A Place to Call Your Own
School of The Arts invites all members of the School of The Arts family—alumni, current students, parents, and friends — to connect with the University’s alumni community. This powerful network of doers spans the globe and includes virtually every profession. Here, you’ll find the events, ideas, and resources that matter to you. So, take a look around and browse. We hope you’ll come back often!
School of The Arts has taught me that creative inspiration arises from a process of perpetual observation, critical inquiry and fearless experimentation.
Connie Bakshi - Graphic Communication Student
Nick Fadril Anak John
Nick recently graduated in 2018 from the Music Department of School of The Arts with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance & Pedagogy. He is an active member of local Malaysian band Sada Borneo which drew international attention when they wowed the judges at Asia’s Got Talent in 2015. Nick is currently busy with production and song writing for Sada Borneo and performing with the band for events.
Mohd Azhar Abu Bakar or better known as Azmeer by his industry peers is an award-winning song writer, producer and composer. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance & Pedagogy from the Music Department. Azmeer is known for his work with artists such as Misha Omar, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and many other prolific singers and won local and international awards for his work.
Azharudin Ramli or better known as Arja Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hon) Acting & Directing and is no stranger to the local Malaysian entertainment scene. A person with many talents, Arja is actively pursuing a career in the entertainment industry while running his new dance academy called Arja Arts Academy. Through his studies at USM, Arja is also a firm believer that as an artist it is important to strike a balance between having a foundation through education and also possess practical experience.
Sarah Moi Li Shi, Product Design Major
Sarah graduated in September 2019 majoring in Product Design and was recently the national winner for the 2019 James Dyson Awards for her design of a plate defender to help those who have difficulty with eating with one hand called “Eat. Easy.”.
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Muhamad Jamalullail bin Jamaludin, Graphic Communication Major
Muhamad Jamalullail or better known as Jamal graduated in September 2019. Since June Jamal has been working with Malay Mail Sdn. Bhd. as the video editor and social media coordinator. He spends his time preparing social media content for a segment known as #SeminitFaktaRingkas which involves presenting unique and viral trends to Malay Mail’s social media audience. He edits and assembles material for social media in various forms such as camera footage, dialogue, sound effects and graphics or special effects.
Mariana Tan, Fine Arts Major
“Be humble in your curiousity. I think as creative beings we find it hard to accept how something so subjective as art or creativity can be rejected or graded poorly. Don't think of it as a stumbling block but view it as a supplement to your norm.”
Aida Redza, Dance Activist
Trained in both Western contemporary dance and traditional Malay dance, Aida has also worked in various dance companies abroad. Her passion for dance spills over into her work with young people through Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio where she, along with five other artists, seeks to bring the performing arts to the everyday people in a language everyone understands. She attended a one-year course at School of The Arts focusing on theatre.
“I think that being an artist means we have to always contribute back into developing the young and I’ve always liked that.”
Marion D’Cruz, Founder of Five Arts Centre
Marion is one of the original founders of Five Arts Centre in 1984. Five Arts Centre is a dynamic collective of Malaysian artists and producers, dedicated to generating alternative art forms and images in the contemporary arts landscape. Marion is a graduate of Universiti Sains Malaysia in the 1970s where she graduated with a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Dance. She has then went on to study classical, modern and contemporary dance in Malaysia, Indonesia, London and New York. Marion's focus has been to create a contemporary Malaysian identity in dance and to create works that speak of what she is passionate about.
“Our composers, our choreographers, our playwrights are as important as — or more important than - the foreign ones. And at the end of the day, we have to tell our own stories — whether it is theatre, dance, visual arts or music — about our lives as Malaysians. The theatre, besides as the entertainment, should be provocative and make people think.”
YB Syerleena Abdul Rashid, Seri Delima State Assemblywoman in Penang
Besides being a dedicated politician and member of society, YB Syerleena is also an active advocate of sports and the arts. She is a Graphic Communication Major graduate from School of The Arts USM.
“When kids can use that other half of their brains, the one we use for arts and sports, I believe that the end result will be a different, more balanced society.”
Traditionally, one of the unique features of Makyong dance theatre is that the main characters are all women, and the men play the peripheral characters to add humour and side entertainment.
Rosnan Rahman is currently changing this trend by becoming one of the first male lead actors (or better known as Pakyong) to carry on this rich tradition where even UNESCO has declared an “intangible heritage” art form.
While studying Architecture at USM, Rosnan minored in Theatre at School of The Arts. He is currently pursuing his Masters in theatre with us too.
"Galakan dan dorongan tokoh budayawan Pulau Pinang Datuk Prof Emiretus Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin, yang juga merupakan pensyarah di USM, membuatkan saya lebih jatuh cinta terhadap Makyong.”
Hayzel Loo Yan Yi, Graphic Communication Major
Hayzel recently graduated in September 2019 majoring in Graphic Communication and is an active and lively student in School of The Arts. She has played many roles in RINTIS and been involved in seeing the event being a success for her seniors and also her own batch of final year students.
“The most memorable thing while studying at School of The Arts was the ambience it had as a lively art school. The graphic studio was always my second home. I had friendly lecturers, lovely friends and I miss the preparation moments for RINTIS.”
Prof. Dato Dr. Mohamed Najib bin Ahmad Dawa, former Dean of School of The Arts USM
As a young artist who once struggled to make a living from peddling batik paintings on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Dato Dr. Mohamed Najib became disillusioned with dwindling sales in his batik paintings during the recession of the 1990s and abandoned street life. He later made his way to Universiti Sains Malaysia to study fine art and then pursued his master's and doctorate overseas and was subsequently appointed Dean of School of The Arts USM. Besides that he eventually helmed our National Art Gallery and now is retired but is still actively advocating the arts back in his hometown in Pahang.
“I’m determined to convert as many ordinary visual artists as I can into business savvy individuals. I want them to be able to sustain themselves and profit from their chosen vocation.”
Muhammad Aiman Zubir, New Media Design & Technology Major
Muhammad Aiman studied in School of The Arts from 2011 - 2014 and is now currently a freelance 3D artist working on various projects around the world. His freelance work includes making 3D assets for indie games and enterprise projects.
In the past, he has also worked at companies such as Hasbro and EA Sports as a character artist. At Hasbro, he has worked on various toy brands such as Power Rangers, Transformers, and Star Wars to name a few. While At EA, he was involved in the development of the EA Sports title, where he was responsible for the production of 3D character assets, and in-game engine integration.
Amirul Alwi, Fine Art Major
Amirul is best known for his The Heart of Mathematics, a series of eight sets of threaded circles set to ancient cultural symbols. His exploration into this began with a Facebook post where one of his lecturers mentioned how a spiral pattern could be drawn mouton a person’s hand using the lines of their palms. Pretty soon, he gan to see spirals everywhere.
“I like to explore, express and experiment with any kind of material, medium, subject, technique and issues on day-to-day living. I challenge myself to combine together become a new composition of work that is then reflected back to the audience for their interpretation.”
Mohd Hazim Adli bin Ramli, Graphic Communication Major
Mohd Hazim has been working with Astro Awani from September 2019. Part of his responsibilities at Astro Awani is to provide design support to the various platforms such as On Air, Online and On Ground. He works closely with stakeholders to create designs and uses he combines graphic design skills with imagination and makes sure deadlines are met. On top of that, Mohd Hazim also monitors the interns at his workplace.
Sinthu Thiruvarul, Graphic Communication Major
“My bachelor’s journey at the School of Arts was an unforgettable one. I made lots of new friends, memories and experiences. It was not only a place to learn but a space to express creativity. The lecturers have always motivated me to dream big. There were so many moments when I have felt blessed to be guided by experienced lecturers with so much to share.”
Tan Hui Koon, Curator at National Art Gallery
Tan Hui Koon graduated in the year 2007 as a Fine Art major and has has merged her art-making practice into the area of curatorial matters as well. Hui Koon has led the Education Division, creating educational programs, proposing public engagement and audience building strategies. She has curated a number of exhibitions, among them the Aliran Semasa Young Emerging Artists Media Art Exhibition in 2013. She has co-curated Immaterial Frontiers 2.0, a South East Asia Media Art Exhibition in 2014 and also created a community project called Gerakan Seni (Art On The Move) in 2015 with the role of Artistic Director. In 2017, she was responsible in curating 101 Malaysian Women Art Show.
Nor Athirah Md Ghazali, Fine Art Major
Nor Athirah is no stranger to the art scene as she has been winning numerous awards for her artwork. In 2016 her artwork entitled 'Paper Cranes’ won third prize in the Vision Petron 2016 National Students Art Competition. This year (2019) she won first prize for her artwork at the Usaha Tegas Heritage Art Competition organised by Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd (UTSB)!
“Bila masuk bidang seni ni, kita kena belajar berdikari, kena pandai urus masa, be humble dan kena belajar menerima kiritikan daripada orang dengan hati dan minda yang terbuka.”