Young Film and Animation Enthusiast Receives Prestigious Scholarship


As part of efforts to help develop talents for the applied and media arts industries, the National Arts Council (NAC) and Takashimaya Co. Ltd. (Takashimaya) have awarded the prestigious Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship to 25-year old Vong Yong How.  He will leave for Japan to embark on a one-year Japanese language course in Sanno College, Tokyo, followed by a two-year broadcasting or film diploma in a college of his choice.


An avid design and media producer, Yong How’s work, a digital short film When The Wind Sings was screened at the 16th Singapore International Film Festival last year.  He has been interviewed on TV for his animation work Shinjuku no yume or Shinjuku Dreams, which also took him into the advanced finals in the 2000 Young Designers’ Award.  Yong How has worked as a conceptual art / 3D lighting artist, producing the conceptual artwork for the animation Sing to the Dawn, as well as the lighting for Canadian animation series Monster by Mistake.  He graduated from Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design with a diploma in Interactive Media Design in 2000.


Yong How was selected from 31 applicants, after a stringent selection process involving interviews with a specialist panel drawn from academic institutions and the applied arts industry, as well as with Takashimaya’s appointed Recommendation Review Committee.  He impressed the Committee with his good knowledge and understanding of the local media industry as well as his excellent artistic abilities and creative potential.


Since its inception in 1993, the Scholarship has supported 15 outstanding Singapore talents in pursuit of Diploma studies in applied or media arts disciplines in Japan.  These disciplines include product design, interior design, jewellery or fashion design, multimedia studies, broadcasting and audio-visual studies, and retail management.  Previously administered by the Economic Development Board, the Scholarship was handed over to the NAC in April 2002 for greater synergy given the Council’s strong focus in the arts and interest in the creative business.


The estimated value of the Scholarship, sponsored by Takashimaya, is $100,000 for Yong How’s three years of study and covers tuition fees, accommodation, living allowance, return airfare, book and warm clothing allowances.


More information on Yong How and his works can be found on his website