Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Communication


This is a one-year top-up course for diploma graduates offered in collaboration with Loughborough University, inclusive of 7 weeks on campus in the UK.

Graphic Communication is an evolving design practice that shapes the understanding of the world through emerging media. Building upon the Diploma in Design & Media, this course will elevate your learning in technical and conceptual content. The curriculum will enhance your awareness of the historical precedent, current practice, cultural understanding and emerging technology. Beyond just graphic design, we emphasise the generation of ideas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyse a design problem in the changing context of contemporary culture and social issues
  • Conduct research on specific area of interest and develop personal design language and design opinion
  • Provide design solutions in both specialist and multidisciplinary approaches, and communicate design ideas in an emerging media environment
  • Demonstrate project management skills at personal level and in a team environment
  • Demonstrate critical ability to evaluate design outcomes and re-think and re-work on design thinking approaches for creative design solutions
Code Title Semester Credits
NYC431 Graphic Communication Contexts (1) 1 30

By integrating learning experience from other parts of the programme through the “learning agreement”, the module furthers your understanding of a professional brief and its requirements. You will produce a body of work as you learn the essential organisational and management skills. If you are seeking to pursue postgraduate studies, the programme integrates critical theory into the study of graphic communication.

NYC500 Art and Design Dissertation 1 and 2 30

Conduct in-depth research into a particular area of interest. You are expected to exhibit an academic distinction in that area of interest, such as intellectual reasoning and creative skills in the development and communication of your design proposals.

NYC432 Graphic Communication Contexts (2) 2 60

This module allows you to direct your own learning, and choose the content of your study for the remainder of the programme. Fully explore your strengths and interests through the ‘student learning agreement’ as you produce a portfolio of work that displays your best qualities.

Top-up degree courses in collaboration with Loughborough University


  1. A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma or its equivalent, with a minimum pass of 70% for the Final Year Project
  2. Submission of a portfolio of appropriate art/design work as evidence of the student’s ability
  3. Satisfactory completion of a portfolio interview
  4. Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  5. Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is IELTS Band 6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in the individual reading, writing, listening and speaking tests

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 experience or prior learning) on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, written acceptance will be required by Loughborough University, prior to final acceptance into the programme.

Course fees indicated here apply to top-up degree courses in the academic year of 2017, with studies commencing on 31 July 2017. All annual fees are based on 120 credits per year, for all top-up Degree Courses and are inclusive of 7% GST.

Course Fee S$25,200^ per annum

^ Fees are inclusive of board and lodging for the 7-week residential study visit.

For more information on financial assistance, please refer to the links below:

These are the fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & PR International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee for 1st choice S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any optional fees which the students pay only when applicable. Such fees are normally collected when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Fee Protection Scheme Insurance Fee S$100 per year
Administrative fee (including Student Card & Library Membership)
(refundable only if international student’s pass application is rejected by ICA)
S$300 per course
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee
(refundable only if international student’s pass application is rejected by ICA)
S$60 per year
Late Payment Charge (non-refundable) S$15 per month
Retake Module Fee Prevailing Full Course Fee/ Total Credits multiply by number of Retake Module Credits
Reassessment Module Fee S$107 + Amount charged by Partner University
Estimated Course Material Fees (payable to third party) S$1,000 - S$3,800 per year
Bank administrative charges for telegraphic transfer imposed by the beneficiary bank (payable to third party) (non-refundable) S$30 - S$150 per transaction
Estimated Graduation Show Fee (for final year students, if applicable) S$1,000 to S$3,000
Air Fare (for optional Study trip, payable to third party) S$1,000 to S$2,500
Individual Overseas Expenditures
(for optional Study trip, payable to third party)
S$2,000 to S$3,000
Travel Insurance (payable to third party) S$60 - S$120

For more information on payment, please refer to the links below:

NAFA has put in place the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) by way of insurance facility to protect the fees of students paid to NAFA. The FPS covers the Tuition Fee which is paid by students in every semester. Students will receive a copy of the certificate of insurance from our appointed FPS provider by way of email. The insured period will commence from the fee payment date or the date when the money is credited to NAFA’s Bank account (via Telegraphic Transfer). For more details about FPS, please check the Council of Private Education website at

The Bachelor of Music with Honours course funded by Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) is exempted from Fee Protection Scheme.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate
Click here to view the certificate.

NAFA students taking full-time programs are covered by a medical insurance scheme that provides 24-hour annual coverage of up to S$20,000 per student for hospitalisation and medical treatments in government and restructured hospitals in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities), throughout the course duration.

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or non-Student’s Pass international students who are protected by his/ her own insurance coverage in Singapore can opt-out from the scheme arranged by the Academy if the preceding condition holds. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to opt-out of the insurance scheme. Students who wish to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme, must submit copy of their medical insurance policy together with their Student Contract.

Please call the Office of Student Care and Internship at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.

  1. Apply online
  2. Upon completion of the online application, please print a copy of the Application Acknowledgment page.
  3. Submit all required documents listed below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for our verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Academic certificate and transcript (all diploma transcripts and graduation certificates)
    2. For NAFA current Year 3 applicants, please provide all transcripts from Year 1 to Year 3 Semester 1, and input your Year 3 Semester 1 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the online application system
    3. English qualification (GCE ‘A’ level/GCE ‘O’ level/TOEFL/TOEFL iBT/IELTS result)
    4. NRIC or passport or valid Student’s Pass
    Submit the following documents listed below at
    1. Statement of Intent
    2. Dissertation Proposal (for SOAD Degrees only)
    3. Personal Statement
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    5. Recommendation letter/testimonial
    6. Artwork portfolio for applicable courses
  4. Proceed to pay the application fee at the cashier counter in NAFA. If applicants choose to pay the application fee via PayPal, they will be required to upload the above documents during application
  5. Receive a portfolio interview/audition date via email from the Student Admissions Office. Interview date and time will be allocated upon receipt of all completed supporting documents and application fee payment.
  6. Bring your artwork/portfolio and attend your interview/audition at our campus.
  7. You will receive a letter by post indicating the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks after your interview.

Below is the list of teaching faculty for this course

Upon completion of this course, you may look forward to the following career options:

  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Multi Media Designer
  • Online Media Developer
  • Publication Designer



Make an Enquiry

Tel: 6512 4071

Please write to us at:
[email protected]