From Singapore to Wimbledon: NAFA joins BA Acting and Performance
In January 2021, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts announced a partnership with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) to introduce new art and design degrees at NAFA. As part of the aim to enrich the student experience at both institutions, NAFA students are given the opportunity to spend 5 to 7 weeks on international placements at our Colleges.
Natalie Titus was one such student, arriving from Singapore in February this year for a placement on Year 2 of the BA Acting and Performance course at Wimbledon College of Arts. She tells us what she enjoyed most about her time on the course, at the College and in London.
How did you find your time on the course?
I had a wonderful time and met some amazing lecturers and classmates. I was doing Unit 7 of the course which was enjoyable and I learnt so much from it. I loved the way resources were so readily available to us, such as cameras and other equipment. Everyone was so open to teaching and learning and it was a great learning environment.
I met such a diverse group of people, which made not only for very interesting conversations but very interesting collaborations. The course gave me a safe environment to work in and I felt a good sense of freedom to just 'be' as well as to explore.
Tell us about a course element you found particularly interesting.
During a digital media lab workshop [seen in photos on this page], we worked with a program called Isadora which does live video effects processing for theatre and dance. We were tasked with adapting episodes from Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series The Sandman by using the technology to enhance our performances and to represent the mythic nature of the characters.
I loved that it was not just about performing but also being able to look at performance and the incorporation of technology critically.
What have you enjoyed most about being in London?
I watched several theatre productions while I was in London and each time, the experience was mind-blowing. The scale and quality of each production is indomitable. I love the density of arts and culture in the city – so many places to explore, so many museums to visit.
Name something you’ll always remember about Wimbledon College of Arts.
Aside from all the amazing people I’ve met, the vegan hot chocolate in the Wimbledon canteen!