Academic Information


Term / Semester No. of Weeks From To

2nd Semester
3rd Term 7 weeks 2 January 2017 (Mon) ^ 19 February 2017 (Sun)
Tutorial / Practice 1 week 20 February 2017 (Mon) 26 February 2017 (Sun)
4th Term 7 weeks 27 February 2017 (Mon) 16 April 2017 (Sun)
Exam Preparation 1 week 17 April 2017 (Mon) 23 April 2017 (Sun)
Assessment 2 weeks 24 April 2017 (Mon) 7 May 2017 (Sun)
Vacation 10 weeks 8 May 2017 (Mon) 16 July 2017 (Sun)


Term / Semester No. of Weeks From To

1st Semester
Orientation   31 July 2017 (Mon) 6 August 2017 (Sun)
1st Term 7 weeks 7 August 2017 (Mon) 24 September 2017 (Sun)
Tutorial / Practice 1 week 25 September 2017 (Mon) 1 October 2017 (Sun)
2nd Term 7 weeks 2 October 2017 (Mon) 19 November 2017 (Sun)
Assessment 2 weeks 20 November 2017 (Mon) 3 December 2017 (Sun)
Vacation 5 weeks 4 December 2017 (Mon) 7 January 2018 (Sun)
2nd Semester      
1st Term 7 weeks 8 January 2018 (Mon) 25 February 2018 (Sun)
Tutorial / Practice 1 week 26 February 2018 (Mon) 4 March 2018 (Sun)
2nd Term 7 weeks 5 March 2018 (Mon) 22 April 2018 (Sun)
Assessment 3 weeks 23 April 2018 (Mon) 13 May 2018 (Sun)
Vacation 11 weeks 14 May 2018 (Mon) 29 July 2018 (Sun)
Special Term 7 weeks 4 June 2018 (Mon) 22 July 2018 (Sun)

^ As New Year Day falls on Sunday, 1 January 2017, the next Monday, 2 January 2017 will be a public holiday.


  1. Students may opt to use the vacation period to take up selected modules, projects and programmes during the special term.
  2. The Academic calendar for degree courses may vary.

In order to graduate from a diploma course, students are required to attain at least 120 credits (including exempted modules, if any), pass all school/course/elective requirements, as prescribed by the respective schools/programmes, and have no more than 3 modules completed with the provisional pass Grade E.

Each module is either delivered face-to-face or facilitated online. You are expected to attend every lesson as scheduled, either in the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations, case-studies, practical exercises, field activities or e-learning.

Each module is assessed by either class participation, written assignments, practical performances, portfolio presentations, projects, examinations, or any of these combinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.

Industrial Attachment is a practical training programme which aims to provide you with the opportunity to consolidate the theoretical foundation through practical experiences. This programme allows you to familiarise with the work environment, so as to benefit you through a realistic perspective of working life.

While Industrial Attachment is strongly encouraged, it is not a compulsory module for all departments except Dance. For some courses, Industrial Attachment is offered as an elective; you may therefore gain module credits if you choose to participate in the programme.

Prior to course commencement date
New diploma students who wish to change course after accepting an offer in a course are required to notify the Student Admissions Office and re-apply for admission to the new course.

After course commencement date
Only Diploma students from 3D Design, Design and Media, Fine Art (non-MOE sponsored), Fashion Studies, Theatre and Music (non-MOE sponsored) Programmes are eligible to apply for course transfer in the first year of study. The Programme Vice-Dean/Dean will determine if a test/audition/interview is necessary for any course transfer application. The approval for course transfer is subject to the availability of vacancies, test/audition/interview outcome (if required), and fulfilment of the course requirements.

A student who wishes to change their course to one under a different School is required to withdraw from their current course and re-apply for admission to the new course.

Diploma Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Diploma Student Ratio*
School of Art & Design 1:17
3D Design 1:16
Fine Art 1:14
Design & Media 1:19
Fashion Studies 1:21
School of Arts Management, Dance and Theatre 1:15
Arts Management 1:23
Dance 1:9
Theatre 1:12
School of Music 1:12

Degree Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Degree Student Ratio*
School of Art & Design 1:6
3D Design 1:8
Fine Art 1:9
Design & Media 1:6
Fashion Studies 1:3
School of Arts Management, Dance and Theatre 1:5
Arts Management 1:7
Dance -
Theatre 1:3
School of Music 1:6

Note: The lecturer-to-student ratio is not a direct measure of classroom size; rather, it indicates the number of teaching staff to the number of students in the Programme. Teaching groups vary widely, depending on the course and module; it can range from 1:1 studio practice and small seminar groups, to large lectures of about a hundred students.

*As on 1 September 2016