The Grad Expectations 2022: Create Your Space

17 June 2022

Physical Exhibition: 2 June (Thurs) – 20 July 2022 (Wed)
NAFA Campus 1 & 2, 80 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189655
Admission is free, open daily from 12pm to 7pm

Online Exhibition: 1 June (Wed) – 20 July 2022 (Wed)


Livestream Opening: 1 June 2021 (Wed), 7pm – 7.45pm

Opening Speeches:
  • Student representatives, Vicentillo Alice Lagmay (Diploma in Fine Art) and Sonali Lara Ferdinands (Diploma in Fashion Design)

Congratulatory Messages:
  • President (NAFA), Mrs Tan-Soh Wai Lan
  • Vice President (Academic), Mr Jerry Soo
  • Dean of School of Art & Design, Ms. Sabrina Long Chin Ling
  • Vice Dean, (Academic), School of Art & Design, Ms. Marienne Yang
  • Vice Dean, Fine Art Programme, Ms. Sabrina Koh
  • Vice Dean, 3D Design Programme, Mr Fadzli Jamil
  • Vice Dean, Design and Media Programme, Ms. Christabel Teng
  • Vice Dean, Fashion Studies Programme, Mr Anthony Tan

Awards Presentation:
  • NAFA Fine Art Graduating Awards by The Woon Brothers Foundation
  • 3D Design Creative Awards
  • Design & Media Most Promising Creative Award
  • Fashion’s Best Collection Award
  • School of Art & Design’s Best Studentship Awards

Video Message:
  • Graduating Cohort

Concluding Message:
  • NAFA Faculty

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present The Grad Expectations 2022, a graduation exhibition presented in both virtual and physical formats, to be held from 1 June (Thurs) to 20 July (Wed) 2022. This year, a total of 485 School of Art & Design (SOAD) Diploma students from NAFA’s Fine Art, 3D Design, Design & Media, and Fashion Studies Programmes will graduate from the Academy as they explore diverse career pathways. Themed ‘Create Your Space’, the graduands embody the spirit of resilience and adaptability that is expected of today’s creatives in traversing future economies.

The hybrid exhibition extends its reach to a global audience, granting wider access across the globe with a total of 477 works featured online and 102 works displayed in NAFA’s physical avenues. Additionally, Fashion Studies will also showcase works through a by-invitation-only physical runway show.

On display at this year’s The Grad Expectations are a collection of key works from talents who have also ventured outside their courses, in areas that interests them. These graduands have shown to be all-around adaptable and multi-disciplinary, owning the modern demands of our creative industries.

Cee Cee by Tan Jia En (Illustration Design with Animation) is a webtoon comic series that explores the raw, unpolished side of Singapore through the eyes of a neighborhood HDB cat and a chicken in a vibrant, free-spirited style of art. Expanding on the idea, Jia En proposed a live scavenger hunt around Singapore to encourage public to discover the quaint suburbs. Jia En underwent an internship with AI Singapore and had the unique opportunity to bring her illustrations alive in a storybook titled ‘Daisy and Her Friends’.

The Peculiars by Jenniffer Priskilla (Fashion Studies) addresses a gap in the fashion industry – creating clothes for the colour-blind. Inspired by sight peculiarities, Jenniffer’s fashion line focuses on bold colours, textures, and silhouettes that caters to the needs of the underserved group. Building her career, Jenniffer sought experience as a brand executive outside the fashion industry to learn the fundamentals of running a brand.

From a generation that focuses on sustainable living, Nur Hasya Binte Norazip (Landscape and Architecture) firmly believes her designs can foster a harmonious place for all existing ecosystems. She conceptualised Halophila Sanctuary, that restores and enhance the terrestrial landscape in Labrador Park. Last year, Nur Hasya worked on live project with Jalan Besar Town Council, where she and her team designed a multi-generational and nature-filled space for the active ageing community.

A nod to the growing concerns over environmental impact, Nathan Tan Yew Wai (Fine Art) tackles the theme of environmental conservation and impact of human intervention. In Float to Sink and Repeat… (Blue Imprints), his series explored the idea of man-made waste fed to fresh waterways of Singapore. Nathan will be holding his first ever solo exhibition at HEARTH, a community art space by Art Outreach in June 2022.

Ms Sabrina Long, Dean of SOAD, highlighted the importance for youths today to possess adaptability, imagination, entrepreneurship, and most of all – the courage to create.  She said, “In today’s world, it is paramount that our young art and design aspirants recognise that there are no rules on how they can approach their careers, just endless opportunities to boldly create their future. That’s the purpose of The Grad Expectations; giving our students a platform to present their unique works and epitomise how they are successful changemakers. In their works, we can witness how our students continue to imbue NAFA’s spirit of creativity, exploration, and resilience, as they take on the future.”

Since 2015, the SOAD graduation showcase provides a comprehensive platform for the visual arts and design students of NAFA to present their final year projects to the industry and public. In tandem with The Grad Expectations 2022, this year’s Industry & Alumni Nite (9 June), invites key leaders from art and design organisations to review graduands works and meet with them in person. This initiative allows students opportunities to forge connections and network with potential employers, as they embark on their careers.

ANNEX 1 – The Grad Expectations 2022 Publicity Image
ANNEX 2 – The Grad Expectations 2022 Background Information
ANNEX 3 – Key Works from The Grad Expectations 2022
ANNEX 4 – The Grad Expectations 2022 Official Opening Schedule
ANNEX 5 – About Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts