LASALLE College of the Arts: Nurturing Strong Creative Thinking Abilities among Students

The college aims to nurture enterprising and employable graduates who will become cultural influencers and leaders

Art and design education empowers young people to think creatively and critically. There are diverse disciplines to cater to different talents. A creative education can open up career pathways as Photographer, Fine Artist, Fashion, Graphic and Interior Designer, Writer, Art Therapist, Dancer, Actor, Musician, Filmmaker, Animator and so on. One of the most renowned institutes which provides cutting-edge contemporary arts and design education is LASALLE College of the Arts. Founded in 1984, LASALLE’s integrated arts campus is situated in the central civic and cultural district of Singapore.

As a dedicated contemporary arts college, LASALLE is one of Asia’s leading arts and design institutions which offer world-class UK-validated education with creative syllabi that adds a distinctive Asian viewpoint to cutting-edge developments in artistic practice. The college has a unique environment which is formed by a faculty of Singaporean and international artists, and educators from more than eighteen countries worldwide.

Major Accolades and Achievements

LASALLE was the first home-grown Singaporean institution awarded with the EduTrust Star in 2015. The EduTrust Star is the highest mark of quality awarded to any private education institution in Singapore.

LASALLE’s McNally Campus was awarded Building of the Year Award in 2008; the President’s Design Award in 2008 and the PUSH Award in 2009.  LASALLE also represented Singapore in the architectural section of the Venice Biennale in 2004.

It has graduated many movers and shakers in the industry who go on to represent Singapore at the Venice Biennale, perform on Broadway and the West End, win awards at the Cannes Film Festival and at international competitions like Crowbar, D&AD and The One Show Young Ones Award.

A Dynamic Leader and Interdisciplinary Artist

Professor Steve Dixon is a renowned researcher, academic, and interdisciplinary artist with an eminent career in both higher education leadership and the professional creative industries. He joined LASALLE College of the Arts as its sixth President in February 2012. Under his strong leadership, the college has achieved great success with the award of the EduTrust Star. Professor Dixon has also championed a strong research culture, and advanced international partnerships with universities such as The New School (Parsons), ranked top design school in the USA.

Professor Dixon became an academic in 1991. Prior to that, he worked as an actor and award-winning director of film and digital media productions. His inspiring 800-page book, Digital Performance, is recognized as the most comprehensive scholarly work on the subject and has won international awards including the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts. As a researcher, he has established an international reputation for his research in the use of media and computing technologies in the performing arts.

Noteworthy Alumni

A survey conducted by Nielsen in 2016 revealed that 9 in 10 LASALLE alumni are currently employed and happy with their jobs, and find skills taught in school relevant at work. More than 700 former LASALLE students were surveyed. The college has many renowned alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

One notable alumnus is award-winning director Boo Junfeng, whose film Apprentice was Singapore’s nominee for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2016. Other alumni have continued into the advertising industry with notable creative practitioners like Cannes Award-winning Creative Director Ang Sheng Jin of MullenLowe Profero Singapore and Art Director Sid Lim Xian Hao of DDB Singapore. Notable alumni from LASALLE’s School of Contemporary Music include singer Kit Chan, composer Philip Tan, and DJ/producer Kate Yong also known as DJ Tinc.

Creative Courses to Synchronize Passion with Career

LASALLE has eight distinct schools which offer more than thirty diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs in diverse creative disciplines. All Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts programs are offered in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. The eight schools of this college are:

The McNally School of Fine Arts offers Diploma in Fine Arts, BA(Hons) Fine Arts, and MA Fine Arts covering disciplines such as sculpture, printmaking, drawing installation, photography, technology-based art, performance art, interdisciplinary art, and critical studies in art history and theory.

The Puttnam School of Film & Animation focuses on animation, broadcast media, and film, offering a range of Diploma and BA(Hons) programs in all three disciplines.

The School of Creative Industries offers programs that focus on the development and expansion of creative industries. Graduates of the School’s BA(Hons) and MA programs in Arts Management have become cultural leaders of Singapore.

The School of Design Communication has a Diploma in Design Communication, BA(Hons) Design Communication, and MA Design programs.

The School of Fashion offers Diploma and BA(Hons) programs in all areas of fashion, covering textiles, women’s wear, menswear, and creative pattern cutting, as well as aspects of fashion business from styling and art direction to marketing, fashion photography, and more.

The School of Spatial & Product Design offers Diploma and BA(Hons) programs in Product Design and Interior Design.

The School of Contemporary Music has two diploma programs, Diploma in Audio Production and Diploma in Music. The School also offers a BA(Hons) Music program, which has five specializations in Pop, Jazz, Classical, Composition or Electronic Music.

The School of Dance & Theatre focuses on dance and performance, offering Diploma and BA (Hons) programs in Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre, Performance, and Technical and Production Management.

Career Development Activities

LASALLE emphasizes experiential learning. It offers academic programs comprising live projects and assignments by partnering with companies in the creative industries. Through these, students get opportunities to understand real challenges and situations, preparing them to become creative leaders and game-changers once they step into the working world. In one example of such a collaboration, students from the School of Spatial & Product Design were given the opportunity to design and be involved in the construction of Singapore Airlines’ new Digital Innovation Lab.

In partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, LASALLE organizes the annual Artwalk Little India, part of Singapore Art Week, where BA(Hons) Arts Management students gain immense hands-on learning experience. The college also organizes an annual Career Fest attended by prestigious international brands, from tech giants Facebook and Google to fashion powerhouses LVMH and CELINE, and multi-national creative agencies MullenLowe Profero and M&C Saatchi.

The college arranges regular masterclasses, lectures, and workshops with famous visiting artists such as Turner Prize winners Gilbert & George, renowned designers Thomas Heatherwick and Karim Rashid, and fashion icons Victoria Beckham and Diane von Furstenberg. Oscar-Award-winning director and producer Lord David Puttnam is the patron of LASALLE’s Puttnam School of Film & Animation, and conducts master classes six times a year for film students.

Financial Assistance and Scholarship

To support students with outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers various forms of scholarships. There are other externally sponsored scholarships to which LASALLE students may apply. The college provides financial aid to ensure that no deserving student is denied admissions because of financial difficulty.

“Words of Trust”

Students past and present credit LASALLE for providing a rich interdisciplinary environment where they are taught by practicing artists, mentored by some of the best international practitioners and encouraged to be critical-thinking, creative individuals.

“The BA(Hons) Arts Management program at LASALLE has been crucial in equipping me for my future as an arts manager. I recall how one memorable module focused on the evolution of art forms, and encouraged students to debate the socio-political and economic factors that affect art. This challenged me to develop critical thinking skills.”

  • Estella Azarael Ng Huixin, BA(Hons) Arts Management, Class of 2018

“The course covers different facets of the industry and gave me exposure to the full range of fashion communication practices. This enabled me to try my hand at styling, photography, editorial design and marketing, all of which gave me a good overview of what working in fashion would be like. These modules provided me with a solid foundation from which I was able to branch out in my final year. I was confidently able to explore different specialties, which have been helpful for my future ambitions.”

  • Jerome Lim Jun Rong, BA(Hons) Fashion Media and Industries, Class of 2017
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