Having an overseas learning experience is one of the key highlights of an education at NAFA. Visits to education institutions and events overseas are organised for students to gain global exposure to new ideas and innovations in their fields, as well as to foster multi-cultural integration and collaboration.
Final-year Bachelor of Music students have the opportunity to attend their international placement at either the Royal College of Music in London (for Western Instruments) or the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (for Chinese Instruments). Students will not only attend lessons, but will also be offered opportunities to perform in public events.
Final-year students from BA (Hons) 3D Design: New Practice, BA Hons Fine Art and BA(Hons) Graphic Communication spend up to seven weeks at Loughborough University, meeting people from all over the world and attending prestigious events such as the London Design Festival.
Study trips organised at the course or module level complement classroom teaching by giving students the exposure to industries and experts in areas relevant to their course of study. Such trips aim to broaden students’ perspectives and provide them with a better understanding and appreciation of their field of study.
Past study trips include visits to the World Expo Exhibition in Italy; Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; ASEAN Theatre Festival in Nanning, China; Guangzhou and Hong Kong for fabric sourcing, factory tours and market study; and various Southeast Asian countries for interdisciplinary projects on Southeast Asian puppetry.
Overseas Immersion Programmes
Overseas immersion programmes comprise lectures and/or hands-on project work/workshops/industry visits/field trips which are conducted at institutes of higher learning overseas, during the school vacation. Through such programmes, students have the opportunity to interact with and be taught by faculty members of the host institution, gain insights from industry experts and learn more about other cultures. Students will attain credits towards their NAFA Diploma upon completion of the programme.
Students from the School of Art and Design, for instance, had embarked on an overseas immersion programme at the Beijing Institute of Technology and Xiamen University of Technology in China for 3 weeks in 2016.
NAFA’s strategic partnerships with international institutions overseas provide students the opportunity to collaborate with peers on research, art and design, or performance projects where they can gain invaluable practical or industry experience.
NAFA’s 3D Design programme, for instance, has been collaborating with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand since September 2013, where students from both institutions worked together with Thai manufacturers to create ideas for a new furniture design collection. This collaborative project allows students to develop skills in design professionalism and entrepreneurship while establishing a network between students in Singapore and Thailand.
NAFA’s School of Music has also collaborated with the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan on the NAFA-Tainan University of the Arts Voice Recital project where a joint recital was put up by the students from both institutions, and practices in teaching and learning of the performing arts were also exchanged.
Student Exchange Programmes
Student exchange programmes give students the opportunity to experience different learning environments, broaden their outlook and approach to the arts and develop valuable life skills as well as an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Upon completion of the programme, students will be granted module exemptions for their NAFA Diploma.
NAFA’s Dance programme, for instance, had a student exchange programme with Purchase College, State University of New York, where incoming Purchase College students and outgoing NAFA students spent one semester at the respective host institution, taking modules and participating in dance projects and/or performances.