Welcome to the School of Design and Arts, of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. As an inclusive learning community, we are building on existent strengths and vibrant successes, and are committed to furthering collaborative opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning, research and practice in alignment with the Swinburne Vision 2025; ‘A World Class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation’.
Future-ready learners, research with impact and innovation are the central themes of our multidisciplinary, multiprofessional and multicultural endeavours at the School of Design and Arts. Our rigorous curricula have deep interdisciplinary roots with students at the heart of its comprehensive university education. Our programs employ a variety of innovative models and technologies, minimising the extant gap between theory and practice; academia and workplace.
We have a successful history of collaborations and partnerships across our teaching and research activity which supports student exchanges and professional development programs internationally. We have a proud history of students winning awards at international platforms. The school provides a stimulating and welcoming community for you to enjoy a high quality educational experience. We offer undergraduate courses in Design, Arts and Education (TESOL).
We offer a Bachelor of Design with a major in Graphic Design and Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design). The Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design) offers a broad and coherent understanding of contemporary design and its application to the creative industry. In your first year of study, you will learn design skills that range across various disciplines such as web design, traditional and digital publishing, branding, experiential design, photography and image production. Your subsequent years will train you to develop and deliver a range of digital media applications including projects for web, digital film and television production, interactive digital media and handheld mobile devices. You will also acquire industry related skills in animation, 3D modelling, digital video, audio, media and communication design for electronic media.
The Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design) provides an opportunity to students to gain invaluable knowledge in technical, creative and conceptual skills, as well as integrate the latest knowledge and technology in visual communication. Students will also get to explore the communication skills imperative in a commercial environment and learn how to respond confidently to design problems by reviewing diverse practices of this field. Additionally, students can develop sophisticated expertise in print and digital media including web design, advertising, corporate branding and product packaging.
For the Arts and Education, the school offers the Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to meet the demand of degree holders looking for a postgraduate degree in TESOL. This program aims to facilitate the development of disciplinary knowledge on second language acquisition, focusing on the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages; equip prospective teachers with the basic tools for classroom practice in the area of TESOL; explore current theories and pedagogy in second/foreign language teaching; investigate classroom issues related to teaching TESOL; critique second/foreign language teaching methodologies, discuss research trends in the field of teaching English as a second/foreign language and, enable students to explore and apply research methods and skills in TESOL. The Brooke Trust Education Bursary is available for students who are interested to enrol in Swinburne’s Master of Arts TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme.
The bursary is worth 50% of the programme tuition fees and is open to newly enrolled, full-time Swinburne students in the TESOL programme, preferably Sarawakian degree graduates with a CGPA of 3.33 and above. Priority will be given to applicants who are financially in need where the individual or family monthly per capita income must not exceed RM3,500.
Other postgraduate courses include the Graduate Certificate of Arts (TESOL) and the Graduate Diploma of Arts (TESOL) which are designed to meet the demand for a certificate course in TESOL. This course aims to facilitate the development of disciplinary knowledge in second language acquisition, focusing on the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages; equip prospective and in-service teachers with basic tools for classroom practice in the area of TESOL; explore current theories and pedagogy in second/foreign language teaching; investigate classroom issues related to teaching TESOL; and critique second/ foreign language teaching methodologies.
This is a vibrant and exciting school of the university. Our partnerships and connections (MESTR, Yayasan Sarawak, AEMG, TEGAS, MICROSOFT, MDEC) – combined with our successful alumni provide an unparalleled support system for advancement in these dynamic fields and beyond. We invite you to be part of it.
Assoc. Prof. Ida Fatimawati bt Adi Badiozaman
Head of SchoolSchool of Design and Arts