As part of its continuous commitment in achieving excellence in education, Taylor’s University is joining forces with The Actors Studio to launch Malaysia’s first ever Conservatory Degree Programme in Performing Arts.
A historic feat in the field of performing arts and for TUTAS (Taylor’s University & The Actors Studio), the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) will be helmed by the Taylor’s School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and will be driven by its core vision to build innovation, inclusivity and reflective societies through the arts and social sciences.
A conservatory programme allows students to focus exclusively on their subject, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the arts and receive very specific training opportunities relevant to their specialty.
Students in the TUTAS Conservatory Programme will engage in 80% practical work, and have the option to choose one of two tracks : Performance or Technical Theatre. Interested applicants would need to attend a two-day guided audition process (group audition and individual session) to gain admission.
Encapsulating modules ranging from Performance, Directing, Dance and Music, to Technical Theatre, Stage Lighting, Stage Sound, and Scenography, to name a few, the programme entails a rigorous professional development that prepares the students for a career in theatre and performing arts.
Students will be taught theoretical and practical approaches as well as methodologies in the theatre by industry experts like such Joe Hasham OAM, Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican, Chris Higgs, Ian Chow, Mark Beau de Silva, Omar Ali, Sandee Chew, Sayyid Shafiee, Tung Jit Yang, Yusman Mokhtar.
“Performing arts is important in a society that more than ever before consumes content in all forms. With creativity and expression of individuals gaining attention and prominence, we look forward to seeing a mature performing arts scene in the country. This conservatory launched by Taylor’s University’s partnership with The Actors Studio, branded TUTAS, aims to nurture talent to be at the forefront of this industry in the local and international arena,” said Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University, Professor Michael Driscoll.
Professor Michael noted that students will benefit from the Taylor’s Curriculum Framework, where they have the opportunity to expand their studies by pursuing a minor or an extension in other fields of interest to add to their breadth of knowledge and enhance their employability. Examples include Minors in Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Creative Media Design, or Psychology, with Extensions in Music, Dance, Performance or Technical Theatre.
Students will be able to explore a range of careers such as actors, directors, scriptwriters, teachers, stage technicians, costume designers and event managers. Some could also set up their own training centres.
In addition to guiding students to navigate the world of performing arts, TUTAS also ensures that students are given access to world class standards and facilities in Taylor’s University and klpac, which includes exposure to industry icons and experts and internships both locally and abroad.
Those interested in the TUTAS Bachelor of Performing Arts programme intake in March 2020 may apply for the auditions on 14 and 15 March at Taylors University’s Website.