ASA welcomes launch of amendments for public consultation


The Arts Students Association are pleased to note that the amendments to the Stage and Film Classification have been launched for public consultation, and agree that this is indeed a positive step forward to revive the cultural scene in Malta, and move towards lending it a greater autonomy.

ASA also urges its members to take an interest in these amendments and participate in the consultation period, which lasts until February 7, as part of the duties of an active citizen within a democracy.

Reaction to Mark Anthony Falzon’s article in the Times of Malta on the 11th September 2011


The Arts Students’ Association believes that the students’ organisations work is being undermined. With reference to Mark Anthony Falzon’s article entitled ‘We shall nanny them to the beaches’ published in the Times of Malta on the 11th September 2011, is, a direct attack on the Malta Medical Students’ Association (MMSA). Dr. Mark Anthony Falzon, as a head of department coming from the Faculty of Arts should know better. Students’ organisations can be criticised, however, offering your weekly occasion opinion just attacking a student organisation is not the way to go. Student organisations carry their particular duties towards student life and must be appreciated with the limited resources each organisation has.

Letter to the Faculty of Arts


To whom it may concern,

The Arts Students Association (ASA) feels concerned on how things were tackled for those promoted second year students within the Faculty of Arts.  Online registration confused some students.  During the past few weeks we have received an amount of complaints from students when enrolling registration on e-sims.  Many students felt that it was better that they first choose whether they are going to continue their studies as Honours (Hons) or General(Gen). Had this happened, it would have been so much easier for Art Students to register for four optional credits or eight optional credits respectively.

Many students did not know that for Honours (Hons) one would have to opt for 4 ects. ASA assumes that it was the faculty’s office responsibility to announce students on some procedures before registering.  Consequently, the process did not run smoothly for the lot. It created unnecessary confusion in our students’ minds and, in some cases, insecurity about their courses.  Moreover students expressed the wish to have their respective course programme published online, so that it would be much easier and flexible to register. On a last note, some students did not receive all of their results.  This has naturally led to more confusion on what to do.

ASA hopes that in the upcoming academic year these problems would be minimized or, far better, abolished.  In this way we can ensure minimization of complaints, stability and security within our faculty staff and students.

Karl Littlejohn, ASA PRO.

Music and the Maltese Language


Il-Mużika u l-lingwa Maltija.

L-Assoċjazzjoni tal-istudenti tal-Arti(ASA) hi ikkonċernata dwar is-settur tal-mużika f’pajjiżna. Aħna nemmnu li l-lingwa Maltija għandha ħafna kontribut x’tagħti, u dan mhux inqas fil-Mużika. B’hekk aħna nappoġġjaw l-inizjattiva biex jerġa jibda jittella’ l-festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija. Bħala għaqda ta’ studenti responsabbli mill-istudju fl-arti u anke bħala ċittadini Maltin, aħna rridu li l-lingwa Maltija u kull ħaga li tagħmilna Maltin bħal kultura u d- drawwiet għandhom jingħataw iktar importanza. L-artist lokali jrid ikun iktar rikonoxxut biex itella l-ħiliet tiegħu fil-pubbliku, iżda nemmnu li jrid ikun hemm sistema ta’ kwalifikazzjoni għall-Artisti ħalli x-xogħol ikun iktar professjonali u jikkompeti sew ma’ ta’ barra.

Karl Littlejohn
ASA PRO
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Music and the Maltese Language

The Arts Students’ Association is deeply concerned about the music sector in our country. We firmly believe in the valid contribution that the Maltese language can give even in such sector. With this in
mind, we would like to show our full support to the recent initiative in trying to revive the Maltese Song Festival. As a student organisation within the artistic field, and as Maltese citizens, we
want all the factors that make us Maltese, such as the language, culture and traditions to be given greater importance. The local artist must be aided in all possible ways so as to publicly
demonstrate his abilities and be further recognized nationwide. Having said this, however, we believe that there must be some sort of classification system for artists, which will effectively increase the
professionalism and standard of local work.

Karl Littlejohn
ASA PRO

http://maltastar.com/pages/r1/ms10dart.asp?a=9684

ASA updates regarding Youth in Action and Lifelong learning


Dear members,

A press release about the suspension of Erasmus grants from the European Commission was published by ASA

https://artsuom.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/youth-in-action-and-lifelong-learning/

ASA has signed the petition regarding the Youth in Action and Life-Long Learning Programmes and yesterday it was presented to MPs at 5:45

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=109172832460577&ref=ts

ASA is also fully supporting the initiative being taken by KSU and KNZ in sending a letter to the European Commission with regards the suspension of the Youth In Action and Life-Long Learning Programmes http://www.ksu.org.mt

On the other hand, KSU are currently trying to gather more information. ASA is encouraging those students who wish to go on Erasmus, to visit KSU website

http://ksu.org.mt/en/component/form/?form_id=5

and fill in the feedback form available. ASA will continue to inform about any further updates.

Regards ASA Executive