LASALLE College of the Arts
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|Maktab Seni Lasalle (Malay)
|Type||Publicly-funded private[a] arts institution|
|President||Prof Steve Dixon|
|Location||1 McNally Street, Singapore|
|Campus||McNally Campus, Winstedt Campus|
|^ "Private" here does not refer to the funding but instead refers to the management of the institution, i.e. not a statutory board.|
LASALLE College of the Arts (informally LASALLE) is a non-profit and private arts institution in Singapore. Founded in 1984, LASALLE boasts eight art and design schools that offer more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in contemporary arts and design education. LASALLE’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are validated by Goldsmiths College, University of London, one of the top universities in the world for Arts and Humanities.
LASALLE is Singapore’s first local homegrown institution to be awarded the EduTrust Star, a certification that acknowledges LASALLE’s “quality education services”. It was also awarded the Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority, for its contribution to sustainability and environment awareness in the development of the McNally campus.
LASALLE’s main campus, known as the McNally Campus, occupies a one-hectare site in the Rochor area of Singapore. Its second campus, Winstedt Campus, is located near the Newton area.
- 1 Relocation and facilities
- 2 Partner institution
- 3 Schools and Programmes
- 4 Scholarships
- 5 Alumni
- 6 Accolades and Achievements
- 7 Controversies
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 External links
Relocation and facilities
LASALLE moved to its new home in the heart of Singapore in June 2007. Located in the Rochor area, bounded by Prinsep Street, Short Street, and Albert Street, the new City Campus sits on a one-hectare site, which is part of the area designated as the Arts, Design, Culture, Learning and Entertainment hub of Singapore.
The Winstedt campus is a new space designed as a comprehensive creative centre for studio work and research. With 4,357m2 of floor space, there are studios, workshops, state-of-the-art photography labs, a media arts lab, and student-led incubators.
LASALLE is a partner institution of Goldsmiths, University of London, renowned for having a creative and innovative approach to arts teaching and research. Goldsmiths has approved LASALLE as an appropriate tertiary institution in Singapore to offer degree programmes leading to Goldsmiths’ validated awards. All degree programmes offered at LASALLE have been designed and developed by LASALLE to fulfill the needs of the creative industries of Singapore and Asia-Pacific. These programmes have been validated through a process of external peer review by Goldsmiths' College, University of London, as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to a Goldsmiths' award.
Schools and Programmes
LASALLE has eight distinct schools offering a range of arts and design programmes.
The School of Contemporary Music has two diploma programmes: Diploma in Audio Production and Diploma in Music. The School also offers a BA(Hons) Music programme, which has five specialisations in Pop, Jazz, Classical, Composition or Electronic Music.
The School of Fine Arts involves all levels of education for Fine Arts, with contemporary research and practice-based programmes including Diploma in Fine Arts, BA(Hons) Fine Arts, and MA Fine Arts. The School offers a variety of Fine Arts disciplines, including sculpture, printmaking, drawing installation, photography, technology-based art, performance art, interdisciplinary art, and critical studies in art history and theory. The School also offers MA Asian Art Histories, which is the first MA programme worldwide to focus on Asian modern and contemporary art.
The School of Dance & Theatre focuses on dance and performance. For dance, the School’s programmes include Diploma in Dance and BA(Hons) Dance. The four branches of dance techniques taught by LASALLE can be categorised into Urban Dance, Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. For performance, the School’s programmes include Diploma in Performance, BA(Hons) Acting, and BA(Hons) Musical Theatre. The School also offers a Diploma in Technical and Production Management.
It is common for programmes under the School of Dance & Theatre to collaborate with other Schools, such as the Puttnam School of Film & Animation and the School of Contemporary Music.
The School of Creative Industries offers programmes that focus on the development and expansion of creative industries. Programmes include foundation courses such as a Certificate in English Language for the Creative Arts, and a Foundation Certificate in Visual Arts. The School also has a BA(Hons) Arts Management programme.
Additionally, there are five postgraduate programmes, including:
- MA Arts and Cultural Management,
- MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice which is the first of its kind in the region,
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Pedagogy and Practice,
- MA Art Therapy,
- and MA Creative Writing, the first taught programme of its kind in Singapore.
The School of Fashion offers one Diploma and two Honours Degree programmes. The Diploma in Fashion programme has components in Textile Design, Marketing, Styling, and Art Direction, while the BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles programme, has four specialisations: Womenswear, Menswear, Creative Pattern Cutting, or Fashion Textiles. There is also a BA(Hons) Fashion Media and Industries programme, which offers two specialisations, the first comprising Fashion Journalism, Styling, Art Direction, Fashion Photography, and the second comprising Marketing and Branding, Fashion Curation, Entrepreneurship.
LASALLE holds an annual Graduate Fashion Show. In 2015, LASALLE’s Graduate Fashion Show was part of Singapore Fashion Week.
The School of Spatial & Product Design offers a Diploma programme, Diploma in Interior Design, and two Honours Degree programmes, BA(Hons) Product Design and BA(Hons) Interior Design. Numerous students from this School have been awarded the Red Dot Design Award, such as students Benson Lee from BA(Hons) Product Design and Ronald Tan from BA(Hons) Product Design.
Alumni often continue into design industries, such as interior design, architectural practice, furniture design, and product design.
The School of Design Communication consists of a Diploma in Design Communication programme, which involves disciplines of Graphic Design, Advertising, and Illustration. The School also has BA(Hons) Design Communication and MA Design programmes. In 2017, the School hosted Open Studios to showcase the works of Design Communication students.
Many alumni have continued into the advertising industry with notable creative practitioners like Creative Director Ang Sheng Jin of MullenLowe Profero Singapore and Art Director Sid Lim Xian Hao of DDB Singapore.
The Puttnam School of Film & Animation focuses on animation, broadcast media, and film.
For animation, the School has a Diploma in Animation and a BA(Hons) Animation Art programme where students can specialise in either 2D or 3D animation. These programmes also have practical components such as Acting for Animation, and Drawing Classes and Programming. Animation students often work with external partners, such as the partnership between LASALLE students and local company Presence Pictures in which students transformed their 3D videos into virtual reality.
For broadcast media, the School offers a Diploma in Broadcast Media. Students collaborate with other programmes, such as Music, Fashion, Film, Animation, Technical and Production Management, Fine Arts, and LASALLE’s Media Lab.
For film, the School offers a BA(Hons) Film programme. Award-winning filmmaker Boo Junfeng, as an alumnus of the Puttnam School and recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts, has launched a successful career in filmmaking. Boo’s debut film Sandcastle is the first Singaporean film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
LASALLE offers multiple scholarships to eligible students. Eligible students are able to receive grants and subsidised tuition fees. LASALLE students, from Diploma, BA(Hons), and postgraduate programmes may also apply for externally sponsored scholarships.
New Diploma students are specifically eligible for two scholarships, including the Dare to Dream Scholarship and Peter Seah Scholarship.
Dare to Dream Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to Diploma students with special needs, who have demonstrated good performance, track record, and/or relevant experience in their chosen field of study. It is solely for Singapore citizens who are medically certified about their special needs. The scholarship is worth SGD4,500 per academic year for a maximum of three years.
LASALLE graduate Isabelle Lim is the first recipient of the scholarship.
Peter Seah Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to Diploma students who achieved outstanding performance in their chosen art discipline while engaging with activities outside coursework. It is for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents. The scholarship is worth up to a maximum of SGD5,400 for one academic year.
New Diploma students are also privy, along with BA(Hons) students, to apply for the Future Leader Scholarship and Tay Chay Bing Scholarship.
New BA (Hons) students are eligible for the Tan Chay Bing Scholarship and Future Leader Scholarship.
Tan Chay Bing Scholarship
The scholarship is designed to attract talent, promote excellence and develop leaders in the arts and creative industries. Eligible students must have an impressive academic record with either a portfolio, audition, or interview stage. It is for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents, with a worth up to a maximum of SGD10,000 for one academic year.
Future Leader Scholarship
The scholarship recognises the most talented BA(Hons) students with excellent academic achievement, strong leadership potential, and passion for the arts. All nationalities are applicable, with a worth up to a maximum of SGD10,000 for one academic year.
New MA students are applicable to apply for the LASALLE Scholarship for MA Studies.
LASALLE Scholarship for MA Studies
This scholarship identifies the most talented new MA students based on their academic achievements, leadership potential, and passion for the arts. All nationalities are applicable, with a worth of up to a maximum of SGD5,000 for the entire MA course.
A Nielsen survey highlighted that nine in 10 LASALLE alumni are currently employed, happy with their jobs, and find skills taught in school relevant at work. More than 700 former LASALLE students were surveyed.
Various LASALLE alumni, also known as A-Luminaries, that are recognised as notable professionals in the arts and design industries include:
- Singer and actress Kit Chan
- International Arts Practitioner Vincent Leow
- International Arts Practitioner Amanda Heng
- Singapore-based contemporary art and design collective PHUNK
- Rapper, actor and radio personality Sheikh Haikel
- Theatre performer and visual artist Rizman Putra
- Designer for local labels Saturday and Cruise Nic Wong
- Executive Director of SGIFF and Co-Producer of Ilo Ilo Yuni Hadi
- Filmmaker Boo Junfeng
While the majority of LASALLE alumni are based in Singapore, it is common for alumni to engage with countries like China, Malaysia, the United States of America, Australia, and Indonesia in their management of multi-country projects.
Accolades and Achievements
LASALLE College of the Arts, with the involvement of students, staff, and alumni, is the recipient of many accolades and achievements. Some of these awards include:
The Cultural Medallion recognises individuals whose artistic excellence, along with contribution and commitment to the arts, have enriched Singapore’s arts and cultural landscapes. Notable LASALLE alumni recipients include performance artist Lee Wen, Chinese Ink artist Chua Ek Kay, as well as contemporary arts practitioner Amanda Heng.
Young Artist Award
The Young Artist Award encourages the development of young artistic talents in Singapore, for practitioners aged 35 years and below. Numerous LASALLE alumni and students have received the Young Artist Award, including:
- Multi-disciplinary installation and performance artist Ezzam Rahman
- Theatre actor, playwright and director Ian Loy
- Filmmaker Jow Zhi Wei
- Dance artist and dance writer Lee Mun Wai
- Theatre director Natalie Hennedige
The Crowbar Awards
Organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore, the Crowbar Awards encourages emerging young creatives to showcase their best works. LASALLE has been awarded Institution of the Year for three consecutive years, since the inauguration of the award. LASALLE students often feature as recipients of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in the competition. In 2016, a total of 57 LASALLE students received 6 Gold, 14 Silver, and 20 Bronze Awards across the various categories of advertising, design, photography, interactive, and film. LASALLE students also won the 24-hour advertising challenge for news and lifestyle website AsiaOne.
Red Dot Design Award
The Red Dot Design Award is administered by Red Dot Singapore Pte Ltd. every year. As a prestigious design award globally, the award recognises the need to identify and celebrate new design concepts and innovation. LASALLE students who have received Red Dot Design Awards and Honourable Mentions include:
- Ronald Tan (BA(Hons) Product Design) for Swash in the Domestic Aid category
- Jonathan Saphiro Salim (BA(Hons) Product Design) for PIPÉRINE and CRYSTALLINE in the Domestic Aid category
- Yang Yang (Diploma in Product Design) for Communi Cross in the Workplace category
President’s Young Talents
Inaugurated by Singapore Art Museum in 2001, the President’s Young Talents recognises young artists under the age of 35. The award involves participating in the mentoring and commissioning exhibition programme. A number of LASALLE alumni were recipients of the award, including:
- Filmmaker Boo Junfeng
- Artist Zaki Razak
- Visual artist Ryf Zaini
- Media artist Ong Kian Peng
- Multi-disciplinary artist Ezzam Rahman
In February 2016, two items that were part of the group show "Fault-lines: Disparate and desperate intimacies" were removed from artist Loo Zihan's installation "Queer objects: An archive for the future". This action was agreed between ICA Singapore staff, curator Wong Binghao and Loo Zihan, and was due to the nature of the objects which could be potentially considered offensive to some members of the public. The items were a penis sheath and a butt plug. The ICA Singapore, curator and artist emphasised that the decision was taken to make the exhibition accessible to all, including students of the LASALLE College of the Arts, half of whom are under 18 years old.
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