About us



Transforming arts education, creating for a better world

The University of the Arts Singapore (UAS) is Singapore's first arts university nurturing a new generation of forward-looking artists, designers, educators, researchers, arts leaders and changemakers.

UAS is founded on an alliance of Singapore's leading arts institutions, LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Located in the heart of the art and civic district, LASALLE and NAFA are distinguished by unique heritages, strong artistic traditions, and innovative teaching approaches. Our faculty and alumni have earned national recognition, including Cultural Medallions and Young Artist Awards, championing Singaporean creativity on the global stage.

UAS will further generate new artistic thinking and discourse by creatively combining teaching, practice, and research. Collaborating with arts communities and industry partners locally and internationally, our graduates will energise the cultural landscape and the creative economy. We will strengthen Singapore as a creative hub in Asia.

Welcoming our first intake in 2024, LASALLE and NAFA will offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with degrees awarded by UAS.

Our vision and mission

UAS is a dynamic and influential university. We enrich lives, transform societies and shape the future through arts and design. Our mission is to inspire leaders and empower creative individuals through an innovative and socially impactful arts education. We strive to advance arts and design practice, research and discourse from Asia to the world.

Our values

Courage, imagination, diversity, collaboration, and passion. These qualities are behind everything we do. 


Our culture

At the University of the Arts Singapore, creativity is a mindset. We think, make and act to reimagine and shape a better world. Through a transformative arts education, we inspire and empower a new wave of artists and designers with global perspectives and brave imagination.

Founding members

As an alliance, UAS has the unique advantage of leveraging the strengths of both our founding members, LASALLE and NAFA, while allowing each to remain distinct colleges. UAS will work in close collaboration with the two arts institutions to lead and provide strategic direction, and will validate, confer and award UAS degrees offered by both arts institutions. 


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Our leadership

Board of trustees

Key leadership

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