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