Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Design and Media (Top Up)


This is a one-year top-up course for diploma graduates, offered in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire, UK. Students will have the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks in the UK, where they will expand their learning experience through mass lectures, collaborative projects, dialogues and exchanges with staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire.

BA (Hons) Design and Media is a programme geared towards developing your professional edge and built upon diploma studies in advertising, graphic design, illustration, animation and screen media. The course focuses on a holistic study experience that is practice-led, adopting an integrated approach that is process and idea driven.

Learning Outcomes

  • Foster creative behaviours and attitudes across the multidisciplinary landscape of the design and media landscape
  • Develop intellectual ability to interconnection as well as balance between theory, practical and design intuition for applications
  • Refine application and execution skills to convey design solutions with insights drawn from broad based and multidisciplinary design references across media platforms
  • Develop sensitivity to critically appraise problem and/or design solutions for effective communications
  • Build awareness around social and cultural factors with a global perspective
  • Enable independent learning through developing learning contracts and engaging in self-reflection
Code Title Semester Credits
DD3200 Art and Design Critical Writing 1 30

This module will develop and expand upon an area of history and the theory of art and design as a research topic. Areas of research include critical and self-reflexive explanation of your art/design production as well as culture, society, history, economics, aesthetics, identity and politics.

GR3201 Context Studio 1 1 30

This is a practice-led module that is process driven, allowing you to design solutions with insights drawn from broad-based and multidisciplinary design references. You will produce a body of work across media platforms that reflects your sensitivity and awareness of global social and cross-cultural implications.

GR3202 Context Studio 2 2 60

This module builds upon Context studio 1. You will explore and synthesise your multidisciplinary design knowledge in greater depth with a critical approach in an advanced integrated project, in a chosen area of study. This is a practice-led module that is idea-driven, allowing you to design solutions with insights drawn from broad based and multidisciplinary design references. You will produce a coherent body of work across media platforms that reflects your sensitivity and awareness of global social and cross-cultural implications.

Top-up degree course in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire


  1. A graduate of NAFA's Diploma in Design (Advertising / Graphic Communication / Illustration Design with Animation / Screen Media) or its equivalent
  2. Submission of a portfolio of appropriately creative and original work as evidence of the students' ability
  3. Satisfactory completion of a portfolio interview
  4. Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  5. Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is TOEFL 550 or IELTS Academic Band 6 or equivalent
*Please note that the English requirement needs to be fulfilled by non-NAFA International applicants. There will be a waiver for NAFA students.

Course fees indicated here apply to top-up degree courses in the academic year of 2019, with studies commencing on 29 July 2019. All annual fees are based on 120 credits per year, for all top-up Degree Courses and are inclusive of 7% GST.

Course Fee S$21,800 per annum

For more information on financial assistance, please refer to the links below:

These are the fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & PR International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee for 1st choice S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any optional fees which the students pay only when applicable. Such fees are normally collected when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Fee Protection Scheme Insurance Fee S$100 per year
Administrative fee (including Student Card & Library Membership)
(refundable only if international student’s pass application is rejected by ICA)
S$300 per course
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee
(refundable only if international student’s pass application is rejected by ICA)
S$60 per year
Late Payment Charge (non-refundable) S$15 per month
Retake Module Fee Prevailing Full Course Fee/ Total Credits multiply by number of Retake Module Credits
Reassessment Module Fee S$107 + Amount charged by Partner University
Estimated Course Material Fees (payable to third party) S$1,000 - S$3,800 per year
Bank administrative charges for telegraphic transfer imposed by the beneficiary bank (payable to third party) (non-refundable) S$30 - S$150 per transaction
Estimated Graduation Show Fee (for final year students, if applicable) S$1,000 to S$3,000
Air Fare (for optional Study trip, payable to third party) S$1,000 to S$2,500
Individual Overseas Expenditures
(for optional Study trip, payable to third party)
S$2,000 to S$3,000
Travel Insurance (payable to third party) S$60 - S$120

For more information on payment, please refer to the links below:

NAFA has put in place the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) by way of insurance facility to protect the fees of students paid to NAFA. The FPS covers the Tuition Fee which is paid by students in every semester. Students will receive a copy of the certificate of insurance from our appointed FPS provider by way of email. The insured period will commence from the fee payment date or the date when the money is credited to NAFA’s Bank account (via Telegraphic Transfer). For more details about FPS, please check the Council of Private Education website at

The Bachelor of Music with Honours course funded by Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) is exempted from Fee Protection Scheme.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate
Click here to view the certificate.

NAFA students taking full-time programs are covered by a medical insurance scheme that provides 24-hour annual coverage of up to S$20,000 per student for hospitalisation and medical treatments in government and restructured hospitals in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities), throughout the course duration.

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or non-Student’s Pass international students who are protected by his/ her own insurance coverage in Singapore can opt-out from the scheme arranged by the Academy if the preceding condition holds. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to opt-out of the insurance scheme. Students who wish to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme, must submit copy of their medical insurance policy together with their Student Contract.

Please call the Office of Student Care and Internship at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.

Application period for AY2020/2021 intake opens 2 January and ends 29 May 2020.

  1. Apply online from 2 January 2020.
  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and submit all necessary documents listed as below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts (All Diploma transcripts and graduation certificate)
    2. For NAFA current Year 3 applicants, please provide all transcripts from Year 1 to Year 3 semester 1 and input your Year 3 semester 1 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the online application system
    3. English qualification (GCE ‘A’ level/GCE ‘O’ level/TOEFL/TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic result)
    4. NRIC or valid Student’s Pass
    5. Passport
    6. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment pay of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA. If you choose to pay the Application Fee via online payment, you will be required to upload the above documents during application.
  3. Submit your portfolio and necessary documents listed below at within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Statement of Intent of about 200 words outlining your interest(s) of practice and/or work you aim to produce in the first semester
    2. Dissertation Proposal (for SOAD Degrees only) of about 200 words that outlines your research topic
    3. Personal Statement
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    5. Recommendation letter/testimonial (Required only for non-NAFA Diploma holders and NAFA Diploma holders who have graduated more than 5 years from the year of application) *(Allowed document file type: .pdf. Maximum document file size: 10 MB)
    6. Artwork portfolio for applicable courses (15-20 images) (Allowed image file types: .jpg,.jpeg,.png,.gif,.tif,.tiff,.bmp. Maximum image file size: 5 MB) (Allowed video file types: .mpeg,.mp4,.mov,.m4v,.avi,.wmv,.flv,.asf,.mpg,.mp3. Maximum image file size: 200 MB)
  4. You will receive an email on the details of the portfolio interview or audition from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  5. You will need to bring your artwork/portfolio for the interview at NAFA.
  6. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your interview or audition.


Below is the list of teaching faculty for this course

Upon completion of this course, you may look forward to the following career options:

  • 2D Animator
  • Account / Media Executive
  • Art Director
  • Art Educator
  • Brand Designer
  • Character Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Illustrator
  • Film Producer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Marketing / Account Executive
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Multi-Media Designer
  • Online Media Developer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Script Writer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Video Editor
  • Video Producer
  • Videographer
  • Visualiser



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