A new Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Diploma in Film & TV (Production) has been launched to equip aspiring production and technical crew with relevant skills for the film and TV industry.

Launched by the Singapore Media Academy (SMA) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), the WSQ Diploma in Film & TV (Production) is a 9 month full-time programme and is aligned to the WDA’s Creative Industries WSQ framework as part of its efforts to address the manpower challenges and tackle the evolving skills and manpower demands of the Creative Industries.

The broadcast sector in Singapore has experienced a healthy growth with the setup of the regional headquarters of major international cable and satellite broadcast networks such as ESPN Star Sports, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, HBO Asia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and CNBC.

The diploma, which will have its first run in July 2013, features eight units of study – all of which will be taught by industry practitioners. These units will equip CI professionals with skills, knowledge and competencies such as coordinating a production shoot from pre to post-production, budgeting, and learning technical skills such as setting up the camera and managing the audio systems.

“Conducted by industry practitioners, Singapore Media Academy is well-poised to educate and arm more industry professionals with the knowledge and competencies to better the film and television industry through this Diploma programme,” said Ms Yeo Mui Sung, Chief Financial Officer, MediaCorp, “Backed by the expertise and experience of MediaCorp, we believe we can help to nurture a vibrant, creative and strong film and television industry in Singapore and the region.”

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are eligible to enjoy 90% of training subsidies through the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs scheme when they send their employees for the WSQ Diploma. Eligible freelancers within the Creative Industries will also be able to receive enhanced training support of up to 90% of course fees. Singaporeans who successfully complete the WSQ Diploma as their first WSQ full qualification are also eligible for a CET Qualification Award (CQA) of S$1,000.

Applications are now open. For more information about the WSQ Diploma in Film & TV (Production), please log on to www.eSMA.sg.