Although the broadcast industry in Singapore is as old (or as young) as the country itself, it was only recently that the Singapore Broadcast Authority opened up the industry, thus putting an end to Mediacorp TV's monopoly on terrestrial broadcasting. With the liberalization of the industry, and new players coming in with more and diverse ideas, the broadcast landscape here is expected to evolve rapidly.
Currently, broadcasts through the many TV channels here comprise mainly news and entertainment programs. Scientific programs are few and far between. Any documentaries broadcast tend to be relayed foreign productions. Dedicated local scientific productions are evidently lacking. Hopefully, with the increasing national emphasis on science and technology, some of our more innovative production companies will soon start venturing into the world of science, an area much untapped by the broadcast media in this region.
In conjunction with this week's global feature on careers for scientists in science broadcasting, Next Wave Singapore brings to you some of the training opportunities available locally. And if you would like to know more about what it is like to work in the broadcast media, why not check out the rest of the feature  to learn how scientists in North America and Europe have made their mark on TV and radio?
BASIC DIPLOMA COURSES
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
The course for the Diploma in Film, Sound, and Video includes training in communication skills, film history, media technology, and hands-on production. The Polytechnic has state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with hands-on experience in film production in an environment similar to that of industry. Emphasizing practical skills, this is the only training of its kind in Singapore. Students are trained for such jobs as film or video editor, assistant producer or director, cinematographer/videographer, assistant audio engineer, computer graphics assistant, and production manager.
The Diploma in Mass Communication is structured around the fundamentals of mass communication theory, applications, and practice, with an emphasis on organizational ability and creativity. The course includes a 2-month industry attachment at a local or foreign company. Graduates can proceed to careers in areas such as advertising, Web design, public relations, marketing communications, journalism, or radio and television production.
The Diploma in Communications and Media Management is a broad-based course for students aiming for careers in the broad field of print, broadcast, or Web media. The school has a well-equipped TV studio and interactive media production facilities. Practical skills are emphasized and students will undergo a 6-month internship with the media or media-related industries. Students are trained to fit into such jobs as advertising, public relations, video and multimedia production, and corporate and marketing communications.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA AND MASTER'S DEGREE COURSES
National Technological University
For graduates with 1 to 2 years of relevant work experience, the National Technological University offers a Master of Mass Communications degree course for a career in the communication industry. The curriculum, which has an emphasis on Singapore and Asia, includes media theory, research, policy, planning, and management.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication is conducted jointly by the Nanyang Technological University, the Ministry of Information and the Arts, and the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore. It is offered only to nominated public affairs officers and public relations professionals. The course focuses in teaching the principles, concepts, skills, and professional knowledge in mass communication necessary for the improvement and advancement of the career of these nominated officers.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
For the advanced students, Ngee Ann Polytechnic offers a 2-year part-time program that provides advanced training in the art and craft of narrative filmmaking. Specialized tracks offered are: producing, directing, cinematography, and editing. Students are trained in an intense and collaborative learning environment and each student will be required to make two short narrative films. In addition, students are encouraged to work part-time in the film industry to help them with their professional development.