News Details | 06-Aug-2009

New Chair, NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media

Professor Vibeke Sorensen, an internationally-acclaimed academic scholar and artist, has been appointed as Chair, Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). Professor Sorensen, a tenured full professor at the School, will assume the new appointment with effect from 6 August 2009.

NTU Provost Professor Bertil Andersson, together with Professor Lawrence Wong, the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and the Search Committee, was instrumental in recruiting Professor Sorensen to Singapore.

Professor Andersson says: “We are impressed with the breadth of Professor Sorensen’s experience and widespread respect she has earned across the academic and creative fields. Professor Vibeke Sorensen is a top-notch scholar with strong leadership experience.  She has been a key pioneer in these areas since the mid-1990s, when she was the Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the University of Southern California, considered by many to be the Harvard of digital arts training. She is also a great teacher and mentor in the areas of film, animation and new media.

 “A respected artist with a long history of collaboration with scientists in developing new technologies, Prof Sorensen has built up a solid track record of partnership with scientists in combining art and science to produce inter-disciplinary work and to develop innovative technologies. More importantly, Prof Sorensen has made outstanding contributions to the world of art, digital technology, and to the general role of art and science in society. We have no doubt that her talents will make her an excellent Chair to enhance the international reputation of the School.”

Professor Sorensen specialises in digital multi-media and animation, which is the crux of Interactive Digital Media (IDM) and a high priority area for NTU and Singapore.

Prior to joining NTU, Professor Sorensen was the Chair of the Department of Media in the College of Arts & Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a position she had held since 2007. From 1995 to 2005, she was the founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the University of Southern California, which is one of the top art and media schools in the United States. She was also a faculty member at Princeton University, Caltech, Cal Arts and Arizona State University previously.

Prof Sorensen has published books and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including at prestigious venues such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Banff Centre in Canada. She has also worked with Disney and Electronic Music Studios and was actively involved in the central SigGraph conferences (the “International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques”), one of the world's largest congregation of experts devoted to graphics and interactive design.

Commenting on her new appointment, Prof Sorensen says, “NTU’s vision to develop a School of Art, Design and Media of truly international standing offers a motivating challenge, and one that I relish. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the School and beyond, to build on our strengths and expertise, and make this ambition a reality.”

Prof Sorensen joins the NTU School of Art, Design and Media at an exciting time. The School will commence a new Master of Interaction Design programme in partnership with the prestigious Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. The programme, which will be launched later this year, will open more doors for those eager to pursue a career in art and design.  Staff and students are also benefiting from a high-tech School building that newly opened on 28 April 2009. The four-storey ADM building, with its iconic sloped 'grass roofs', houses some of the most advanced media facilities, including a range of digital laboratories and photography, film, animation and media studios.

The establishment of the School is in line with the Government's long-term vision to develop Singapore into a global IDM hub.  It hopes to fuel the growth of the sector from $4.7 billion in 2005 to $10 billion and add 10,000 jobs by 2015. 

During the talent search for the Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media, Associate Professor Suresh Sethi had led the School as Acting Chair. The university wishes to express its deep appreciation to Associate Professor Sethi for his sterling service and invaluable contributions to the School during the interim period.

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