Designing for excellence
THE recent win at MIID Reka Awards 2013 by Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) augurs well for the institution. Organised by the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID), the competition saw a high number of submissions for all 11 contested categories.
Seven Interior Design schools sent in submissions. After professional scrutiny by the jury members, MIA was bestowed the Gold Award and Silver Award out of the 61 student work entries.
Lum Choon Sam’s “The Architecture and Design Library” bagged the Gold Award. Lum’s design was commended by the jury members. His design was found to offer well-developed solutions and shows a continuous flow of spaces with well-thought out architectural treatment and design elements.
“There were some hiccups during the initial stage of the project but my perseverance and self-belief helped me pull through,” said Lum. He attributed his success to the lecturers and self-learning attitude he inculcated from them.
Ng Kar Chian seized the opportunity to showcase his talents for the second time and successfully won the Silver Award. Ng’s project – to transform a wet market into an environmental park – allows the public to understand, appreciate and experience the natural ecosystem. Ng implemented green design solutions in his work.
“Our lecturers set high academic standards, which has trained us well in developing constructive and state-of-the-art solutions,” he said.
Founded in 1967 as a non-profit institution, MIA has produced thousands of professional artists, designers and musicians for the creative industry. The institute offers a range of Diploma courses in the field of art, design and music, including Illustration, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Fine Art and Music. All the courses offered are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Strong international links
MIA has established links with prestigious universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and China through which MIA graduates may proceed to complete their degree programmes. This enables students to save time and cost in pursuing their degrees overseas. It also provides a well-balanced education, combining the Malaysian and overseas learning experience and exposure. With the MQA accreditation, MIA graduates may also further their studies in local universities.
MIA is open for its new intake, which commences on Jan 6.The institution will be holding its Open Day on Dec 14 from 9.30am to 4pm. There will be talks by various departments and counters will be set up for counselling by lecturers.
An exhibition will be held at MIA’s art gallery featuring young talents of MIA.
For the convenience of parents and students, MIA will extend its weekend counselling hours on Dec 21 and 28 as well as on Jan 4, 5 and 11, from 9.30am to 4pm.
Ng Kar Chian (left) and Lum Choon Sum from MIA were crowned the winners of the student category in the MIID Reka Award 2013.