AICAD Welcomes Two New International Affiliates

LASALLE College of the Arts / Nanjing University of the Arts

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design is happy to announce the addition of two new international affiliate members: LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and Nanjing University of the Arts in Nanjing, China.

Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The College offers more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programs in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, arts pedagogy and practice, art therapy, Asian art histories and creative writing. Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international center of excellence.(

Located near the promenade of Qinhuai River, the mother river of Nanjing, Nanjing University of the Arts is the only comprehensive arts institute in Jiangsu Province, as well as the earliest art academy established in China. After the development of more than one hundred years, Nanjing University of the Arts has become one of the most distinguished art universities in China and has enjoyed high reputation in China and the world. Boasting over 10,000 students, the university offers 27 majors over its 14 schools that include fine arts, music, design, media, movie and television, dance, popular music, humanities, industrial design, and cultural industry. Over the past 10 years, teachers and students have won over 590 awards in fine arts, musical performance, performing art and dance. (

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of 39 leading art schools in the US and Canada, as well as 7 international affiliates. It was founded in 1991 by a group of 25 presidents who felt a need for the similarly structured art schools to come together so as to mutually develop their schools and programs. Our mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and the value of studying art and design.