Budding digital artist awarded 2007 Takashimaya - NAC Scholarship


Budding digital artist awarded



2007 Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship



Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship Award Ceremony


Talented digital artist, Yap Kun Rong, will receive the prestigious 2007 Takashimaya-National Arts Council (NAC) Scholarship at a presentation ceremony at the Drama Centre on 21 February 2008. The scholarship, sponsored by Takashimaya, aims to develop talents for the applied and media arts industries.


A Hwa Chong Institution graduate with strong academic records, Yap will pursue a diploma in digital art in Japan. Yap's works have been showcased at the UOB Painting of The Year Exhibition in 2004. An all-rounded scholar and sportsman in school, he had also been participating actively in community work, selling his artworks to raise funds.


Inspired by the special effects and animation used in character designs in movies, Yapaspires to be a concept artist, a profession which is in short supply of talent in Singapore.Yap also aims to work with like-minded digital artists to contribute to Singapore’s development as a digital media hub. The exposure in Japan, home to innovative technologies and imaginative creations like world-renown animation series Doraemon and movie Howl’s Moving Castle, will spur Yap to achieve greater artistic heights.


First launched in 1993, the scholarship was administered by the Economic Development Board. Given NAC’s strategic focus on the arts and creative industries, the scholarship administration was transferred to NAC in April 2002. The scholarship is open to Singaporecitizens and Permanent Residents between 18 and 30 years of age.


Valued at about $100,000, this scholarship provides support to young talent to pursue full-time Diploma studies in the applied or media arts disciplines in Japan. Courses range from product design, interior design, jewellery or fashion design, multimedia studies, broadcasting or audio-visual studies and fine arts. The scholarship includes full subsidy of a one-year Japanese language course to equip the scholars with a strong foundation in the Japanese language and a two-year full time Diploma programme. To date, there have been 19 recipients for the scholarship.


Attached are the following Annexes:
Annex 1: Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship

Annex 2: Programme for Award Ceremony