839 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 9 November 2018 to 11 January 2019, and the overall response rate obtained was 76%.

NAFA: 2018 GES Employment Rates1 and Salaries of Diploma and Degree graduates

NAFA Overall
Employment Rate2
Full-Time Permanent
Employment Rate3
Working on a Freelance Basis Median Gross
Monthly Salary4
Degree 81.1% 43.4% 15.1% $2,450
Visual and Applied Arts 79.8% 46.1% 11.2% $2,400
Performing Arts 88.2%* 29.4%* 35.3%* $2,600*^
Diploma 79.7% 41.9% 10.1% $2,000
Visual and Applied Arts 77.5% 42.2% 7.8% $2,000
Performing Arts 100.0%* 39.1%* 30.4%* $1,900*^
Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

* based on fewer than 30 economically active graduates
^ based on fewer than 10 FTP employed graduates

  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 2018 (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.

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