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Entry Requirements How to Apply Fees

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

MASTER OF COMPOSITION
In collaboration with the Royal College of Music (RCM)

 

In order to be considered for enrolment into the Master of Composition programme, all prospective students should meet both the educational and audition requirements.

Audition: Portfolio Submission and Interview

  • All applicants are to submit a portfolio of at least two, but no more than five, contrasting examples of their compositions.

  • All applicants are required to submit their portfolio to the Students Admissions Office at least 4 weeks in advance of their scheduled audition.

  • Written scores may be submitted as PDF files. Do not send Sibelius files unless they are accompanied by PDF files of the same material. Recordings should be in a file format that can be read in VLC or Windows Media Player.

  • Individual works should be clearly indexed on the accompanying documentation. All recordings should be clearly labelled with your name and the title of the piece.

  • Applicants whose portfolios demonstrate potential will be invited to an admission interview.

  • On the day of the audition, you may submit your work as written scores, recordings or a combination of the two. Please ensure that written music is clear and legible with full information of instrumentation, scoring and performance details.

  • Additionally, applicants will be required to submit a personal statement (250 – 350 words) to support their application for the Master of Composition programme. The personal statement should be based on the following questions:
    • Why are you applying for the Master of Composition programme, based on your ambitions and interests?
    • What skills do you possess that make you suitable for the rigorous demands of the programme?

  • Applicants will require two professional references emailed directly to NAFA Admissions.

  • Current NAFA graduating students are not required to submit personal statement and references.

  • All applicants will be asked about their intentions and expectations of the programme, as well as how the Master of Composition programme will be useful to their future plans.

  • Typical questions you may be asked during your interview include:
    • Why do you want to study at NAFA?
    • What are your musical interests?
    • What do you think you need to do most to improve your writing?

  • The panel will be looking for evidence of both a talent for composition and the ability to realise effectively your ideas in a variety of forms and media.

  • Though live auditions are preferred, an online interview may be arranged by the Student Admissions Office for applicants who are unable to attend a live audition.
Audition Date
4 to 8 December 2023
26 to 29 February 2024
27 to 28 April 2024

Note: You will be notified of the outcome of your application 4 to 6 weeks after your portfolio interview or audition. Some application outcomes may take longer than expected.

Applicants are required to have at least:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree from RCM-NAFA or a recognised institution, usually in Music
  • Degree transcripts must indicate passing grades in equivalent RCM-NAFA Bachelor of Music modules
Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the Royal College of Music will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

 

Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the Royal College of Music will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

An English Language proficiency* of at least:

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Other qualifications equivalent to any of the above.

*Waived for NAFA applicants who have successfully completed NAFA's Bachelor of Music. Non-NAFA applicants who have successfully completed a recognised and approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English, may be given a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

 

MASTER OF PERFORMANCE
In collaboration with the Royal College of Music (RCM)

 

In order to be considered for enrolment into the Master of Performance programme, all prospective students should meet both the educational and audition requirements.

Mode of Audition

The audition will be done live with an audition panel. Applicants residing overseas are to submit a video recording at least 4 weeks before the scheduled audition. If they successfully pass the video screening, they will be invited to attend the live audition.

Audition Requirements

We understand that auditions are a significant milestone on every applicant’s journey towards a career as a conservatoire musician. The guidance below will help you prepare to the best of your abilities and make you aware of what will happen at your audition.

  • Your audition will be recorded and may be reviewed by the appropriate Head of Faculty from the RCM.
  • Applicants should present a varied programme and show a range of styles, periods and characters.
  • Please note these specific audition requirements for each faculty of study:

    Keyboard Studies
    Piano applicants should prepare a varied programme of at least 50 minutes. The programme should include an advanced étude and must be performed from memory.

    Orchestral Studies
    String instrumental applicants should prepare all of the following:
    • one significant movement from a concerto composed after 1800
    • a contrasting piece of your choice

    Brass, woodwind and percussion applicants should prepare a programme of two contrasting pieces at a standard reflective of your artistry, expressive and technical competency.

    It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

    Vocal Studies
    Vocal studies is not offered in AY2024/25.

    Chinese Instrumental Studies
    Chinese instrument applicants should prepare all of the following:
    • One significant movement of a concerto, or a work written originally for the solo instrument and orchestra (一首协奏曲)
    • A chuan tong piece from standard repertoire (一首传统乐曲)
    • A piece written after 1970 (一首创作乐曲(1970年后))
    • You must perform your programme from memory

  • During the live auditions, the panel will listen up to 20 minutes of your programme. For video submission, the video recordings should contain the full programme based on the specified audition requirements.

  • Live auditionees should bring a list of the repertoire studied in depth in recent years as well as proof of recent public performances along to the audition.

  • If you are a current NAFA student applying for a postgraduate performance or composition course, you may submit a recording of your graduation recital, in lieu of a live audition.

  • Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement (250 – 350 words) to support their application for the Master of Performance programme. The personal statement should be based on the following questions:
    • Why are you applying for the Master of Performance programme, based on your ambitions and interests?
    • What skills do you possess that make you suitable for the rigorous demands of the programme?

  • Applicants will require two professional references emailed directly to NAFA Admissions.

  • Current NAFA graduating students are not required to submit personal statement and references.

  • Non-pianists are required to bring along their accompanists if their chosen pieces require accompaniment. A list of NAFA's Official Accompanists would be made available to applicants along with their audition details. There will be a fee payable directly to the Accompanist.

  • All instrumentalists except percussionists and pianists are required to bring their principal study instrument for the audition.

  • Applicants cannot bring a page-turner, their teacher, or a translator into their audition. The only people in the audition room will be the applicant, the accompanist and the audition panel. As our programmes are taught in English, we expect applicants to be able to communicate in English at their audition.

  • Typical questions you may be asked during your interview include:
    • Why do you want to study at NAFA?
    • What are your musical interests?
    • What do you think you need to do most to improve your performance?
Live auditions in Singapore
Live auditions in Singapore are usually held in the months of December, February and April.

Audition Date
4 to 8 December 2023
26 to 29 February 2024
27 to 28 April 2024

Live auditions in China

Audition Date
11 – 12 Nov 2023
12 – 13 Mar 2024

Note: You will be notified of the outcome of your application 4 to 6 weeks after your portfolio interview or audition. Some application outcomes may take longer than expected.

Guidelines for Video Recording:

  • The recording should be a clear and accurate representation of the performer’s playing. The performance must be recorded in one continuous take, and the video is not to be edited.
  • The camera should be stationary for the performance of each work.
  • The video should show the performer in full body if possible.
  • The video should be recorded no more than six months prior to the scheduled audition.
  • The video recording files should be named with the title of the pieces.

 

Applicants are required to have at least:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree from RCM-NAFA or a recognised institution, usually in Music
  • Degree transcripts must indicate passing grades in equivalent RCM-NAFA Bachelor of Music modules
Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the Royal College of Music will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

 

Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the Royal College of Music will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

An English Language proficiency* of at least:

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Other qualifications equivalent to any of the above.

*Waived for NAFA applicants who have successfully completed NAFA's Bachelor of Music. Non-NAFA applicants who have successfully completed a recognised and approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English, may be given a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online

Apply online here.

Keep the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit the required documents

Keep the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit the required documents for verification within five working days from the application date at:

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Campus 1 (Admissions counter at level 1)
80 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 189655

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays

Alternatively, you can email a copy of the required documents to [email protected].

Required documents for verification:

  • NRIC for Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR), passport and valid Student’s Pass card (if applicable) for international students

  • English proficiency qualifications (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL iBT), if applicable

  • Academic certificates and transcripts:
    • If you are currently in your final semester, please submit all your academic transcripts up to the latest available semester result. Subsequently, please submit your Educational certificate and full academic transcript (all semesters) within 5 working days from the official release date

Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online

Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online at https://payment.nafa.edu.sg/Students. Applicants who are paying online will be required to upload the above documents during application.

Receive a letter by email

You will receive an email from the Student Admissions Office on the details of your portfolio interview upon receipt of all required documents and portfolio.

Application outcome

Receive the outcome of your application via email within 4 – 6 weeks after your Portfolio Submission/Interview/Audition or Admission Test.

FINANCIAL MATTERS

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE

International students residing overseas are encouraged to apply for admission to NAFA through the appointed education counsellors, where applicable. Applications made through non-NAFA appointed education counsellors will not be accepted. These appointed counsellors may charge up to S$4,000* in service fees per student. NAFA does not receive service fees on behalf of the counsellors. The payment schedule of these service fees are as follows:

Phase 1 - One week before Admission Test/Audition

All fees paid in this phase are non-refundable.
Your application fee, test fees, and administrative costs of document verification and translation will be collected once you sign the agency contract.

Phase 2 - Collection of student contracts

Collection of 50% of the total service fees specified in the signed agency contract with the applicant before completing Phase 2 of the NAFA online registration.

Phase 3 - Upon collection of SOLAR+ code from ICA

Collection of the 50% balance in service fees specified in the signed agency contract (ICA processing fees and Issuance fees shall be borne by students).

*Graduating international NAFA diploma students may wish to contact the appointed education counsellors to get assistance for their degree application and/or Student’s Pass matters. No additional service fees should be collected by the counsellors.

View the list of overseas education counsellors

All international applicants are required to apply for a Student’s Pass through the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore after acceptance by an educational institute to pursue full-time studies in Singapore.

The ICA does not issue Student Pass for part-time programmes. An international student who wishes to pursue the part-time programme must have either a valid Employment Pass or Dependent Pass from ICA to reside in Singapore throughout the course of study. If the validity of the Employment Pass or Dependent Pass expired before the student can complete the part-time programme, the Academy will have to withdraw him/her from the programme as he/she does not have a valid pass to stay in Singapore.

View more details for living in Singapore
Admission Information

Important Dates

Application for the August 2024 intake commences from 2 October 2023 to 31 March 2024.

International students residing overseas are encouraged to apply as early in August for the following year’s intake for admission to NAFA through the appointed education counsellors, where applicable.