Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre Arts


This is a one-year undergraduate “top-up” course validated by the University of Essex (East 15 Acting School), UK, which takes Diploma in Theatre graduates to the next level.

Diploma in Theatre graduates or applicants with equivalent qualifications in Theatre Studies or Technical Arts as well as achievements in performance and production may find their niche in this course.

In addition to contextual and reflective studies, you will study voice and movement skills, theatre design, dramaturgy and production.

In an environment that closely mimics the theatre profession, you will be encouraged to develop your skills in problem-solving and teamwork-building, eventually carving a career for yourself in the theatre industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be part of a professional theatre production as a fully-trained and competent actor, or a production professional
  • Collaborate with other actors and work openly within a number of contexts, such as live theatre, TV productions, film and commercial settings
  • Design theatre productions
  • Manage, organise and implement live theatre performances
Code Title Semester Credits Area of Study
TH4001 Performance & Theatre Skills (A) 1 30 Compulsory
TH4002 Performance & Theatre Skills (B) 2 30 Compulsory
TH4003 Production Documentation and Work Reflection 1 and 2 15 Compulsory
TH4004 Contemporary Theatre Practise 1 and 2 15 Compulsory
TH4101 Vocal Skills 1 and 2 15 Acting

Students will be expected to have a useful and specific understanding of voice and speech anatomy and exercises for developing optimal performance. During this module, voice will be expanded into areas that may overlap into acting technique. Individual skills are recognised as parts of an interrelated whole and while the emphasis on voice and speech remains, we will explore how to describe character vocally and make meaningful choices that serve the play. The relationships between thought, gesture and annunciation will be examined and different challenges between screen and theatre will be addressed.

TH4102 Physical Theatre 1 and 2 15 Acting

At this stage, the notion that a role needs to be made meaningful and functional by appropriate and effective character choices should be worked into the student actor’s process. The negotiation towards this end, with a director and in response to the play, leads to the building of a physical life for a character, which is also flexible enough to respond to that character’s journey through the play. Students will take the exploration of gesture, movement and posture to a deeper level that satisfies and integrates with the acting requirements of this degree.

TH4201 Dramaturgy and Production 1 and 2 15 Production

This module is designed to address the fundamental principles of dramaturgy and stage directing in relation to a production, where it deals extensively with the issues of project / production / stage management.

TH4202 Theatre Design 1 and 2 15 Production

This module is designed to intensively address the actual theatre design issues of the four productions in relation to the concepts and departure discussed in the module of Dramaturgy & Production. Students will be provided with the practical knowledge and skills in their comprehensive application of the fundamental understanding and techniques acquired previously in various areas of theatre design including lighting and space, set and props, make-up and costume, hair-styling and theatre wigs, etc.

Top-up degree courses in collaboration with University of Essex


  1. A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) or Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama) or their equivalent
  2. Satisfactory completion of an admission audition
  3. Applicants should be 19 years of age or older in the year of admission.
  4. Language Proficiency: The University of Essex normally assumes that anyone educated in Singapore is fluent in English. If you have successfully completed post-secondary (e.g. Diploma) education in the medium of English, you will not normally be asked for additional evidence of proficiency. The minimum requirement for international students who have not studied in the medium of English is IELTS Band 5 or equivalent; including a score of Band 5 in the written component

Course fees indicated here apply to top-up degree courses in the academic year of 2017, with studies commencing on 31 July 2017. 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$21,500 per annum

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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

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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
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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 AY2017/2018 intake opens 3 January and ends 28 April 2017.

  1. Apply online
  2. Upon completion of the online application, please print a copy of the Application Acknowledgment page.
  3. Submit all required documents listed below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for our verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Academic certificate and transcript (all diploma transcripts and graduation certificates)
    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 result)
    4. NRIC or passport or valid Student’s Pass
    5. Personal Statement
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. Recommendation letter/testimonial
  4. Proceed to pay the application fee at the cashier counter in NAFA. If applicants choose to pay the application fee via PayPal, they will be required to upload the above documents during application
  5. Receive a portfolio interview/audition date via email from the Student Admissions Office. Interview date and time will be allocated upon receipt of all completed supporting documents and application fee payment.
  6. Bring your artwork/portfolio and attend your interview/audition at our campus.
  7. You will receive a letter by post indicating the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks after your interview.

Below is the list of teaching faculty for this course

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

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Drama Education
  • Playwriting
  • Stage and Production Management
  • Technical Theatre



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