Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 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 Applied Theatre as well as achievements in performance may find their niche in this course.

In addition to creative methodologies such as Viewpoints and Suzuki, you will learn professional development skills such as how to write a proposal and prepare for an audition.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the context, practice, techniques and application of a form of contemporary theatre
  • Engage in the creation and production of a stylised text through an understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques and working methods
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the possibilities of applying the Viewpoints method to performance creation, including using it to compose movement within a specified space
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the possibilities of applying the Suzuki method to performance creation and actor training
  • Select, develop, interpret, evaluate and perform appropriate materials for different types of auditions
  • Engage with employment opportunities proactively with an informed understanding of the variety of jobs in the theatre industry and beyond that require the skills of a trained theatre practitioner
Code Title Semester Credits
TH4101 Performance Skills 1: Contemporary Theatre 1 30

This module explores a contemporary mode of performance creation. Students will work on a production led by a professional director.

TH4102 Theatre Workshop 1: Viewpoints 1 15

In this module, students will be introduced to the methodology of Viewpoints created by Mary Overlie and further developed by Anne Bogart. They will learn the Viewpoints of Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, Story, Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response, Spatial Relationship, Topography, Gesture, and Architecture.

TH4103 Professional Practice 1: Audition 1 15

In this module, students will learn how to prepare and present audition monologues. They will be guided to identify their performance strengths and to select dramatic texts that can best showcase their abilities.

TH4201 Performance Skills 2: Text and style 2 30

This module explores a stylised theatre text through performance. Students will work on a production led by a professional director. Through the rehearsal process, they will learn how to analyse a text and explore its stylistic possibilities.

TH4202 Theatre Workshop 2: Suzuki 2 15

In this module, students will train in the disciplines developed by Japanese theatre practitioner Tadashi Suzuki. They will learn disciplines such as the Stomp, Tenteketen (Slow Walking), Statues, the Walks, and Voice.

TH4203 Professional Practice 2: Entrepreneurial Artist 2 15

This module aims to equip students with entrepreneurial skills. It begins by guiding students in exploring various possible projects that they can initiate and develop with their theatre training. Students will then be taught how to source for funding and to write a project proposal.

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 and interview
  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 Academic Band 5 or equivalent; including a score of Band 5 in the written component
  5. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the University of Essex will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

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$22,700 per annum

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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

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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 necessary documents listed below within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Personal Statement
    2. Curriculum Vitae (for non-NAFA students)
    3. Recommendation letter/testimonial (for non-NAFA students)
  4. You will receive an email on the details of the audition from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  5. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your audition.


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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