The current NAFA campus at Bencoolen Street is made up of three buildings called Campus 1, Campus 2 and Campus 3. The campus was completed in 2004. Built to accommodate a student population of 1,850, the existing NAFA campus facilities are not adequate to support immediate and future needs. The current student population is 2,360 and it is estimated to reach 3,040 in 2024.
NAFA is planning to expand its campus facilities by constructing a new building called Campus 4. The new campus will cost $41.7m to construct, $35.7m for building cost and $6m for land premium. The Campus 4 building will enable NAFA to alleviate the current space shortage and help the Academy meet projected space requirements for the next 10 years and beyond. The proposed Campus 4 will sit atop the new Bencoolen MRT station which is under construction by LTA. This new MRT station will have four floors above ground level. The proposed Campus 4 will make up Levels 5 to 12 to complete a well-integrated building structure and yield 7,738 m2 of floor area for NAFA.
The new facilities in Campus 4 will enable the Academy to stay at the forefront of Singapore’s arts education sector. It will be vital in supporting the effort to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning, and provide much-needed interaction spaces and amenities to promote a well-rounded and holistic development of students.
The Ministry of Education is supportive of the Campus 4 project to accommodate a higher student enrolment. However, no further funding is forthcoming from them for this expansion. Being a registered charity with Institution of Public Character status (IPC), we need a lot of help and support to enable the Campus 4 project to get off the ground.