“Every artist was once an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As Southeast Asia’s hub for the arts and design, Singapore stands as a colourful backdrop for the next generation of starry-eyed creatives. The region bursts with captivating shows, avant-garde performances and thought-provoking exhibitions, while its vibrant museums, galleries, and packed calendar of international art fairs serve as a canvas for budding artists who are ready and eager to grow.
Since its founding as Singapore’s first college for contemporary arts and design, LASALLE College of the Arts has forged an enviable reputation for cutting-edge research and practice, and for grooming the nation’s cultural influencers and leaders.
“LASALLE provides a supportive, progressive and truly inspiring environment for our students,” says Professor Steve Dixon, President of LASALLE.
“We focus on nurturing creative expression, innovation and independence of thought; we encourage students to be inquisitive and original artists and designers. They become highly skilled and excel both in their chosen specialisms and in their collaborations with practitioners from other disciplines,” adds Professor Dixon.
As a known leader in creative education, LASALLE helps art practitioners enter the industry feeling confident and empowered to bring their vision to life, whatever their chosen medium is. In January, prospective students can gain a taste of their potential education route through LASALLE’s Open House 2018 – a popular and unique event designed to embolden and enthuse young arts enthusiasts through a demonstration of the College’s diverse programmes.
With more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes open to students around the world, LASALLE is one of the few dedicated tertiary arts institutions to encompass all art forms under one roof.
Through dynamic interdisciplinary collaboration between our eight different schools, you will discover the depths of your practice, hone your craft, and enhance your prospects as a critically-successful arts graduate.
At LASALLE’s McNally School of Fine Arts, students are stimulated to find their own unique voice through theoretical research and studio work. Besides regularly inviting prominent artists, such as Turner-prize winning duo Gilbert & George, to talk about their practice at guest lectures, the School also partners with LASALLE’s curatorial division – The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore – to exhibit students’ work to the wider public.
With the support from the School, many students have gained exposure and recognition through their participation, and subsequent wins, at prestigious competitions such as the International Takifuji Art Award. Through such a curriculum, the School is proud to have nurtured several Cultural Medallion Award recipients – a title conferred by the President, Republic of Singapore, to a select group who have demonstrated extraordinary contribution in shaping Singapore’s art and culture. Our Cultural Medallion winners include renowned artists Amanda Heng, Lee Wen, Chua Ek Kay, Han Sai Por and Senior Fellow Milenko Prvacki.
At a glance, the McNally School of Fine Arts has one of the most complete educational pathways for any aspiring artist, offering programmes at the Diploma, Bachelors, and Masters level. For those more inclined towards art criticism and history, the School also offers a Master in Asian Art Histories.
Under the vision of the School’s patron, Oscar-winning filmmaker Lord David Puttnam, you can be sure to graduate equipped with a creative outlook, skill-set and experience to excel in today’s fast-paced media sector. From the Diploma in Animation and Broadcast Media, to the Bachelors in Animation Art and Film, the School has got you covered.
Industry heavyweights that have given masterclasses to our students include Ubisoft, best known for acclaimed franchise Assassin’s Creed, and Raúl Garcia, former Disney and Paramount Pictures animator who had a hand in well-loved cartoons such as Aladdin and Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius.
Several acclaimed alumni call the School their alma mater. Boo Junfeng is an award-winning director whose work has garnered him numerous awards, including the Rising Director Award at Busan International Film Festival 2016. Elvin Siew is the Lead Digital Artist at Industrial Light & Magic who counts blockbusters such as Stars Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as projects under his belt.
LASALLE’s School of Creative Industries oversees the MA programmes of Art Therapy, Arts and Cultural Management, Creative Writing, Arts Pedagogy and Practice, and the BA programme of Arts Management. With the School’s aim to develop players who will shape today’s cultural ecosystems, students will be afforded numerous opportunities to collaborate and network with industry professionals. These include the European Union Delegation in Singapore, which partnered LASALLE to launch the inaugural European Union Writers Festival, and the Singapore Tourism Board, which the College worked with to organise the annual ARTWALK Little India as part of Singapore Art Week.
A number of alumni from the School of Creative Industries have since etched names for themselves within the industry. Faith Tan is Head of the Dance and Theatre programme at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, while Laurence Vandenborre is the founder of The Red Pencil – an international humanitarian mission committed to employing art therapy to aid children.
Through the School of Design Communication’s balance of academic teaching and studio-based learning, students will become effective visual communicators and design thinkers. Students are further prepared to take on work in this exciting sector through industry exposure. For example, the School has worked with esteemed names like Facebook, IBM, and MullenLowe Group to provide students with ‘live’ briefs and workshops. Other instances of building a student’s portfolio include encouraging them to take part in distinguished competitions, such as the internationally recognised D&AD Awards and the Crowbar Awards.
Consequently, LASALLE’s School of Design Communication boasts some stellar alumni such as Ang Sheng Jin, Creative Director at MullenLowe Singapore who has won three coveted Cannes Gold Lions, and Germaine Chen, Senior Art Director at TBWA\ Group Singapore who is best recognised for her work on the award-winning IKEA campaign – The BookBook.
Build your design communication foundation with the School’s Diploma and Bachelors programmes, and finish off your education with a Masters in Design.
At LASALLE’s School of Fashion, the global fashion debate is addressed through a uniquely Southeast Asian lens in order to provide students a diversified perspective of contemporary fashion culture. With lessons focused on knowledge-building of theory, and studio practices dedicated to honing specialist skills, students can expect to shine in a challenging industry. Just ask the School’s alumni Windy Aulia who is Senior Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and Josiah Chua who represented Singapore with his eponymous label at Inside Out: Tokyo 2017.
Collaborative opportunities provided to students with renowned names such as Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology New York, further adds depth to a student’s portfolio and aids them in broadening their network.
Test out your fashion vision with the School’s Diploma programme, before venturing into your chosen area of expertise with a BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles, or BA(Hons) Fashion Media and Industries.
The School of Spatial & Product Design at LASALLE equips students with the necessary skill-set and knowledge to redefine experiences for global consumers. This is achieved via intense studio-based learning and numerous industry opportunities. For example, the School has frequently partnered with Hirsch Bedner Associates and Studio F.A. Porsche to develop ‘live’ projects for students to gain real working experience.
Students are also highly supported to take part in esteemed design competitions, such as the Red Dot Awards and the RSA Student Design Awards, for these strengthen a student’s portfolio standing and expand one’s industry networks.
The music landscape is vast but with the specialist lessons and training at LASALLE’s School of Contemporary Music, students can be sure that their craft will be nurtured to its fullest potential.
For budding singers and musicians looking at our Diploma and Bachelors programme, expect your artistry to develop through performances at world-class venues, including The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. For aspiring audio technicians, develop practical hands-on experience by working on actual productions both locally and abroad (such as at Asia’s top recording studio, Karma Sound Studios) via the School’s Diploma in Audio Production.
With regular visits from established artists and practitioners to guide students in their coursework, like the great American improvisation genius George E. Lewis, students will graduate with the confidence to succeed in a competitive industry.
Whether you are performing in the spotlight, or managing productions behind-the-scenes, LASALLE’s School of Dance & Theatre will prepare you for a dynamic career in the performing arts sector. The School’s reputation in encouraging bold experimentation and independent critical thinking has witnessed numerous industry professionals collaborating with us, from partnering with the Singapore International Festival of Arts to work with award-winning American choreographer Bill T. Jones, to student exchanges with The Shanghai Theatre Academy for stage lighting workshops.
Through the rigour of our curriculum, students will graduate with the technical proficiency and stage presence of a professional, and be a highly sought-after practitioner within the industry. Many of the School’s alumni have since went on to perform all over the world, from Broadway to the West End.
Develop a solid grasp of your fundamentals with the School’s Diploma in Dance, Performance and Technical and Production Management, before specialising in your field of choice with our Bachelors in Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre.
Find out more at
LASALLE Open House 2018
19 January 2018 3:00pm-8:00pm, and 20 January 2018 11:00am-5:00pm
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
The application fee has been waived (though terms and conditions apply), so come along and get an authentic taste of the unparalleled student experience at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Click here for more information on LASALLE Open House.