As a new, centralised Design School takes shape in 2014, Singapore Polytechnic is enabling its design students to co-create learning spaces, while developing more critical thinkers among graduates.
While most NSmen get out of camp for a well-earned rest, Mr Lee Zhen Yang, 21, heads to Chinatown Point each weekend to man a food stall he started with two other friends.
Students at the polytechnic recall how a diploma course has helped them go on to study law, medicine and architecture and fulfil their potential.
Those fond of "choping" hawker centre tables using tissue paper packets - a uniquely Singaporean habit - may in future flip up table tops and hook their umbrellas to reserve a spot instead.
It may not be the same as fixing up a supersonic jet, but having a hand in building a flight simulator from scratch was something beyond aircraft engineer Tan Jun Heng's wildest dreams.
After he left Singapore Polytechnic (SP) with a perfect score, many would have expected Mr Tan Junhong to head straight for the university.
Ms TAN Shi Hui used the computer at home just once a month while in primary school. At that time, she was still using a dial-up connection, and used the computer only for project work.
They are hardly the standard options for weight-conscious foodies.
The fast-growing digital entertainment effects industry offers interesting career opportunities.