Singapore’s leading science and technology university officially opens its art, design and media school building
Today marks the official opening of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) avant-garde School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) building.
Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew graces the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour.
“NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media is a one-of-its-kind arts school here in Singapore," said NTU President Dr Su Guaning.
"Set in a university of science and engineering, NTU's art school provides a unique education for her students. Not only do the students learn from practising artists and professors, but they also have the benefit of the most advanced technology in areas like interactive digital media and the pick of a wide range of minors from entrepreneurship to business. The confluence of art and engineering is guaranteed to stir up the creative juices in our students," he added.
A building for the future
The ADM building is the brainchild of Dr Timothy Seow, Principal architect at CPG Consultants. It is now an icon of sophisticated design and architecture.
The ADM building was one of the four global entries that received the Honour Award in the 2007 DesignShare Awards Programme for Innovative Learning Environments. The annual awards programme aims to showcase award-winning projects from around the world, and the building was cited for its simple yet unique design.
The four-storey ADM building, with its iconic sloped 'grass roofs', was designed to blend in with the NTU garden campus setting. The green roofs are not just aesthetic features. They keep the ambient temperature low, reducing heat gain by the structure. The building also incorporates environmentally-friendly systems such as high-efficiency discharge lights and a rain water collection system with rain sensors.
Visual connectivity within the structure promotes interaction and facilitates creative exchanges. In the courtyard, a reflective pond provides a cool visual respite for those gazing out of the classrooms, laboratories and offices that overlook it.
To ensure students have the necessary tools to help them unleash their creativity, ADM houses some of the most advanced media facilities, including a range of digital laboratories and photography, film, animation and media studios. For the benefit of students, classrooms are fully equipped with the latest technology available. The school also boasts a comprehensive fine arts library, two art galleries and an auditorium that can seat up to 445 people.
A place for learning
The ADM building provides an environment conducive to learning. The balanced curriculum structure, pedagagy and dedicated faculty members enable students to express themselves through their works. Students are put through one year of foundation classes to give them a good grounding in the basics of art and design. This also allows the students to discover their own styles, which they can further explore from their second year onwards, when they choose their specialisation.
ADM encourages experiential learning for its students by providing practical hands-on study opportunities led by practising artists. For example, the school recently brought in the famous sculptor Katsumi Mukai for a series of inspiring student sessions.
The works of the school’s Final-Year students from all six programmes – digital animation, digital filmmaking, interactive media, photography, product design and visual communications – will be on display from 28 April to 17 May 2009. The exhibition represents the values that the school set forth to achieve when it first opened its doors to students in 2005 – to become a world class institution in creative media and to achieve an international standard in the work produced by its students.
Acting Chair of ADM Assoc Prof Suresh Sethi said: “NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media aims to play a leading role in art, design and media education by creating its own models and teaching pedagogy. Art gives technology a pair of wings to transcend limitations and produce original work. We believe that students at ADM are truly looking for ideas that come from their own lives, their own surroundings – ideas that they assimilate with a scientist’s brain, a poet’s heart and a painter’s vision.”
The future holds many exciting challenges for ADM. Next year, as a symbol of the maturity of the school’s academic programme, ADM will be offering its Master of Fine Arts programme. A much awaited collaboration with Domus Academy for a Master in Interactive Design will be launched later this year, opening more doors for those eager to pursue a career in art and design.
For more information on the school, visit www.ntu.edu.sg/adm
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