Art Elective Programme
Art Elective Programme
Creatives of Tomorrow:
Care to Dream, Dare to Make
This is the mission of the National Junior College Art Elective Programme (AEP@NJC).
AEP@NJC strives to nurture and develop passion, for those who wish to make a change in our future world.
Established in 1985, the National Junior College Art Elective Programme champions creativity and innovation in artistic making and critical thinking. Students of this Programme follow a dynamic curriculum that has been developed and is constantly evolving, to remain aligned with the industry practices of the real world. Through a carefully designed six-year scheme of work, students embark on learning experiences that are anchored by phenomenon-based themes, essential questions and levels of innovation. These learning outcomes are mapped out for each year in the Developmental Levels of Study (see chart below).
Across all years of study from Junior High 1 to Senior High 2, students are also nurtured to build the competencies of critical thought and effective communication. In addition to the practical hands-on components of making, visual literacy is a core component of the Programme. This is enhanced with the learning experiences of reflective and responsive art writing, in-depth study of visual cultures, and critical discourse through discussions and debate.
Moreover, student outcomes of learning are assessed thoughtfully through a variety of modes in the areas of craft, concept and connection, both formatively and authentically. Project submissions, work proposals, open presentations, authentic showcases, real-world applications, and industry exposure are but a few of the key milestones that punctuate the six-year learning journey in the NJC Art Elective Programme.
Why choose AEP@NJC?
Graduates of our Programme excel in:
• Embracing multiple perspectives and interpretations
• Generating original solutions and possibilities for problem solving
• Overcoming obstacles and tackling complex challenges
• Innovating with new materials and processes
• Risk-taking to chart new milestones
DEVELOPMENTAL LEVELS OF STUDY
1) Studio Practice
•Elegant task-based challenges, self-directed idea generation with guided autonomy, principle-based exercises.
•Visual journaling, gathering & research, material exploration, process experimentation, aesthetic troubleshooting, and problem-solving.
•Exhibition & showcase, curation, and presentations
2) Visual Cultures and Literacy
•In-depth investigation into art history and visual cultures
•Disciplinary literacy in academic art writing, based on observation, critique and discourse.
3) Authentic and Experiential Learning
•Masterclasses and conversations with professional artists/ arts practitioners
•Visits to professional artist studios and working spaces
•Participation in industry-based events and competitions
•Learning journeys to exhibitions in museums and galleries
•Visits to other schools showcasing works by Art students
4)NETWORKING WITH THE WIDER CREATIVE FRATERNITY
AEP students are part of a wider AEP fraternity, comprising 7 secondary schools and 3 junior colleges. Throughout the year, AEP students gather together for combined activities and workshops.
•Secondary 1 Inter-School AEP Workshop
•Secondary 3 Inter-School AEP Workshop, in partnership with Art, Design & Media Faculty, Nanyang Technological University
•JC1 Baby Tropical Lab, co-organised by MOE & LaSalle College of the Arts
In addition, AEP@NJC also explores and maintains collaborations with institutes of higher learning (IHLs) such as Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and also various professional industry partners to provide up-to-date learning exposure for our students.
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