Art institute's open week

MALAYSIAN Institute of Art held its Open Week earlier this month to publicise its art, design and music courses.  

Visitors were taken on a tour of the art and design exhibition, library, computer lab, and studios where teaching sessions were in progress. 

They also met with the heads of department for information on curriculum and studies at MIA.  

Founded in 1967 as a non-profit making institution to promote art and design, MIA was reregistered as a private institute of higher learning in 1997. All its courses are approved by JPS and LAN.  

DESERVING: MIA interior design student Loh Yin Chee won the prestigious Institut Perekebentuk Dalaman Malaysia scholarship 2002.

The institute is committed to providing the most conducive learning environment for affordable and quality education in art and design. Its objective is to ensure students can fully develop their potential and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demand for creative personnel in the informa-tion age.  

All the MIA design courses emphasise relevant IT-based knowledge, computer software application skills, multimedia design, mastery of traditional media and manual expression skills in art and design. The institute has links with many renowned universities and colleges in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  

These international links have provided a range of choices for MIA graduates to pursue degree studies overseas, and made possible active exchange between MIA and overseas universities. 

Some achievements of MIA students: Music student Yap Jin Hin was selected to represent Malaysia to perform in the World Youth Choir 2002 in Chicago in July and August.  

He is also the recipient of the Achievement Award with the highest score in the recent Grade 8 Trinity College examination for voice. 

·Graphic design second year student Toh Hui Sim won the Grand Prize of RM8,000 plus a digital camera in the “Life is Great” photo competition organised by Great Eastern Insurance in August 2002. 

·Interior Design student Loh Yin Chee won one of the two prestigious scholarships from the Institut Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia  

·Textile and fashion design student Yong Mei Fong won the grand prize in “Fashion Focus's Search for the Young Designer” competition organised by One Utama in March 2002. 

·Liang Min Lee, a Textile and Fashion Design student was selected to design a collaborative work based on “Songket” concept with a British designer for the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002. 

·Music student Tan Wei Han was chosen for the Asia Youth Choir and performed in the Niigata Asian Culture Festival 2002.  

He also won the “Most Promising Award” in the Nissin International singing competition organised by Japan Music Council in July 2002 in Japan. 

·Textile and fashion design student Jasmin Wong Khai Shian won the 3rd prize in the ‘Anugerah Jarum Berlian’ contest organised by RIAS Fashion Magazine last October. 

Selected student works are now on display at MIA art gallery. These works reflect design concepts, creative ideas, processes and methods of presentation. Students are welcome to visit the exhibition.  

The institute is now open for registration for its next intake. Among courses offered (three-year full-time diploma courses) are: Fine Art; Textile and Fashion Design; Interior Design; Graphic Design; Illustration; Music; and Industrial Design. 

For more information contact: 03-4108 8100 or fax : 03-4108 8700 or e-mail:  

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