LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers 31 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, and Asian art histories.
Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.
Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.
LASALLE was established in 1984 by Brother Joseph McNally, a champion of the creative arts and arts education in Singapore. From its humble beginnings as a small arts centre with 27 students, LASALLE has grown to become a leading educational institution in Singapore and now offers a wide variety of courses in arts and design to students from all over the world.
With an emphasis on contemporary practice and research, our teaching philosophy emphasises idea generation and new interpretations of creative disciplines. Students’ ideas and creativity will be what set them apart as they emerge as a reflective practitioner in the industry.
Students are mentored by international faculty who span a breadth of creative professions from designers and painters to actors, composers, dancers, directors, interactive artists, curators, and many more. Collectively, they represent an international career portfolio with organisations including CILECT (International Association of Film and Television Schools), The Esplanade Co Ltd, Glasgow School of Art, National Arts Council of Singapore, ESMOD Tokyo, National Institute of Dramatic Art, New York University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Yale University, and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to name a few.
RESEARCH BY PRACTICE: A 21ST CENTURY APPROACH
All research starts with ideas. More than two decades after its humble beginnings, LASALLE can look back on a long tradition of practice-led research in art and design. The impressive list of successful LASALLE alumni, who were prominently involved in shaping Singapore’s arts scene, attests to the institution’s strength in providing an appropriate academic environment for the creation of novel ideas and new knowledge.
LASALLE values the professional practice of all fulltime and part-time staff as one of its most important assets. Our unique college environment is formed by a faculty of Singaporean and international artists and educators, originating from more than 20 countries worldwide, many are renowned experts in their areas and actively involved in exhibitions, conferences, and performances. The incorporation of their respective expertise in course delivery closely relates teaching and learning to a broad range of theoretical and intellectual concerns in contemporary art and design practice.
Hence, students are constantly exposed to firsthand experience in current research practices, leading to the acquiring of a wide set of knowledge and skills by the time they graduate. These skills enable them to successfully adjust to the multifaceted demands of the creative industries. As a Singaporean institution for tertiary arts education, positioned at the crossroads of diverse cultures within a multi-ethnic society, LASALLE aims to add a distinctive Singaporean viewpoint to the ongoing debate on repositioning artistic practice in a post-industrialized society.
… because you want to be a hotshot art director in advertising, a trendsetting fashion designer who sets the international runways ablaze, a critically-acclaimed Broadway superstar, an Oscar-winning movie director, and aleader in your chosen field of the creative industry.
At LASALLE, you will…
- learn in a real arts school which ispractice-led and industry focused.
- experience the creative collisions thatspark artistic revolutions through unlimitedinterdisciplinary collaborations.
- be in a progressive environment where youare encouraged to be a creative individual.
- be mentored by some of the best internationalarts practitioners and taught by practicingartists from the creative industries.
- be plugged into the global arts scene with visitsby the world’s premier arts celebrities: LordDavid Puttnam, Peter Fonda, Joan Chen, RobertWilson, Mark Eley, Marcel Wanders, and more.
- be in an accredited institution with programmesthat are original and developed by LASALLE.
- benefit from our robust internship programmesand collaborations with established industrypartners that lead to gainful employment.
- be well sought after: 90% of our localdegree graduates are employed withinthree months after graduation.
- be embraced by a diverse community with40% of students and lecturers from more than40 countries, in a conducive hub of artisticenergy. If you are from Singapore, ask yourself,“Why go abroad when abroad is here?”
- eat, breathe, and live creativity 24/7 with arange of activities like on-campus exhibitions,performances, gigs, open mics, and arts markets in our award-winning campus.
So come to LASALLE if what you want is a successful career in the arts!
LASALLE has become the first local institution to be awarded the EduTrust Star award, the highest mark of quality awarded to a private school in Singapore.
President Professor Steve Dixon said that the school did well in all areas of the review, and emphasised the “high quality of staff and teaching facilities”.
Third year BA(Hons) Arts Management student Ms Priscilia Liew mentioned that “she was glad to know the education that students are receiving is of a high quality, and that the school is managed well”. She also shared that “future employers will also be more reassured” knowing that the school is highly certified.
The Crowbar Awards
For the second-year running, LASALLE has emerged at the top of the Crowbar Awards honour roll.
Regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions for young creatives across Asia-Pacific, attracting over 1,000 entries, our students are recognised as the best of the best, winning Best of Show four times in the past five years. Crowbar winners are much sought-after by the industry, joining illustrious alumni who are movers and shakers in the creative world.
LASALLE's cutting-edge pedagogy ensures that our students are not only great designers but also become creative leaders of tomorrow, conceiving innovative and award-winning works.