Jagdesh Shamdasani is full time academic staff at Republic Polytechnic's School for Technology for the Arts. He chairs the module "Interactive Entertainment," part of the Diploma for New Media. Before teaching, he was a project manager and a creative professional, for various studios and companies, art directing, designing, and executing a wide range of interactive projects. He worked with a range of visual communication media to produce content including web, interactive, animation, illustration, print, and brand building.
Republic Polytechnic, commonly abbreviated to RP represents a paradigm shift in Singapore’s educational system with a key focus on Problem Based Learning (PBL), in which active research and analysis are encouraged instead of traditional formal pedagogy. Problem-based learning (PBL) uses problems as triggers for learning and invokes thinking and analytical skills in students that vary entirely from the traditional spoon feeding method. PBL requires students to deal with real-life scenarios, diagnose problems, conduct research, and finally propose a solution that relates to an actual workspace environment.
The Diploma in New Media (DNM) part of the School for Technology for the Arts, introduces students to all facets of new media. It encompasses design, production, and interactivity. The program prepares students for a career in the current world of new media, and also equips them with skills necessary to adapt and thrive as the field evolves.