LASALLE launches new master’s degree in design
SINGAPORE: LASALLE College of the Arts is launching a new Master’s degree in Design, recognising the growing importance and evolving role of design in today’s fast-changing world.
The new MA Design will provide students with opportunities to tackle pertinent issues in society, and to find solutions using design thinking. The launch of this new MA Design is at the forefront of change for design in Singapore, substantiated by the recent key developments such as Design 2025 – Singapore by Design, the strategic blueprint released by the Design Masterplan Committee in March 2016, and Singapore becoming one of the first two ASEAN cities to be named UNESCO Creative City of Design in 2015.
The one-and-a-half-year MA Design will hone students’ critical thinking and ability to identify problems and formulate solutions, and increase their agility to perform across the roles of thinker, researcher, strategist and innovator.
It is designed for students across diverse industries, expertise and experiences. Students will explore research themes through modules on context, discourse, methodology and interdisciplinary design labs.
Come January next year, the institution will commence with the programme’s first intake of students, led by Nur Hidayah, Dean, Faculty of Design and Acting Programme Leader, MA Design.
“Design goes beyond aesthetics to organising ideas, systems and communications. The government and businesses are recognising the benefits of design thinking and creative solutions,” Nur Hidayah shares.
“There is a growing awareness for the needs of using design approaches to break through the clutter of today’s complex world, as well as the ambiguities ahead. Through the MA Design programme, we are cultivating a pool of design leaders and influencers to meet future challenges.”
Under Nur Hidayah’s leadership, LASALLE’s design programmes have won multiple regional and international design awards.
“The MA Design programme fosters a process of asking valid, significant and complex questions, using an innovative pedagogical approach that seeks to mediate between past and future, global and local, traditions and contemporaries. This is the starting point: design and all its ramifications.”
Along with MA Design, LASALLE has recently introduced Singapore’s and Southeast Asia’s first MA Creative Writing, adding to the comprehensive range of postgraduate degree offerings, which includes Singapore’s only MA Arts and Cultural Management, Southeast Asia’s first MA Art Therapy and the only MA Asian Art Histories in the world, as well as MA Fine Arts and MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice.
The MA Design, as with all of LASALLE’s degree programmes, was developed locally and validated by LASALLE’s partner institution Goldsmiths, University of London, world-renowned for its creative and innovative approach to research and teaching in the arts.