Asst. Prof. Michael Tan joined the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) in September 2007. He teaches in 4D Foundation Studies and Visual Communication. Using art and design practice as a starting point, his work seeks to link art and design to the field of social sciences, humanities and medical humanities.
Prior to joining NTU, he served as a part time lecturer at LaSalle College of the Arts and at The National Institute of Education (NIE) where he taught a range of media art related courses in studio practice, theory and history. His reflexive approach towards his art and design practice contemplates on the role and implication of art/ design on the everyday life of people.
He holds a Masters in Photography & Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2012) and was awarded the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching by NTU in 2011.
As a visual artist, he has exhibited widely in Singapore and internationally. And where an opportunity arises, he does occasionally venture into curatorial work.