Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fine Art

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Fine Art course, validated by the world-renowned University of the Arts London (UAL), is a three-year course that will prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to lead the local and regional arts scene as a holistic, reflective and engaged art practitioner.

The course aims to develop the students’ ability to work collaboratively and independently around transdisciplinary and collective art practices that are supported by industry partnerships and projects. BA (Hons) Fine Art explores cultural research, distinctively informed by the NAFA (Nanyang) spirit of adventure, exploration and resilience.

Students will be immersed in a studio environment that supports creative experimentations across varied techniques that are essential to a Fine Art practice, from traditional mediums to contemporary approaches. Students will engage themselves in the UK as part of the international placement at UAL, and also hold an Internship or Residency placement in their 2nd year.

Please click here to view the English course brochure and the Chinese course brochure.

Practice-Led and Industry-Focused Curriculum
Development of relevant Fine Art approaches, knowledge, methodologies, techniques and skills, informed by contemporary context and industry insights in a realisation of an independent and engaged Fine Art practice.

Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Learning
Examination of issues from different disciplinary perspectives and the opportunity to challenge as well as integrate ideas and skills into original and cohesive responses.

The NAFA Spirit and the Southeast Asian Arts Dimension
Engagement in Southeast Asian art to drive research inquiries, to raise critical discourse and open new perspectives that will broaden and contribute to artistic and cultural research around the region.

Extended Learning and Discursive Knowledge
Fostering experimental and independent learning through the Fine Art Ateliers and engaging in expanded and discursive knowledge in contemporary art practices through the student-led digital space Living Archive of Contemporary Southeast Asian Art.

Promote global awareness, multi-cultural integrations and collaborations
Cultivation of global awareness and multi-cultural integration through the immersion in diverse cultural capitals with opportunities to experience international art practices.

Central Location within Singapore’s Arts and Heritage District
The NAFA campus is located in the city centre and within close proximity and walking distance to the Singapore Art Museum, Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, Centre 42, various art institutions, museums and galleries. This vibrant district is a catalyst for discourse, dialogue, teaching and learning of the arts.

International Placement at UAL
The proposed course will offer students the opportunity to spend seven weeks on an international placement in London. Students will benefit from the immersion in a lively cultural capital with opportunities to experience diverse art practices. They will experience classes and workshops co-taught by faculty from both institutions, stimulating multi-cultural integration and collaboration.

The UAL-NAFA Partnership
The UAL-NAFA partnership is the first for the University of the Arts London, ranked first in art and design undergraduate programmes according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings. It is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university, with over 19,000 students from more than 130 countries. This partnership marks the first time that the University is offering validated programmes outside the UK.

  • A broad-based fine art course that brings together a wide range of practices including film, video, digital media, sound, print, performance, painting, sculpture and drawing
  • A programme of tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and live projects that will support you in developing your practice and gain an awareness of the discourses particular to it
  • An approach to theory that treats it as practice, bringing together intellectual frameworks from multiple approaches, perspectives and methodologies to help you understand and explore the context within which you are working
  • An experimental and independent approach to learning through the Fine Art Ateliers and the engagement of the digital platform of the Living Archive of Contemporary Southeast Asian Art.
  • Inductions to the facilities in the college/school’s studios and workshops with specialist technicians on hand to offer support
  • To be encouraged to take risks, experiment and test your ideas through new ways of working
  • To be part of a community of artists that will explore ideas through making work
  • To have significant control over what you learn, and how you might demonstrate what you have learnt
  • To be encouraged to explore how art can lead an interrogation of the role of class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, language or belief in the construction of society now and in the future. The course encourages you to take an ethical, inclusive and sustainable approach to working and exhibiting
  • To have access to NAFA's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, audio-visual editing suite, sewing and sculpture

BA (Hons) Fine Art is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 28 teaching weeks. You will be expected to commit an average of 42 to 44 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

  • Demonstrations
  • Exhibition productions
  • External and internal programmes
  • visits and community tours
  • Group critiques
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Interim formative review
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mid-year review
  • Online community learning
  • Seminars and webinars
  • Student presentations
  • Workshops
  • Critique
  • Degree show
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Presentation
  • Publication
  • Public showcase/ Presentation
  • Research portfolio
  • Reflective journal
  • Self-evaluation
  • Studio work
  • Employ experimentation, problem solving and invention by demonstrating advanced practical and decision-making skills to evidence a commitment to artmaking
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a diverse range of fine art practices and debates, and the ability to position them within contemporary cultural, social and historical contexts
  • Self-direct continuing learning and development through independent planning and critical reflection that demonstrates ethical, inclusive and safe practices in both studio and external activities
  • Communicate effectively in visual, oral and written forms in order to articulate, analyse and evaluate ideas and the work of self and other practitioners
  • Apply developed conceptual and practical approaches to making a consolidated body of work
Code Title Semester Credits






FA1411 Introduction to Fine Art 1 20

This unit is an introduction to the Fine Art Programme, course requirements and expectations. This unit will orientate you to the practices and knowledge needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection and self-development.

FA1412

Fine Art Practices

1 40

This unit will explore a wide range of mediums through conventional and contemporary approaches to artmaking in three key practices – 2-Dimensional (painting, drawing, printmaking), 3-Dimensional (ceramics, sculpture, installation) and 4-Dimensional
(photography, performance art, sound art, video art). These practices allow for exploration within each medium, and encourage versatility and experimentation of materials, processes and techniques.

FA1421 Positions 1 2 20

This unit asks you to reflect on the work you have made so far, identify your interests, explore your position and align your practice with the work of others. You will draw connections to your studio practice supported by professional development – to understand your role as an artist and art practitioner, to recognise key stakeholders in the complex and constantly evolving art ecosystem, and to effectively communicate your artistic aspirations.

FA1422 Thinking Through Making 2 40

This unit is designed to enable you to develop your independent art practice in an experimental way towards concrete forms of realisation and in pursuit of your own self-directed enquiry.  By thinking through making, you will harness the cultural, contextual and theoretical enquiry that arises from this unit to inform your studio practice.

FA2511 Positions 2 1 20

This unit is focused on illustrating your individual practice in relation to your peers’ and positioning your work within a wider practical and theoretical context. You will work towards the establishment of small experimental research collectives, within which connections and shared ideas can be mapped, applied, challenged, and expanded.

FA2512 Collective and Collaborative Practices 1 40

This unit focuses on artists working collaboratively with non-art institutional and community stakeholders – a definite trend in the local and regional art landscape. The unit will work around a hypothetical project proposal for a community-engaged activity which students will undertake as a small group.

FA2521 Positions 3 2 20

This unit provides opportunity to sustain a more focused approach towards analysing and materialising your own practice.  Working with both UAL and NAFA teams, the international placement seeks to cultivate cultural awareness, and to shape and encapsulate your research and practice enquiry as you head towards your final year.

FA2522 Intervention and Practices 2 40

This unit will establish the first footings of your professional identity through publication practices and by partaking in residencies or professional internships. The unit will be delivered across multiple points through the academic semester into the Special Term.

FA3611 Thinking, Making, Writing 1 1 60

This unit will build upon the skills and knowledge gained during your previous semesters of study and will foreground the interdependence between thinking, making, and writing. The connection between theory, research and practice, and its importance for the articulation of enquiry and creation of artwork will be explored in this unit

FA3621 Thinking, Making, Writing 2 2 60

This unit asks you to position your work and engage with publics. This will require you to define and take control of the context in which you see your work operating in order to establish an awareness of how you might practice beyond this course. You will be expected to write a critical analysis about your research and practice and locate your position in relation to your identified site and audience.

 

  1. Portfolio and Statement of Intent

    All applicants are to demonstrate their artistic potential through the submission of the following:

    1. Statement of Intent of about 500 words outlining the applicant’s interest(s) of practice and/or work the applicant aims to produce in the course of study.
    2. A portfolio which consists of 5 best examples of the applicant’s creative works. Each of these works should be supported by up to 3 visuals of development works. These works should demonstrate creativity, passion, and curiosity and are a reflection of the applicant’s view of the world.

  2. Interview

    All applicants are to attend a group as well as individual interview session where they are expected to communicate their motivations in applying for the BA (Hons) Fine Art course, and share their views on specific topics given.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

Entry into first year (either one of the following):

  • Singapore-Cambridge ‘A’ Level (Minimum 2 A-Level/ H2 subjects and a pass in General Paper)
  • Polytechnic Diploma (Singapore)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Equivalent of Year 12 qualification (e.g. Senior High School Leaving Certificate Examination, National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), also known as “Gao-kao” in China.)

Direct entry into second year:

  • A relevant diploma in Fine Art from NAFA or a recognised institution
  • Diploma transcript must indicate passing grades in equivalent NAFA diploma modules
NAFA hopes to attract applicants with the potential to become excellent arts practitioners. Applicants are selected by merit, based on the following criteria:
  • Potential in Artistic Talent and Creativity
  • Educational Qualification
  • Language Proficiency
  • Special Factor
  • Age Requirement
Selection is competitive and is subject to the availability of places.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning
Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases.

The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional references
  • A combination of these factors
Each application will be considered on its own merit, but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case. In such cases, approval by the University of the Arts London will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

All classes are taught in English. If English was not the applicant’s primary medium of instruction throughout his or her school education, the applicant must provide evidence at enrolment of the following: IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Click here for other acceptable English language qualifications.

Applicants should be 18 years of age or older in the year of admission to Year 1.

At NAFA, we are committed to providing full and equal educational opportunities to all students. The Academy firmly believes that every individual deserves a supportive learning environment. Applicants are invited to inform us in advance of any specific needs, and/or type of physical facilities or support you might require. Please include this information in your application form, supplemented with the relevant medical reports. This will allow us to plan the appropriate learning support for you.

Course fees indicated here apply to students entering NAFA in the academic year of 2022, with studies commencing in 1 August 2022. All annual fees are based on 120 credits per year. The cost for additional credits taken will be chargeable at yearly course fees divided by 120 credits of the course.

Subsidised Singapore Citizen (with Tuition Grant)(without GST) S$8,600 per annum
Singapore Permanent Resident (with Tuition Grant)(without GST) S$12,050 per annum
International Student (without Tuition Grant)(With GST) S$27,100 per annum

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

Additional Compulsory Fees (Non-refundable) All students
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) # S$450 per course
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee ^# S$60 per year

^Compulsory unless the student chooses to opt-out, subject to NAFA’s Office of Student Care (OSC)’s evaluation on the medical insurance coverage
#Refundable only if international Student’s Pass application is rejected by ICA

Fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & Singapore Permanent Residents International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee for 1st choice S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any additional fees, which are collected only when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Late Payment Charge (non-refundable) S$15 per month
Retake Module Fee Prevailing full course fees divided by total credits multiplied by the number of credits to be retaken
Reassessment Module Fee S$107 + Amount charged by Partner University
Deferred Assessment Fee Prevailing amount charged by Partner University
Estimated Course Material Fees (payable to third party, refundable unless payment transferred 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. Non- refundable) S$1,000 to S$3,000
Airfare (for optional educational trip or exchange programme, payable to third party. Refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$200 to S$2,000
Individual Overseas Expenditures (for optional educational trip or exchange programme. Refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$400 to S$3,000
Travel Insurance (payable to third party, refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$60 to S$120

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

NAFA adopts a mandatory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of both local and international students for Full-time degree programmes, Preparatory English courses and Nafa Foundation Programme. The FPS serves to protect the student’s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the FPS protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.

NAFA has appointed Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd and Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd as our FPS insurance providers. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students’ fees will be insured by the insurer pre-assigned by NAFA. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from the respective FPS insurance provider.

More details of the FPS can also be found in the FPS Instruction Manual, available at www.ssg.gov.sg/cpe/pei.html.

Full-time degree courses funded by Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) are exempted from Fee Protection Scheme.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate

Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 15 Oct 2020 to 14 Oct 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 17 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

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 their 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 at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.


  1. Apply online.

  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit copies* of the following documents to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for verification within five working days from the date of your online application.
    *You will need to bring the original NRIC/Passport and academic documents for authenticity check during submission.

    1. NRIC for Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR), passport and valid Student’s Pass card (if applicable) for international students
    2. English qualifications (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL iBT), if applicable
    3. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts:
      • For NAFA and Local Polytechnic Diploma students
        • If you are currently in your final semester, please submit your academic transcripts of your first 5 semesters. Subsequently, please submit your Diploma certificate and full academic transcript (all semesters) within 5 working days from the official release date.

      • For other international qualifications
        • Please submit your most recent school examination or preliminary examination results, which must be certified by your school if you have not received your final results. Subsequently, please submit your final results and certificate within 5 working days from the official release date

  3. Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online at https://payment.nafa.edu.sg/Students. Applicants who are paying online will be required to upload the above documents during application.

  4. Upload your portfolio at https://pss.nafa.edu.sg/

  5. You will receive an email from the Student Admissions Office on the details of your portfolio interview upon receipt of all required documents and portfolio.

  6. Receive a letter by post/email on the outcome of your application within 4 – 6 weeks after your Interview or Audition.

 

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

  • Art Therapy
  • Creative Agencies
  • Curatorial and Programming
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Education and Academia
  • Galleries
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Management
  • Museums
  • Policy-making
  • Publishing and Research

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