Partner universities

NAFA currently collaborates with three universities in the United Kingdom (UK) – University of the Arts London, University of Essex and Royal College of Music, London - to offer Bachelor with Honours degree courses from AY2021.

Our collaboration with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) also allows our Design & Media diploma graduates to pursue a BA Visual Communication with Business degree at SUSS. Through these strong collaborations, NAFA enables our diploma graduates to further their academic and creative pursuits in the arts.

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. UAL is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject ®.

The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of six equally renowned Colleges and three institutes: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL Creative Computing Institute, UAL Social Design Institute and UAL Decolonising Arts Institute.

Royal College of Music, London

The Royal College of Music, London (RCM) is a renowned conservatoire that has trained musicians for international careers. Since its founding in 1882, by the Prince of Wales and later Edward VII, the College has been linked with the Royal family. Its patron is currently Her Majesty, The Queen and its President is HRH The Prince of Wales. With around 700 students studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, the RCM is a community of talented musicians where excellence, individuality, creativity and diversity are prized. Through its professors - distinguished musicians who perform, compose, write and research - an unparalleled range of artistic and commercial collaborations has been forged to ensure that RCM musicians connect effectively - and stay connected - with a fast-changing profession.

Recent RCM innovations included establishing a YouTube video channel (, launching a new Artist Diploma for chamber music and creating a new alumni network. A testament to its artistic success are performances as part of the Southbank Centre’s multi-award-winning festival The Rest is Noise, and at the Festival of Baroque and Renaissance Music in Bolivia.

University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), based in Preston, is gaining a national and international reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative universities. Granted university status in 1992, UCLan’s roots go back to 1828 with the founding of the ‘Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge’. UCLan has evolved into one of the largest universities in the UK with over 36,000 students, including students from 120 nationalities, and a dynamic course portfolio of over 500 undergraduate programmes and 180 postgraduate programmes. The university offers degrees from Bachelor’s to Doctoral level through its 16 academic schools and has an established reputation for research, with 11 research areas rated world-leading in the recent Research Assessment Exercise. The Guardian League table 2015 ranked UCLan 5th out of 11 universities in the North West of England. In 2010, UCLan became the only UK university to be newly admitted to the prestigious QS World University Rankings and achieved the full five stars for ‘internationalisation’ in 2012.

Two of UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Performance subject areas are ranked in the Guardian League table 2015 UK top 20: art (16th out of 62) and fashion and textiles (17th out of 43). With strong links in the industry, the School’s high profile alumni and graduates regularly win prestigious awards.

With over 28,000 students from 120 countries, the University of East London is one of the UK’s most diverse and fastest growing universities. It is committed to new modes of learning which focus on enhancing students’ employability. The University has a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry, and is renowned for its contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through research. In 2010, the University was named one of the top modern universities in London for research in The Times Higher Research League Tables.

University of Essex

Established 50 years ago, the University of Essex has gained a global reputation for pioneering research which helps change lives. Ranked in the top 20 UK universities for research excellence and consistently top for politics, the university is an international community for original thinkers. Rated second in the UK for student satisfaction, the university provides a research-led education which equips students with the curiosity and capability for personal and professional success.

SIM University

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is a national university of Singapore that is continually providing inclusive lifelong learning and applied education opportunities with a strong social emphasis that transcends disciplinary focus. Its mission is to champion lifelong education to develop future thinkers and leaders to their fullest potential through its 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning. SUSS offer more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programmes, available in full- and part-time study modes which are flexible, modular and multi-faceted in learning experience to cater to both fresh school leavers and adult learners. It also launched a broad range of continuing education and training modular courses for the professional skills and knowledge upgrading of our workforce. To date, over 30,000 graduates have chosen SUSS as their university of choice. Each year, over 15,000 students are pursuing their part- and full-time studies with the university.