Programmes

Postgraduate

MA Fine Arts

Master both research and practice, and develop your individual voice as an artist.

As a fine artist, you are dedicated to advancing your art making and to developing a rigorous research and studio practice whereby you conceptualise, evaluate and analyse your process, pushing the boundaries in relation to your own social and cultural context, and the theoretical discourse around your practice. Whether focusing your research area within a certain mode of expression, or choosing to work via an interdisciplinary approach, the MA Fine Arts Programme enables you to cultivate your practice through a firm grounding in studio experimentation and innovation.

The programme has unrelentingly worked at preparing our graduates for a rapidly-evolving art landscape. Historically, Singapore's strategic position has enabled it to play a critical role in mediating the communication between Southeast Asia and the world. Concurrently, Singapore's committed investment in arts infrastructure has created a burgeoning arts industry that not only creates market opportunities for artists but also facilitates the art-related negotiations as a meeting ground for renowned artistic talent and discourse to cross-pollinate.

Central to the programme's philosophy is the role of the artist in your own artistic voice in a studio-based research practice environment. Believing that it is not enough to merely mirror global trends, the programme is the only practice-based programme in Singapore that prizes multidisciplinary while generating individual self-discipline, knowledge, and discoveries that enable the realisation of your artistic vocabulary. The programme also prides itself in working towards the sustainability of an artist.

The MA Fine Arts Programme is a programme where alongside rigorous studio-based training, you will acquire critical, theoretical, and historical discourses that inform your contemporary artistic practice. At LASALLE, you will receive quality education that integrates research and practice. You will develop your abilities to conceptualise creatively, reflect upon your practice, and grow your individual and collaborative skills. The programme's stellar, dedicated faculty spans a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographies. Accomplished academics and artists in their own right, they provide you with individualised attention and support alongside a distinguished roster of guest lecturers, international artists, curators and critics amidst the vibrant ecosystem of fellow candidates.

The programme is committed to providing a conducive learning environment not just as a result of Singapore's strategic geographic and culturally-connected position in Southeast Asia, but also leveraging the LASALLE integrated arts campus context. Through such a rich context and diverse international exposure, candidates have ample opportunities to further contemporary art discourses through their own research and practice, and graduate with global appeal.

The programme will equip you with the appropriate expertise and academic rigour to undertake a higher level of independent research work such as a PhD. Awards and financial support includes The Winston Oh Travel Award, research and study grants as well as the Chan Davies Art Prize.

Course Details

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Duration

Full-Time: 1.5 Years
(3 Semesters)
Part-Time: 3 Years
(6 Semester)

Mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Modules

This full-time programme spans three consecutive semesters within a 1.5-year duration. Semesters 1 and 2 each have two 30-credit modules. In Semester 2, a 30-credit elective module option is made available to you with a choice to take the module offered by your respective programme or, in consultation with your Programme Leader, select a module offered by another MA programme. The 60-credit module in the final (3rd) semester will support you to develop a thesis or a practice-based project/exhibition based on your research interests.

Semester 1

Research Methods in Creative Arts (30 CP)
Studio Practice (30 CP)

Research Methods in Creative Arts
This module introduces you to arts research through a thorough study of research methods and analytical techniques informing artistic and critical practices at the MA level. Research operates within a critical context and this module aims to prepare you to confidently articulate your practice, formulate your own critical arguments, and formulate methods to investigate and probe issues.

Studio Practice
The module emphasises the training and education of the artist dealing with Fine Art practice or new media technologies and is based on independent study and research. Your learning experience is embodied in the development of a strong methodology in studio practice within the context of contemporary art and new media. This is facilitated through workshops that address issues and skills relevant to your proposed research areas (e.g. cultural politics, popular culture, theories of aesthetics, new media theories, networks, programming, immersive environment, sensors, etc.).

Semester 2

Studio Practice 2 (30 CP)
Issues in Practice and Research in Fine Arts (30 CP)

Studio Practice 2
The module further consolidates the training and education of the artist based on independent study and research. Through the development of a range of analytical, reflective, technological and communicative skills, you are able to better articulate your individual vision and agenda in your research and practice.

Issues in Practice and Research in Fine Arts
The training and education of the artist is further developed through a series of seminars, workshops and lectures. Equipped with a strong research methodology, you will elaborate on its relevance to your research area. You will consider the theoretical and methodological issues that arise in the relationship between practice and research and how these pertain to your own individual studio-based practice and/or scholarly research. In preparation for your oral presentation, you should demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and articulate your concepts and practice.

Semester 3

Final Research (60 CP)

Final Research
This final module requires you to contextualise and present a resolved body of works in the form of an exhibition. Your work should be informed by the critical and conceptual thinking developed over the previous two semesters, and supported by a well-informed, research-led, critical discourse. In parallel to your final exhibited work, you will also need to document your working methodology and demonstrate the reflexive thinking of how theory and art practice are related. This will be presented in the form of a 5,000-word exegesis that supports your studio practice.

You will work independently or collaboratively towards the submission of the final exhibition and will be supervised and mentored by your appointed research supervisor.

Part-time mode

In the part-time mode, the programme spans six consecutive semesters within a 3-year duration. You are required to complete one 30-credit module each in Semesters 1 to 4. The Final Research 60-credit module will span the last 2 semesters in the final year. Part-time students will begin with the Research Methods in Creative Arts module as this establishes core principles and skills necessary across all MA programmes, while also introducing techniques of research, and enables you to present and write analytically and critically across relevant issues in your field of study. You will undergo academic guidance from your Programme Leader to organise your course of study.

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Postgraduate research

LASALLE has a long tradition of practice-led research in art and design. The College aims to assume a significant role in Singapore for practice-led research in visual, performing and literary arts, and aspires to add the distinctive viewpoint of Singapore to research into artistic practice in the 21st century.

The Research Methods in Creative Arts module is a common module which all students are required to undertake. You will have the opportunity to interact with one another in the first term (7 weeks), to network with peers in other MA programmes and foster a stronger community of research practice that enhances your respective discipline of study as well as within the College.

You will be introduced to relevant professional methods of research and creation which may include profiles of and/or dialogue with creative professionals, critical/theoretical discourse, action research, visual object analysis, textual analysis, case studies, historical and ethnographic research, interviews, life-stories/autobiographies, etc. You will also be introduced to research practices such as literature reviews, process-based discovery, bibliographical searches, quantitative & qualitative methods, citations and the construction of research questions

Postgraduate students are constantly exposed to first-hand experience in current practices of research and creation, leading to the acquiring of powerful knowledge and a wide set of skills by the time you graduate. You will have opportunities to develop expertise in accordance with your research interests.

Programme highlights

Teaching Methods & Assessment
The programme is delivered through a range of learning approaches that include lectures, workshops, seminars, group discussions and critiques, candidate presentations, and individual tutorials. These approaches support you as you work towards a Final Research project comprising of an exhibition of artworks and a supporting document in the form of an exegesis. You are expected to be self- motivated, to engage in independent visual and theoretical research, as well as to develop the ability to evaluate your own work and to expand your awareness of the critical developments in contemporary art. Exposure to good practices in terms of professional practice also facilitates feasibility of being an artist.

Study Trips
A study trip will be organised to enable you to learn how artists and art communities respond to differing social and cultural contexts in the production of art. Harnessing the benefits of experiential learning, this study trip will include visits to artists' studios, galleries, biennales and art spaces. At the same time, it offers invaluable research opportunities through networking with local art communities.

Graduate career paths

Fine Artist.

Candidates usually wish to embark on but are not limited to a career as Fine Artists, in academic institutions, museums, or art galleries. In addition, successful graduates will also be able to find employment as Art Critics And Writers.

Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries
Head, McNally School of Fine Arts
Programme Leader, MA Fine Arts, Postgraduate Studies
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
Lecturer, Fine Arts
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Admission Information

Important Dates

January 2019 Intake

MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice
MA Arts and Cultural Leadership
MA Asian Art Histories 
MA Creative Writing 
MA Design
MA Fine Arts

  • Application deadline for international students: 12 Nov 2018
  • Application deadline for local students: 30 Nov 2018

August 2019 Intake

MA Art Therapy

  • Applications deadline: 30 Apr 2019
Entry Requirements

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

The programme will be of particular relevance to those who wish to embark on careers as fine artists, in academic institutions, museums and galleries. In addition, successful graduates will also be able to find employment as art critics and writers. The programme also aims, through its commitment to excellence, to further the discourses surrounding the contemporary art and art historical contexts through research and practice conducted by candidates in the programme.

  • Bachelor’s degree and demonstrable ability to pursue discourse and research in contemporary issues in fine arts.
  • 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: A body of art works documented in digital format. Drawings, installations, paintings and sculptures should be in high resolution for close up viewing. Interdisciplinary time-based works or performance and awareness e-based works should be presented in video or digital format. It will be useful for the documentation to include works seen within an exhibition format or public/private context.
  • All interviews will include discussions on the potential candidate’s knowledge of visual art theories in relation to their art practice.
  • Research Proposal: Two-page research proposal indicating your research aims and objectives, proposed outcomes, and brief details of research methods and materials you wish to use.
  • Statement of Purpose: 500-word statement of your reasons for pursuing Master’s studies, your suitability and expected benefits from the programme.
Fees
Components

Tuition Fees (per annum)

POSTGRADUATE DEGREE IN ARTS TUITION FEES 2018/19 INTAKE

Programme Duration Fees Per Semester (S$) Total (S$)
Programme Years Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
MA Art Therapy 2 10,000 10,000 11,000 40,000 40,000 44,000
MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Arts and Cultural Leadership 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Asian Art Histories 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Creative Writing 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Design 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Fine Arts 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
All MA Programmes (Part-Time Mode*) 3 5,000 5,000 5,500 30,000 30,000 33,000
Note for Postgraduate Fees:
  • * With the exception of MA Art Therapy – only available in full-time mode.
  • Fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are subject to change. Correct as at 31 October 2017.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.

Singaporeans / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

Students as developing artists are required to have certain items that are particular to them and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support students through their three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Lecturers will provide students with affordable suggestions.

Students are encouraged to have their own laptops for their education. For those who are unable to, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for them to undertake their work.

There may be opportunities for students to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance their overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs to students.
 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme. The coverage includes $20,000 annually for school related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $18.20 payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE :

Payment Method Payment Mode

Online Payment
Electronic payment at the end of the online application   

  • MasterCard
  • VISA

Walk-in Payment at LASALLE McNally Campus
LASALLE College of the Arts
Finance Counter
Block E, Level 2
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940

Operating Hours:
9am to 3pm (Mon – Fri)

Closed on public holidays and weekends

  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • Cheque*
  • Bankdraft*
  • NETS
  • Cash
Mail-in Payment
LASALLE College of the Arts Division of Admissions
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940
  • Cheque*
  • Bankdraft*

* Cheques and bankdrafts must be made in Singapore Dollars (S$), crossed and made payable to “LASALLE”. Please do not send in post-dated cheques. Kindly write your name, NRIC/passport number, online application number and contact number on the reverse side of your cheque/bankdraft.

Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students.

Applications for scholarships open from March to May and October to November for new MA students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty.

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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