled them to pivot to other sectors. For example, Dr Samuel Wong founded and serves as Creative Director of The TENG Ensemble, which has popularised traditional Chinese music instruments for the millennial audience. Kenneth Chan practises law at Jones Day, while Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan has won international recognition for his discoveries as senior specialist in archaeology at the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts based in Thailand.

​ Many MCM graduates have also won prestigious scholarships for further academic pursuits, including SPH scholar Aw Cheng Wei’s Chevening Scholarship in 2016 to read a Master’s degree at Oxford University and Jeremy Boo’s Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellowship to pursue a PhD at the University of Michigan in 2018.



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What You'll Learn​

Year 1

  • ​Advertising

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the principles and concepts of advertising. Topics such as agency models, consumer behaviour and insights, advertising strategy, brand communications, creative direction and digital marketing will be covered. Students will learn how brands and advertising are part of a new attention-economy, driven by consumer engagement and content creation. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding by developing an integrated advertising campaign for a retail consumer product, with a special emphasis on digital platforms.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 1

    (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.

  • Fundamentals of Media Writing

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces basic professional writing formats. Students will learn research skills and how to develop clear writing objectives and flesh these out into coherent and cohesive written pieces suited for advertising, corporate communications and the media. Areas covered include email/memos, proposals, concept and problem statements, copywriting, company profiles and various corporate literatures. In addition, the module will focus and enhance fundamental grammar principles.

  • Persuasive Communication

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to concepts and structures of persuasive communication for the media industry, such as analysis of target audience, pitching and presenting to audiences for broadcast. Students will apply these skills in various professional scenarios to build their confidence, with the aim of becoming composed, credible and articulate speakers in the media industry.

  • Public Relations

    (4 Credit Units)

    Students are introduced to the fundamental principles and practices of public relations. They are taught strategic planning skills to apply both traditional and online tools and techniques to develop and run PR campaigns in the various specialist areas of public relations. They are also introduced to different PR strategies for various types of media, including conducting market, social media, and consumer research, as well as managing and optimising relations with the mass media.

  • Visual Communication

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module aims to develop an awareness of design principles for the purpose of visual communication. Students will be introduced to graphic design concepts, colour theory, typography and layout techniques for print mediums such as pamphlets and posters. The skills and knowledge acquired provides the support and practical applications to subsequent modules in the course.

  • English Language Express*

    (Credit Units - NA)

    English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

* This module is only offered to students who are weaker in the English Language.

Year 2

  • Content Marketing

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module familiarises students on the different types of content and how these can be used to create compelling and immersive stories for brands. They will be taught to develop, organise and implement a content marketing strategy to fit the relevant consumer journey of their target. Students will also learn about the ideation process which leads to the creation of strategic and effective content for various platforms.

  • Digital Journalism

    (4 Credit Units)

    Going beyond the printed page, students learn to write concise, sharp and SEO-friendly copy and produce multimedia packages. They will also learn to debunk misinformation using digital tools and promote their content on social media.

  • Marketing & Media Research

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module focuses on the understanding of research methodology with an emphasis on various market and media research methods. Students are exposed to the basic principles of data analysis encompassing big data and data visualisation. They also learn to appreciate and identify the values of research ethics.

  • Studio Production

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module is a continuation of Video Production that is designed to help students acquire skills and techniques in both multi-camera studio and single camera production to produce programmes in various genres. Students learn and explore different treatments for content to be re-purposed for TV and multiple media platforms to engage different audiences.

  • User Experience Design

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module builds upon Digital Media Fundamentals and aims to provide students with an array of skills to conceptualise and create successful digital user experiences. Students will be introduced to web design concepts, user interface considerations, and interactive media strategies. They will develop an appreciation of user-centric, iterative development processes – a lifelong skill valuable in any product or service project in their media careers.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 2

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their further career and/or education. In this module, students will explore basic job search strategies, practise writing effective resumes and cover letters, and learn interview skills. Students will also learn professional and intercultural communication skills to prepare them for a dynamic and diverse workplace.

  • Contemporary Media Issues 2

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module engages students in examining media issues and practices in society with references to media concepts that focus on analysis of media content production and distribution, the application of psychology and ethics to the media environment. It aims to sensitise and engage students to critically analyse and evaluate a range of media issues, and their implications at within and across countries.

  • Digital Marketing

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module aims to equip students with a strategic framework used by industry practitioners on social media campaigns of Fortune 500 companies. Students will learn strategies to sidestep potential crises and unlock the potential of social networking platforms and innovations such as Facebook, Twitter, data mining, location-based services and regional bar camps. These will enable them to read market sentiment for products, drive advertising and PR campaigns virally, build brand loyalty, and engage users to co-create and contribute content to media owners like press and broadcast companies.

  • News & Feature Writing

    (4 Credit Units)

    Students build on their skills from Fundamentals of Reporting and learn how to craft engaging and compelling narratives in styles acceptable for publication in both newspapers and magazines. They will also learn to appreciate the ethics and realities of working as journalists in Singapore, by applying skills of managing roles and editorial processes to produce a magazine.

  • Radio Production 2

    (4 Credit Units)

    Students will expand and refine their audio production skills as well as their radio DJ on-air presentation skills. They will explore digital production and editing, practise content research and interview techniques, and write for various types of radio programmes. Students are also taught how to manage panel discussions, talk shows, phone-in segments and "live" radio presentations.

  • World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^

    (2 Credit Units)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
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Year 3

  • Media Entrepreneurship

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to the key aspects of managing a media business, including understanding concepts such as ROI, and profit and loss statements. Students will learn the skillsets of a successful media entrepreneur. This includes opportunity recognition, pivoting and innovation, HR skills and ethics in business. They will also build on their knowledge from Marketing & Media Research to understand enhanced applications of data analysis and data visualisation.

  • Capstone Project

    (10​ Credit Units)

    Using the conceptual and applied knowledge learnt in Year 1 and 2, students hone and integrate their skills through managing and operating our flagship units such as npTribune, HYPE, The UrbanWire, Radio Heatwave, CTV Productions, Klix Photography, Inspire Design, and/or working with external clients on real-time projects. Opportunities include:

    1. strategising and planning an integrated brand communications campaign for a selected client
    2. using data insights to position and produce news and other programmes for different target audiences and across platforms
    3. producing engaging multimedia stories, photo essays and mobile specials for clients
    4. creating animated videos, digital posters, interactive websites or content for social networks
    5. All projects will provide students with hands-on experience in incorporating various skills, platforms and mechanisms to achieve the desired impact in the marketplace.
  • Project ID: Connecting The Dots^

    (4 Credit Units)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
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  • Internship (Local/Overseas)

    (16 Credit Units)

    Students will be placed on an internship with companies and agencies matching their abilities and interests. The internship gives students opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge and skills to the work environment. Students gain valuable work experience and exposure to the rigour, demands and excitement of the media industry, enabling them to adapt effectively to future employment. Many of our students are offered employment by these same companies.


Career Options & Further Studies

Upon graduation, you can look forward to many exciting roles in the media industry. You can delve into advertising and public relations in roles such as copywriting, marketing and corporate communications. You may also become a social media content specialist, content producer or a producer for radio and TV programmes.

​ With a broad-based MCM diploma, you can pursue degrees in many fields such as arts and social sciences, business, communications, design, journalism, media, public relations and psychology. All local and many top foreign universities, including Cambridge University and University of Melbourne, offer our graduates credit exemption for related degrees.




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Entry Requirements

FOR STUDENTS WITH O-LEVEL EXAMINATION RESULTS

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-A

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

  • English Language

    1 - 4
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

    1 - 7
  • Any two other subjects

    1 - 6

You must also have sat for one subject listed in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type.

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FOR STUDENTS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Find out more on entry requirements and admissions exercise periods for qualifications such as N(A)-Level, A-Level, ITE, IP, IB and more.

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Application Information

  • Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2022 JAE

    4 to 11​
  • Planned Intake (2022)

    110

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