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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences covers many topics, such as literature, communications, world history, philosophy, psychology, and more. In many cases, courses are deliberately geared to the interests and pursuits of DigiPen students and often serve as a source of inspiration for student game projects. The department’s faculty bring an extensive humanities background in English, literature, the law, and an appetite for and thorough understanding of today’s rich media landscape.

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Directory


Department Faculty

Shanthina Ravindran

Department Chair
Principal Lecturer

Shanthina Ravindran received her Bachelor of Laws at the University of London followed by a Master of Education-English Language degree at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Before joining DigiPen (Singapore) as a full-time lecturer, Shanthina taught part-time at the Institute as well as at other educational institutions, including the National University of Singapore and National Institute of Education. She currently teaches composition, graphic novels, research reasoning, argument, and intellectual property law.

Shanthina also lists reading and writing as her chief pleasures outside of the workplace. When it comes to her teaching philosophy, she tries to live by the following quote from William Arthur Ward:

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Shanthina Ravindran teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, Bachelor of Arts in Game Design, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design, Bachelor of Arts in User Experience and Game Design, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development.

Celso Kirby Go Chua

Adjunct Lecturer

Celso Kirby Go Chua has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Kirby is the director of Grace Counselling Centre and has an interest in counseling and psychotherapy (clinical psychology) along with personality and abnormal psychology.

As an adjunct lecturer at DigiPen (Singapore), Kirby teaches topics related to psychology. He enjoys interacting with his students and learning from them.

Celso Kirby Go Chua teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, Bachelor of Arts in User Experience and Game Design, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development.

Bisharat Banu d/o Syed Masood

Adjunct Lecturer

Bisharat Banu d/o Syed Masood holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with Management from Singapore University of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Nanyang Technological University.

With over 20 years of experience, Banu has instructed a diverse range of courses encompassing academic and technical writing, library research, and critical thinking, as well as presentation and communication skills. Banu’s extensive teaching repertoire spans institutions like DigiPen (Singapore), National University of Singapore, Curtin University, Nanyang Technological University, and various polytechnics.

Banu is also proficient in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to both international students and government officials from ASEAN countries.

As a passionate educator, Banu is committed to helping students develop the critical skills and interest needed to be lifelong learners.

Bisharat Banu d/o Syed Masood teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, Bachelor of Arts in User Experience and Game Design, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development.

Bina Bhattacharyya

Adjunct Lecturer

Bina Bhattacharyya holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors (upper division) and a Master of Arts in English Language from the National University of Singapore. Additionally, she obtained a diploma in education from the National Institute of Education and expanded her expertise with a Master of Education Research Methods from The University of Western Australia.

As an accomplished educator, Bina imparts extensive knowledge and experience to her students at DigiPen (Singapore) and in her role as a part-time tutor. Interacting with her students provides her a youthful perspective that helps her stay rooted in her teaching and learning principles.

Bina Bhattacharyya teaches the following degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation.

Kong Yit Sim

Adjunct Lecturer

Kong Yit Sim holds a Master of Creative Industries (Drama Teaching) from Queensland University of Technology. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at DigiPen (Singapore), she also works as a provisional trainer at Dale Carnegie.

With a background in drama and experience as a trainer and lecturer, Yit Sim brings a firm foundation of professional communication to the classroom. Her understanding of key principles of communication, coupled with her practical experience in drama, equip her to deliver insightful lessons to her students.

Yit Sim finds fulfillment in witnessing her students’ moments of understanding and growth, particularly in subjects that align with her passions.

Kong Yit Sim teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development.

Loy Wei Peng

Adjunct Lecturer

Loy Wei Peng graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Arts in Advanced Japanese Studies from The University of Sheffield. In addition to teaching at DigiPen (Singapore), Wei Peng also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the National University of Singapore.

Wei Peng’s primary focus lies in teaching introductory courses to Japanese, helping to bridge cultural understanding and linguistic proficiency for her students. As an experienced educator and translator, Wei Peng understands the importance of equipping students with highly practical Japanese language communication skills that can be used in everyday life.

Wei Peng finds immense fulfilment in seeing her students gain fluency in reading, writing, and speaking at the end of her tutelage.

Loy Wei Peng teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation, Bachelor of Arts in User Experience and Game Design.

Tan Aun Peng Darrell

Adjunct Lecturer

Tan Aun Peng Darrell received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Darrell serves as an adjunct lecturer at both DigiPen (Singapore) and the Ministry of Education. He also takes on the role of Master Trainer at IMAde (Singapore). Darrell is a CELTA-certified trainer and actively participates in Toastmasters, believing firmly in the importance of oratorical skills as a necessary tool for effective communication.

At DigiPen (Singapore), Darrell teaches an engaging module on mythology. Even after many years of teaching, he still finds inspiration from the fresh perspectives and insights offered by his students.

Tan Aun Peng Darrell teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Game Design, Bachelor of Arts in User Experience and Game Design.

Tan Sinc Wee, Brenda

Adjunct Lecturer

Brenda Tan received her Master of Arts in English Studies from the National University of Singapore.

Besides DigiPen (Singapore), Brenda has taught at various institutions like Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, the National University of Singapore, and Singapore Institute of Technology. As a creative teacher, Brenda facilitates student-centered learning where she especially enjoys helping her students improve their presentation skills.

Brenda’s dedication to student development transcends the classroom with One Child One Skill, a volunteering program she pioneered that empowers autistic children through skill-based learning. As an former journalist, Brenda has published two important books spotlighting autism in Singapore and beyond — Come Into My World: 31 Stories of Autism in Singapore and My Way: 31 Stories of Independent Autism.

Outside her busy schedule, Brenda enjoys reading, cycling, and sleeping.

Tan Sinc Wee, Brenda teaches the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development.

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