Diploma in Graphic Communication

Introduction

The Diploma in Graphic Communication is structured to equip you with critical thinking and creative skills in information management, visual literacy and marketing communication. The practice-based modules help you to build a broad range of proficiencies: from drawing fundamentals and typography to publication, media design, motion graphics as well as photography.

These integrated skills will help you meet the demands across print and digital platforms. This approach fosters objectivity, creativity and functionality, encouraging you to develop your own style while sharpening your ability to analyse problems and generate innovative solutions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Attain knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the demands of the graphic communication industry
  • Utilise art direction skills to communicate ideas
  • Develop a strong sense of visual aesthetic
  • Collaborate effectively as a team member

The following course modules are applicable to students enrolled in August 2017 and after. NAFA students enrolled in AY2016/2017 and earlier are to refer to the Diploma Handbook on StudentNet for the course modules in their respective year of enrolment.

Code Title Semester Credits
VAF1001 Drawing Fundamentals 1 4

This module introduces the principles in drawing, developing an awareness of composition, observation skills, and builds familiarity with contemporary drawing practice.

VAF1011 2D Fundamentals 1 4

Be introduced to the fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design, including typography, colour theory, and spatial organization.

VAF1021 3D Fundamentals 1 4

Be introduced to making and thinking in 3D and gain experience working with a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes.

VAF1031 Creative Thinking 1 2

This module focuses on cultivating and exploring a plethora of approaches to generate ideas, with the aim of creating more original and integrated options.

VAF1041 Introduction to Visual Arts 1 2

This module is designed to provide students with a sound working knowledge of the key historical concepts that inform the discussion of art and design in contemporary culture.

VAF1061 General Studies 1 1 2

This is a basic core module that establishes a foundation that we want to imbue our students with – living a productive life and being a perceptive, reflective and intellectually self-conscious citizen in this diverse and rapidly changing world. It will introduce to the students the basic skills and knowledge that they need to have as a responsible artist or designer.

VAF1062 General Studies 2 2 2

This module will further strengthen the foundation that is needed for our students to become responsible artists and designers. It will cover areas that will prepare them professionally, and equip them with knowledge of their rights and its application in this new digital world.

DDM1224 Design in Context 2 12

This module is an introduction to the history and fundamentals of visual communication to understand the role of design in society. It employs case studies, workshops, field trips and design projects.

DDM1281 Interactive Media 2 4

This module offers students the fundamental knowledge and skills in interactive media. Since the digital media has become the most important communication platform, students will be equipped with the technical skills of coding and the aesthetic skills in designing screen-based interface. General preparation, project setting up, images optimizing, interface concept and working with software, all these related areas will be covered so students have applied skills needed.

DDM1291 Culture & Media 2 4

Based on the history of Southeast Asian art and design, the module will cover how culture influences media and how, in return, media has changed culture over time. This understanding would be supported through the use of secondary and primary research, and methods that include textual analysis, observation and interviews.

DDM2124 Design in Society 1 12

Building on design knowledge, this module examines self-reflection of a designer's role in society. Through fieldwork and experimentation, students are encouraged to develop empathetic and responsible collaborations.

DDM2181 New Media 1 4

Students are exposed to the alternative method of producing digital communication tools. This module is encouraging exploration of enhancing user experience in new media platform. Besides technical skills development, other related applied knowledge and investigation like foresight and insight, user-centered design, non-linear interpretation, and interaction design will be covered in this module.

DDM2191 Issues in Society 1 4

This is a consideration of current social issues and communication patterns that affect design and idea development. Adding on to previous knowledge of secondary and primary research, textual analysis, observation and interviews, the module will further introduce other research methods such as focus group discussions and surveys to help increase understanding of social issues and better communication of it in design practices.

DTD2003 Overseas Immersion* 1 2

This module allows students to complete a 2-to-4-week attachment with one of our overseas university partners. These cultural exchanges serve to broaden experience and understanding of different design approaches.

ADE2001 New Contemporary Chinese Art & Design* 1 2

Through a series of lectures, tutorials, and the development of a design project in China, this module aims to broaden students’ learning experience by providing for students a first-hand appreciation of both traditional and contemporary approaches in Chinese Arts with a focus on art and design.

DDM2224 Design for transformation 2 8

A human-centric approach is the basis of this module which advocates creative and novel approaches to problem-solving in a broad range of media applications.

ADE3001 Internship 1 20

This practical training attachment exposes students to work environments where they can gain a more hands-on understanding of professional practices.

ADE3002 Industrial Attachment 1 10

This practical training attachment exposes students to work environments where they can gain a more hands-on understanding of professional practices.

ADE3003 Industry Project 1 10

This is a project-based module which provides students the opportunity to conceptualise, plan and execute a project. It will be a real life client project that will allow students to put their studies into practice and help them develop a sense of responsibility as well as interpersonal skills in a professional environment.

ADE3004 Community Project 1 10

This is a project-based module with the aim of improving the lives of the community at large. Students will work collaboratively with non-profit organisations, NGOs, etc. to find solutions for issues identified.

DDM3224 Authorship: Graphic 2 12

A self-directed module for students to uncover new opportunities for authentic and integrated user-experience. Expect lots of engaging fieldwork, workshops and design projects.

DDM3291 Research for Effective Communication 2 4

A focus on the use of research as a tool to support the effectiveness of design ideas, this module will emphasize a systematic process of gathering evidence and proper documentation of it. The module also strongly promotes exploration and self-directed learning for knowledge acquisition and effective use of such knowledge towards successful outcomes.

DDM2900 Design and Brand Strategy* 1/2 4

This module allows students to discover the framework and strategies of developing a successful brand expression through case studies and analysis. Students will develop a critical understanding of the social (cultures of consumption) and psychological (emotions in marketing) aspects integrated within the context, which will allow students to develop the ability to make good design decisions.

DDM2901 Digital Photography and Publication 1/2 4

In this module, students will learn to use photography as a medium of expression and communication. Students would explore the different perspectives of story-telling through images, and be equipped with the skills to compile them into a publication.

DDM2902 Packaging Design* 1/2 4

This module allows students to explore the different forms and functions of packaging design to provide packaging solutions that are appealing, functional and sustainable.

DDM2903 Motion Illustration* 1/2 4

This module explores the language of illustration allowing students to develop alternative approaches to communicate with time-based media.

DDM2904 Body Movement, Expression and Story-telling 1/2 4

This modules allows students to explore the body movement, facial expression and vocals to develop and convey stories. Bringing across emotional and expressive contents.

DDM2905 Digital Music and Sound Design* 1/2 4

This module introduces students to the techniques and practices of music and sound creation, encouraging exploration in creation, manipulation. Challenging them to apply the knowledge with innovation in design.

DDM2906 Alternative Applications* 1/2 4

This elective module allows students to explore further the alternative screen-based medium in visual communication. Students will learn the skills in digital visual effects, motion graphics, moving images, and 3D application. This digitally-focused module aims to challenge students to explore different delivery platforms and outcome to express their creativity.

DDM2907 Digital Visual Effects for Film Making* 1/2 4

Students would explore the use of digital composition, and the integration of CG elements with live action footage to enhance story-telling.

DDM2908 Performance Media and Installation Art 1/2 4

Students are challenged to investigate space and time, the relationship the creator and the audiences. To be presented through a variety of medias to bring across sensory experience to evoke emotions from the audiences.

DTD2010 Gemmology* 1 and 2 2

This module explores the science of gems: formation, history, physical properties, practical applications, and the methods and instruments used in the basic identification of the stones, colours and values.

DTD1001 Metalsmithing* 1 and 2 2

Students are introduced to the basic principles of handling raw materials. They will also learn various methods and materials employed in the fundamental techniques of object making.

DTD2020 Introduction to Furniture Design* 1 and 2 2

This cross-disciplinary elective introduces students to the design principles, ergonomic studies and material application in furniture design with the help of workshop practice, concept ideation and presentation.

DTD2043 Introduction to Interior Design* 1 and 2 2

This cross-disciplinary elective introduces students to the basic principles in interior design, with an emphasis on programming, space planning, colour scheme and furniture arrangement for residential design.

DTD2011 Introduction to Rapid Prototyping* 1 and 2 2

Students will learn about the basics of rapid prototyping which can assist or aid them in the realization of ideas.

DFS2006 History of Asian Costume* 2 2

This module will expose students to Asian elements relating to fashion. Countries and topics covered include Malaysia/Indonesia (Kebaya), India (Sari), China (Cheong Sam and Qi Pao), Thailand (Traditional Court Uniform), Japan (Kimono) and Korea (Hanbok).

DFS2209 Costume Design* 1/2 4

This module allows students to gain knowledge in designing the styles and costumes in theatre, film or television productions. They will be exposed to topics such as reading and analysis of scripts, creation of the mood and style for a production, communication with the Director, distinguishing of characters, and planning of costume plot.

DFS1205 Textile Design and Innovation 1* 2 2

Students will be introduced to various techniques of textile decoration, such as screen-printing and laser cutting to develop their own decorative textiles and prints.

DFS2105 Textile Design and Innovation 2* 1 2

This module explores the manipulation of fabrics through dyeing, shibori, bonding, embossing and weaving to create distinctive textiles.

DFA1001 Introduction to Painting* 1 and 2 2

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in watercolour and acrylic painting. Topics covered include still life and landscapes.

DFA1003 Introduction to Printmaking* 1 and 2 2

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in printmaking. Topics covered include mono-print, woodcut and simple stencil printing technique.

DFA1006 Introduction to Photography* 1 and 2 2

Students learn basic camera operations, and study the basics for creating fascinating imagery.

DFA1008 Introduction to Gong Bi* 2 2

This module covers fundamental principles involved in bird and flower compositions, and the line drawing and painting techniques specific to Gong Bi.

DFA1011 Figure Drawing* 1 and 2 4

This module helps students develop the visual and technical skills necessary for portrait and figure drawing. Students work in a variety of media, with an emphasis on charcoal.

DFA1014 New Media Art* 1 and 2 4

This module provides an overview of New Media Art, from the 60s to the present. Students examine a variety of mediums ranging from video art, sound art to digital time-based media.

DAM1093 Management for Non-Management Students* 1 and 2 2

This cross-disciplinary elective allows non-management students to explore management concepts and practices in the creative industry. Basic yet essential knowledge and skills in management are discussed, and students are encouraged to observe, analyse and apply these skills in the day-to-day practice of the arts.

DAM2092 Marketing for Non-Management Students* 1 and 2 2

This cross-disciplinary elective equips non-management students with the capabilities to manage the marketing function in their jobs. Students will be guided to explore the art market, the characteristics of customers in the arts, and how to apply the relevant marketing skills.

DMU1041 Instrumental Studies: Guitar* 2 1/2

This module provides a foundation on classical guitar technique, with emphasis on effective hand positioning and a strong grasp of the rudiments of music.

DMU1042 Instrumental Studies: Gamelan* 1/2 2

This module provides students with the practical skills of playing Javanese Gamelan, from simple to slightly complex pieces, up to the level of Irama II.

ACE1001 Speech Presentations* 1 and 2 2

Speech Presentations is a course in writing and presenting speeches. It will impart skills that students need to present their ideas effectively in public. In a supportive classroom environment, students will learn to communicate their ideas effectively using verbal and written techniques.

ACE1101 Business Communication* 1 and 2 2

This module will cover the full spectrum of communications in the workplace; this ranges from effective online correspondences, to report writing, and verbal communication skills.

ACE1102 Entrepreneurship in the Arts* 1 and 2 2

This module will cover the different models of entrepreneurship in the arts industry, and strategies to succeed independently. Students are guided to create personal value and build a productive start-up in the arts with available resources (e.g., intelligence, insight, ethics, initiative and influence).

ACE1103 Starting Your Own Business* 1 and 2 2

This module informs students with essential knowledge in setting up a business. Students develop business literacy through learning basic business principles and processes such as licensing, financial management, start-up operations, and consumer behaviour.

ACR2000 Singapore Arts Scene* 1 and 2 2

This module creates awareness in students of issues and trends in the arts scene, and develops critical thinking skills through problem-based learning.

IDP2001 Interdisciplinary Project 2A* 1 or 2
2

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to introduce students to identify shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It aims to expose students to insights of the various disciplines, and become competent to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines.

IDP2002 Interdisciplinary Project 2B* 1 or 2 4

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to introduce students to identify shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It aims to expose students to insights of the various disciplines, and become competent to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines.

IDP3001 Interdisciplinary Project 3A* 1 or 2
2

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to engage students in identifying shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It provides insights of the various disciplines through an interdisciplinary environment, and raise new questions using interdisciplinary perspectives.

IDP3002 Interdisciplinary Project 3B* 1 or 2 4

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to engage students in identifying shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It provides insights of the various disciplines through an interdisciplinary environment, and raise new questions using interdisciplinary perspectives.

*Electives

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 Qualification
  • 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.

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

The test consists of three sections:

  • Drawing from observation - where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or a scene in front of you
  • Creative visualization - where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or a scene using the lines and/or shapes provided
  • Written essay - where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on art and design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications Required
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:

  • 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

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.

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’ Level, 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:

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

At NAFA, we are committed to providing full and equal educational opportunities to all students. The Academy firmly believes that every individual deserves a supportive learning environment. Applicants are invited to inform us in advance of any specific needs, and/or type of physical facilities or support you might require. Please include this information in your application form, supplemented with the relevant medical reports. This will allow us to assess if our facilities and resources are able to support your needs for the course of study in NAFA.

Course fees indicated here apply to students entering NAFA in the academic year of 2018, with studies commencing on 30 July 2018. All annual fees are based on 40 credits per year. The cost for additional credits taken will be chargeable at course fee divided by 120 credits of the course.

Singapore Citizens S$4,520 per annum
Permanent Residents S$7,070 per annum
International Students S$9,820 per annum
Full Fees S$19,100 per annum

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

Tuition Grants are subsidies provided by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to subsidise the cost of tertiary education in Singapore.

Tuition Grant may also be offered to Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) and international applicants with outstanding academic results and evaluation of the submitted portfolio or results of the admission test/audition, subject to availability. You will be informed through our Letter of Offer if you are eligible for the Tuition Grant.

SPRs and international students who accept the subsidy are required to execute a Tuition Grant agreement with the Government of Singapore represented by the Ministry of Education. Under the terms of the agreement, students are required to work in Singapore for three years upon graduation from their course. We will guide matriculated students with their application for the Tuition Grant. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to complete the process of the Tuition Grant agreement within the deadline set by the MOE.

SPRs and international students who do not complete serving their Tuition Grant bonds will be required to pay liquidated damages, computed based on the prevailing Tuition Grant (as advised by MOE) received during the course of study, plus 10% compound interest per annum.

To find out more about the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme, please visit https://tgonline.moe.gov.sg

These are the fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & PR International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/Audition Fee for first choice S$70 S$100
Admission Test/Audition Fee for the second choice (optional) S$30 S$30
English Placement Test Fee (if applicable) S$30 S$30

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)
Administrative Fee for 1st to 3rd candidature years of study
(including Student Card & Library Membership)
(refundable only if international student’s pass application is rejected by ICA)
S$100 per year
Administrative Fee for 4th and 5th candidature years of study (non-refundable) S$100 to S$150 per semester
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
Resubmission Fee for Grade E module (non-refundable) S$30 per module
Appeal Fee for reconsideration of assessment result
(refundable if the appeal is successful)
S$30 per appeal
Extra Modules taken by International Students in their 4th and 5th candidature years of study to satisfy ICA Student’s Pass requirement
(applicable to International students only) (non-refundable)
S$100 to S$150 per credit
Estimated Course Material Fees
(payable to third party) (non-refundable)
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
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 Fee (payable to third party) S$60 - S$120

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

Diploma courses offered by NAFA are publicly-funded and therefore all fees are exempted from the Fee Protection Scheme under the EduTrust requirements of the Council for Private Education.

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.

Application period for AY2018/2019 intake opens 3 January and ends 31 March 2018.



  1. Apply online
  2. For all courses except Diploma in Arts Management, select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test in the application portal. Applicants for Diploma in Arts Management should submit a personal statement and testimonials at https://pss.nafa.edu.sg.
  3. Option A: Portfolio Submission

    • This option is available to all applicants. Applicants from China will need to take the admission test.
    • Submit your portfolio at https://pss.nafa.edu.sg after completing the online application.

    Option B: Admission Test

    • Receive a test advisory on the date of the admission test from the Student Admissions Office after verification of the required documents and payment of the Application Fee
    • Attend the admission test at NAFA with the required materials as indicated in the test advisory

    Selected applicants may be asked to attend an interview, either in person or via the web.

  4. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and 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 certificates and transcripts, e.g. GCE ‘A’ Level/GCE ‘O’ Level/ITE and GCE ‘N’ Level/other equivalent qualifications including TOEFL, TOEFL iBT or IELTS result, if applicable;
    2. NRIC or passport or valid Student’s Pass;
    3. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment of 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. Applicants who are unable to provide documentary evidence that they have met the English Language proficiency requirement will be required to sit for the NAFA English Placement Test.
  6. You will receive a letter by post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks after your portfolio submission/interview or admission test and English Placement Test (if applicable).

International students residing overseas are required to apply for admission to NAFA through the appointed education counsellors where applicable. Countries with NAFA overseas education counsellors include China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. Overseas admissions tests start from August 2017 to March 2018. The test dates vary among the countries. Applications made through non-NAFA appointed education counsellors will not be accepted.

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
  • Art Educator
  • Branding Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Photographer
  • Web Designer

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