Mr Desmond Lin, 26, has always been passionate about visual effects.
He said: "Visual effects artists create characters and environments from their imagination, and make them real and believable to help tell a story.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
He is living that very dream. Mr Lin is a lighting technical director at Industrial Light and Magic, which was founded by Star Wars director George Lucas. His work includes adding lighting to animated shots, which help shape the characters and define the mood of the environment.
He honed his skills in visual effects through the Singapore Workplace Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Diploma in Animation at 3dsense Media School.
This year-long full-time course trains students who wish to enter the film, animation and game industry. Students learn visual effects, animation and 3-D modelling through a practical, hands-on approach. At the end of the course, students produce a demo reel in their specialisation, which helps them to seek employment in the industry.
3dsense Media School is certified as a Continuing Education and Training Centre by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. Its two diploma courses in animation and digital design are accredited under the WSQ framework.
With their help, Mr Lin was able to obtain a place in the Lucasfilm Jedi Masters Program, where he underwent a six-month apprenticeship. He was offered his current position two months later.
Mr Lin joined 3dsense after he found works by their former students online.
"He said: "It was an eye-opener looking through a series of demo reels that their students produced. I was amazed by the level of artistry in the work produced in just one short year."