Academic Information


Semester / Term Week From (Monday) To (Sunday)
Orientation 29 July 2019 4 August 2019
Semester 1 Week 1 - 15 5 August 2019 17 November 2019
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 23 September 2019 29 September 2019
Assessment Week Week 16 - 17 18 November 2019 1 December 2019
Vacation 2 December 2019 5 January 2020
Semester 2 Week 1 - 15 6 January 2020 19 April 2020
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 24 February 2020 1 March 2020
Assessment Week Week 16 - 18 20 April 2020 10 May 2020
Vacation* 11 May 2020 26 July 2020
Special Term* Week 1 - 7 1 June 2020 19 July 2020


  1. ^ Individual Programme may conduct academic-related activities such as make-up classes, workshops or talks, etc. during the Mid-Semester Week. Please consult your Programme for more details.
  2. * Students may opt to use the vacation period to take up selected modules, projects and programmes during the Special Term.

In order to graduate from a diploma course, students are required to attain at least 120 credits (including exempted modules, if any), pass all school/course/elective requirements, as prescribed by the respective schools/programmes, and have no more than 3 modules completed with the provisional pass Grade E.

Each module is either delivered face-to-face or facilitated online. You are expected to attend every lesson as scheduled, either in the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations, case-studies, practical exercises, field activities or e-learning.

Each module is assessed by either class participation, written assignments, practical performances, portfolio presentations, projects, examinations, or any of these combinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.

Industrial Attachment is a practical training programme which aims to provide you with the opportunity to consolidate the theoretical foundation through practical experiences. This programme allows you to familiarise with the work environment, so as to benefit you through a realistic perspective of working life.

With effect from 1 Feb 2018, students who are enrolled in a MOE-funded diploma and degree programme* and take up industrial attachment/internship during their course of study, will be exempted from mandatory CPF contributions for paid work during school holidays and term time.

*All NAFA diploma programmes and Bachelor of Music (Hons) are funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). Please click here for full list of diploma programmes.

Prior to course commencement date
New diploma students who wish to change course after accepting an offer in a course are required to notify the Student Admissions Office and re-apply for admission to the new course.

After course commencement date
Eligible diploma students who wish to request for a course transfer must be in their first year of candidature at the time of their course transfer application. They are required to submit their application for course transfer during the stipulated application period. The Programme Vice-Dean will determine if a test/audition/interview is necessary for any course transfer application.

Course transfers are not guaranteed as approvals are subject to the availability of vacancies, test/audition/interview outcome (if required), students’ NAFA assessment results and fulfilment of the course requirements.

Diploma students from Arts Management, Dance and MOE-sponsored Teaching courses are not eligible to apply for course transfer. Students from these courses who wish to change course are required to withdraw from their current course and re-apply for admission to the new course.

Diploma Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Diploma Student Ratio*
3D Design 17
Arts Management 22
Dance 8
Design & Media 25
Fashion Studies 23
Fine Art 11
Music 14
Theatre 12
Average 17

Degree Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Degree Student Ratio*
3D Design 11
Arts Management 3
Design & Media 11
Fashion Studies 8
Fine Art 7
Music 6
Theatre 8
Average 8

Note: The lecturer-to-student ratio is not a direct measure of classroom size; rather, it indicates the number of teaching staff to the number of students in the Programme. Teaching groups vary widely, depending on the course and module; it can range from 1:1 studio practice and small seminar groups, to large lectures of about a hundred students.

*As at September 2018