Com­pe­ti­tion to look out for

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MALAYSIAN In­sti­tute of Art (MIA) has launched the 32nd MIA Na­tion­wide Art and De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 and is invit­ing sec­ondary school stu­dents na­tion­wide to par­tic­i­pate and win a schol­ar­ship to pur­sue an ed­u­ca­tion at MIA.

MIA or­gan­ises this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion with the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for tal­ented but less for­tu­nate stu­dents to pur­sue their dreams in re­ceiv­ing an art and de­sign ed­u­ca­tion.

Ini­ti­ated in 1984, the com­pe­ti­tion is held an­nu­ally with the ob­jec­tive to pro­mote art and de­sign as well as to en­cour­age the pur­suit of art and de­sign as a ca­reer. Over the past 32 years, MIA has awarded over RM3,103,500 in schol­ar­ships to help and sup­port more than 442 stu­dents (1984 to 2016) to pur­sue their stud­ies in art and de­sign.

This year, schol­ar­ships and cash prizes worth more than RM300,000 await the win­ners. This year’s par­tic­i­pants could choose from three top­ics – Ocean Pol­lu­tion (Pence­maran Laut), Life / Lives on Mars (Hidup / Ke­hidu­pan di Mars) and Chi­nese New Year Story – Leg­end of Mon­ster “Nian” (La­genda ten­tang Tahun Baru Cina “Nian”). Th­ese three top­ics aim to chal­lenge the ma­tu­rity, cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion of the par­tic­i­pants. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to Malaysian sec­ondary school stu­dents who are in Form 4 to Form 6 and stu­dents in pri­vate Chi­nese schools who are in Se­nior Mid­dle 1 to Mid­dle 3.

Win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive schol­ar­ships to en­rol in any of the six art and de­sign diploma pro­grammes of­fered at MIA, which in­clude In­te­rior De­sign, Graphic De­sign, Il­lus­tra­tion, Fine Art, Tex­tile and Fash­ion De­sign and In­dus­trial De­sign.

The top 10 win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will be awarded 10 full schol­ar­ships cou­pled with a cash prize of RM1,000. In ad­di­tion, three half schol­ar­ships to­gether with a cash prize of RM500 will be also given out. United Over­seas Bank (UOB) has been a pil­lar of sup­port to­wards this com­pe­ti­tion for the last eight years. This year, the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion has spon­sored RM10,000 worth of cash prizes for the schol­ar­ship win­ners.

MIA open day and ex­tended coun­selling

MIA is now open for its new in­take, which com­mences on Aug 14. MIA will con­duct an Open Day on July 30 as well as on Aug 5 and 6 from 9.30am to 4pm. There will be talks and coun­selling ses­sions by var­i­ous de­part­ments re­gard­ing Art, De­sign and Mu­sic. For the con­ve­nience of par­ents and stu­dents, MIA will ex­tend its week­end coun­selling hours on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day on Aug 12, Aug 13 and Aug 19 from 9.30am to 4pm.

■ In­ter­ested stu­dents may con­tact MIA at 03-4108 8100 or 03-4106 4697 (Mu­sic Depart­ment) or fax their queries to 03-4108 8700.

They may also e-mail my or log on to for more in­for­ma­tion.

MIA stu­dents ac­tively take part in the MIA Na­tion­wide Art and De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion 2017.

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