‘Dasein’(‘da : za-in ), a connotation derived from German philosophy, has timelessly inspired creative thinkers to discover and redefine one’s true being and existence. With that ideal in mind, Dasein Academy of Art was established in 1996 by a team of avid educators and professionals from the creative industry.
Dasein Academy believes that creative education is more than just a skill or job-market-oriented curriculum. After all, it is through the path of creative thinking and aesthetic learning that one discovers the beauty of one’s existence; and that, is a fulfillment of a lifetime.
Students are constantly honoured and endorsed for their distinguished talent and ability in various platforms, reflecting the betterment and upward mobility of the college’s teaching philosophy. Some of these recognition include Malaysia's prestigious Kancil Awards, UOB Painting of the Year Awards, Usaha Tegas Heritage Art Competition (formerly known as Tanjong Heritage National Art Competition), London D & AD Student Awards, New York's The One Show Awards, US renowned 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration's Student Award Shows, Florida Animation Festival, Japan's Asia Students Package Design Award, Moscow GOLDEN BEE Global Biennale of Graphic Design awards and more. Every year, our students participate in various art exhibitions and sweep awards in competitions, making waves in both local and international art scenes.
Dasein Academy of Art is a boutique art college run by artists for future artists. All our staff are experts in their academic or administrative roles. We deliver specifically tailored courses to small groups of dedicated students, and we focus on unearthing each student's creative and personal development in preparing them for a multifaceted career.
Dasein Academy of Art is also proud to be voted as one of the institutions with high employability ratings according to the 2021 National Employability Index (formerly known as Talentbank Best Universities) - 100% voted by leading graduate employers.
The college continually invest in facilities for students to ensure that their learning experience at Dasein is enjoyable and practical. The new campus located at Millerz Square, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur is set to be a local art and design hub with multiple art galleries and exhibition spaces, art studios, state of art auditorium, co-working space and more student facilities spanning across 85,000 square feet.