Having an overseas learning experience is one of the key highlights of an education at NAFA. Visits to education institutions and events overseas are organised for students to gain global exposure to new ideas and innovations in their fields, as well as to foster multi-cultural integration and collaboration.
Study trips organised at the course or module level complement classroom teaching by giving students the exposure to industries and experts in areas relevant to their course of study. Such trips aim to broaden students’ perspectives and provide them with a better understanding and appreciation of their field of study.
Past study trips include visits to the World Expo Exhibition in Italy; Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; ASEAN Theatre Festival in Nanning, China; Guangzhou and Hong Kong for fabric sourcing, factory tours and market study; and various Southeast Asian countries for interdisciplinary projects on Southeast Asian puppetry.
Overseas Immersion Programmes
Overseas immersion programmes comprise lectures and/or hands-on project work/workshops/industry visits/field trips which are conducted at institutes of higher learning overseas, during the school vacation. Through such programmes, students have the opportunity to interact with and be taught by faculty members of the host institution, gain insights from industry experts and learn more about other cultures. Students will attain credits towards their NAFA Diploma upon completion of the programme.
NAFA’s School of Art & Design, for instance, has an overseas immersion programme as an elective in its curriculum for its first year students, which has been held at the Beijing Institute of Technology and Xiamen University of Technology in China since 2016.
NAFA’s strategic partnerships with international institutions overseas provide students the opportunity to collaborate with peers on research, art and design, or performance projects where they can gain invaluable practical or industry experience.
NAFA’s School of Music has also collaborated with the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan on the NAFA-Tainan University of the Arts Voice Recital project where a joint recital was put up by the students from both institutions, and practices in teaching and learning of the performing arts were also exchanged.
Student Exchange Programmes
Student exchange programmes give students the opportunity to experience different learning environments, broaden their outlook and approach to the arts and develop valuable life skills as well as an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Upon completion of the programme, students will be granted module exemptions for their NAFA Diploma.
NAFA’s 3D Design Programme, for instance, has a student exchange programme with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Thailand where 3D Design diploma students spend upto one semester at KMUTT reading modules, working on projects with Thai students and lecturers, and engaging in activities to learn about Thailand’s society and values.