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​NTU consolidates Bachelor of Fine Arts programmes to meet rising demands of creative and digital sectors​

Published on: 13-Mar-2017

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To produce graduates better equipped to meet the rising demands of the ever-evolving and expanding creative and digital industries, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) will launch two Bachelor of Fine Arts programmes in Design Art and in Media Art in August.

The new offerings from the School of Art, Design and Media, allow each student more flexibility in choosing the subjects that suit their interests and objectives. They can choose from a broad range of courses within and outside their majors for a broad range of knowledge and expertise necessary in an increasingly competitive industry.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art combines three current programmes in Interactive Media, Product Design and Visual Communication into an integrated programme in Design. 
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Art unites existing specialisations in Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, and Photography & Digital Imaging into an integrated programme in Media.
A compulsory 10-week internship stint will be introduced to augment the students’ training. They will have the opportunity to do their internship at top companies, studios and production houses.
Another new feature is an interdisciplinary seminar module which students must complete. It will involve invited practising artists and designers to give talks and share their knowledge, views and insights.
Professor Kam Chan Hin, NTU’s Deputy Provost for Education, said, “Students need to have multi-faceted skills and inter-disciplinary knowledge to be of increasing value and relevance to employers and meet the challenges and demands of tomorrow.
“The consolidation of NTU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts offerings into two distinct programmes is designed to better equip students with those competencies, and also let them have more freedom to tailor their learning to match their interests and career aspirations.”
Greater programme flexibility 
The revised curricula for the four-year programmes are inter-disciplinary in their approach, but also allow students the option of specialising in a particular area, such as in photography, product design or animation.
Freshmen can choose their Major at the end of the first semester, instead of at the start of Year Two.
Presently, students must complete all prescribed electives in their chosen Major. But students now have greater flexibility to choose up to two electives from other disciplines from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, such as in Communication, Economics and Philosophy, to meet the requirement of their Major.
Those wishing to go beyond their core subject can also choose to have a Second Major, such as Art History which is unique to NTU, or from 20 Minors offered across the College, including Creative Writing, Film Studies and Urban & Environmental Studies.
Opportunities for overseas exposure
Students in the two Bachelor of Fine Arts programmes will have the chance to go on overseas study exchange through NTU’s numerous student exchange programmes to partner universities such as the Royal College of Art in the UK, regarded as the world’s leading art and design institute.
If they are on the NTU University Scholars Programme, they will get to go on a semester-long exchange during their third-year of study at NTU’s partner universities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. They include the Australian National University, King’s College London in the United Kingdom (UK) and the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Professor Alan Chan, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at NTU, said, “The frontiers of art, design and media are expanding, in part due to the advances in technology, but also because of the increasing complexity of social existence. This will of course impact the career options of our graduates, and this is why the curriculum design needs to be upgraded.
“The new BFA degrees in Media Art and Design Art address these changes, provide a more integrated learning experience in different fields of art, design & interactive media, as well as leverage the strengths of Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication, Engineering, Medicine and other disciplines at NTU.”
The streamlining of its six existing Bachelor of Fine Arts programmes in Animation, Film-making, Photography, Interactive Media, Product Design and Visual Communication into the two new, multi-disciplinary programmes was in consultation with leading media and design companies in Singapore and top design and media schools around the world.
It comes after the University announced last October the restructuring of the existing School of Humanities and Social Sciences into the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences in August this year to expand its programme offerings in both fields of study.
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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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