Course Overview

Do you aspire to own your own art studio one day?
The Diploma in Fine Art offers opportunities for the students to develop creative skills and visual language to probe reality and express through the tangibility of form. This course stresses on critical and creative thinking along with strong studio-based studies.
Students with drawing, painting, printmaking, figure drawing and non-traditional experimental projects which expose the students to the visual language necessary for them to explore and discover their individual artistic inclination. Advanced and in-depth studies will be implemented progressively to enable our students to develop skills and techniques. At the same time, students will learn to express their ideas, perceptions, imaginations, responses and creativity.
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Art & Design Fundamentals
  • 3D Studies
  • Painting 1
  • Drawing 1
  • History of Art 1
  • English
  • Malaysian Studies 2 or Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1

Semester 2

  • Painting 2
  • Drawing 2
  • Figure Drawing 1
  • History of Art 2
  • Printmaking 1
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Writing Skills or Bahasa Kebangsaan A

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Communication Ethics
  • Painting 3
  • Drawing 3
  • Figure Drawing 2
  • History of Art 3
  • Experimental Studio

Semester 4

  • Community Project
  • Painting 4
  • Drawing 5
  • Figure Drawing 3
  • History of Art 4
  • Fundamental of Art Criticism
  • Digital Imaging & Text 1

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Painting 5
  • Independent Studies
  • Drawing 3
  • Figure Drawing 4
  • History of Art 3
  • Digital Imaging & Text 2 or Interactive & Moving Images 1

Industrial Training

Semester 6

  • Studio Thesis: Painting 6 & Drawing 6
  • Professional Studies


Campus Life

MIA is a community of lively young artists in the making. At MIA, students will find themselves experiencing and exploring new creative forms, expressions of various kind of arts and skills that will contribute to their future careers. To enhance the live and learn experience, we provide an ideal hands-on learning environment, classrooms and facilities for our students as well as living facilities close to campus. With the growing numbers of amenities around the campus such as a shopping mall and an upcoming convention centre, MIA is located in an area where students can truly live and learn to the fullest.

Career Opportunities

  • Full-time Artist
  • Exhibition Manager
  • Art Teacher
  • Mural Painting Artist
  • Designer
  • Display Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Curator and Gallery Assistant


  • I graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) Fine Art Department in 1994. There, I had the most tremendous and inspiring 3 years of education. I chose to study in MIA because of its great reputation as the best art college in Malaysia.

    During my time in MIA, the Fine Art Department allowed me to explore different medium, different conceptual and theoretical ideas, freedom to experiment with new techniques and to be more creative. The Department also had allowed me to become an independent thinker and learner. I would describe the MIA Fine Art Department as a great place for me to develop and explore my self-individuality.

    The quality of instruction in MIA Fine Art Department is genuinely creative and unique. There were so many amazing and passionate lecturers. They cared deeply about the journey of every student. I am very grateful for their guidance, patience, inspiration, passion, enthusiasm for the arts as it helped in shaping who I am as an artist and as an individual. I loved the Fine Art course that I had attended there, it was absolutely fantastic.

    Kelvin Chap Kok Leong
  • Diploma in Fine Art 2015-2017 (Convocation 2018- Most Outstanding Student Award)

    I want to start by thanking all my lecturers who have put up with me throughout my time at MIA. You taught me more than what is in that English or history book; You are making a difference and impacting so many lives. So, thank you for teaching me not only in the classroom, but outside of it, as well. Thank you for believing in me and preparing me for this wonderful learning journey. Thank you for always encouraging me to try my best and for never giving up on me.

    Foong Yeng Yeng
    Full-time Fine Artist
    Founder of Fun With Art Studio
    Instructor of Adult Art Class & Art workshop
    Member of YAE - National Art Gallery, Malaysia (First Batch)
  • Selected Awards:
    Nominee – Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum. (2011 & 2014)
    Receipient – Royal Over-Seas League Visual Arts Travel Scholarships 2009, United Kingdom.
    Finalist – Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong. (2007, 2008 & 2009)
    Finalist – Louis Vuitton Art Prize, Hong Kong (2007)
    Jurors Award – Malaysia Young Contemporaries 2006, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Asian Artists Fellowships, Freeman Foundation Vermont Studio Center Award, USA. (2006)
    Selected Prize – The 12th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition,
    The Mayor of Beppu Prize – The Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art
    , Beppu Art Museum, Beppu, Oita, Japan. (2005)
    Top 5 Winner – Philip Morris Malaysia-ASEAN Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2003)

    Chan Kok Hooi
    Malaysian Prominent Fine Artist
    Diploma in Fine Art, Malaysian Institute of Art (full scholarship), 1996