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LASALLE: THE EMBODIMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ART

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LASALLE: THE EMBODIMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ART

Artists are a rare breed, difficult to cultivate, and then impossible to contain. It is not every day that a new idea is born, painted, and installed in the gallery of this world, but when it is- an era begins! When Rene Magritte painted The Treachery of Images, little did he realize that he was leading a revolution- by infusing the virtual and realist imagination into what the world later called- Surrealism! Neither did Claude Monnet observe the seriousness of his impressionist lakes, before the schools of impressionism took over the entire world.

However, what every artist is aware of, and has undergone, is lack of motivation and imagination, periods of low creativity and self-doubt. Consequently, cities developed art centers where two creative geniuses could communicate and revive as artists. Later, Art was formalized as a discipline, and the engagement with a community of thinkers was given importance by self-fashioned artists as well.

Thus, for the pioneers of this prestigious lineage fashioning art for the present society, higher studies in the disciplines of Fine Arts is of utmost importance. If you are one of the potential artists too, then today’s Blog on a glorious stature of Art and Design- LASALLE: College of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to know this institution.

LASALLE at a Glance:

As LASALLE established itself in the eminent world of art with a vision to become Asia’s leading contemporary arts and design institute, its resolution echoes across the world. After decades of hard work and proficient guidance, currently the organization’s dream of leading Asia into an artistic revolution was concretized by the highest recognition for excellence bestowed on the institution. Its continued guidance to students and the willingness to work with them incessantly was not just reflected in this award but also in the trust of thousands of students, who dream of studying at LASALLE every year. On its mission to develop leadership for Singapore’s creative vision, LASALLE for sure stands tall as the futuristic representation of Art and its significance.

Campuses:

LASALLE has two pristine campuses attuned to the imagination and art that they are supposed to evoke in young students. Its McNally campus and Winstedt campus stand half a mile away, while strongly connected with bus services and serving different purposes of imagination and experimentation.

McNally Campus:

Architecturally unique, the McNally Campus is designed to urbanize the interactive existence of artists in the making. Its glass ceilings and walls, along with well connected passageways make it very easy for students to collaborate with each other, and work in community spaces. Moreover, the co-mingling of students also ensures a healthy work-life balance during the long college life that they experience together. It is no surprise that the campus designed to perfection has won three prestigious architectural awards including the PUSH Awards, 2008.

Winstedt Campus:

Now, this one is a lush green exercise in the infusion of nature and experimentation. Designed to inspire, the campus has numerous supportive studios and research labs for students to innovate and practice the ritual of art. It is particularly designed for students to be involved in studio-based modules and semester projects, which are highly demanding and technical in nature. Here, you can discover the ‘eureka’ moment of Art!

Programs offered:

LASALLE is famous for its innovative degrees and global curriculum. The university belief being futuristic and globalised, the curriculum exemplifies the same path of adherence. Spanning through four categories of unique majors, the university offers courses under the categories- Certificate, Diploma, B.A. (Hons), and Postgraduate. Fully aware that Art and Performance Studies are subjective and individualistic fields, the programs offer the same liberty of process and requirement to its students. The students may enroll as per the time duration that they feel will make them aware, efficient, and sensible artists can go for any of the four options.

Schools that come under LASALLE:

The university is affiliated to Goldsmiths, University of London for its undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and has eight schools offering its unique categorization of courses within the ambit of Art, Design, and Communication. The following are the eight schools with their areas of specialization:

  1. School of Contemporary Music: If Jazz, Classical, or Electronic Music has been your childhood inspiration; this is a school curetted for you. With its inclination towards learning through performance, you might as well become a public performer by the end of your degree, with renowned concerts to your credit.
  2. McNally School of Fine Arts: Focused on contemporary research and practice based curriculum, this school will enhance your fine art skills beyond imagination. Be it sculpture, print-making, or Photography, this reliable abode will redefine your understanding of art at every step.
  3. School of Dance and Theater: An ideal abode for Dance and Performance, the School of Dance and Theater will give you unique opportunities to perform, express, and excel. Divided into four branches of dance techniques, the school lets you pick your passion from the following fields- Urban Dance, Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance.
  4. School of Creative Industries: This school offers courses related to the development and expansion of creative industries through management and language programs. Its foundation courses are acclaimed worldwide for their strong conceptualization and academic grip.

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
  • MA Creative Writing
  1. School of Fashion: If you are passionate for the Textile Industry or the Accessories market, LASALLE will make your dreams come true. Here, at School of Fashion, you could learn the nuances of Marketing, Styling, and Art Direction to enhance your skill-set and prepare for a stellar career in the same field.
  2. School of Spatial & Product Design: This School will brilliantly mould your ideas into a real space of functioning. Its Interior Design courses are recognized throughout the world, while numerous students have already been awarded the Red Dot Design Award. You could be next!
  3. School of Design Communication: Exciting disciplines of Graphic Design and Advertising constitute this school. You will be amazed when you find out that your need to communicate can transform the world with a little creativity and technology involved. Open studios and Design Communication Centers, here, will give you an upper hand in your field of interest as well.
  4. Puttnam School of Film and Animation: If you are a film enthusiast wanting to be the next Christopher Nolan, the Puttnam School will be your salvation. Here, broadcast media, and film studies will enhance your understanding of motion pictures in an unparalleled fashion, making you future-ready!

Opportunities at LASALLE:

The first home grown institution to be awarded the EduTrust Star, with an astonishing campus and advanced studio facilities! LASALLE is the dream of Singapore and an aspiration for art students worldwide. Its faculty members include an array of artists, industrialists, and full time researchers to provide the students with their expert guidance and mentorship. Moreover, the engaging campus has a wide spectrum of activities and student organizations functioning throughout the eventful academic sessions. In keeping with its values of Collaboration, Excellence, Courage, agility, and engagement, the institution indulges into deep research programs, artists guest lectures, public lecture series, and frequent studio sessions to instill the sense of innovation in its students. Here are some of the opportunities at LASALLE that you would not want to miss:

Skill Enhancement: An empowering environment of university ensures that a student is efficient and excellent in skills. Consequently, the engaging and interactive environment of its urban campuses will make sure you do not miss out on the futuristic infrastructure of Singapore. Thus, as you study at LASALLE, the proximity to the city will not just add to your knowledge of infrastructure in Singapore, you might as well explore the numerous galleries, museums, and operas in your leisure time.

Collaborative Engagements with Artists: Besides hosting numerous guest artists in residence every year, the college has visiting artists, specialist mentors, and researchers to collaborate. The campuses have a cohort of activities to be conducted in collaboration with the visiting lecturers in order to enhance your skills and experience. LASALLE has also hosted celebrities like Diane von Furstenberg and Gilbert & George on campus.

Research: The University is famous for its research and innovation in Arts, has numerous conferences, symposiums, and talks hosted each year to increase the awareness amongst students. With various initiatives such as the Media Labs, Tropical Labs, and ANCER, LASALLE makes sure you learn on the go.

Strategic Partnerships: LASALLE has a long tradition of strategic partnerships to ensure that the students get a holistic educational experience. In this regard, it has collaborated with international institutions and has been a part of many international communities that ensure engagement of students with the world. For instance, some of its memberships include Association of Independent College of Art and Design, and Asian League of the Institutes of the Arts, which enables the students to be leaders of tomorrow.

Are You a Perfect Fit for LASALLE?

If you have passion and vision; and if your artistic imagination is unique and individualistic; LASALLE might just open its prestigious campus for your application. However, the two requirements that cannot be overlooked when applying for LASALLE are- your art portfolio, and your statement of purpose. These two documents are testimonials to two of your most important assets- skills and perception. On one hand your portfolio needs to inform the institution that you have the ability to persevere your passion by the display of a wide range of artworks that you might have worked on in the process of your college admission. On the other hand, a strongly drafted statement of purpose will strengthen the belief of the institution in your credentials. Give them a personal and powerful draft of your skills, motivation, and future goals.

Potential Requirements for LASALLE Admission:

Certificate Admissions:

English: Level- Preliminary

Academic Requirement: IELTS score

Fee: 7,000 USD

English: Level- Communicator

Academic Requirement: IELTS score

Fee: 7,000 USD

Diploma Admissions:

Academic Requirements:

Qualifications

Remarks

Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level

(25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better)

GCSE/IGCSE

5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C

Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate

Singapore Integrated Programme

Completed IP Year 4

 

Fees:

Funded (Subsidised Fees)

Non-Funded (Full Fees)

Singaporeans

Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR

International

S$5,380

S$7,030* S$9,880* S$19,570 S$21,785

S$24,514

 

B.A. HONS. ADMISSIONS:

Academic Requirements:

Qualifications

Remarks

Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level

2 A-Level/H2 subjects and a pass in General Paper

Local Polytechnic Diploma

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

 

Alternate English Qualifications:

Entry Into

IELTS TOEFL – iBT

PTE ACADEMIC

BA(Hons)

6.0 80

50

 

Fees:

Funded (Subsidised Fees)

Non-Funded (Full Fees)

Singaporeans

Singapore PR Singaporeans Singapore PR

International

S$9,730

S$13,795* S$19,950 S$22,208

S$24,990

 

Post Graduate Admissions:

Academic Requirements:

You must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in visual arts or psychology, or an equivalent level of training in a relevant medical, social or human sciences field.
  • Relevant experience in a rehabilitative setting in the form of paid or unpaid/voluntary work.
  • Demonstrable ability to discuss and reflect on the creative process.
  • A willingness to undergo weekly personal therapy for the duration of the programme.
  • 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: At least 7-10 pieces of original artwork (actual or documented) that demonstrates your creative practice.
  • Three references: one personal, one professional, and one academic.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word statement outlining your reasons for pursuing Master’s studies, your suitability and expected benefits from the programme.
  • Additional coursework may be required and/or suggested before acceptance into the programme based on your qualifications.
  • Sign a suitability declaration indicating whether you have any criminal record and/or history at the point of admission to the programme (form can be obtained from the College). *Please note that many clinical placement settings require a mandatory background security check for potential student interns, and many employers request this as well, given the nature and sensitivity of confidential case material, professional and ethical best practices and the potential vulnerability of their clientele * Complete an Occupational Health Declaration, verified by a medical physician prior to admission to the programme (form can be obtained from the College).
  • An interview with the Programme Leader and academic staff. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fees:

Programme

Duration

Fees Per Semester (S$)

Total (S$)

Years

Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR

International

MA Art Therapy

2 10,300 10,300 11,660 41,200 41,200

46,640

MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

MA Arts and Cultural Leadership

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

MA Asian Art Histories

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

MA Creative Writing

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

MA Design

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

MA Fine Arts

1.5 10,300 10,300 11,660 30,900 30,900

34,980

All MA Programmes (Part-Time Mode*)

3 5,150 5,150 5,830 30,900 30,900

34,980

 

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