Art Elective Programme

Art Elective Programme

Beginning in 1985, we are the first junior college to offer the Art Elective Programme (AEP). Our AEP students have performed consistently well throughout the years and received top accolades in major competitions like UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore Youth Festival Art & Crafts Exhibition, Young Designer’s Award, to name a few. AEP at NJC has indeed come a long way with its successful extension to a six-year integrated programme in 2013.

Under this Programme, students are offered the opportunity to experiment and develop their capacity for critical and creative thinking through various approaches to idea generation and art-making. In their graduating year, an Art exhibition is presented in the Art Gallery as a showcase of their enriching journey in the Programme, a curatorial process that is integral to the contemporary function of art practice.

The Programme emphasises the theoretical aspect of Art. All AEP students undergo a course in the critical and historical aspects of both Southeast Asian and Western Art, which provides them with the foundational knowledge for Art criticism and understanding of visual culture. Their experience is further enhanced by first-hand exposure to authentic artworks exhibited in local and international galleries and museums during regular enrichment trips during the school term.

Why choose the arts?
You will learn…
To make good judgments
• That problems have more than one solution
• To celebrate multiple perspectives and interpretations
• To think through and with materials

What do our AEP students say?
“AEP gave me insights into what art really is… We are exposed to many mediums, art forms and different methods in art making. We learn art history, the proper terms for tools and method, and how to think out of the box.”
– Sanjena Suresh, JH3

“I thought AEP was all about drawing before I joined. However, I have learnt much more than that within this 2-year journey. Most importantly, I learnt how to appreciate the beauty around us and express it in our own way.”
– Wang Yifan, JH4

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The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important. – Eillot Eisner