Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why I chose Mass Media Management

When I was choosing which school to pursue my diploma at, I had no idea where to go to and what to put as my first choice – until I chanced upon Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Diploma in Mass Media Management . So in this article, I’ll tell you more about NYP's Diploma in Mass Media Management and why I chose it.
Students shooting their own short film for a project.

About the School of Business Management
First of all, the Diploma in Mass Media Management comes under NYP’s School of Business Management (SBM). Being under SBM, you will  have the opportunity to study business modules such as Financial Management and Marketing Management. For these modules, you’ll need to sit for exams.

 However, SBM isn’t just about reading textbooks  and preparing for exams– it also gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience on how to manage a business.

As part of their Teaching Enterprise Project, SBM students have the opportunity to work  at on-campus retail outlets such as Cheers and The Shopping Arcade, as well as course specific business centres like the Media Hub. Also, NYP frequently organizes large-scale projects that SBM students can participate in, such as the recent NDP Lego Building Project.

SBM also organizes overseas trips for its students to gain experience in the business world outside of Singapore. This will be helpful if you want to further your studies in the future!

Let’s face it, not everyone is able to attain a good GPA through just mugging for exams. So it’s great that SBM organizes platforms for us to excel.  These include , OSEP (Overseas Student Exchange Program), TEP (Teaching Enterprise Project) or IPP (Industry Placement Project).  These projects expose us to the business industry, and help us gain invaluable real-world experience and a global mindset. And we do all these while building up our GPA!

What is Mass Media Management?
The Diploma in Mass Media Management is a course that combines both business modules and media modules. So not only are you able to enter the media industry upon graduation, but you can choose to enter the business industry too. Basically, you get the best of both worlds.

From the two years I’ve been in this course, I can truly say that it offers several opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of media. First of all, you will get to learn interactive and fun modules such as “Presenting for TV & Radio”, “Journalistic Writing”, “Multi-camera Studio Production” and “Advanced Video Production and Editing”. These modules give you the opportunity to experience being in a live studio, how to do news-reporting and even create your very own short films.

Furthermore, the school is planning to build a new studio and upgrade its facilities for students. More exciting updates to come!

Best of all, you don’t need any prior experience in video editing or directing. The lecturers will take you from beginner level at first year and by the time you are in your third year, you’ll acquire these skills and be ready to enter the industry.

Third year students in the studio, shooting an episode for “NYP TV”

This course also comes with perks! Our lecturers all come from the media industry, so they’re constantly giving us opportunities to see what’s happening in the industry. For example, my class managed to catch the taping of Sasuke Singapore, the studio recording of We are Singaporeans and the live studio recording of Mishal Hussain at BBC Channel recently.

With my friends at the taping of "We are Singaporeans" at Mediacorp Studios (I'm in the first row, third from the right)

This time we're at the taping of Sasuke Singapore! How fun!
Last but not least, let me tell you one more unique thing about this course. During your third year, you will not need to take any examinable  modules (with the exception of only two elective modules). Instead, you will only be going through TEP and IPP.  During TEP (21 weeks) you will be working with your classmates in running NYPTV – NYP’s very own TV channel and producing NYP’s Newsletter “Catch!”. For the other 6 months, you will be in IPP whereby you’ll be placed in a company on internship and gain experience working in the industry.

The Future I Want
Honestly? I still have no idea. But what I like about NYP’s Diploma in Mass Media Management is that it has exposed me to many different sectors in the media and business industries. I came into this course thinking that I wanted to be a writer upon graduation. However, I’ve found that I’m able to do other things that I also love,  such as Multi-camera Studio Production and Video Editing. So who knows? I might change the course of my future by entering another sector of the media industry.

As long as you’re in NYP, you will have time to decide and figure out what your strengths are, as you constantly gain new experiences along the way. The lecturers are definitely helpful and will do their best to develop your potential. On a last note, because this course has a cosy and comfortable size, you’ll be sure to make friends with the seniors and  your lecturers – It’s like a big family!

Thinking about pursuing a Diploma in Mass Media Management? Want to study at NYP? Join us at Open House 2013!

By Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management
Wahidah is a second year student pursuing her Diploma in Mass Media Management. She is passionate about writing, travel, food and good music. Her idea of a good time is spending an afternoon with a few friends over a cup of hot chocolate, or watching classic films featuring stars like Audrey Hepburn, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews and so on. Her dream is to travel and have a food adventure around the world.

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