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45 Questions with Susan, Singapore (Singapore Institute of Technology/Digipen)

Gloria Ho

Meet Susan. A current student at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), who is in her third year of Bachelor of Fine Arts . And she is a local student from Singapore. 


- Specifics – 

1. What school do you study in? Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) / Digipen


2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? None.

3. Why did you choose this school? It’s mostly because of the Digipen name as recommended by my teachers in polytechnic. 


- Scene - (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? People staying overnight in school.

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? I knew most of what I needed to know. 

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? The schedule for the air-conditioning. Now, it shuts off at 11pm automatically whether there are students in class or not. Most of the time, students have to rush out assignments/projects and have to stay in school overnight and this becomes a problem. 

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? The lecturers.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? Dressing is quite diverse here. People wear what they want to wear. 

9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? Change.

10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? The field at the Dover campus. 

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I would try out the Game Design course. 

12. What is a common myth of your school? That it’s a conservative university but it’s actually quite modern. 

13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because of? Students from my course always stay in school till very late for projects and assignments.

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? I don't understand how students can litter around classrooms (leaving their leftover materials everywhere) when they know that there will be someone using the classroom after them. 

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? None. 

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Upgrade the electronic devices. 

17. In between classes, where can we find you? I will loiter around the lab to do whatever I need for my next lesson or for my assignments/projects. 


- Tips -  (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Our digital lab. 

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? The economical rice stall at Food Court 2 of Singapore Polytechnic.

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? My classrooms/the digital labs.


- Programs & Electives - 

21. What program are you in? Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art & Animation. 

22. Is this related to your dream job? Yes, I hope to get into the film industry. 

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? Approximately $11K per year. 

24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? Not really. It feels like the schedule is very packed. You have a lot to learn but it’s all squeezed into a very short time frame. It's either you get it or you don’t get and it seems very superficial. Moreover, if you fail because you don't get it, you have to pay more to retake that module.

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $5-8K per year. We alos have a lot of students who are in need of financial aid for various reasons so maybe allow students to not have to pay more to retake modules?

26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? We had one college module where the school invited alumni or those who work in the industry to come and talk to us, to let us know whats happening out there in the working world and I feel that it was helpful.

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? The English module, not so much because of the module but more because the lecturers are hard to understand. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? We cannot plan our own timetable. Our timetable is dependent on what the school offers that term.

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? No difference. 

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? Yes, there are exemptions but there are also requirements that you have to meet. What more, you have to pay to get your pass modules audited before the school let you know if you're eligible for any exemptions.

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 3:7

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 7-8

33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.

Game companies like Koei Techno, EA, Unisoft etc. 

Animator 

Acting/producers. 

34. Favorite Professor? None. Most are good. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? They think drawing is easy but they don’t know what troubles we face and how tight timeline is. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 40 students

Reality: It's around there. 

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Japan. The Japanese practise a lot of creativity and we can learn from how they create. 

38. Common exam formats include: Mostly projects and assignments. 


- Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities -  

39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? I used to have but it got too difficult to manage.

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? Yes, and that's why I quit mine previously. 

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? It's not as much as what polytechnics offer but it's enough and there’s also a range. 

42. How do you think an Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? It helps you find out that you have skills that you don’t even know exist. 

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: Orientation camp.

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? None, I spend my time wisely.

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? Yes, we have yearly talks about the school and what needs to be improved and the school does work on the major points. 


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