Singapore University of Social Sciences

Navigating Singapore's Film Industry

Navigating Singapore's Film Industry (FLM359)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


The course focuses on the wide array of Singapore films made from 2001 onwards. The course will look at key films, ranging from highly commercial films with mass appeal to independent films on shoestring budgets. Students will study how contemporary local films tackle issues such as heartland dreams, national identity, taboo subjects, nostalgia, and language use, and will trace out the trends and changes as the local film industry matures. Students will also examine crucial factors affecting local filmmaking, such as the availability of funding, the role of censorship, the importance of local filmmaking schools, and the impact of film awards. Students will be required to view representative Singapore films and critique relevant articles. The films will feature the use of English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and some Chinese dialects.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Singapore Cinema: Revival
  • Telling Singapore Stories
  • Singapore Film and Nostalgia
  • Singapore Film and Controversy
  • Singapore Independent and Arthouse Films
  • Singapore Film: Recognition and Support

Learning Outcome

  • Show thorough knowledge of filmmaking in Singapore from 2001 onwards.
  • Analyse the themes, styles, motifs, and structures of contemporary Singapore film.
  • Appraise the impact that key factors such as funding, censorship, and industry recognition have on local film.
  • Examine the significance of social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in the creation and reception of contemporary Singapore film.
  • Use close reading skills to construct a critical analysis of thematic concerns in contemporary Singapore film.
  • Construct well-researched responses on the key trends and developments in the style, subject matter, and attitude of contemporary Singapore film.
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