747 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 1 November 2017 to 7 January 2018, and the overall response rate obtained was 75%.

NAFA: 2017 GES Employment Rates1 and Salaries of Diploma and Degree graduates

Diploma/Degree Conferred Overall
Employment Rate2
Full-Time Permanent
Employment Rate3
Median Gross
Monthly Salary4
Diploma 73% 38% $2,000
Visual and Applied Arts 74% 39% $2,000
Performing Arts 61% 22% $2,200
Degree 82% 50% $2,500
Visual and Applied Arts 83% 56% $2,500
Performing Arts 79% 33% $2,875
Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

  1. Employment Rates refer to the number of graduates employed as a proportion of graduates in the labour force (i.e. those who were working or not working but actively looking and available for work) as at 1 November 2017 (i.e. approximately six months after completing their final examinations).

  2. Overall Employment Rate includes all types of full-time, part-time, temporary and freelance employment.

  3. Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate refers to employment of at least 35 hours a week and where the employment is not temporary. It includes those on contracts of one year or more.

  4. Gross Monthly Salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, overtime payments, commissions, fixed allowances and other regular cash payments, before deductions of the employee's central provident fund (CPF) contributions and personal income tax. Employer's CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.

Click here to view list of NAFA diploma and degree courses surveyed.