Admission Requirements

Diploma

NAFA hopes to attract applicants with the potential to become excellent arts practitioners. Applicants are selected by merit, based on the following criteria:

  • Potential in Artistic Talent and Creativity
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Language Proficiency
  • Special Factor
  • Age Requirement
  • Module Exemption

Selection is competitive and is subject to the availability of places. However, the Academy may give consideration to talented applicants who excel in Artistic Talent and Creativity, but have not fully met the education qualification stated.


All applicants are to demonstrate their artistic potential through portfolio submission/admission test/audition as specified in each course, in order to be considered for admission.



3D Design


  • Diploma in Design (Furniture and Spatial)

  • Diploma in Design (Interior and Exhibition)

  • Diploma in Design (Object and Jewellery)

  • Diploma in Design (Landscape and Architecture)


All applicants (except from China) may select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test.‬‬‬‬‬ Applicants from China will need to take the admission test.

(A) Portfolio Submission

You are to submit 10-15 images of recent art or design work, which should include a range of finished artwork as well as development work in preparing the finished artwork (sketches, mood boards, etc). Portfolios are assessed with the aim of identifying your creative and technical potential to undertake a course in art and design.

The work submitted should preferably be not more than two years old. It may be the result of assigned class projects or independent exploration. It is recommended that the selected examples of work reflect your interests, experience and competencies in art and design.

While compiling the contents of the portfolio, you may concentrate on a single medium or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include, but is not limited to the following: drawing, prints, photography, painting, film, video, animation, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, etc.

You are also expected to write a statement of intent - in about 100 words - stating your reasons for pursuing a course of study in art and design. Please include your goals, interests and aspirations for the future.

(B) Admission Test

Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person/web interview.

The test paper is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Drawing from observation, where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or scene in front of you
  2. Creative visualisation, where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or scene using the lines/shapes provided
  3. Written essay, where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Arts Management


Diploma in Arts Management

Personal Statement and Testimonial

You are required to submit a 500-word personal statement and a testimonial through https://pss.nafa.edu.sg/.

Personal Statement
Your personal statement should articulate your interest for the arts and future career goals. Through your personal statement, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Past experiences in artistic practice, arts management and/or attending arts events
  • Aspiration to work in the arts and cultural industries
  • Written communication skills

Testimonial
The testimonial should be written by an official (e.g. teacher, principal, advisor, etc.) of an educational institution you have attended. Through the testimonial, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Personality traits
  • Participation in co-curricular activities
  • Leadership ability or potential

Dance


Diploma in Dance

Audition

You are required to attend an audition. The audition consists of two sections - Practical Assessment and Interview.

  • You are required to report to the audition venue 30 minutes earlier to register, warm up and change into appropriate attire for dancing. You must bring your own attire.
  • The audition may take up to 3 hours

Practical Assessment
You are expected to prepare and perform two contrasting solos of any dance genre/style (e.g. Ballet and Cultural Dance; Chinese classical dance and Chinese folk dance). Each dance should not exceed 90 seconds. The solo dance can be choreographed by yourself or by someone else (e.g. your dance teacher). You are required to bring your own music which can played from a CD or from your own media device (e.g. phone, tablet, MP3 player with a 3.5mm audio output jack. A costume (e.g. tutu for female ballet classical solo) may be worn. Through your performance, assessors will evaluate your:

  • Technique - coordination, control and alignment
  • Artistry - spatial awareness, musicality, dynamic range and performance quality
  • Fitness - strength, control, flexibility, coordination, speed, stamina and stretch

Interview
You are expected to discuss why you want to study dance during the interview. You will be evaluated based on your:

  • Existing knowledge of and experience in dance performance
  • Dance-related interests and career aspirations
  • Dance proclivity and learning attitude

Applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may request for an online audition. For the Practical Assessment, applicants can choose to perform the two solos through the Internet or submit a current pre-recorded performance. Both options will be followed by an online interview.

Design & Media


  • Diploma in Advertising

  • Diploma in Graphic Communication

  • Diploma in Illustration Design with Animation

  • Diploma in Screen Media


All applicants (except from China) may select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test.‬‬‬‬‬ Applicants from China will need to take the admission test.

(A) Portfolio Submission

You are to submit 10-15 images of recent art or design work, which should include a range of finished artwork as well as development work in preparing the finished artwork (sketches, mood boards, etc). Portfolios are assessed with the aim of identifying your creative and technical potential to undertake a course in art and design.

The work submitted should preferably be not more than two years old. It may be the result of assigned class projects or independent exploration. It is recommended that the selected examples of work reflect your interests, experience and competencies in art and design.

While compiling the contents of the portfolio, you may concentrate on a single medium or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include, but is not limited to the following: drawing, prints, photography, painting, film, video, animation, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, etc.

You are also expected to write a statement of intent - in about 100 words - stating your reasons for pursuing a course of study in art and design. Please include your goals, interests and aspirations for the future.

(B) Admission Test

Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person/web interview.

The test paper is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Drawing from observation, where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or scene in front of you
  2. Creative visualisation, where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or scene using the lines/shapes provided
  3. Written essay, where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Fashion Studies


  • Diploma in Fashion Design

  • Diploma in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing


All applicants (except from China) may select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test.‬‬‬‬‬ Applicants from China will need to take the admission test.

(A) Portfolio Submission

You are to submit 10-15 images of recent art or design work, which should include a range of finished artwork as well as development work in preparing the finished artwork (sketches, mood boards, etc). Portfolios are assessed with the aim of identifying your creative and technical potential to undertake a course in art and design.

The work submitted should preferably be not more than two years old. It may be the result of assigned class projects or independent exploration. It is recommended that the selected examples of work reflect your interests, experience and competencies in art and design.

While compiling the contents of the portfolio, you may concentrate on a single medium or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include, but is not limited to the following: drawing, prints, photography, painting, film, video, animation, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, etc.

You are also expected to write a statement of intent - in about 100 words - stating your reasons for pursuing a course of study in art and design. Please include your goals, interests and aspirations for the future.

(B) Admission Test

Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person/web interview.

The test paper is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Drawing from observation, where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or scene in front of you
  2. Creative visualisation, where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or scene using the lines/shapes provided
  3. Written essay, where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Fine Art


  • Diploma in Fine Art

  • Diploma in Art Teaching


All applicants (except from China) may select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test.‬‬‬‬‬ Applicants from China will need to take the admission test.

(A) Portfolio Submission

You are to submit 10-15 images of recent art or design work, which should include a range of finished artwork as well as development work in preparing the finished artwork (sketches, mood boards, etc). Portfolios are assessed with the aim of identifying your creative and technical potential to undertake a course in art and design.

The work submitted should preferably be not more than two years old. It may be the result of assigned class projects or independent exploration. It is recommended that the selected examples of work reflect your interests, experience and competencies in art and design.

While compiling the contents of the portfolio, you may concentrate on a single medium or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include, but is not limited to the following: drawing, prints, photography, painting, film, video, animation, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, etc.

You are also expected to write a statement of intent - in about 100 words - stating your reasons for pursuing a course of study in art and design. Please include your goals, interests and aspirations for the future.

(B) Admission Test

Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person/web interview.

The test paper is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Drawing from observation, where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or scene in front of you
  2. Creative visualisation, where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or scene using the lines/shapes provided
  3. Written essay, where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Music


  • Diploma in Music

  • Diploma in Music Teaching

Audition

You are required to attend an entrance audition of approximately 15 minutes on your intended principal study.

Non-pianists are advised to bring along their own accompanist for the audition. If necessary, please contact Student Admissions Office for a list of accompanists. Applicants are required to make arrangements with the accompanists directly for practice sessions and payment. An accompanist fee is payable at S$100, and includes a 45-minute rehearsal along with the audition.

The audition consists of the following:

  • Performance of two contrasting works of your choice
  • Sight-reading
  • Aural awareness
  • Short interview with the audition panel about your musical experiences, interests and your ambitions for future studies and career

Composers should submit a portfolio of at least 2, but not more than 5, contrasting examples of your compositions. Please submit your portfolio one week in advance of the scheduled audition. You may submit your work as written scores, recordings or a combination of the two.

Please ensure that your written music is clear and legible and that you include full details, where necessary, of instrumentation, scoring and performance details. Do not send Sibelius files unless they are accompanied by PDF files of the same material. Recordings should either be on a CD or DVD, or in a file format that can be read in VLC or Windows Media Player.

Individual works should be clearly indexed on both the CD and accompanying documentation. All recordings should be clearly labelled with your name and the title of the piece on both the CD and its cover. Portfolios will be returned to you immediately at the end of the audition or mailed back to you after the audition period upon request.

Though live auditions are preferred, applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may submit a video recording for their audition. If they pass this round, an interview via Skype/Facetime/Video Conference with applicants will be arranged by the Student Admissions Office. There will be a quick-study and aural test conducted during the interview.

Guidelines for Video Recording:

  • The recording should be a clear and accurate representation of your playing. Do not edit the audio/video of your recording.
  • The camera should be stationery for the performance of each work.
  • The video should show the performer in full body if possible.

A minimum of ABRSM Grade V Theory* is also required. Applicants without the qualification are given the opportunity to take a 2-hour Music Theory paper.

The paper will test the following areas at a level similar to ABRSM Grade V:

  • Rhythm
  • Clefs and transposition
  • Scales and intervals
  • Harmony
  • Musical terms and signs
  • Composition of a simple eight-bar melody

*Further information about the requirements of ABRSM Grade V Theory can be found at www.abrsm.org

Theatre


  • Diploma in Theatre (English Drama)

  • Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama)

Audition

You are required to attend an audition. The audition consists of three sections - Workshop, Audition Monologue and Interview.

  • You are not required to prepare an audition piece prior to the audition
  • You are required to report to the audition venue 30 minutes earlier to register
  • The audition may take up to 3 hours
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement

Workshop

You are expected to participate enthusiastically in the improvisation exercises and theatre games of the workshop. Through your participation in the workshop, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Openness to improvisation and willingness to work with others
  • Vocal response in an improvisation - projection, range, tone and clarity
  • Physical response in an improvisation - expressiveness, spontaneity and range

Audition Monologue

You would be asked at the audition to select one out of three pieces of dramatic texts to perform. Time would be given to you to prepare for the performance. Through your performance of the monologue, assessors will evaluate your:

  • Ability to perform a dramatic text - comprehension, characterisation and creativity
  • Physical skills - presence on stage, spatial awareness, physical range, movement vocabulary and physical portrayal of character
  • Vocal skills - projection, clarity, range and tone

Interview

You are expected to discuss why you want to study theatre during the interview. You will be evaluated based on your:

  • Existing knowledge of and experience in theatre and/or performance
  • Personality traits
  • Innovation and creativity

Applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may request for an online audition. Participation in a workshop is not required and applicants would only be expected to perform a monologue and respond to questions in an interview online.

Minimum Educational Qualifications accepted:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level: Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE ‘O’ Level subjects, excluding English.

    Applicants who are active in their Secondary Schools’ Co-curricular Activities (CCA) may gain up to 2 CCA points. The CCA points can be used to improve their EQ aggregate score for admission consideration.

    Types of bonus points No. of bonus points awarded
    Grades of A1–A2 2 points
    Grades of B3–C6 1 point
  • Singapore Integrated Programme: Successful completion of Year 4 or higher.
  • School of The Arts (SOTA): Successful completion of Year 4 or higher.
  • Institute of Technical Education (ITE): Full-time Higher Nitec or Nitec.

For Diploma in Art Teaching:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level: At least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, or its equivalent, including English as a First Language
  • Good grades in Art at the GCE ‘O’ Level. Applicants who have external Art qualifications and Art portfolio are welcomed to apply
  • Pass admission test or portfolio submission
  • Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person or online interview

For Diploma in Music Teaching:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level: At least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, or its equivalent, including English as a First Language
  • Good grades from acceptable music examination boards or a pass in GCE ‘O’ Level Music. Applicants who are involved in musical groups and play a musical instrument are welcome to apply
  • Pass music audition

International applicants who have completed at least 10 years of education may be considered for application. Relevant supporting evidence of applicants’ achievements in the arts must be submitted with the application.

If the earliest you are able to submit your full results is mid-2018, you may use your most recent school examination or preliminary examination results, which must be certified by your school, for application.

Overseas Educational Qualifications Accepted:

China

  • Senior High School Leaving Certificate Examination
  • National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), also known as “Gao-kao”

India

Secondary School Certificate (Standard X) from:

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education Examinations (CBSE)
  • The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE)
  • Other certificates equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Level

Indonesia

  • Sekolah Menengah Atas /Umum (SMA/SMU) National Final Evaluation Examination*
    *Good SMA/SMU/High School Year 10 and 11 results will be considered.

Korea

  • High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination (Year 11/Year 12

Malaysia

  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Examination
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Examination
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Examination

Myanmar

  • Basic Education High School Examination/Matriculation

Philippines

  • High School Diploma/Certificate

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels

Thailand

  • High School Year 12*
    *Good High School Year 10 and 11 results will be considered

Vietnam

  • High School Year 11 Results
  • High School Diploma (Year 12)
  • Diploma in arts-related studies

Other Qualifications

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
  • Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Year Programme (IB MYP)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP)
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC)
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate

The minimum English Language proficiency requirement for all Diploma Courses except Diploma in Dance and Diploma in Music:

  • Grade C6 at GCE ‘O’ Levels
  • TOEFL iBT 50
  • TOEFL 500
  • IELTS Band 5
  • SAT score of 480 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component)
  • Qualifications equivalent to any of the above

The minimum English Language proficiency requirement for Diploma in Dance and Diploma in Music:

  • Grade D7 at GCE ‘O’ Levels
  • TOEFL iBT 40
  • TOEFL 400
  • IELTS Band 4
  • SAT score of 450 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component)
  • Qualifications equivalent to any of the above

Applicants who are unable to provide documentary evidence showing that they have met the English Language proficiency requirement, will be required to sit for the NAFA English Placement Test.

In addition to the minimum English Language proficiency requirement, the minimum Chinese Language proficiency requirement for Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama) is Grade C6 at GCE ‘O’ Level in Chinese Language or Higher Chinese or Literature in Chinese. The subject(s) will form part of the 4 ‘O’ Level subject requirements.

Recognition is accorded for prior achievements in areas relevant to intended studies.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or above in the year they are admitted to Year 1 of the diploma course.

ITE students from selected full-time Higher Nitec/Nitec courses* may apply for early admission. They can use their preliminary examination results (cumulative GPA of up to the 3rd term for a 2-year Higher Nitec/Nitec course or 5th term for a 3-year Nitec course) for application. The minimum cumulative GPA for early admission is 3.0.

Applicants are still required to submit their final-year results and meet the early admission requirements of the respective courses. Any applicant who does not meet the early admission requirements will have his/her conditional offer revoked.

*List of courses eligible for early admission:

Higher NITEC/NITEC Courses Eligible for Early Admission to the Following NAFA Courses
Higher Nitec in Filmmaking (Cinematography) All School of Art & Design Courses
Higher Nitec in Interactive Design
Higher Nitec in Performance Production
Higher Nitec in Space Design Technology
Higher Nitec in Visual Merchandising
Nitec in Digital Animation
Nitec in Fashion Apparel Production & Design
Nitec in Product Design
Nitec in Space Design (Architecture)
Nitec in Space Design (Interior & Exhibition)
Nitec in Visual Communication
Nitec in Visual Effects
Higher NITEC/NITEC Courses Eligible for Early Admission to the Following NAFA Courses
Higher Nitec in Event Management Diploma in Arts Management
Nitec in Digital Audio & Video Production

Applicants may receive module exemption of up to 60 credits, if they have taken and passed the same or similar modules in another institution. The granting of exemption may be subject to applicants passing a portfolio interview, audition or test. Application for module exemption must be submitted together with the admission application.

Applicants with GCE ‘A’ Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC)

Applicants who have completed GCE ‘A’ Level, IB Diploma and obtained at least a B in Art or Music will be eligible to be considered for module exemption (up to 40 credits) in the relevant courses. Applicants from SOTA will also be considered for module exemption in relevant courses.

Applicants with Higher Nitec/Nitec:

Diploma courses from the 3D Design Programme

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses are eligible to apply for module exemption:

  • Higher Nitec in Visual Merchandising
  • Higher Nitec in Space Design Technology
  • Nitec in Building Drafting (Civil & Structure)
  • Nitec in Interactive Media Design
  • Nitec in Product Design
  • Nitec in Space Design (Architecture)
  • Nitec in Space Design (Interior & Exhibition)
  • Nitec in Visual Communication
  • Nitec in Visual Effects

Diploma courses from the Design & Media Programme

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses are eligible to apply for module exemption:

  • Higher Nitec in Filmmaking (Cinematography)
  • Higher Nitec in Games Art & Design
  • Higher Nitec in Interactive Design
  • Higher Nitec in Visual Merchandising
  • Nitec in Digital Animation
  • Nitec in Digital Audio & Video Production
  • Nitec in Interactive Media Design
  • Nitec in Product Design
  • Nitec in Social Media & Web Development
  • Nitec in Visual Communication
  • Nitec in Visual Effects

Diploma courses from the Fashion Studies Programme

Full-time ITE graduates from the following course are eligible to apply for module exemptions:

  • Higher Nitec in Visual Merchandising
  • Nitec in Fashion Apparel Production & Design
  • Nitec in Product Design

Diploma courses from the Fine Art Programme

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses are eligible to apply for module exemptions:

  • Higher Nitec in Visual Mechandising
  • Nitec in Digital Animation
  • Nitec in Interactive Media Design
  • Nitec in Product Design
  • Nitec in Visual Communication
  • Nitec in Visual Effects

Diploma in Arts Management

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses are eligible to apply for module exemptions:

  • Higher Nitec in Event Management
  • Higher Nitec in Performance Production

Diploma in Theatre (English Drama/Mandarin Drama)

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses are eligible to apply for module exemptions:

  • Higher Nitec in Performance Production

Degree


Top-up degree course in collaboration with Royal College of Music

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Music or for students from other musical institutions, full transcript(s) from your current university or college to demonstrate successful progression through a course of study, equivalent to two years of undergraduate musical training
  • Performance audition of 15-20 minutes
  • An admission interview and assessment of a range of course work
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  • Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is IELTS Band 5.5 or equivalent

Top-up degree course in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Design or its equivalent
  • Submission of a portfolio of appropriately creative and original work as evidence of the student’s ability
  • Satisfactory completion of a portfolio interview
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  • Minimum entry requirement for English Language proficiency is IELTS Band 6 or equivalent*
  • Please note that the English requirement needs to be fulfilled by non-NAFA international students. This requirement is waived for NAFA students.

Top-up degree courses in collaboration with University of East London

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Fashion Diploma or its equivalent
  • Submission of a portfolio of appropriately creative and original work as evidence of the students’ ability
  • Satisfactory completion of a portfolio interview
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  • Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is IELTS Band 6 or equivalent
  • Please note that the English requirement needs to be fulfilled by non-NAFA international students. This requirement is waived for NAFA students.

For special or exceptional cases, the Admissions Panel may consider an applicant whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant professional/industrial experience or prior learning) on a case-by-case basis. In such cases written acceptance will be required by the University of East London prior to final acceptance onto the programme.

Top-up degree courses in collaboration with University of East London

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Fashion Diploma or its equivalent
  • Submission of a portfolio of appropriately creative and original work as evidence of the students’ ability
  • Satisfactory completion of a portfolio interview
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  • Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is IELTS Band 6 or equivalent
  • Please note that the English requirement needs to be fulfilled by non-NAFA international students. This requirement is waived for NAFA students.

For special or exceptional cases, the Admissions Panel may consider an applicant whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant professional/industrial experience or prior learning) on a case-by-case basis. In such cases written acceptance will be required by the University of East London prior to final acceptance onto the programme.

Top-up degree course in collaboration with University of Essex

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Arts Management or its equivalent
  • Satisfactory completion of an admission interview
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or older in the year of admission
  • Language Proficiency: The University of Essex normally assumes that anyone educated in Singapore is fluent in English. If you have successfully completed post-secondary (e.g. Diploma) education in the medium of English, you will not normally be asked for additional evidence of proficiency. The minimum requirement for international students who have not studied in the medium of English is IELTS Band 6 or equivalent; including a score of Band 6 in the written component.

Top-up degree course in collaboration with University of Essex

  • A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Arts Management or its equivalent
  • Satisfactory completion of an admission interview
  • Applicants should be 19 years of age or older in the year of admission
  • Language Proficiency: The University of Essex normally assumes that anyone educated in Singapore is fluent in English. If you have successfully completed post-secondary (e.g. Diploma) education in the medium of English, you will not normally be asked for additional evidence of proficiency. The minimum requirement for international students who have not studied in the medium of English is IELTS Band 6 or equivalent; including a score of Band 6 in the written component.