For the first time since Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) was incepted in 1938, the Singapore’s pioneer arts institution is celebrating its largest graduating class ever in history. A total of 845 graduating students from all 22 Diploma and 8 Degree courses will be receiving their scrolls at NAFA’s annual Convocation Ceremony this weekend, on 1 and 2 September 2018. Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development will be the Guest of Honour for the first ceremony on 1 September.
Achievements of Graduates
Many of NAFA’s graduates are enterprising, passionate, and possess a drive for excellence. Their active participation in major events and projects in both the local and international arts arena has etched a name for themselves and placed Singapore on the map.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion graduate Lai Yanru is one example. A great believer of continuous learning, Yanru returned to NAFA to pursue a degree after working six years in the industry. The grand prize winner of the Nefful International Fashion Discovery Design Competition 2018, Yanru’s works speak of professionalism and high quality. Her works have been chosen to represent NAFA at the Graduate Fashion Week 2018 in London, and others showcased at India-ASEAN Weaving Textiles Relations. She has also submitted print designs for the Tokyo Olympics 2020’s Imagine One World Kimono Project. She has exhibited great promise in the local and international fashion industry, and for that, she is receiving two awards on top of her certificate - NAFA’s Best Graduate and the Embassy of Peru Award, an award presented to the most outstanding degree graduate at NAFA.
Another student, Nattawat Luantampol, who will be graduating with a Diploma in Music, is a recipient of both the Best Graduate Award and the Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal, which recognises the most outstanding diploma graduate and all-round achievements and attributes of the recipient. Nattawat has demonstrated passion and excellence during his time at NAFA’s School of Music (SOM). His brilliant performance as a soloist in the NAFA Orchestra led by Maestro Lim Yau earned him the grand prize winner title at the 2017 NAFA-Kris Foundation Fund Concerto Competition. In addition, Nattawat was appointed Concertmaster of the NAFA Orchestra, and represented NAFA at various events locally and abroad.
Nattawat Luantampol and Lai Yanru are just two of NAFA’s many outstanding talents whose impressive accomplishments will be recognised at the upcoming Convocation Ceremony.
NAFA’s Convocation Ceremony 2018 will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 September 2018 at the Lee Foundation Theatre, NAFA Campus 3. Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Education, will grace the occasion as Guest of Honour at the morning ceremony on 1 September.
Over 15,000 NAFA graduates have emerged as accomplished artists, leaders, mentors and educators in the arts and creative industries. They garner accolades and awards in international competitions and exhibitions and contribute actively in an increasingly creative economy, in Singapore and beyond.
Distinguished Alumni Medal
In 2009, NAFA established the Distinguished Alumni Medal to acknowledge its outstanding alumni, an accolade which hallmarks the Academy’s history of nurturing world class talent. This year, the honour will be given to local artist Hong Sek Chern, who graduated from NAFA with a Diploma in Fine Art in 1995. A highly acclaimed and award-winning artist, Sek Chern is well-known for her stylistic interpretations of Singapore’s urban landscapes in traditional Chinese ink. In 2000, she was conferred the coveted Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council for her achievements in the visual arts. Sek Chern began teaching full-time at NAFA’s Fine Art Department in 1999. In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Head of Fine Art till 2003, and subsequently Head of Fine Art Department from 2004 to 2007.
Best Graduates 2018
NAFA also presents Best Graduate awards in recognition of its top graduates for their all-round achievements: excellent academic results, strong leadership qualities and significant contributions to the Academy. Among the 26 who will be receiving the award this year are Amaryllis Puspabening (Diploma in Arts Management) and Jeremy Jiang Yong Joon (Diploma in Fashion Design), who will both be receiving the Wu Tsung Kan Book Prize.
Annex 1 - Profile of Distinguished Alumni Medal Recipient
Annex 2 - Profiles of Top Award Recipients