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Cool!
Rub shoulders with professors from Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar. Dabble with state-of-the-art tools inside futuristic studios. Mix science and art to create a new media avatar. Before you say "cool!", go back to your childhood and your recent past and ask:
Students and alumni
• Clarence Lam (winner at international Carl Zeiss Photo Contest)
• Pow Ying Hern (first Singaporean student to win the prestigious international Red Dot Concept Design Award)
• Nur Aisyah Suhaimi (Very Short International Film Festival Grand Prix winner)

Who am I? As a child, your favourite toy was a thick stack of A3 paper. You probably learnt to doodle before you said your first words.

In primary school, you carried loads of colour pencils and jumped for joy when Photoshop was born.

These days, you're hooked on the colour pixels in cartoon characters and get "KO'ed" very quickly because you can't take your eyes off the in-game scenery.

If that is you, the place you should be looking at is the cool building that stands out with its intertwining turf roofs: the School of Art, Design & Media.

Vibeke Sorensen:

Breathing Art

She's worked at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, a place many consider the Harvard of digital arts training.

And Prof Vibeke Sorensen played a key role there too, serving as the Founding Chair of the Division of Animation & Digital Arts.

So it's no surprise that the digital multimedia and animation specialist brought her pioneering ways to NTU when she was picked to take over the reins at the university's School of Art, Design & Media back in August 2009. There, she helped start the Centre of Asian Art & Design as its founding director.

As the Chair of Singapore's first professional art school and a key contributor to NTU's new media drive, she is helping the nation's brightest creative talents reach their full potential. She says: "Art is necessary as an expression of life, as well as for the creation of dialogue. It should be as natural as breathing."

"The emphasis at NTU on interdisciplinary collaborations is inspiring and can help to catalyse many new possibilities. The students here are also creative, hardworking and intelligent – it's a good combination."

But Prof Sorensen is not just an academic and administrator – she's also an internationally respected artist whose work in experimental new media spans over three decades.

By combining art and science in new ways, she gets people talking. No wonder she has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has also been a collaborator of Disney and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Before coming to NTU, she chaired the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, New York.