SIDM believes in enriching and enhancing our students’ experience with a global perspective by providing overseas internship programmes, overseas student exchange programmes, study trips, as well as opportunities for students to attend international conferences and festivals, and participate in international competitions among others.
During the month of March, the inaugural run of the NewYork.SG initiative saw 4 of our SIDM Alumni, Ariel Yap, Ng Liting, Kristine Chua and Valery Seng heading to the Big Apple for a unique programme which provides a month-long lineup of company visits, training workshops and networking opportunities for our young talents of Singapore. The experience was an invigorating one that brought dreams closer to reality for the participants!
Check out this amazing music video they created in the middle of Times Square!
Our Animation Alumna Rainy Fu was also one of the Program mentors in this Initiative and Nicky Soh, also an alumnus from Animation, was one of the invited speakers during the programme. Valery Seng, our recent graduate even celebrated her 21st Birthday there!
Check out this interview to find out how their fantastic experience went.
(3 February - 19 March 2018)
3 Motion Graphics Final year students, Hadinah, Wong Guan Jie and Sakina Khumuis along with two Animation Final Year students went on the inaugural Student Exchange Study Trip to LEEDS Arts University in the UK during Feb 3 – Mar 19 this year.
With the objective to exchange, collaborate and work with the LAU 3rd Year Graphic design degree students, our students ventured on this study trip outside of their curriculum.
The LAU and SIDM students were briefed on the project and collaborated on project concept pitches to be presented to senior faculty members at LAU, Prof. Amber Smith (Dept. Head of Graphics Design ), and Fred Bates ( Dept. Head of Animation and Illustration).
Apart from working on the collaborative projects, our students had the opportunity to visit renowned companies like The Mill, a Visual Effects and Creative Content studio as well as Territory Studio another renowned creative agency specializing in motion design, visual effects and digital experiences. They even swung by Woodwork Studio in Amsterdam for a visit, during which the company was impressed with the student works we produce and are keen to work out an internship with SIDM!
The students had an eye opening experience and were introduced to a different culture and different perspectives!
Following this exchange with LEEDS, on JUN 11-JUN 29, 10 graphic design students from LAU will come to NYP for another project collaboration.
(12 February – 25 March 2017)
10 students from Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design and School of Interactive & Digital Media together with 10 students from Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema (HATC) participated in our TFSCALE (Temasek Foundation Specialists’ Community Action and Leadership Exchange) Programme @ NYP.
Based on a buddy system with the intent to co-learn together, our students first hosted the HATC students in a 3 weeks inbound programme in Singapore and thereafter flew to Hanoi to join the HATC students for a 2 weeks outbound programme.
Through this 5 weeks immersion programme, the students not only attended digital media workshops, but also went on learning journeys to experience the local heritage and learn more about the local media industry.
Together, the 20 students also collaborated and innovated in cross-cultural groups to create 5 short films that honour and celebrate the unity of multiple cultures and address ASEAN Youth Concerns.
Their immersion journey was documented through this blog: https://nyphatc2017.wordpress.com/
Highlights from the inbound programme: https://youtu.be/LrsslpQQeRw
Outbound Programme Highlights: https://youtu.be/Lkjedd2aE00
The 3rd BSRU ASEAN+3 Youth Camp started on the 18th of February and ended on the 1st of March, 11 days of empowering each other and making a strong bond of comradery.
The key objective of the Cultural exchange is to promote friendship, mutual understanding and academic collaboration with the 9 institutions around the region and beyond.
The Cultural exchange Program includes study visit to the Grand Palace, scenery and landmarks of Bangkok, Phranakon si Ayuttaya Province, the former capital of Thailand, the department of ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Higher Education Commission, Academic Forum, ASEAN Arts in Harmony and Thai Culture immersion workshop.
This year, a total of 55 students and lecturers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, the South Korea and China join the program. We also have 36 students from Chaen Kasem Rajabhat University, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Muban Chom Bueng Rajabhat University, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Phetchaburi Rajabhat university, Phranakon si Ayuttaya Rajabhat University, Suan Dusit University and BSRU.
Five SIDM Animation students had a wonderful time at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University for the ASEAN+3 3rd Youth Camp.
(9 Oct to 30 Oct 2016 in Singapore and 6 Nov till 27 Nov 2016 in Guangzhou, China)
2 groups of young creatives, from the School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM) and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA), met on Skype and exchanged ideas intensively via WeChat for 3 weeks before they finally had their first meetup in early October 2016.
3-weeks stay in NYP gave GAFA students and faculty a good insight to Singapore NYP students’ studio classes and healthy dosage of Singapore sunshine, and heartland living. Trip to Dakota Estates, walk in MacRitchie Reservoir, sharing the Singapore stories by our Singapore river, and walking through lanes of Singapore iconic landmark, our 8 Interaction Design students (IxD) proudly showed our island to the 16 students. Our local pineapple tarts, fresh Nonya spring rolls and Hainanese chicken rice also left a deep impression of the stay.
During the Singapore stay, students of both GAFA and SIDM conceived 4 projects, namely, 2643km Apart【我来自2643km之外】, Intangible Memories【触不到的回忆】, Tease【捉弄】and Zero Distance【零距离】。
In early November, lecturer Tyng and the 8 IxD students packed up and loaded themselves on the flight, travelling 2643km northwards to Guangzhou. Their mission was to realise their project ideas and have them showcased in an exhibition on 24 November in GAFA. During our 3-week stay, we were invited to a special exhibition, organised by GAFA, highlighting our past 5 years’ collaboration projects.
The 3-weeks stay have been a very focused and enriching. All well-spent hours on hard works asides, both students and staff have the privilege to gain the experience of living as a local, and insightful cultural and historical exchange, through weekend visits to various part of Guangzhou.
On 24 November 2016, the exhibition was graced by Cao Xue, Director of the Visual Communications. The works in the exhibition were well-received by faculty members, students from various studios and public. With this, we wrapped up our journey in Guangzhou and loaded with fond memories and experiences, back in Singapore.
(23 - 29 November 2016)
4 Digital Visual Effects students represented Singapore at the 10th Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2016, which was organised as part of the JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) 2016 Programme.
They were joined by over 100 students from other ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam), Timor-Leste, China, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei, and Japan.
Aside from the film festival, our students also experienced Japan’s culture and tradition through site visits, sports activities such as curling and local school exchanges with Japanese students.
Their daily overseas students exchange experience is documented at: http://nypjenesys2016.blogspot.sg
JENESYS 2016 Programme Highlights: https://youtu.be/8mqY5GzBCN0
(15 to 28 May 2016)
As part of the 11th ASEAN Culture and Language Learning Programme, SIDM held a film and VFX student exchange programme with Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University Thailand (BSRU) from 15 to 28 May 2016.
Under the guidance of academic staffs from SIDM and BSRU, 25 SIDM students and alumni hosted 27 BSRU students for the 2 Weeks Exchange Programme, where students worked together to create short VFX films and exchanged experiences on their local culture
Highlights from the exchange: https://youtu.be/wobPPNsxX6s
(24th April – 1st May 2016)
14 students from the Diploma in Digital Visual Effects went for an Overseas Study Trip to FMX 2016 (Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia International Conference) in Stuttgart, Germany from 24th April – 1st May 2016. Students not only learnt from industry experts in the field and connect with them through workshops, exhibitions and networking opportunities, but also visited universities and VFX companies in Stuttgart.
For more trip details, visit http://sidmstuttgart2016.blogspot.sg/
Highlights from the study trip: https://youtu.be/tPjNm8rBIMQ
(from 10 March – 2 August 2015)
Five students from Diploma Digital Media Design (Games) and Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology (Games), went on a study attachment trip in Finland, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences from 10 March – 2 August 2015. In this trip, students were involved in game projects with Kajaani students and also had the opportunity to participate in academic modules at Kajaani Finland. They also had the chance to visit Supercell, a highly established game company in Helsinki, Finland.
SIDM Overseas Study Trip to SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
11 students from Digital Visual Effects and Animation went for an Overseas Study Trip to SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 in Kobe, Japan from 1 - 7 November. Students get to learn from industry experts in the field and connect with them through courses, discussion and networking opportunities. Learn more about the trip on the blog.
Asia Express: Hungary Film Festival and Cultural Meeting 2015
Our students represented Singapore at the Asia Express International Film Workshop and Film Festival in Mako and Budapest, Hungary from 13 August - 21 August 2015.
During this student exchange trip, our students had the opportunity to showcase their work as well as to learn from industry experts in the field, and connect with them through courses, discussion sessions and workshops.
SIDM VFX Student Exchange Programme 2015 Highlights
Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM) in collaboration with Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University (BSRU) [Bangkok, Thailand], organised the first annual SIDM VFX Student Exchange Programme which aims to promote friendship and mutual cultural exchanges, as well as to widen the network of young talents in the international digital media arena.
2014 Paris Cultural Trip
18 students from Animation and Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design took part in this study trip under the Prescribed Elective DM3364 Special Topic. The module aims to bring classroom study to life with faculty-led study trips to places around the world that are rich in art and design. Students will see and understand how art and design are applied, learn from the depth and history of application in these places.
11 final-year students from the Digital Media Design (Interaction Design) programme are to participate in a Project Collaboration & Student Exchange at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, China from 8 November 2014 to 30 November 2014.
Tokyo Game Show 2014 in Tokyo, Japan
From 14 Sep – 21 Sep 2014, 52 students from the Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games), Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology (Games), and Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation) and 3 staffs visited Tokyo. In Tokyo, the group attended the renowned Tokyo Game Show and visited several studios.
ASEAN for All - Cultural Exchange at Thailand 2014
Highlights from a student exchange trip to Thailand which 5 students from Digital Visual Effects and Animation went from November 16-26 2014.
Study Trip at Les Gobelins’ Summer School, France, Paris
Two students from Diploma Digital Media Design (Animation) went on a study trip at Les Gobelin’s Summer School for a period of 2 weeks from 1 to 12 July 2013. In this trip, students had the opportunity to participate in animation workshops and master classes, and also completed a piece of animation each. Over two weeks they have visited museums and historical churches, watched a ballet in the theatre, and immersed themselves in French culture.
Study Trip to Kluang, Malaysia
On 13th June 2013, 21 students and 2 staffs from the Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games) went on a one-day trip to Kluang, Malaysia to hone the students’ skills in photo taking, videography and sketching of outdoor scenery and texture references. They travelled to Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm and Kluang Railway Station to experience the rustic culture of a countryside town. The students are able to better relate to their art concepts by using an experiential approach rather than looking at images from print or digital mediums.
Study Trip to Dong-Ah institute of Media and Arts, Korea
5 students from the Diploma in Digital Visual Effects participate in an Educational trip to Dong-Ah institute of Media and Arts’ DINFAC programme. This event involves 140 filmmaking students from around the world and gives them a good opportunity to develop their talent through the workshops by professionals in film fields. DFX student, Wei Song Teo and his team won the Top prize in the International Category, for their Film, Aremac.
Tokyo Game Show 2013 and Nagoya Study Trip, Japan
From 8 to 22 September, 24 students from the Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games), Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology (Games), and Diploma in Digital Visual Effects and 3 staffs visited Tokyo and Nagoya Japan. In Tokyo, the group attended the renowned Tokyo Game Show and visited studios such as Nippon Ichi Studio. While in Japan, they also travelled to Nagoya to participate in the friendly International Game Concept Challenge which is jointly organized by SIDM and our institutional partners Trident College of IT and Supinfogame.
Phototaking Study Trip to Johor Baru, Malaysia
On 10th March 2014, 30 students and 2 staffs from the Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games) went on a one-day trip to Johor Baru. Malaysia. This trip will also provide a chance for them to observe and identify with the foundation of Environment Conceptualisation such as, aerial perspective, linear perspective, atmospheric depth, different materials, etc beyond Singapore. They travelled to Desaru Fruit Farm, Desaru Beach, Batu Layar Beach, Crocodile farm in Sungai Rengit, and Fireflies Valley to take photographs of textures, sceneries and interesting compositions to be used in their modules and enhancements of their artworks.
Phototaking Study Trip to Batam, Indonesia
On 10th March 2014, 31 students and 3 staffs from varies Diplomas from SIDM went on a one-day trip to Batam Indonesia. They visited IFW Animation/VFX Studio and Soundstage Shooting facility. Students get a chance to experience real Hollywood shooting facility and also visit an animation studio.
Study Attachment at DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond WA, USA
Seven students from Diploma Digital Media Design (Games) and Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology (Games), and Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation) went on a study attachment trip in USA, DigiPen Institute of Technology from the 1 June to 30 July 2013. In this trip, students were involved in game projects with DigiPen students and also had the opportunity to participate in academic modules at DigiPen USA. For the major part of the attachment, the students’ goal was to work on a game project with their DigiPen partners.
Student Exchange at Trident College of IT in Nagoya, Japan
From 21 to 29 September, 28 students from the Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games) and Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology (Games) and 2 staffs visited Tokyo and Nagoya Japan. In Tokyo, the group attended the renowned Tokyo Game Show and visited studios such as Polygon Pictures, h.a.n.d. Inc and Sony Computer Entertainment. While in Japan, they also travelled to Nagoya to participate in the friendly game concept design event which is jointly organized by SIDM and our institutional partner Trident College of IT.
Exchange Programme at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA), China
This round 14 final-year students from the Digital Media Design (Interaction Design) programme are to participate in a Project Collaboration & Student Exchange at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, China from 11 November 2013 to 30 November 2013.This is the fourth year we are collaborating with GAFA under the existing MOU on student exchange and project collaboration. Previously, we have sent 3 batches of students and staff over the past 3 years to collaborate with GAFA on joint interactive art and design projects. This is a continuation of a very fruitful and successful exchange programme that has seen projects and exhibitions completed jointly.
Internship to Carbon TV, Hong Kong, China
Four students from the Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design were selected to go on an internship to Carbon TV, Hong Kong for two different periods, 3 June – 23 august and from 09 September – 29 November 2013. While there, they worked under the mentorship of Carbon TV’s Creative Director Tereza Tan and her creative team. Established in 2006, Carbon TV is an internationally acclaimed motion design and production studio based in Hong Kong and Beijing.