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About the Arts & Design Major

The arts is the study of creating and performing works of art, music, dance and drama; and includes the study of design. This field aims to develop an understanding of the artistic and technical aspects of the creation, production and performance of music, dance and drama, as well as of design and craft. It also includes the study of the history, development and theory of performing arts, fine arts, visual arts, design and more. In performing arts you will acquire the skills to arrange, transcribe and conduct musical compositions and scores, play musical instruments, sing as a soloist or member of a group. You may learn to critique, choreograph and produce performances. In design and fine arts, you will use techniques to harmonise line, colour, design and form; develop ideas for artistic presentation; and select artistic media, methods and materials to produce artistic objects and creations.

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The courses offered by each educational institution are arranged in accordance to the levels of education, ranging from pre-U programmes to higher degree levels. The information details in each study course include:

  • Course Title- indicates the qualification or award attainable upon completion of the study course.
  • Awarding Body - indicates the internal/external awarding body that awards the study qualification.
  • Course Fee - indicates the tuition fees (quoted in RM unless stated otherwise) as per course/year/ semester/month.
    • for split degree programmes (partially in Malaysia and balance in overseas), the fee indicated is the combination of local (RM) + overseas (foreign currency). For example, RM15,000 + A$10,000
  • Duration - indicates the expected duration of study for the entire course.
    • the duration of study can be by month, semester, year or course.
    • for split degree programmes, the combined course duration is indicated. For example, "2+1 yrs" means study locally for 2 years and overseas for 1 year.
    • "3+0 yrs" means the entire foreign degree programme is completed in Malaysia.
  • Entry Requirements - signifies the general entry requirements needed for the enrolment of a particular course of study.
    • the SPM qualification is accepted as equivalent qualification to the 'O' Level, while the Malaysian STPM or UEC qualification is accepted to be of equivalent to the A-Level, SAM, AUSMAT, CPU and UNSW(HSC) qualifications or other equivalents.
    • the minimum entry requirement for admission into certificate programmes is SPM with at least 2 credits while the prerequisite for diploma courses is SPM with a minimum of 3 credits.
    • as for foundation/pre-university courses, the general acceptance for entry is minimum SPM with 5 credits, while bachelor's degree courses require the minimum qualification of foundation/preuniversity or the STPM.
  • Full/Part Time- indicates whether the programme is conducted on a full (F) or part (P) time basis.
  • Entirely in Malaysia- indicates whether the course can be completed entirely in Malaysia or has to be partially done in overseas.
  • Credit Transfer- indicates the possibility of pursuing a bachelor's degree programme by way of twinning degree arrangement or credit transfer arrangement based on the approved diploma qualification/exemption policy of the university.
  • International University - indicates some possible bachelor degree pathways to overseas universities for diploma Pathway holders (subject to university's policy).
    • this segment provides diploma holders with many possible options to further their education at bachelor's degree level that they can choose upon completion of their diploma programmes. However the possible enrolment or exemption is subject to the terms and conditions imposed by respective overseas university.

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