Freshman Orientation Programme 2010!

FOP 2010

FOP, otherwise known as the Freshmen Orientation Programme, consists of 6 projects that take place at the end of each academic year to welcome the next batch of freshmen joining FASS. The 6 projects are as follow:

Arts Camp 2010

arts camp 2Every year, freshmen and seniors alike wait eagerly as the dates for Arts Camp draw near. Many seniors look back on their first year in University and remember the fun that they had and the friendships that they forged during Arts Camp. Touted as the Best Camp Experience in NUS out of all the other Freshmen Camps, newly matriculating students from all over Singapore rush to sign up for it!

Freshmen can look forward to five days of exciting activities and games, including a day of fun at the beach and a night of dancing, all set in the form of an exciting adventure that is NUS Arts Camp 2010: Left 4 Arts! You will be able to make new friends, get to know the nice and friendly seniors, and find out about everything that the faculty and university have to offer! This year’s Arts Camp promises to be no different from other years, and in fact seeks to improve, and to be even more exciting and engaging for the freshmen! 

If you’re interested or know someone who is coming into FASS this year, feel free to take a look at our Facebook page at or simply search for NUS Arts Camp 2010! More details such as registration dates and camp information can be found there! You can also sign up at the Arts booth during FASS Day which will be held on the 22nd May 2010! Vacancies are limited to only 300 freshmen so sign up before its too late! 

Arts Camp 1

Photos credited to Shane Koh

Written by Andre Yeo
Project Director
Arts Camp 2010: Left 4 Arts from 21st to 25th June

Contact Andre at 98232146 or for more information!


Arts Matriculation Fair

Matriculation Fair is the day where all freshmen would be affectionately welcomed into our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) family. This event has traditionally been known as a give-away shopping fair and a milestone for many as the grandeur of it would make them proud to be part of the FASS Family and the NUS. Freshmen will be introduced to the various aspects of their future university life and be well- equipped with information which are useful for their stay in FASS.

For this year, we came out with a theme called: “Transition: In search for your own dream’. This is chosen because as one enters life in FASS, it will be a special transition from one’s younger days to a more matured, independent life that one will have for the next three or four years. We hope to aid students in this transition and help guide them on the road to their own dreams, letting them know that they are not alone after all.

Feel free to contact Joannah Shane at 91299841 or for any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! Cheerios!


Arts Flag 2010

flag 1Flag is a sister project in line with Rag, and thus is an opportunity for all to not only contribute back to society but also to contribute to the faculty. The primary aim of Flag is to collect funds for charitable organizations, and imbue a sense of giving and social responsibility in the freshmen and seniors partaking in the event. This will be an opportunity for the students to bond through a collective charity experience. Breaking away from the traditional and monotonous Flag, this year ARTS Flag is going to be a fun-filled event with mini-challenges and flash mobs galore! As part of the Oweek programme, each house will perform a flash mob at a central location and showcase their creativity and coordination. In between flagging for donations, you can also have fun completing a set of mini-challenges! 

Contribute to a good cause and have fun doing it!

If you’re interested to HELP OUT or TAKE PART in Flag Day on 3rd August 2010
Contact Nazeehah at 98275666 or for more information!


Arts Rag 2010

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Every summer break, the school goes quiet. For the most part that is. Scattered around the campus, you will find groups of dedicated people working on floats and rehearsing the dance act that goes with it. This is Rag season, a time when the faculties and halls are busy preparing a float and performance that will compete for top honors during Rag day, which functions as the highlight of the orientation activities organized by the various faculties, occurring as it does just before school reopens.

rag 1Arts Rag 2010 is the latest incarnation of a long tradition which stretches back to the days when many of our parents were undergraduates themselves. While many things may have changed since then, the one thing that has not changed is Rag’s ability to bind people together. Freshies and seniors alike work on this faculty-wide project every year, producing a float and a performance that is nothing short of stunning, each rag raising the bar ever higher. But regardless of the quality of the end products, it pales in comparison to the community that is forged in those few months, and is ultimately the driving force behind seniors coming back year after year for more.

A project of this scale would appear to require specialized skills, but every year, spectators during Rag day are astonished when they discover that what they see is the product of essentially unskilled and inexperienced hands. What makes all this possible, then, is a strong sense of camaraderie and raw enthusiasm. If you’re interesting in working with your hands and creating something, or wish to express yourself through dance, or simply want to meet new people, then Rag is something not to be missed.

Contact Zhenyang at 91800174 or for more information

Also visit our facebook group for updates as well @


Arts O-Week 2010

o week 1The Orientation Week is a 7 day camp, held in the week before the new academic term, for incoming FASS freshmen. This will be an opportunity for freshmen, who have missed out on Arts Camp, to experience a first-hand orientation experience. Students will be brought around the school, playing games while getting to know seniors at the same time! This is also the only event where freshmen receive valuable insider tips to manoeuvre the complicated module bidding system. It is also an excellent chance for freshmen to interact and forge long-lasting friendships. Orientation week this year would take place from 29th July to 6th August.

For more information, you can contact the Project Director (PD) of O-week 2010:

Lee Jing Yi
HP: 94780633
SMS/Meet-ups/Emails/Calls welcomed!


o week 2


Arts Bash 2010

One party to rule them all.

One night never to be forgotten.

One Party, Two Schools, Three Words, The 2010 Party

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and School of Design and Environment proudly presents ARTS-SDE Bash 2010

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This 1000 man strong party is the best time for you and your friends to get together and have fun for the night!  Feast your eyes upon the bevy of beauties and throngs of hunks as we bring you the top lookers from ARTS and SDE. Come explore the series of events lined up for you to truly let your hair down. Play and decide for us the Kings and Queens of the 2 schools and get to know more peers and seniors.

The Stage is set. We meet at Zouk, 21st August 2010!

The Hour beckons. We show down at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets come with 1 x Free House Pour.

Stay tuned for updates, Email “Mr. Party” or “Miss Party” at for any enquiries. Or visit for more details.

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Disclaimer: We bear no responsibility for sore eyes from seeing too many eye candies. We are indemnified against all who have too much fun till they are dizzy. We seriously think you should reconsider planning anything else on that day. We hope you’ll be fine even after you are intoxicated with too much fun.





For enquiries on any of the above projects, do contact:

Daryl Boey
Secretary/Director of Public Relations
Freshmen Orientation Programme Central Committee

Vice President
30th Management Committee
NUS Students’ Arts and Social Sciences Club
Mobile: 90622477

‘Speak Out Loud’ Project 2010


Arts and Social Sciences Club
‘Speak Out Loud’ Project 2010
An initiative of the 30th Management Committee





This is an inaugural survey conducted by the Arts Club’s Welfare Cell (30th Management Committee) in March 2010, to elicit feedback from undergraduates on various matters pertaining to student life and experience. Over four days at the Arts Canteen, a total of 43 students were interviewed. The sample comprised:

  •  67.4% females, 32.6% males
  • 72.1% Chinese, 20.9% Malay, 7% Indian
  • 7 majors represented (CL, CNM, EC, ELL, PY, SC, SW, TS)

(1)  Tutorial Participation, Tutors and Project Work

  • Buzz groups (of 5 or less persons): buzz groups should be formed within tutorials to allow for small-group discussions. In each tutorial, buzz groups can discuss a topic followed by presentation of findings.
  • CA for participation: students who speak up just for CA marks should be discouraged. In this regard, CA marks for participation should be clarified from outset; not many tutors/lecturers state upfront how class participation will be counted towards CA.
  • Debates: consider having student debates, rather than only student/group presentations.
  • Tutor quality: tutors have very different ‘quality’ and parity across teaching and essay marking should be ensured (ie. lecturers to be proactive in tutor management). 
  • Project grouping: randomly assigned project group members simulate ‘real world’ work situations but present problems in terms of time-tabling (to meet for discussion), intra-group harmony, and predictability of final result.
  • Project peer evaluation: this should be mandatory in all project work involving 4 or more members. Peer evaluation can also be weighted such that marks are assigned to individual sections that each member has contributed to prevent free-riding.

(2)  Further Opportunities for Learning (Outside of Lectures/Tutorials)

  • Experiential learning 1: field trips should be organised once per semester for each module (where relevant) eg. visits to museums, government organizations etc.
  • Experiential learning 2: departments should proactively develop internship opportunities for their major students (either credited or informally run during the vacation period).


(3)  IVLE Management

  • Forum discussion: should be made mandatory for all modules on IVLE
  • Chat rooms: highly encouraged for all modules
  • Webcast: highly encouraged for all modules, so that students can revise materials more easily (if lecture attendance is a concern, students are fine with attendance being taken)
  • In general, students are highly participative on-line, and module instructors should make use of IVLE resources more intensively.

(4)  Continual Assessment and Mid-Term Tests

  • Both are important: students affirm the necessity of both, but 65% feel that CA marks should be assigned with a mixed-approach rather than from a single mid-term test (ie. CA comprising class participation, individual essay, group project, mid-term test). Mid-terms should preferably not dominate the CA mark allocation.


(5)  Others: Value-Adding to Student Life

  • Tea session: departments ought to organize ‘once per academic year’ tea sessions for Majors to meet with their lecturers, provide feedback, hear about latest development etc.

Feedback on Other Aspects of Student Life (Pertinent to Dean’s Office)

(6)  Lecture and Tutorial Durations

  • Most students are content with a weekly schedule of 2-hour lecture/1-hour discussion (or 2-hour discussion over a fortnight), although some have also expressed a preference for 3-hour seminar-style classes (especially for smaller classes).


(7)  Module Allocation and New Modules

  • Module allocation: students’ main concern is being able to get the modules they want, rather than more modules being offered each semester. In particular, Major students (in 2nd/3rd year) must be able to get their ‘Core modules’ through MPE.
  • New modules for consideration (can be minors): film study, archaeology, languages (as minors)


(8)  Other Matters eg. Class Size, Study Space, Workshops

  • Ideal tutorial size: 15-20 students – tutorials/discussions larger than 20 often means less attention by tutor, and students are able to ‘get away’ with little participation and preparation.
  • Ideal lecture size (not including Level 1000 & GEK): 100-200 preferred – overly large lecture groups inhibit interaction and students speaking up in lectures.
  • Study rooms: Dean’s Office can consider creating study rooms for students (eg. School of Computing study rooms), or allowing the use of Seminar Rooms as study spaces (from Reading Week onwards).
  • Workshops: Dean’s Office to organise more interactive and student-participative workshops (career preparation and relevant topics).


Project undertaken by Arts Club Welfare Cell and affiliates (Sama Bombaywala, Tarang Mogre, Ow Shihong, Kalyani Iyer, Rosel Tan, Nishank Singhal, Apurva Parthasarathi, Manmitha Srinivasan, Mitali Kumar, Kritika Kumar, Srinidhi Srinivasan), with help from Daryl Boey (Vice President).  Notes summarized and compiled by A/P T.C. Chang (Assistant Dean), April 2010.