LASALLE College of the Arts

Introduction

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programs in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art management, arts education, art therapy, and art history.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.

Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally - a visionary artist and educator - LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

CONTEMPORARY FOCUS

With an emphasis on contemporary practice and research, our teaching philosophy emphasises idea generation and new interpretations of creative disciplines. Students’ ideas and creativity will be what set them apart as they emerge as a reflective practitioner in the industry.

SPECIALIST MENTORS

Students are mentored by international faculty who span a breadth of creative professions from designers and painters to actors, composers, dancers, directors, interactive artists, curators, and many more. Collectively, they represent an international career portfolio with organisations including CILECT (International Association of Film and Television Schools), The Esplanade Co Ltd, Glasgow School of Art, National Arts Council of Singapore, ESMOD Tokyo, National Institute of Dramatic Art, New York University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Yale University, and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to name a few.

RESEARCH BY PRACTICE: A 21ST CENTURY APPROACH

All research starts with ideas. More than two decades after its humble beginnings, LASALLE can look back on a long tradition of practice-led research in art and design. The impressive list of successful LASALLE alumni, who were prominently involved in shaping Singapore’s arts scene, attests to the institution’s strength in providing an appropriate academic environment for the creation of novel ideas and new knowledge.

LASALLE values the professional practice of all fulltime and part-time staff as one of its most important assets. Our unique college environment is formed by a faculty of Singaporean and international artists and educators, originating from more than 20 countries worldwide, many are renowned experts in their areas and actively involved in exhibitions, conferences, and performances. The incorporation of their respective expertise in course delivery closely relates teaching and learning to a broad range of theoretical and intellectual concerns in contemporary art and design practice.

Hence, students are constantly exposed to firsthand experience in current research practices, leading to the acquiring of a wide set of knowledge and skills by the time they graduate. These skills enable them to successfully adjust to the multifaceted demands of the creative industries. As a Singaporean institution for tertiary arts education, positioned at the crossroads of diverse cultures within a multi-ethnic society, LASALLE aims to add a distinctive Singaporean viewpoint to the ongoing debate on repositioning artistic practice in a post-industrialised society.

CONSTITUTION

As a private, non-profit arts institution, LASALLE College of the Arts is a registered Institute of Public Character, approved by the Commissioner of Charities, and operates autonomously under the constitution of LASALLE College of the Arts Limited.

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Master of Arts - Artist Educator

Campus Full time 1.5 years June 2017 Singapore

The MA Artist Educator is designed for artists who work in formal and informal educational contexts and are critically conscious of their pedagogical approach to teaching in the arts. It will provide them with an opportunity to develop as professional practitioners in arts education. Participants will reflect on their own practice and observe the arts practices and pedagogies of others, both locally and globally. They will have the opportunity to transform their practice for the benefit of themselves, students, community and industry, and to contribute to the growing field of research in arts education. [+]

The MA Artist Educator is designed for artists who work in formal and informal educational contexts and are critically conscious of their pedagogical approach to teaching in the arts. It will provide them with an opportunity to develop as professional practitioners in arts education. Participants will reflect on their own practice and observe the arts practices and pedagogies of others, both locally and globally. They will have the opportunity to transform their practice for the benefit of themselves, students, community and industry, and to contribute to the growing field of research in arts education. Artist Educators are drawn from, and engage with, the full range of the arts from the creative and performing arts, to visual, design and curatorial practice. Emphasis will be given to practice-led research and the teaching of the creative arts. The artist educator integrates their own arts practice with their teaching, so that the two processes inform and enhance each other. The Programme is designed to develop the artist/practitioner/educator/researcher. Applicants Practicing artists and active educators should apply. Applicants will be committed to developing future generations of emerging artists. They will wish to know more about educational theories, curriculum design, delivery and resources as well as assessment strategies. Applicants will build upon their skills and knowledge, and develop strategies to support students to break boundaries, experiment, research, innovate and create new contemporary work. Candidates will be engaged in studio or practice based arts education. The cohort will represent diversity in the arts, and may include musicians, fashion designers, sculptors, animators, theatre directors, dancers, film-makers, community artists, graphic designers, and more. Entry Requirements Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications. Applicants for this Programme of study require: - A good Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution (ideally in the area of Arts or Education with Honours preferred) - Substantial experience as a practising artist/arts professional/researcher (at least four years) - Experience as an educator (at least two years) - A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction. Applicants will provide: - An up-to-date CV - A portfolio/documentation representing your arts practice and current arts teaching or educational work - A 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to undertake the Programme (applicable for applicants interested in the PGDip award) OR a 800-word statement outlining your intended research area(s) which will culminate in the MA dissertation (applicable to applicants who wish to undertake the MA Programme) - Two letters of recommendation; one professional, one academic - Letter of approval to enrol in the programme from the educational organisation where you teach - Completed disclosure form [-]

Master of Arts - Arts & Cultural Management

Campus Full time 3 semesters Singapore

The LASALLE Arts and Cultural Management MA programme will equip students to enhance their skills, reflect on areas such as management and policy, and to be advocates of the [+]

The LASALLE Arts and Cultural Management MA programme will equip students to enhance their skills, reflect on areas such as management and policy, and to be advocates of the Arts. Singapore has greatly expanded its commitment and engagement with the arts and cultural institutions in the 21st century, while elsewhere in Asia, the arts, creative and cultural sectors are also developing rapidly and gaining global attention. This Programme builds upon the exciting innovations in this field both here and abroad. It is intended for Arts Managers, cultural entrepreneurs, and those with professional backgrounds and a desire to learn more about the arts to come together, reflect upon, debate and inquire about the nature of arts organizations in society. Arts and cultural managers are highly skilled individuals who wish to support the arts in all their forms. The MA Programme aims to guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, and spirit of inquiry and innovation for managing arts and culture in a fast-changing environment. Located in Singapore with its comprehensive arts scene, private, and public support structures, museums, theatres, festivals, and local venues, the Programme offers diverse opportunities to engage with arts professionals and with ongoing debates in the arts and cultural field. Students will engage with local and international guest speakers – practitioners and academics – particularly in the School of Arts Management’s seminar series, INTERACTIONS. In addition, students have opportunities to enjoy the breadth of artistic events, shows, artist talks and seminars that take place at LASALLE’s campus all year round. Graduates from this Programme work in diverse cultural institutions and arts organisations in Singapore, the Region and abroad, and set up their own artistic initiatives. Applicant Profile The LASALLE Arts and Cultural Management MA programme will equip students to enhance their skills, reflect on areas such as management and policy, and to be advocates of the Arts. Industry Partnership & Guest Lecturers One of the strengths of the Programme is its collaboration with industry. Towards this end, it has invited practitioners and senior executives from major arts organisations and the creative industries to share their knowledge and expertise with you. Industry speakers are invited as guest speakers and lecturers. The Faculty for the Creative Industries also organises a seminar series, INTERACTIONS, with visiting lecturers. You also have the option of doing an internship with a local arts or cultural organisation. Entry Requirements Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications. - A degree in Arts Management, Arts or equivalent from a recognised institution - Minimum 2 years of relevant working experience in a related field or at least 4 years of working experience in a non-related field - Well-established professionals from other fields who wish to transfer to the cultural sector must demonstrate a commitment to the arts or heritage - A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction. - Curriculum Vitae (indicating training / experience in the arts and / or volunteer experience) - Two letters of recommendation: one professional, one academic - Application Assignments Research Proposal Applications to the MA Arts & Cultural Management programme MUST include a Research Proposal of 800-1000 words on a specific area in the field of Arts and Cultural Management that the applicant would like to pursue during the course of study that will culminate in a thesis. The research proposal should be word processed, using Arial 11-pt font on double spacing. It should contain the comprising: - A self-explanatory title - A background of the proposed research topic - The rationale and objective of the research area - The significance of the proposed research area - A brief explanation of how the research will be conducted Pleases submit your Research Proposal as a .doc or .pdf file only in the format prescribed. Personal Statement A 500 words personal statement indicating why the applicant wish to pursue a career in Arts Management, what led him/ her to this point and what makes him/ her a good candidate for admission into the programme. [-]

Master of Arts - Asian Art Histories

Campus Full time 3 semesters Singapore

The Master of Arts in Asian Art Histories is unique in being the first taught postgraduate programme to focus on Asian contemporary visual arts. The Programme seeks to educate and train students who have interest in contributing [+]

The Master of Arts in Asian Art Histories is unique in being the first taught postgraduate programme to focus on Asian contemporary visual arts. The Programme seeks to educate and train students who have interest in contributing original scholarship to the discourse of an emerging field. At the same time, the Programme equips students with the appropriate expertise and rigour to undertake a higher level of independent research work such as a PhD. Although the scope of the Programme covers the Asian region (namely, East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia), it has a particular focus on Southeast Asia, for which writing and research have only recently begun to emerge. While the Programme covers conventional art historical research and methodologies, the diverse histories, cultures, and practices of the Asian region present a unique opportunity for students to critically engage with questions and issues relating to notions of identity, tradition, ethnicity, self-reflexivity, community, and aesthetics that are specific to an Asian context. Students will also learn how artists negotiate, dissolve and problematise the East/West, modern/traditional, and craft/artdichotomies. The Programme will discuss critical terms such as modernism and contemporaneity that reflects the diversity of historical contexts, cultural specificities, post-colonial experiences, and artistic practices of the region. In addition to providing students with the historical and theoretical grounding to contextualise the arts of the region, the Programme’s curriculum and strong links to the visual arts sector ensure that students will also be given first-hand exposure to the art world. A key feature of the Programme is a study trip to a country in the region where students will learn how the art world — artists, galleries, museums, curators, collectors — responds to specific social and cultural contexts in the production of art. Being a practice-led institution as well as having the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore within the campus means that students will have the opportunity to encounter, study and write about artworks, art practices, and exhibitions first-hand.The knowledge generated from the Programme can be channelled into pioneering work in a variety of fields which include curation (freelance and institutional), museums, art gallery, auction house, critical writing, academia, and art consultancy. Applicant Profile Anyone with an interest in Asian modern and contemporary art history and who wants to contribute to an emerging field of study. Entry Requirements Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications. - A good Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a serious interest in art history - A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction. - A 1000 word statement of interest highlighting the candidate’s reasons for choosing to enroll in the programme, research areas in Asian art histories which interest the candidate, and the ways in which the candidate intends to contribute to the field of art history after graduating - Two references (an educational reference from the student’s university and a character reference from an employer) - Samples of academic writing or published work (where available) [-]

Master of Arts - Fine Arts

Campus Full time 3 semesters Singapore

The Master of Arts Fine Arts cultivates a teaching and learning methodology that values artistic practice. It strives for a balance between contemporary art practice within your own socio-cultural milieu and the theoretical [+]

The Master of Arts Fine Arts cultivates a teaching and learning methodology that values artistic practice. It strives for a balance between contemporary art practice within your own socio-cultural milieu and the theoretical discourses around it. The Programme also underscores the beliefs that through studio experimentation and innovation, it is the role of the artist in research that generates and produces individual self-discipline, knowledge, and discoveries that are pertinent to the realisation of artistic language/vocabulary. You will acquire knowledge of the comprehensive critical, theoretical, and historical discourses that inform contemporary artistic practice. You will receive quality education through rigorous training that integrates research and practice, develop your abilities to conceptualise creatively, reflect upon your practice, and grow your individual and collaborative skills. The Programme enables a diversity of contemporary arts practice that includes Drawing, Graphic Novel, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Site Specific, and Time-Based Art. You can locate your research area within the context of your mode of expression or choose to work with an inter-disciplinary approach. Entry Requirements Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications. - Bachelor’s degree and demonstrable ability to pursue discourse and research in contemporary issues in fine arts. - A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction. - Portfolio: A body of art works documented in digital format. Drawings, installations, paintings and sculptures should be in high resolution for close up viewing. Interdisciplinary time-based works or performance and awareness e-based works should be presented in video or digital format. It will be useful for the documentation to include works seen within an exhibition format or public / private context. All interviews will include discussions on the potential candidate’s knowledge of visual art theories in relation to their art practice. - Research Proposal: Two-page research proposal indicating your research aims and objectives, proposed outcomes, and brief details of research methods and materials you wish to use. - Statement of Purpose: 500-word statement of your reasons for pursuing Master’s studies, your suitability and expected benefits from the programme. [-]