KUALA LUMPUR, 30 November 2021 - Dasein Academy of Art's president, Gooi Hean Chye opines that the learning process and art creation during the pandemic posed many challenges for students but overcoming these difficulties helped shape them into individuals who are not only more resilient but resourceful as they get creative in trying various platforms to ensure their online lessons are not disrupted and explore art creation with limited art supplies during the lockdown.
"Art education during the pandemic is different from what we are used to, it is certainly very challenging, but I think it has some good influence in developing students' learning attitude. Aside from talent and great skills, a great artist needs to have good attitude - this is our teaching philosophy and objective at the college since our establishment 25 years ago."
Deputy Head of Dasein Graphic Design program, Samantha Cheah thinks that online learning paves the way for students to get accustomed with available technologies and channels in which the industry is adopting when it comes to recruiting fresh graduates, presentation of ideas, communication without borders and more coming to post-pandemic era. "I don't think that online learning or hybrid learning hinders the students' progress, this is the trend, this is the way forward for the industry and our students are experiencing it now. Lessons go on and we also had online exchange with the lecturers and students over at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (SoA+D) in Thailand.
Head of Dasein Animation program, Jason Loh is pleased that the pandemic did not stopped his students from submitting good works for their final year project and many of them graduated and got employed successfully during these trying times. "Every student needs to have a clear goal, the right attitude, discipline, passion, dedication, persistence, responsibility, a win-win mindset, hardworking, and some form of self-demand - these ten qualities are very crucial not only in their studies but also in their character-building as an individual."
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