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NP launches immersive on-campus space ‘M:idea Playground’ to equip students with digital production, storytelling skills

M:idea Playground is a dedicated, on-campus experimental space that is set to elevate hands-on learning through tech-enabled tools to generate innovative storytelling.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 7 June 2023, 6:37 PM

A new immersive on-campus space, M:idea Playground, was launched at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) on Tuesday (Jun 6). The space, along with new curriculum offerings, aims to help equip its students for the future of content creation.

M:idea Playground is a dedicated, on-campus experimental space that is set to “elevate hands-on learning” through tech-enabled tools to generate innovative storytelling.

The launch of the M:idea Playground and new curriculum offerings is held as part of FMS’ one-week M:idea Fest aimed at exposing its more than 600 current students to emerging trends in the media industry. M:idea Fest programme also includes talks by experts from leading media organisations.

Other than virtual production, FMS students will be able to use the space to explore AR/VR and livestreaming projects; stage live events and performances using large-format projection mapping techniques; as well as create digital art.

More than 200 FMS students will stand to benefit from the new M:idea Playground and curriculum offerings. From 2024, all Year 2 students from the Diploma in Media Post-Production (MPP) will undergo the first-of-its-kind virtual production training as part of its core curriculum.

Final-year students from the Film, Sound & Video and Mass Communication diplomas will also have the opportunity to work on virtual production projects for their capstone module.


The facility will also foster collaboration among students from the different courses. PHOTO CREDIT: MATT LORENZ


NP will also partner with Pixotope, a company specialising in the development of mixed reality content. Through this partnership, students will have access to Pixotope software tools and solutions for creating immersive and interactive content.

Another partner, The Star Performing Arts Centre, will provide students access to a large-scale external venue where they can use digital technologies and live performances to stage immersive shows.

The launch of these curriculum offerings will round off the suite of multi-platform skills that FMS students gain during their course of study.

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