Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama)

Introduction

The Diploma in Theatre is a practice-based and industry-led course that aims to train well-rounded theatre-makers. The core curriculum comprises of modules in acting, contextual studies, movement, voice and stagecraft.

You will be exposed to a wide range of international theatre practices and guided to develop your own creative voices as budding theatre artists. Through modules in Interdisciplinary Practice and Industry-Based Learning, you will learn how to collaborate with artists from other disciplines, work in real-world industry productions while building professional networks.

Furthermore, you can look forward to participating in an Overseas Immersion Module to learn about foreign forms of theatre that can inform your own artistic practice.

This three-year course is taught by an international faculty and professional practitioners from the local and international theatre industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create content and perform in a wide variety of theatre contexts and styles
  • Engage drama techniques for a range of developmental purposes
  • Fulfil the fundamental management, technical and design requirements of a theatre performance
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of the history and contexts of major international and Singapore theatre styles, conventions and practices
  • Develop fundamental skills and strategies for drama teaching
  • Work collaboratively on a range of theatre-related projects
  • Develop essential and transferrable skills that can be applied across the arts and cultural industry

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
DTH1110 Acting and Contextual Studies 1 (Stanislavski) 1 8

This module explores the history, theory and practice of Stanislavski’s methodology to achieve realistic performance. Students will explore how Stanislavski formulated his method, what he was reacting to and how his methodology was further developed by various international theatre practitioners.

DTH1120 Voice 1 (Understanding Your Voice) 1 4

This module provides an introduction to vocal techniques that aim to help students develop safe ways of using their voice in performance. Students will be taught the structures of vocal production and how to critically analyse their own voices.

DTH1130 Movement 1 (Physical Awareness) 1 4

This module introduces students to a range of exercises that aim to develop physical awareness and stage presence.

DTH1140 Stagecraft 1 (Production Planning and Stage Management) 1 4

This module aims to provide introductory knowledge of theatre vocabulary and terminology, theatre plans and equipment and staging procedures. Students will also learn how to draw up a budget, determine a project timeline and call cues.

DTH1210 Acting and Contextual Studies 2 (Working with Text) 2 8

This module aims to further students’ training in realistic performance and character-based text. They will learn how to analyse text for performance using line actioning, uniting and other techniques.

DTH1220 Voice 2 (Exploring Your Voice) 2 4

In this module, students will learn how behaviour affects voice and skills to improve range, tonal quality, volume, resonance and articulation. They will also be taught vocal emphasis and parsing of text for meaning with a view towards text-based acting.

DTH1230 Movement 2 (Exploration of Characters) 2 4

In this module, students begin to explore various movement techniques and exercises for developing characters. They will also work with masks and portray a range of characters with their bodies.

DTH1240 Stagecraft 2 (Lighting and Sound) 2 4

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in handling lighting and sound equipment. The emphasis would be to train students to be able to operate the equipment in a studio theatre to stage a simple theatrical production.

DTH1000 Professional Development Roadmap 1 2 2

This module aims to introduce students to the major players in the Singapore theatre industry and the different kinds of jobs available for theatre practitioners. It would also guide students in identifying their interests and to plot their development needs.

DTH2110 Acting and Contextual Studies 3 (Stylised Theatre) 1 8

This module introduces students to the history, theory and practice of stylised texts and theatre styles. Students will explore Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre, Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, Grotowki’s Poor Theatre and a range of other forms of stylised theatre.

DTH2120 Voice 3 (Expanding Your Voice) 1 4

In this module, students would be introduced to accent work. They will continue their work in vocal skills-training, with an emphasis on pronunciation.

DTH2130 Movement 3 (Ensemble and Chorus) 1 4

In this module, students engage in developing movement sequences as an ensemble and chorus using the methodologies of a range of international theorists and practitioners.

DTH2140 Stagecraft 3 (Sets and Costumes) 1 4

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in scene and costume design. It will guide students to develop a design concept for scene and costumes based on text analysis, stage blocking, traffic flow and required story-telling.

DTH2210 Acting and Contextual Studies 4 (Contemporary Practices) 2 8

This module explores the range of practices in contemporary theatre. It begins by introducing students to devised theatre before proceeding to introduce other contemporary practices such as Intercultural Theatre, Theatre of Images and Post-dramatic Theatre.

DTH2220 Voice 4 (Mastering Your Voice) 2 4

In this module, students will continue to build on their voice work, learn a framework with which to construct character voices and further develop accent work.

DTH2230 Movement 4 (Asian Forms) 2 4

This module will expose students to a range of dance and movement vocabularies from Asia. Possible examples include Classical Indian Dance and Malay Silat.

DTH2240 Interdisciplinary Lab 2 2

In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of interdisciplinary practice. They will be equipped with a tool kit to draw on and work with various disciplines in the visual and performing arts.

DTH2000 Professional Development Roadmap 2 2 2

This module aims to teach students how to write a curriculum vitae, prepare a solo audition performance and develop a grant and project proposal.

DTH3012 Overseas Immersion* Vacation 4

Students will visit an Asian country such as Indonesia, Thailand, China or India where they will learn an indigenous theatre form.

DTH3020 Acting and Contextual Studies 5 (Applied Theatre) 1 8

In this module, students will learn how to engage devising and improvisation for a range of applied theatre purposes. The concept of social theatre would be emphasised and a range of methodologies drawn from major international practitioners would be taught.

DTH3030 Fundamentals of Directing 1 4

This module aims to equip students with fundamental skills in directing. They will learn how to interpret texts, source for inspiration, develop concepts and communicate with actors.

DTH3040 Fundamentals of Playwriting 1 4

In this module, students learn the basic principles that underpin dramatic texts. They will explore theories such as the Aristotelian Unities, narrative structure, arc of narrative, creation of character and writing of dialogue.

DTH3013 Industry Project 2 12

Led by lecturers and working in groups, students will undertake a range of different projects with external industry partners.

DTH3021 Essentials of Teaching and Learning 2 4

This module aims to equip students with basic pedagogical methodology and tools to teach and facilitate a range of drama workshops.

DTH3000 Professional Development Roadmap 3 2 2

In this module, students further develop their curriculum vitae writing skills, solo audition performance and other professional skills.

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.

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.

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.

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

Students are required to take either DTH3012 Overseas Immersion or 4 credits of Cross-disciplinary 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.


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 would allow 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 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.

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.

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:

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses will be considered for module exemption(s):

  • Higher Nitec in Performance Production

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$5,470 per annum
Permanent Residents S$7,070 per annum
International Students S$9,820 per annum
Full Fees S$20,100 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. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Receive a test advisory on the date of your audition from the Student Admissions Office.
  5. Attend the audition at NAFA with the required materials as indicated in the test advisory.
  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.

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

  • Acting
  • Applied Theatre
  • Directing
  • Drama Education
  • Playwriting
  • Stage and Production Management

Introduction

This is a one year, undergraduate Level 6 “top-up” programme, validated by the University of Essex (East 15 Acting School), UK which takes Diploma in Theatre graduates to the next level.

Diploma in Theatre graduates or applicants with equivalent qualifications in Theatre Studies or Technical Arts as well as achievements in performance and production may find their niche in this course.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Arts (Top Up)

This top-up degree course comprises a production-year, which is patterned after the ensemble setting typical of the industry. Students specialising in Acting or Production will work jointly on three stage productions and one screen work in either English or Mandarin under the artistic and technical supervision of experts.

In addition to modules of contextual and reflective studies, you will study modules in voice and movement skills, theatre design, dramaturgy and production.

In an environment which closely mimics the theatre profession, you will be encouraged to develop your skills in problem-solving and teamwork-building, and to eventually carve a career for yourselves either in Singapore or abroad.

Programme

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