Meet Intan. A current student at LaSalle College of Arts (LaSalle) who is in her 1st year of Bachelor's studies in Arts Management. Prior to entering LaSalle, she graduated from Republic Polytechnic. And she is a local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in? LaSalle
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? No.
3. Why did you choose this school? For my course, it’s tied to a known university and apart from that, LaSalle also offers internships as compared to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? Students studying.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? Nothing much, all information can be found online.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? The submissions. All the project submissions are all around the same time and not staggered so it’s hard for students to cope.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change? Class duration – it’s just nice at about 3 hours and sometimes we have classes back to back so we have free days of the week to study/work.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? Quite diverse generally but when it comes to Halloween, most of the school will all wear black.
9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? Art.
10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? Institute of Contemporary Arts
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? Fine arts.
12. What is a common myth of your school? That you have no future.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? Studying
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? Nothing, students are quite normal here.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Bubble tea opposite Block D.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Provide students with better attachment opportunities.
17. In between classes, where can we find you? Buying meals.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Student lounge.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Lowercase Café at Block D.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Library.
21. What program are you in? Arts Management.
22. Is this related to your dream job? Not directly, I want to be a director in future but my program actually gears me to be a production manager.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? $30K for 3 years.
24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? Somewhat.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $20K for 3 years.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? History and contextual studies.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Principles of arts management.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Understand yourself and know your interest before committing.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? No difference because there are no exemptions so even if you’ve taken the class before in polytechnic, you cannot skip to year 2. Everyone must learn the same thing in year 1. Only advantage for polytechnic students is perhaps the background and better idea of what is going to be taught.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? No exemptions.
31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 7:3
32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 5. At the end of the day, employment is based on the individual and not how much education you had or what school you graduated from.
33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.
34. Favorite Professor? None.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? That whatever we’re studying it’s not just about business management in arts, it’s broader - there’s historical and geographical context, political and social issues etc. It’s way more than management.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? England – the top art schools are there.
38. Common exam formats include: Essays and assignments.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? No CCAs in this school.