MDIS School of Media and Communications (SMC)

The MDIS School of Media and Communications (SMC) is one of the schools offering the mass communications programme in Singapore. Partnering with Teesside University, the University of Sunderland and the University of Portsmouth, offers a wide range of mass communications programmes with a complete progression pathway from International Foundation Diploma to Bachelor’s Honours degrees.

The University of Sunderland (UK) is ranked 14th in the UK for Media and Film Studies by The Guardian University Guide 2022.

Teesside University (UK) is listed in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17 (601-800th world band listing) and awarded Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 (TEF) Silver. It also bagged the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence and Outstanding Work in the Field of Enterprise and Business Engagement 2017-2018.

University of Portsmouth (UK) is ranked 21st in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and rated ‘Gold’ rating in The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Why Choose MDIS School of Media and Communications (Singapore)

The mass communications programmes offered by the school and its university partners in Singapore are industry-focused, relevant, and high in quality. The MDIS media school in Singapore has its very own fully-equipped Radio and TV studios, as well as Audio and Video editing suites. It is the first Private Education Institution to have such facilities for practical training. Media and Communications School students in Singapore have the opportunity to practice what they learn within their academic curriculum. They are trained to master essential skills such as handling radio and television equipment, content producing, directing, scripting, and video editing. In mastering these techniques, MDIS media school students are exposed to a wide range of roles, including Radio and TV presenting in Singapore.

Media Students are encouraged to join the Media and Communications Club whilst pursuing their course in school as they get to run the campus Radio and TV stations and polish their broadcast journalism skills before venturing out to work in Singapore. These practical aspects ensure that our graduates are well-prepared for the real-world environment.

Programme Pathway

Programme Pathway

List of Programmes

Partnering with Teesside University, the University of Sunderland and the University of Portsmouth, offers a wide range of mass communications programmes with a complete progression pathway from International Foundation Diploma to Bachelor’s Honours degrees.

Degree

Teesside University, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Broadcast Media Production (Top-up) NewAwarded By: Teesside University, UKFull TimePart Time
University of Portsmouth, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media and Digital Practice (Top-Up)Awarded By: University of Portsmouth, UKFull Time
University of Sunderland, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication NewAwarded By: University of Sunderland, UKFull TimePart Time

Higher Diploma

MDIS
Higher Diploma in Mass CommunicationsAwarded By: MDISFull Time

International Foundation Diploma

The following programmes are currently on teach out mode. We are no longer accepting students for these programmes.

Bachelor Of Arts (Honours) Media, Culture And Communication (Top-Up), awarded by University of Sunderland (Teach-Out By May 2019)
International Diploma in Mass Communications, awarded by MDIS (Teach-out by end-July 2020)

Faculty and Staff

The School of Media and Communications faculty is made up of experienced and well qualified industry professionals.

Dr Chua Lian Choon (Richard)

Head of School
School of Business and Social Sciences

Simply put, Lian Choon is an educator. Holding a PhD from the University of South Wales (UK), and a fellow of Trinity College London in Education Studies, he has been instrumental in developing new academic programmes in Entertainment Arts in Malaysia, as well as teaching Performing Arts Management in Macau. A regular visitor and critic to Chinese-speaking societies in Asia, he has shared knowledge and opened new ways to refining performing arts and cultural management.


As an independent researcher, Lian Choon is keen to develop Entertainment Arts in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Film and Performing Arts Ecologies in these two cities with a keen interest in developments in Creative Industries. He has been constantly invited to speak on those topics.

Currently, he leads the University of Portsmouth Digital and Media Practice and Doctorate of Business Administration programmes in the School of Business and Social Sciences in MDIS.

Muhd Fuadi Bin Rahmat


Senior Lecturer
School of Business and Social Sciences (Media & Communications)

Mr Fuadi is a full-time lecturer in MDIS since 2009. He has more than 20 years of working experience in Media and Communications industries holding positions from junior to senior management level in local broadcasting, MediaCorp Pte Ltd and Statutory Board, National Heritage Board. He also serves as a Committee member of the Programme Advisory Board of the InfoComm Media Development Authority since 2009 for both English and Malay content.


Mr Fuadi has received the Special Recognition Award in 2015 and the Long Service Award in 2017 from the InfoComm Media Development Authority.

The School of Media & Communications Experience

Media Students are encouraged to join the Media and Communications Club whilst pursuing their course in school as they get to run the campus Radio and TV stations and polish their broadcast journalism skills before venturing out to work in Singapore. These practical aspects ensure that our graduates are well-prepared for the real-world environment.

Join our Media School in Singapore for Enhanced Employability

Track records have proven that our media and communications school graduates are well-received by companies in Singapore and abroad due to the knowledge and skillsets that have been nurtured in them. With the government's Media 21 blueprint, the media and communications school has plans to build on its success by introducing more industry-relevant media programmes and ensuring that our students are able to make their mark in Singapore, as well as on the global stage.

Read about the experiences of both local and international students at MDIS.

 

“I really enjoyed the well-equipped facilities at the School of Media and Communications. I was able to work on various projects in the TV & Radio Studio. My experiences, and the portfolio I built at MDIS, have boosted my confidence and given me the opportunity to work in a reputable company.”

Nicolette Lorraine
MDIS Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Broadcast Media Production (Top-up)

 

“One thing I know for sure after graduating is that I am not only better prepared to take on my first full-time job; but I am much more prepared in creating quality content with the relevant industry skill sets learnt at MDIS. ”

Euger Thum
MDIS Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Broadcast Media Production (Top-up)


 

“Through the Media, Culture and Communication programme, I was able to identify my area of interest to pursue in my career.”

Sang Minn Lee
MDIS Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication



 

“The programme provides a broad and balanced curriculum for students in the media industry. It provides assignments and class activities that cultivate students into a person ready to face new challenges in the media industry. Working with students from different cultural backgrounds broadened my perspective, which made me more versatile as an individual.

The lecturers at MDIS School of Media and Communications have vast industry experiences. They shared their knowledge with students and guided them patiently towards achieving their goals. Every time I visited the lecturers for guidance, I felt warm as they are very approachable and supportive in helping  me to make informed decisions towards my goal. Lecturers in MDIS care for the students; they listen to the problems students face in their academic journey and provide feedback on their work and assignments, making students feel confident and assured with learning in MDIS.”

Rahul Anseth Dcruz
MDIS Student
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication
 

“The duration of this programme is relatively short, compared to the typical four-year degree. Curriculum is one of the reasons that motivated me to join this programme. Not only are theoretical lessons arranged, but practical experiences too, such as the industry workshops, field trips and many more. The curriculum is planned such that students keep pace with the latest trends in the media industry. These are the essential elements for students to develop a deeper understanding of what they have learned in classrooms.”

Peggy Yuan Shuyi
MDIS Student
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media and Digital Practice (Top-up)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The objective of the media courses in MDIS is to train Singapore’s next generation of media practitioners. Media and Communications students will graduate with lifelong learning skills and knowledge pivotal for the real-world environment where continuous improvement is a key driver for success.

We give students in the School of Media and Communications the opportunity to get hands-on experience to practise their production skills in TV and radio. Be it under the Diploma or Bachelor's programme, students will also develop skills in engaging their audience through advertising and public relations. Understanding the method of creating deeply moving content, connecting with a rich audience base becomes seamless. In addition, students will become media specialists who can establish good relationships with major stakeholders. Specialised courses such as Journalism, which equip students with essential skills in media ethics and law, will also prepare them for an exciting career in investigative reporting and media research.

With a Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications, you'll be able to get your foot in a plethora of industries. With your newfound expertise, technical professions include studio director, scriptwriter, DJs, programme hosts, and director of photography, all of whom actively build quality content. If you have a knack for preparing and enhancing communication experience for businesses and individuals, your calling might be in the field of broadcast journalism, brand consulting, direct marketing, exhibition and convention, customer relationship management, and interactive media. Narrowing in on advertising and marketing, copywriters, media buyers and researchers, and strategic planners are career prospects that offer you the opportunity to propel a business’ engagement and reach with their targeted customers.

Our Media School in Singapore conducts lessons via varied conduits such as Online platforms, face-to-face, and lab classes. Technical skills will be taught in our TV and radio studios offering hands-on experience in projects. Media and communication lectures inspire and transfer deep knowledge and build students' ability to see through problems hidden in society and businesses. Practical demonstrations and field visits are also part of the curriculum, enhancing students' learning experience.

There are no prerequisite skills required to gain admission into our Media courses in Singapore. However, prospective students must have a keen interest in media and communications. They should also be minimally adept at using video and audio functions on a smartphone, and proficiency in the English language is a plus.

Contact Us

Local Students

Hotline
+65 6247 9111

International Students

Hotline
+65 6796 7660

+65 6950 6398

China / Taiwan / Hong Kong
+65 9066 8857
+65 8305 5107

WeChat ID: sgmdis
Laos / Cambodia
+65 8779 6040
Malaysia
+65 9814 2969
Myanmar/ Thailand
+65 8779 6040