So i got the DPA interview for this course and they told me to prepare a portfolio. Would poems that I wrote count as written work?
Hiya! Congratulations on being selected!! Yes, please do showcase all creative material you’ve done (that you are proud of because the interview panel will ask questions). Paintings, drawings, photographs, short iphone films, short stories, long stories, poems, designs, music pieces — GO FOR IT (: Good luck!
No such thing as bad points in DTVM. We are awesome. We are brilliant. We are fun and cool and…
Ok, fuck it. Fine.
Yes, of course. Every polytechnic diploma has it bad points. It’s subjective, in the end. Ask any of us and we will all have our own individual criticism about DTVM.
But here. Let me just give you a general overview on some of our major complains:
1) Not enough writing
Now, this is something that many people have been bitching about. A lot of my fellow classmates have complained that we didn’t do enough writing for this course.
In a sense, they’re right. DTVM is not solely about writing. It can’t be. Writing alone is not entirely lucrative. Becoming a novelist or a screenwriter depends a lot on luck. It’s not a reliable field, like accounting, or medicine. It’s not something your mum would recommend.
That’s why DTVM is, in a sense, multi-faceted. The course tends to focus more on making your writing skills employable. It teaches you how to write for different mediums, and thus, go beyond the page. You learn how to write for film, for games, for newspapers, for websites, blah, blah, blah…basically, it makes you more useful in the job market. It gives you a wider skill set.
I admit it though. I wish we had more writing. Even though becoming a novelist or a playwright is not entirely profitable, I wish I had been trained a little more in this area.
Still. I can turn on a camera now. That’s something.
(No, but really. I can film. I can edit. I’m awesome. Hire me).
2) Poor-ass Bitches
Ok, this complain is admittedly outdated. In the past couple of years, DTVM has gotten more funding from the polytechnic. In my final year, we got to use iPads, and travel a little further for our overseas filming module. We got the Writer’s Room too.
But still. We’re no NP Mass Comm.
As a small course, we still have a pretty low budget. There are not enough fancy cameras for everyone. Our Writer’s Room does rock ass BUT it is not nearly as big or as high-tech as some of the other courses’. Please don’t expect fancy-ass trips to Japan or Paris. DTVM is not rich.
This is getting better though. Back in my day, we didn’t get to go to Melbourne, or have better cameras in year 1. The course is getting better funding as the years go on.
Besides, having a lower budget isn’t always a bad thing. In the future, you might end up working on a low-budget indie film, or a small, niche magazine. Take this as training, people.
HEYYYYYYY SO ADMINS/MODS, what are you all studying now? or working as?
Well, my love, I won’t speak for my other mods. I’ll let them answer the question themselves.
As I have already mentioned before, I am currently travelling the north, raiding and pillaging as a viking queen. However, in my downtime, I study at the University of Melbourne. I am an second-year undergrad, majoring in History and Politics.
Just so you know, DTVM is affiliated to this university. You can indeed get credit exemptions, especially if you pursue film or journalism here. You can also get exemptions under different art majors - just as I did. If you are interested in coming over to the University of Melbourne (trust me, its fucking awesome), just have a chat with one of your lecturers. You can also check out this site : http://goo.gl/4Bm6hh
Look at me, shamelessly promoting my school.
Ah, fuck it. Melbourne is an amazing city, and I love it here. The university is tough, challenging and a little bit like Hogwarts. Overall, I’m having a blast.
do you immediately get job offers after completing this course? i'm worried about job prospects
Well, little sunshine flower person…no. Not everyone gets jobs immediately after poly.
And before you even think about blaming DTVM for that…let me just enlighten you with a little fun fact that I just recently learnt.
Life after school sucks.
A lot of kids our age are having problems finding jobs in their chosen field. The job market is extremely competitive these days, even the film industry. A friend is mine, who graduated with a science degree, is currently waiting tables (not that there is anything wrong with it, of course).
The point is, yes. Yes, its going to be hard. Jobs are not easy to find, for almost every field.
That being said, I do know DTVM seniors who got jobs immediately after graduating. Some of them got positions through their internship. Others made friends in the right places, or are just very good at getting what they want.
In the end, its really up to you. DTVM really does give you a great background for journalism, film, new media, and every other sector of the media industry. We were truly trained well.
But after graduation, its all up to you. You decide how you want to proceed with your career. You decide whether people call you up for jobs or not.
Thanks for the answer! So after completing this course, what possible paths can I take?
Most of us who complete this course will wind up working for NASA. Some classmates are actually undergoing astronaut selection and training right now!
Now, this page was reallllllly difficult to find but we found it just for you despite all the logging work we have to do for the Opportunity Rover and we hope it enlightens you: http://tinyurl.com/m4u4hky(don’t worry, it’s not space garbage - it’s legit).
your characters are fictional, so why should their mannerisms have to be physically possible? wouldn’t they be much more interesting if they started to hover when having in-depth conversations, or grew a large moustache when enraged?
Hi. Just wondering what the present or past moderators are doing after studying dtvm in SP. :) this blog is awesome btw..
Mod #1 Hello. I currently run the biggest drug ring in Singapore. I’m terribly inactive as a moderator because I’m very busy running the biggest drug ring in Singapore. Cheers.
Mod #2 Good Evening. Bounty Hunter. Obstacles obliterated, nuisances eradicated, bothersome limbs removed and tutelary dentistry. Skol!
Apologies, lads. I have barely been able to keep up with this blog, what with my duties as a warrior Viking queen. Got a little distracted with the burning and pillaging. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, and all that. Well. Back to work then.
Year One to be here. If I were to go for the internship after poly, where would it be?
EH? Internship after poly? We suppose…wherever…you…want??
If you meant the internship in year 3 - which is still part of the academic year and REQUIRES YOU TO PAY SCHOOL FEES (seriously SP!?) - then it depends on what you’ve enjoyed doing in the past years.
You will most probably have 4 choices - Journalism, Production, General Writing and New Media (if we remember correctly). You can number them according to which one you prefer the most. HOWEVER, the lecturers are very much like the P5 states in the UN - they can veto your choices and put you wherever they think you’ll do best in.
To the anon who asked about the Adobe apps! I called the school and they told me that some of the useful apps would be photoshop, bridge, acrobat and premiere pro! that was what I managed to catch when having a conversation with the teacher! Hope that helps! :)
hello! I have a question regarding CCA! is the workload for this course too heavy for someone to pick up a CCA? :o
The curriculum has changed slightly, so we’re not entirely sure the workload is still manageable. But, you should know that it’s not about a heavy workload! It’s about learning to juggle. These years are going to prepare you for uni and work and life where you won’t get to choose if you can have extra activities. Don’t join a CCA for a sake of it. Join something that you’ll enjoy and will help you take your mind off work (:
hello! I was reading your post on which laptop to purchase and I was wondering which laptop the moderator of this blog is using! :) I was thinking of switching to a macbook pro but I already bought a new laptop months ago... Would I be losing out if I used a hp laptop instead? Also, do we have to purchase the programs used for the course ourselves? Sorry for the long ask, but thank you for reading it!
I USE A MAC (◠‿◠✿)
Anyhow, don’t waste money! Your brand new laptop will work just fine (: Like we mentioned, even if your laptop doesn’t support certain programmes, school has enough facilities to tide you over.
We’ve never had to buy any programs (except an OS update mac users had to pay for to run a program but it shouldn’t be a problem now) because students get software packages for free from the school! Like the Adobe CS6 Master Collection (although it might be CS7 in a bit) You get the whole package which costs about $3000 for FREE :D
Son, that’s where all the money is at. Why bother about what people’ll say or think? If you like it and will enjoy it, DO IT*! Info tech maneuvering is required by most companies in day to day operations! You’ll be vital, not nerdy.
(*disclaimer: does not apply to acts of murder, violence or people hurting in general)
Hi! The year 1s will be purchasing laptops soon. Any handy tips on what type of laptop to purchase? (Brand, memory space, etc) :) thanks!
HIHI! Which laptop?
It doesn’t matter ^ that’s all you’re going to be doing on it.
Ehehehe, JK! Welllll, the industry standard (as far as we know) is a Mac. Also, on your course list/school IT show, there will be displays that say that a MacBook Pro (MBP) is the recommended brand for DTVM. (However, you don’t have to adhere!)
Future year 1 dtvm here! Any advice on how to survive? ;)
Naturally, number 1 would be to read this tumblr from page to page.
3. Obligatory piece of advice.
4. BRING YOUR OWN CAKE. You will need it.
5. Some mods will have a reasonable amount of readings. Get used to it because Uni is 10000000 times that amount.
6. No matter which relative tells you what, they’ll never understand.
7. That includes playing too.
8. At the end of 3 years, you’ll have seen it all. The phantom classmate, the “i don’t know how to open final cut” project mate (even after 3 years, yes this has happened/is happening), the forever “i have something on” project mate, the suck up, the blur sotong, the tai-chi master etc and you’ll want to say this:
At the end of three years, you’ll find that the shenanigans no one gave you advice for end up being the highlight of your poly lives. Shit hits the fan in every course, no matter if you’re DTVM or DARCH. It’s just how you roll with it.