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Singapore University courses for Creatives

Hey fellow Creatives, mind sharing your uni courses (if you are in one) that you are/were in? Do you think it's feasible majoring in Arts? Should I pursue Arts courses eg: filmmaking or photography (though it might not lead to a stable job) or should I go for civil engineering?

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Luke Sciberras

Visual Artist

Hi,

I'm not in Uni, but I am currently pursuing a Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design in Singapore Polytechnic. The consensus from all my lecturers is that they do not suggest we go to Uni after we obtain our Diploma. In the industry, your portfolio and work experience holds more value. There are photographers like @mellowedhigh and @darrylaiden who did not study design/film/photography but are now doing very well, working with clients like Adidas, Funan, Clot, Samsung, Sony, Etc. In fact, @mellowedhigh dropped out of design school and did not receive a diploma. What matters is your skill, portfolio, experience and honestly some connections.



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Sc0tt

Photographer

Hey Luke, thanks for the response! I'm a JC graduate so the usual route for most JC students is Uni. I was in quite a dilemma in choosing between (arts, design and media) and (Civil engineering). I guess you made an excellent point so ima try my best.


I think i would probably go for the engineering course but take up photography/film-making as a cca!


Thanks again for the feedback!

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Aemanda Chan

Sound Engineer

Hi Scott! As you might have already known, I studied Sound Art in Poly. Being a sound engineer (or for most creative role) does not really require a uni degree to excel in the industry. Whats most important is to build your portfolio and work experiences as mentioned by Luke. However, the usual route for most (not just JC) Singaporean students is Uni because of our parents or because of the circumstances of how important it is to graduate with a degree in order to survive in our country. So because my parents insisted for me to graduate with a University degree (in case things does not work out for me in the Creative field), I am currently pursuing a major in communications. But because of my passion and determination to remain in the creative industry as a future career, I took up a minor in multimedia alongside communications. Taking a "general" degree would be wise in covering you in the far future if you're not too sure if this industry is where you'll want to stick to forever, but it does not mean that you can't pursue a minor based on something you love! Hope this helps. All the best!

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Mio Natsuki

Photographer

I'm currently taking an engineering course, but would love to pursue photography as a career one day. Would love to know how should I start out as a photographer too!

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Sc0tt

Photographer

Thank you Aemanda, I think I will do the same as well, haha except I'm probably gonna take up photography as a cca instead?


Oh and Mio, what engineering course are you in currently? And good luck with your photography career! Good to see that you have so much passion for it!

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Singamorphic

Visual Artist

Hi Scott, I went to NYP's animation course years ago for a diploma and then went for a Masters in the UK for a year (It was cheaper to study overseas than in SG back then. Yeah unbelievable.. I know, but I was lucky).. now I work in film and do this photography thing as a hobby.


It is feasible to major in Art courses, but you really need to want it and be the best at it. The playing field is extremely competitive because courses like film making and photography can be picked up for free on the internet nowadays. So unless you really know that this is what you want to do, I'd suggest doing more research first! You still have time. Good luck!

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Sc0tt

Photographer

Thank you so much Singamorphic! Yes I will do more research into the Arts field before making my final decision.

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Ilyas

Photographer

Hi Scott! This question really depends on you as a person. There are pros and cons. While you are able to learn online, there are some limitations. Personally, I'd prefer going to film school to study because filming is collaborative. In school, you'd get to use equipments that may be too expensive to afford and you'd also get to make like-minded friends! Making friends there is great because not only you'll learn together, but also find people you'd work well with. If you don't think you have the discipline to learn on your own, school is a great option as assignments will in a way to force you to learn and produce work.


Hope this helps!

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Sc0tt

Photographer

Thank you Ilyas!

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