Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fine Art Practice


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, discussions and critiques with staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice is a programme geared towards developing your professional edge and built upon the diploma studies in fine art and art teaching. The course is designed to develop your in-depth understanding of the diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches towards artmaking, as well as the theoretical, conceptual, contextual and professional aspects of contemporary art practice.

It serves as a platform for developing your creative potential and professional development, by nurturing leadership qualities and artistic versatility in response to today's art and design industries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore all aspects of artmaking, with emphasis on exploration, experimentation, examination, originality, criticality and innovation
  • Develop strategies to visually communicate your experience and response to the contemporary society
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the diverse methodologies in Fine Art practices
  • Develop professionalism in practice through teamwork and leadership
  • Gain access to industry opportunities, through an awareness of key stakeholders, networks, institutions, manufacturers and material processes.
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.

FA3201 Fine Art Practice 1 1 30

This module enables you to develop an independent methodology and distinct studio practice, which facilitates the production of high quality and critically engaged works. It is an experimental studio practice, where you can develop skills through conceptually and technically informed approaches to art-making. It emphasises a consolidation of studio practice in relation to appropriate and focused research into contemporary practice and theory by preparing you for exhibition projects and showcases, creative and curatorial projects.

Professional development is also embedded into studio practice, which will enable you to closely align your practice through a greater understanding of the art industry, its key stakeholders, and the urgent issues affecting emerging artists, such as funding, copyright and representation.

FA3202 Fine Art Practice 2 2 60

This module enables you to produce a substantial and coherent body of work for a Final Year assessment exhibition. This self-directed work (in consultation with studio tutors) represents the culmination of the students' learning and research in the course, and provides the opportunity to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to further develop and realise challenging and imaginative works to an industry standard.

Students will have the opportunity to present and critically engage with their work through discussions with visiting lecturers, staff and their peers. They will align and situate their practices in preparation for the art industry and other similar professional contexts.

The final exhibition/presentation can take various forms and students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate exhibition conventions in a professional and informed way. Alternatively, work can be presented, for example, as a portfolio, limited edition prints, an installation, a screening, a folder of drawings or a book (where appropriate). Students are expected to be creative in the format and location of their presentation.

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


  1. A graduate of NAFA's Diploma in Fine Art 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 (PBT) or TOEFL 79 (iBT) 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 2020, with studies commencing on 27 July 2020. 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$22,000 per annum

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

Additional Compulsory Fees (Non-refundable) All students
Fee Protection Scheme Insurance Fee # S$100 per year
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) # S$300 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 has put in place the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) by way of insurance coverage to protect the fees of students paid to NAFA. The FPS covers the course fee and compulsory fees (e.g. Administrative Fee, Hospitalisation Insurance Fee and Fee Protection Insurance Fee) paid. 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 on FPS and the Committee for Private Education, please visit

Bachelor of Music (Hons) course, funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), is exempted from the 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 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.

Application period for AY2020/2021 intake opens 2 January and ends 31 March 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)
    6. Artwork portfolio for applicable courses (15-20 images)
  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.


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

  • Art Broker
  • Art Consulting
  • Art Criticism
  • Art Directing
  • Art Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Writing
  • Artists’ Residencies
  • Arts Outreach Management
  • Communications and Digital Consultant
  • Community Arts
  • Conference and Events Management
  • Conservation
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Direction
  • Curatorship
  • Documentation and Archival
  • Education
  • Exhibition Design
  • Game Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Research Fellowship
  • Textile Art
  • Theatre Set Design
  • Visual Merchandising



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Tel: 6512 4071

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