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Interdisciplinary Minors

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) believes in cultivating intellectual curiosity among our students. One of our approaches is to allow students to explore and pursue interdisciplinary minors that cross the boundaries of the various disciplines.

If students find that their interests fall outside traditional divisional or school lines, HASS offers the following interdisciplinary Minors, drawing on the courses from the School of Art, Design and Media, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. An interdisciplinary Minor is a great option for motivated students who are looking to enrich their education experience.

Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies at NTU is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), comprising School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), School of Social Sciences (SSS), and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Thus, Film Studies at NTU draws on the expertise and talents of faculty from across the College curriculum, offers a varied conceptual and academic focus, and a wide range of courses, ensuring students are able to work towards a coherent academic programme while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree subject. Film is an important discipline within the College, and of growing importance within Singapore and the South East Asian Region.

Overview of the Programme
What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film studies. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), we examine how film figures and displays meaning. Across the three schools students have the opportunity to approach Film Studies from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.

Key Aspects of the Programme
The Minor in Film Studies builds on the culture of interdisciplinary learning and research at NTU and represents an important component to undergraduate studies and other HASS majors. Specifically a Minor in Film Studies enables students to:

  • Develop insights into the dynamics of imaging the world
  • Learn the skills to analyse film in many theoretical contexts
  • Understand developments in film by studying relationships between the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of movies and their historical circumstances.
  • Develop the necessary critical language to formulate responses to film
  • Learn a variety of skills that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the arts, film and cultural industries in Singapore 

    The Minor in Film Studies compliments existing degree programmes at NTU. It encourages cross-school academic work, and ultimately cross-college engagement. As well, it also allows students to pursue research into areas concerned with New Media.

    Selection Criteria
    All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor. Students must read and passed FL8001 (min grade of B) first before reading other electives in the minor basket and continue in the minor programme.

    Graduation Requirements
    Students wishing to take the Minor in Film Studies will need to pass the core subject AND at least four other courses from the table below.

    1 Core

    FL8001 Introduction to Film Studies

    4 Unrestricted Electives

    Choose any FOUR courses from the following:

    DT2007 History of Animation
    DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects
    DF2009 History of Film
    HL3001 Film Theory
    HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
    HL3003 Film & Literature
    HL3016 Gender and Sexuality
    HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film
    CS2027 Genre and Narrative Strategies
    CS4053 Popular Cinema
    CS4054 Asian Cinema
    CS4068 Issues in Cinema Studies
    CS9096 Cinema and New Media

    Students can take any ONE of the following as part of the minor:

    DF2005 Writing For Film (ADM)
    HZ9205 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (HSS)
    CS4024 Writing for Cinema and TV (WKWSCI)

    Minor in Film Studies Coordinators
    The Minor in Film Studies coordinators are drawn from ADM and WKWSCI. Currently, they include:

      WKWSCI students specialising in Broadcast and Cinema Studies (BCS) will not be allowed to use the same CS courses offered under the Minor in Film Studies to fulfill curriculum requirements under the track specialisation and the Minor progamme. If you are specialising in BCS and would also like to pursue a Minor in Film Studies, please opt for courses outside of the BCS track.


      Minor in Global Asia

      Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with many vibrant economies. It has 48 independent countries, 6 partially recognized countries and another 6 dependencies/special administrative regions. It has the 2nd largest nominal GDP in the world, after the continent of Europe and contains 1st World as well as 3rd World countries. In particular, the continent is dominated by 3 giants, namely China, India and Indonesia. With their healthy economic growth, these 3 countries will be the driving force of Asia’s rise in the 21st century. As Singapore’s future is extremely dependent on the performance of our Asian neighbors, it is hence timely that NTU offers a new Minor programme focusing on Asian Studies and Asia’s role in the world today, in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is hoped that the new Minor will enhance our students’ knowledge in a wide aspect of Asia, from economics to media to art history.

      Overview of the Programme
      By drawing upon courses offered by divisions in the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Art, Design and Media and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, students will engage with the social, economic, cultural, and technological aspects of Asia in the global environment and in diverse settings. The courses included cover areas of economics, psychology, sociology, English literature, philosophy, public administration, history, linguistics, media and journalism and art.  This Minor will be made available to all NTU students in Semester 1, AY2013/14.

      Selection Criteria
      All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor.

      Graduation Requirements
      Students will have to read 5 courses totaling at least 15 AUs in courses for this programme. They need to read ONE or TWO compulsory courses and THREE or FOUR other electives from 3 sub-groups below.

      There will be a selection of compulsory and elective courses to choose from. Courses in Sub Group A are offered by the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences, courses in Sub Group B are offered by the School of Art, Design and Media, while those in Sub Group C are offered by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.

      Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

      Compulsory courses
      (Students need to read ONE or TWO courses from the following)   

      HL1005:  Singapore Literature and Culture I
      HH1002:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800
      HH1003:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
      HS1002:  Singapore Society in Transition
      HA3014:  Singapore’s Foreign Policy

      Sub Group A- Humanities and Social Sciences 
      (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

      HL2010: East Asian Literature
      HE2015: Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
      HE3003: The Chinese Economy
      HS3050: Society and Culture in SouthEast Asia
      HG3020: Language Planning and Policy
      HG2032: Globalization and World Englishes
      HY2003: Chinese Philosophy
      HA2006: The Rise of China
      HA3016: China’s Foreign Policy
      HP3902: Psychology in the Asian Context

      Sub Group B- Art
      (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

      DD3004: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
      DD3006: Art in the Age of Colonialism
      DD3010: Art in the Age of Colonialism
      DD3011: Contemporary South-East Asian Art
      DD8006: The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
      DD9010: Imag(in)ing the Silk Road

      Sub Group C- Media, Journalism and Communications
      (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

      CS2051: Comparative Press Systems
      CS2022: Multimedia Writing in Chinese
      CS0209: Media Law, Ethics and Policies (focus on Singapore’s media law)
      CS4015: Multimedia News and Feature Writing in Chinese
      CS4054: Asian Cinema
      CS4017: Specialised Journalism: Public Affairs
      CS4061: Global Media Issues and Policy
      CS4160: The Korean Wave: A Multidisciplinary Perspective