Art of co-cur­ric­u­lar learn­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

ALAYSIAN In­sti­tute of Art (MIA) has al­ways played a big part in the art and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. With over four decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in nur­tur­ing stu­dents, the in­sti­tute recog­nises the im­por­tance of both aca­demic cur­ricu­lum and co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in de­vel­op­ing skills and at­tributes which are es­sen­tial to the stu­dents.

By adopt­ing such a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, MIA has pro­duced com­pe­tent grad­u­ates who are in­dus­try ready.

In line with that ap­proach, the MIA Fine Art depart­ment re­cently or­gan­ised a study trip to Sin­ga­pore for stu­dents and lec­tur­ers. They vis­ited the Sin­ga­pore Art Mu­seum, Na­tional Mu­seum Sin­ga­pore, 8Q and Gill­man Bar­racks.

Fine Arts stu­dent Christa­bel Ngoi stresses that study trips are rel­e­vant as stu­dents get the op­por­tu­nity to be out of the class­room and ex­pe­ri­ence the ac­tual art scene.

“This trip is in­deed ben­e­fi­cial as I gained new in­sights into the art world, mainly South East Asian artists. At the same time, we also get to see how ma­te­ri­als are be­ing im­pro­vised and ma­nip­u­lated in pro­duc­ing art­work,” shared Ngoi.

Apart from study­ing a range of aca­demic mu­sic sub­jects such as as in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty pro­tec­tion, mu­sic busi­ness and mu­sic forms, the MIA Mu­sic Depart­ment con­stantly en­cour­ages stu­dents to or­gan­ise events or par­tic­i­pate in con­certs and per­for­mances with the ob­jec­tive of gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in co­or­di­nat­ing events.

Through­out the years, stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in or­ches­tras and plays to en­hance their per­form­ing skills. Re­cently, the MIA Ladies Cho­rus or­gan­ised “A Feast of Cho­ral Mu­sic” with the choir per­form­ing a reper­toire of lo­cal cho­ral com­po­si­tion as well as clas­si­cal cho­ral mu­sic.

MIA pres­i­dent Tian Peak Lim spoke on the in­sti­tute’s mis­sion to train as­pir­ing artists, de­sign­ers and mu­si­cians who are ca­pa­ble of con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of the cre­ative in­dus­try.

“I strongly be­lieve not only should we pro­vide the op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally but ac­tively fos­ter a wider cur­ricu­lum to stu­dents. A ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tute is a place where stu­dents can co-cre­ate ideas and to pre­pare them­selves for the roles that they take on in fu­ture.”

The in­sti­tute also places em­pha­sis on stu­dents to in­volve them­selves in com­mu­nity ser­vice and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. The MIA Mu­sic So­ci­ety suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised a Typhoon Haiyan Aid Fund con­cert on Dec 7 to raise funds for this cause and the pro­ceeds were chan­nelled to UNICEF.

Founded in 1967 as a non­profit in­sti­tu­tion, MIA of­fers a range of other diploma cour­ses in the field of art, de­sign and mu­sic. All the cour­ses of­fered are ac­cred­ited by Malaysia Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA).

MIA has es­tab­lished links with pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Tai­wan and China. Through th­ese links, MIA grad­u­ates may pro­ceed to com­plete their de­gree pro­grammes.

MIA is now open for its new in­take which com­mences on Jan 6, 2014. In con­junc­tion with that, MIA will be hold­ing its Open Day on Dec 14, 2013 (9.30am-4pm). There will be talks by var­i­ous de­part­ments re­gard­ing art, de­sign and mu­sic.

Sev­eral coun­ters will be set up for coun­selling pur­poses and lec­tur­ers will be avail­able to meet visi­tors who are keen to know more about the cour­ses of­fered in the MIA.

An ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at MIA’s art gallery, fea­tur­ing a wide range of art and de­sign works cre­ated by stu­dents.

MIA will also ex­tend its weekend coun­selling hours on the fol­low­ing dates: Dec 21 and 28, Jan 4, 5 and 11. Time will be from 9.30am-4pm.

Call 03-4108 8100 (gen­eral line) or 03-4106 4697 (Mu­sic Depart­ment) for more in­for­ma­tion on the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Art. E-mail: reg­istry@mia. edu.my.

Web­site: www.mia.edu.my/.

The MIA Ladies Cho­rus of­fered a reper­toire of lo­cal cho­ral com­po­si­tion as well as clas­si­cal cho­ral mu­sic to MIA stu­dents and the pub­lic.

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