SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
Alex Toh Alex Toh
Faculty of Film

Alex Toh is an award-winning multimedia artist and scholar with more than 15 years of media arts creation experience. His portfolio spans various genres including animation, web content development and design, photography, digital illustration, visual communication, and filmmaking.

He started his winning accolades while still a polytechnic student, clinching First Prize in Inter-school Best Homepage Design Contest in 2000, organised by Singapore Press Holding’s and In the same year, he won First Prize in the Tertiary Category and Overall Best Animation Award as part of a team in Animation 2000 Competition organised by National Arts Council. He was selected as a finalist in Singapore Young Designers Award 2001, organised by Designers Association Singapore, Singapore Trade and Development Board and National Youth Council. In 2006, he was selected as a NOISE Apprentice, recognised as among the top young artists in Singapore, an initiative by the National Arts Council. As a teacher and mentor, he led and guided many students in winning at competitions too. Some of his students' achievements include First Prize in Lee Kuan Yew Technology Award 2006 organised by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Third Prize in Marina Bay My Inspiration Flag Design Competition in 2009 organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority in conjunction with Singapore Design Festival, and Merit Prize in STAMP Postbox Design Competition organised by Singpost in 2010.

He began his career in 2004 as a designer with a creative agency where he had opportunities to work with the AXN and Animax TV channels. He then spent seven years as a teacher in ITE where he taught various media arts subjects including Video Production. In the newly formed School of Design and Media in ITE, he helped set up the Nitec in Interactive Media Design course.

In recognition of his achievements in multimedia arts and teaching, Alex was invited as a speaker at the Asia Adobe Education Leadership Forum in 2007. In the same year, he was awarded a full scholarship to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Technology and Design with Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University).

Alex had also completed the Masters of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology from National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technology University of Singapore. He achieved a high GPA of 4.5. In recent years, he also completed International Baccalaureate’s specialised training in guiding students in Film, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, and Service.

His background in various types of media arts creations coupled with expertise in instructional design and education technology enabled him to contribute extensively to his teachings and project works. In recent years, Alex shifted his focus of arts creation to filmmaking. As films have the ability to transcend language and a myriad of boundaries, and with the ever advancement of technology, he firmly believes that the craft of creating the medium should be taught as an imperative presentation and communication tool for all 21st century learners.

Recently, his new short film “A New Start”, emerged as Winner of Creativity Award for Short Film in the A Show For A Change Film Festival, and Semi-Finalist for Best Short Film in the Canadian Cinematography Awards. It also clinched 13 Official Selection titles at international film festivals including Universe Multicultural Film Festival, The Film Collective, Screen Power Film Festival, American Golden Picture International Film Festival, Bucharest ShortCut CineFes, and Varese International Film Festival.