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Course Overview Modules Entry Requirements How to Apply
Course Overview Modules Entry Requirements How to Apply

Step Up and Train the Next Generation of Musicians

Teaching music to vastly diverse learners is both the sharing of knowledge and a performance in itself. The NAFA Diploma in Music Teaching supports aspiring music educators in achieving this with an all-rounded curriculum focusing on both music and education.

Emphasis on developing technical competence, stylistic awareness and creativity in performance or composition, is met with an equal focus on acquiring pedagogical skills and strategies to teach.

You can expect a rigorous broad-based and practice-led curriculum with an abundance of exposure to industry projects, teaching practice and industrial attachments.

This will equip you with a range of functional performance skills, understanding of music practices in the classroom, and strategies for teaching in various music education contexts—so when you graduate, you are ready to shape the next generation of musicians.


Learn about Both Music and Teaching

Learn what it means to be both a musician and an educator with a curriculum focused on building strong foundational skills in performing, as well as the pedagogical skills and strategies to teach.

Understand the Mind of a Musician

Gain insights to what musicians need—from ways to protect their health and well-being, to the range of digital and job search skills required to thrive in their careers—through a range of carefully curated modules and activities offered both at NAFA and at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Future-proof Your Skills

Core units in contextual studies, as well as aural and musicianship classes will add depth to your understanding of music, and equip you with skills in communication, collaboration, problem solving and more, to enhance your overall employability.

Course Modules

The following course modules are applicable to students enrolled in August 2021 and after. NAFA students enrolled in AY2020/2021 and earlier are to refer to the Diploma Course and Module Information Booklet on the StudentNet for the course modules in your respective years of enrolment.

Code Title Semester Credits
DMU1151

Principal Study 1A

Students establish a firm technical and musical foundation in their principal study through the requisite study of scales, arpeggios, etudes and selected repertoire.
1 8
DMU1152

Professional Studies 1A

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study.  It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module.  In addition, the module aims to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need as musicians and/or music educators, through workshops on health and well-being.
1 4
DMU1153

Aural and Musicianship Skills 1A

Students learn to experience and communicate music more meaningfully. This module focuses on basic theoretical knowledge and aural skills, including time signatures, basic chord progressions, sight singing, and melodic writing.
1 3
DMU1154

Music in Context 1A

This module enables students to acquire a broad and informed knowledge of selected composers, compositions, and musical genres during the Age of Common Practice. Students will benefit from an orientation on basic characteristics in Baroque national styles and ideas, and be exposed to issues relevant to their Principal Study disciplines. In the Chinese Music Pathway, the module aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of the elements of Chinese music and to appreciate, understand, and analyze Chinese musical compositions.
1 3
DMU1182

Cross-Disciplinary Creative Practices

The module introduces students to various artistic disciplines in NAFA, including visual arts, design thinking, and theatre.  It aims to widen students’ perspectives, and help students draw connection between music and other art forms and practices in NAFA, as well as to develop an overview of NAFA’s heritage and Southeast Asian art practices.
1 2
DMU1251

Principal Study 1B

This module continues to develop technical and musical skills in principal study. Students are encouraged to cultivate a methodical and structured approach to practicing.
2 8
DMU1252

Professional Studies 1B

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study.  It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module. In addition, the module aims to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need as musicians and/or music educators, through workshops on health and well-being.
2 4
DMU1253

Aural and Musicianship Skills 1B

This module develops essential knowledge in fundamental four-part tonal harmonic language and score reading.
2 3
DMU1254

Music in Context 1B

This module enables students to consolidate knowledge about selected composers, compositions, and musical genres in the First Viennese School. Students in Chinese Music Pathway gain an overview of stylistic periods of Western music history from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
2 2
DMU1255

Special Topics in Performance Studies 1

This module enriches students’ experience, exposure and understanding about musical performance, through projects that inform specific aspects in concert performance.
2 2
DMU1282 

Creative Improvisation with Interdisciplinary Collaboration*

This module introduces a range of techniques for creative improvisation. Through playing and music-making workshops, students will acquire listening, interacting, reflecting, anticipating, describing and creating skills. These skills will, in turn, deepen their understanding of the music they are performing, as well as develop their critical ability to listen to the sound that they are producing, thus raising their overall musicianship and proficiency.
2 2
DMU2151

Principal Study 2A

This module continues to develop technical and musical skills. Students are encouraged to cultivate a methodical approach to practicing.
1 8
DMU2152

Professional Studies 2A

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study.  It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module. In addition, the module aims to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need as musicians and/or music educators, through workshops on MIDI sequencing and audio recording.
1 4
DMU2153

Aural and Musicianship Skills 2A

This module continues to develop aural perception and musicianship skills in tonal harmony. Students learn theoretical musicianship through practical application.
1 3
DMU2154

Music in Context 2A

Students extend their knowledge of European musical history in the Nineteenth Century and gain a broad and informed awareness of selected composers, performers, musical genres and artistic ideas. Chinese instrumentalists explore the development of modern Chinese music from the beginning of the 20th Century to the present.
1 3
DMU2171

Career Skills

To enhance professional readiness, this module provides students with a broad overview of up-to-date professional development tools and strategies, and the industry practices and trends.
1 2
DMU2251

Principal Study 2B

This module continues to develop technical and musical skills. Students are encouraged to cultivate a methodical approach to practicing.
2 8
DMU2252

Professional Studies 2B

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study.  It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module. In addition, the module aims to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need as musicians and/or music educators, through workshops on MIDI sequencing and audio recording.
2 4
DMU2253

Aural and Musicianship Skills 2B

This module improves on musicianship in musical structures and techniques from the 18th and 19th centuries. Students continue to develop theoretical musicianship through practical application.
2 3
DMU2254

Music in Context 2B

Students broaden their knowledge of the history of Western music from the late 19th century to early 20th century, building an awareness of selected composers, performers, musical genres and artistic ideas. Students in Chinese Music Pathway explore the development of Chinese music in Singapore.
2 2
DMU1042

Instrumental Studies: Gamelan

This module provides students with the practical skills of playing Javanese Gamelan from simple to slightly complex pieces, up to the level of Irama II.
2 2
DMU2011

Second Study I*

In this module, students develop their technical and musical skills in a second study area.
2 2
DMU2012

Related Study I*

This module helps students establish a firm technical and musical foundation in an instrument related to their principal study through the requisite study of scales, arpeggios and selected repertoire.
2 2
DMU2061

Performance Project I*

This is a self-directed study on a subject of the student’s interest. Students develop a professional performance practice through project preparation.
2 2
DMU2056

Overseas Immersion*

This module allows students to complete a 2-to-4 week attachment with one of our partner universities overseas. These cultural exchanges serve to broaden experience and understanding of performance practices in different genres.
2 4
DMU2065

Industrial Attachment* (Industry-based Learning)

This module provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills in an authentic and practical situation, and to understudy working professionals where they gain industry skills and knowledge.
2 4
DMU2066

Industry Project* (Industry-based Learning)

The module provides students with the opportunity to plan and execute a project with an external collaborator (client), bringing together their knowledge, skills and interests in an authentic experience.
2 2
DMU2067

Teaching Practice* (Industry-based Learning)

The module provides students with the opportunity to practise effective teaching by applying their skills in teaching preparation, curriculum development and other practical matters.
2 2
DMU2255

Special Topics in Performance Studies 2*

Students develop critical and creative perceptions about music, broaden knowledge on musical repertoire, and cultivate informed judgement in their assessment and evaluation of performers and performances.
2 2
DMU2071

Dalcroze Method*

This module offers an introduction to Dalcroze method in music education, and aims to provide music students with techniques of facilitating music workshop to children in primary schools.
2 2
DMU2072

Kodály Method*

Based on the teaching approaches of Kodály, the course focuses on innovative methods, materials, and techniques of teaching general music to children in primary schools.
2 2
DMU3151

Principal Study 3A

Students develop their musicality in this module, acquiring technical and interpretative skills in their principal study. They will receive the separate attention needed in the study of new repertoire.
1 8
DMU3152

Professional Studies 3A

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study. It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module. In addition, the module aims to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need as musicians and/or music educators, through workshops on song writing and pop song arrangement.
1 4
DMU3153

Aural and Musicianship Skills 3

Students gain a factual and conceptual knowledge of 20th century music theory and the ability to compose and analyse such music using a variety of basic techniques.
1 3
DMU3154

Music in Context 3A

This module explores aesthetic trends of Western classical music written since 1900. Students consider the broader historical and social circumstances in which musical works were created. Chinese instrumentalists gain an understanding of different styles and genres of the Chinese folksongs and folk music, and the issues relevant to their principal study disciplines.
1 3
DMU3193

Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and Outreach IA

This module covers generic pedagogical themes, including strategies for planning instrumental lessons and the assessment of student development and progress.
1 2
DMU3251

Principal Study 3B

Students develop their musicality in this module, acquiring technical and interpretative skills in their principal study. They will receive the separate attention needed in the study of new repertoire.
2 8
DMU3252

Professional Studies 3B

This module consists of a range of classes and rehearsals/performance tailored specifically to students’ areas of study. It is designed to complement and extend the performing experiences, technical skills and repertoire knowledge that students develop on their principal instruments or composition study within the Principal Study module. In addition, the module aims to prepare students for the profession as musicians or music educators, through the development of an e-portfolio.
2 4
DMU3221

Stylistic Studies

Students learn the fundamentals of the harmonic practices of Western European music from the 17th to 19th century.
2 2
DMU3254

Music in Context 3B

Students consider the broader issue of cultural nationalism and identity in the works of select Asian composers, and discuss the context of Western music in Asia from the early 1600s. The module also provides an insight into Southeast Asian music.
2 2
DMU3293

Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and Outreach IB

The lecture series and workshops prepare students for the outreach project. Students learn to teach through improvisation, and develop teamwork and organisational skills.
2 2
DMU3011

Second Study II*

Students develop their technical and musical skills in a second study area, and guided towards their final presentation.
2 2
DMU3012

Related Study II*

Students establish a firm technical and musical foundation in an instrument related to their principal study through the requisite study of scales, arpeggios, and selected repertoire.
2 2
DMU3061

Performance Project II*

This is a self-directed study on a subject of the student’s interest. Students develop a professional performance practice through project preparation.
2 2
DMU3063

Introduction to Conducting*

This module offers an introduction to the art of conducting and aims to provide students with a basic technique for conducting a variety of ensembles and the ability to read and prepare scores from a conductor’s viewpoint.
2 2
DMU3091

Music Workshop*

This module introduces students to various teaching approaches in music education, including Kodály, Orff, and Dalcroze.
2 2
DMU3092

Introduction to Music Therapy*

Students develop a general understanding of what music therapy entails and what makes a music therapist. In addition, students will have a glimpse of the realistic aspects of the field through audio-visual resources. The applications of music therapy with a few selected populations and different models of music therapy are briefly examined.
2 2
DMU3065

Industrial Attachment* (Industry-based Learning)

This module provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills in a real and practical situation, and to understudy working professionals where they gain industry skills and knowledge.
2 4
DMU3066

Industry Project* (Industry-based Learning)

The module provides students with the opportunity to plan and execute a project with an external collaborator (client), bringing together their knowledge, skills and interests in an authentic experience.
2 2
DMU3067

Teaching Practice* (Industry-based Learning)

The module provides students with the opportunity to practise effective teaching by applying their skills in teaching preparation, curriculum development and other practical matters.
2 2
DMU3282

Composition*

The module is an introduction to the basic techniques of composing. At the end of the module, students should have completed two compositions: a solo for their own solo instrument and a work for two to three players.
2 2
DTD2010

Gemmology*

This module explores the science of gems: formation, history, physical properties, practical applications, and the methods and instruments used in the basic identification of the stones, colours and values.
1 and 2 2
DTD1001

Metalsmithing*

Students are introduced to the basic principles of handling raw materials. They will also learn various methods and materials employed in the fundamental techniques of object making.
1 and 2 2
DTD2020

Introduction to Furniture Design*

This cross-disciplinary elective introduces students to the design principles, ergonomic studies and material application in furniture design with the help of workshop practice, concept ideation and presentation.
1 and 2 2
DTD2043

Introduction to Interior Design*

This cross-disciplinary elective introduces students to the basic principles in interior design, with an emphasis on programming, space planning, colour scheme and furniture arrangement for residential design.
1 and 2 2
DDM2900

Design and Brand Strategy*

This module allows students to discover the framework and strategies of developing a successful brand expression through case studies and analysis. Students will develop a critical understanding of the social (cultures of consumption) and psychological (emotions in marketing) aspects integrated within the context, which will allow students to develop the ability to make good design decisions.
1 or 2 4
DDM2901

Digital Photography and Publication*

This module allows students to discover the framework and strategies of developing a successful brand expression through case studies and analysis. Students will develop a critical understanding of the social (cultures of consumption) and psychological (emotions in marketing) aspects integrated within the context, which will allow students to develop the ability to make good design decisions.
1 or 2 4
DDM2902

Packaging Design*

This module allows students to explore the different forms and functions of packaging design to provide packaging solutions that are appealing, functional and sustainable.
1 or 2 4
DFS2006

History of Asian Costume*

This module will expose students to Asian elements relating to fashion. Countries and topics covered include Malaysia/Indonesia (Kebaya), India (Sari), China (Cheong Sam and Qi Pao), Thailand (Traditional Court Uniform), Japan (Kimono) and Korea (Hanbok).
2 2
DFS2209

Costume Design*

This module allows students to gain knowledge in designing the styles and costumes in theatre, film or television productions. They will be exposed to topics such as reading and analysis of scripts, creation of the mood and style for a production, communication with the Director, distinguishing of characters, and planning of costume plot.
1 and 2 4
DFS1205

Textile Design and Innovation 1*

Students will be introduced to various techniques of textile decoration, such as screen-printing and laser cutting to develop their own decorative textiles and prints.
2 2
DFS2105

Textile Design and Innovation 2*

This module explores the manipulation of fabrics through dyeing, shibori, bonding, embossing and weaving to create distinctive textiles.
1 2
DFA1001

Introduction to Painting*

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in watercolour and acrylic painting. Topics covered include still life and landscapes.
1 and 2 2
DFA1003

Introduction to Printmaking*

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in printmaking. Topics covered include mono-print, woodcut and simple stencil printing technique.
1 and 2 2
DFA1008

Introduction to Gong Bi*

This module covers fundamental principles involved in bird and flower compositions, and the line drawing and painting techniques specific to Gong Bi.
2 2
DFA1011

Figure Drawing*

This module helps students develop the visual and technical skills necessary for portrait and figure drawing. Students work in a variety of media, with an emphasis on charcoal.
1 and 2 2
DAM2094

Arts Management Fundamentals*

This cross-disciplinary elective allows non-Arts Management students to explore management concepts and practices that are relevant to the arts and culture industry. Basic yet essential knowledge and skills in management, including skills unique to arts management, are explored in this module, and students are encouraged to observe, analyse and apply these skills in the day-to-day practice of the arts. Students will learn essential arts management skills and apply them in planning and decision-making within the context of running an arts company or organising an arts event.
1 and 2 2
DAM2095

Introduction to Arts Marketing*

This cross-disciplinary elective aims to equip students with basic marketing knowledge and skills essential to all artists. Students will be introduced to the key concepts of marketing and how it is applied to the arts. Students will also learn what motivates audiences to support the arts as well as the basic skills in how to market and promote their artworks.
1 and 2 2
ACE1001

Speech Presentations*

Speech Presentations is a course in writing and presenting speeches. It will impart skills that students need to present their ideas effectively in public. In a supportive classroom environment, students will learn to communicate their ideas effectively using verbal and written techniques.
1 and 2 2
ACE1101

Business Communication*

This module will cover the full spectrum of communications in the workplace; this ranges from effective online correspondences, to report writing, and verbal communication skills.
1 and 2 2
ACE1102

Entrepreneurship in the Arts*

This module will cover the different models of entrepreneurship in the arts industry, and strategies to succeed independently. Students are guided to create personal value and build a productive start-up in the arts with available resources (e.g., intelligence, insight, ethics, initiative and influence).
1 and 2 2
ACE1103

Starting Your Own Business*

This module informs students with essential knowledge in setting up a business. Students develop business literacy through learning basic business principles and processes such as licensing, financial management, start-up operations, and consumer behaviour.
1 and 2 2
ACR2000

Singapore Arts Scene*

This module creates awareness in students of issues and trends in the arts scene, and develops critical thinking skills through problem-based learning.
1 and 2 2
IDP2001

Interdisciplinary Project 2A*

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to introduce students to identify shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It aims to expose students to insights of the various disciplines, and become competent to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines.
1 or 2
2
IDP2002

Interdisciplinary Project 2B

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to introduce students to identify shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It aims to expose students to insights of the various disciplines, and become competent to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines.
1 or 2 4
IDP3001

Interdisciplinary Project 3A*

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to engage students in identifying shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It provides insights of the various disciplines through an interdisciplinary environment, and raise new questions using interdisciplinary perspectives.
1 or 2
2
IDP3002

Interdisciplinary Project 3B*

This module is an open platform of at least 2 disciplines, designed to engage students in identifying shared concepts and methods of the various disciplines. It provides insights of the various disciplines through an interdisciplinary environment, and raise new questions using interdisciplinary perspectives.
1 or 2 4

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entry requirements

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
  • Module Exemption

Selection is competitive and is subject to the availability of places. However, the Academy may give consideration to talented applicants who excel in Artistic Talent and Creativity, but have not fully met the education qualification stated.


Audition

You are required to attend an entrance audition of approximately 15 minutes on your intended principal study. Non-pianists are advised to bring along their own accompanist for the audition. If necessary, please contact the Student Admissions Office for a list of accompanists. The accompanist fee is S$100, for a 45-minute rehearsal and the audition. Applicants are required to make arrangements with the accompanists directly for practice sessions and payment.

The audition consists of the following:

  • Performance of two contrasting works of your choice. Pieces selected from popular music repertoire would not be considered for the purposes of this audition.
  • Sight-reading
  • Aural awareness
  • Music theory*
  • Short interview with the audition panel about your musical experiences, interests and your ambitions for future studies and career

*The music theory paper (approximately 60 minutes) will test applicants in various areas at a level similar to ABRSM Grade V.

Applicants who present documentary evidence of ABRSM Grade V Music Theory or its equivalent will be exempted from the test. Further information about the requirements of ABRSM Grade V Theory can be found at www.abrsm.org

Composition Portfolio Interview

Composers should submit a portfolio of at least two, but not more than five, contrasting examples of your compositions. Do submit your portfolio one week in advance of your scheduled audition. You may submit your work as written scores, recordings or a combination of the two.

Please ensure that your written music is clear and legible, and that you include full details, where necessary, of instrumentation, scoring, and performance details. Do not send Sibelius files unless they are accompanied by PDF files of the same material. Recordings should either be on a CD or DVD, or in a file format that can be read in VLC or Windows Media Player.

Individual works should be clearly indexed on both the CD and accompanying documentation. All recordings should be clearly labelled with your name and the title of the piece on both the CD and its cover. Portfolios will be returned to you immediately at the end of the audition or mailed back to you after the audition period upon request.

Online Audition

Though live auditions are preferred, applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may submit a video recording for their audition. If they pass the video screening round, an interview via Zoom or MS Teams with applicants will be arranged by the Student Admissions Office. Applicants will be tested on their sight-reading and aural awareness during the interview.

Guidelines for Video Recording:

  • The recording should be a clear and accurate representation of your playing. Do not edit the audio/video of your recording
  • The camera should be stationary for the performance of each work
  • The video should show the performer in full body if possible

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level: Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE ‘O’ Level subjects, excluding English.
  • Applicants who are active in their Secondary Schools’ Co-curricular Activities (CCA) may gain up to 2 bonus points. The CCA points can be used to improve their aggregate score for admission consideration.

    Types of bonus points No. of bonus points awarded
    Grades of A1–A2 2 points
    Grades of B3–C6 1 point
  • Singapore Integrated Programme: Successful completion of Year 4 or higher.
  • School of The Arts (SOTA): Successful completion of Year 4 or higher.
  • Institute of Technical Education (ITE): Full-time Higher Nitec or Nitec.

Minimum Qualifications Required
International applicants who have completed at least 10 years of education are eligible to apply. Relevant supporting evidence of applicants’ achievements in the arts must be submitted with the application.

If the earliest you are able to submit your full results is mid-2023, you may use your most recent school examination or preliminary examination results, which must be certified by your school, for application.

Overseas Educational Qualifications Accepted

China

  • Senior High School Leaving Certificate Examination
  • National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), also known as “Gao-kao”

India

Secondary School Certificate (Standard X) from:

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education Examinations (CBSE)
  • The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE)
  • Other certificates equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Level

Indonesia

  • Sekolah Menengah Atas /Umum (SMA/SMU) National Final Evaluation Examination*
    *Good SMA/SMU/High School Year 10 and 11 results will be considered.

Korea

  • High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination (Year 11/Year 12)

Malaysia

  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Examination
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Examination
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Examination

Myanmar

  • Basic Education High School Examination/Matriculation

Philippines

  • High School Diploma/Certificate

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels

Taiwan

  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)
  • Senior Secondary School (Grade 11 / Grade 12))

Thailand

  • High School Year 12*
    *Good High School Year 10 and 11 results will be considered

Vietnam

  • High School Year 11 Results
  • High School Diploma (Year 12)
  • Diploma in arts-related studies

Other Qualifications

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
  • Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Year Programme (IB MYP)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP)
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC)
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate

The minimum English Language proficiency requirement:

  • Grade C6 at GCE ‘O’ Levels
  • TOEFL iBT 50
  • TOEFL 500
  • IELTS Academic Band 5
  • SAT score of 480 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component)
  • Duolingo score of 75
  • Qualifications equivalent to any of the above

Applicants who do not meet the English Language proficiency requirement for the applied diploma course will have the option to enrol in the NAFA Preparatory English Course (PEC). Prior to enrolment in the PEC, applicants are required to submit their English Language proficiency scores from certification systems such as TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo. They will be placed in the appropriate module(s) – Pre-intermediate Level English and/or Intermediate Level English or Supplementary English as determined by the submitted scores. 

Recognition is accorded for prior achievements in areas relevant to intended studies.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or above in the year they are admitted to Year 1 of the diploma course.

The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) allows applicants to apply for and receive conditional admission to NAFA prior to receiving their final grades.

The EAE is open to graduating GCE O Level students, final-year Nitec and Higher Nitec students from the Institute of Technical Education, IP or IB Year 4 students.

Applicants applying via Diploma EAE will go through the following process and timeline:

Process Period
Application 13 Jun to 24 Jun 2022
Portfolio Submission/Audition 13 Jun to 8 Jul 2022
Offer & Acceptance 8 Aug to 19 Aug 2022

Process


Applicants to:
  • Submit Portfolio for courses under the Faculty of Art and Design (3D Design/Design & Media/ Fashion Studies/Fine Art) (No Admission Test for EAE)
  • Submit Personal Statement and Testimonial for Diploma in Arts Management
  • Attend Audition for courses under Dance, Music and Theatre Programme

Please refer to the section ‘Potential in Artistic Talent and Creativity’ for more information about the above.


Offer and Acceptance
  • Applicants will receive notification of the application outcome via email. Successful applicants should confirm acceptance of their offers by the deadline stipulated
  • Applicants who accept their offers at this stage will be guaranteed a place, as long as they meet the criteria stated under Entry Requirement

Withdrawal
  • Should applicants wish to withdraw their acceptance, they must submit their withdrawal notice to [email protected]
  • Applicants who had accepted their EAE offer but fail to make the required payment by the stipulated deadline will have their offers withdrawn
  • Applicants who fail to meet the admission criteria will have their offers withdrawn

Entry Requirements for EAE


Eligibility Criteria:

For O-Level Students
Students who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of Early Admission Exercise (EAE)

Secondary 4/5 Mid-Year Examination Results with aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English.

For ITE Students
ITE students who are in their final year of study of their Nitec and Higher Nitec course may use their latest examination results to apply for EAE, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

For the AY2023 intake, ITE students who are completing their Nitec course in June or December 2022 or Higher Nitec course in September 2022 or March 2023 are eligible to apply for admission.

For Integrated Programme (IP)/ International Baccaularette (IB) Year 4 Students
IP and IB Year 4 students may use their mid-year examination results to apply for EAE.

Confirmation of Conditional Offers for Diploma Admission

Successful applicants for the EAE will be given conditional offers and are still required to submit following document, as applicable:
  • GCE O-Level results with an aggregate of not more than 25 points for 4 subjects excluding English
  • Certificate and Academic Transcript for Nitec or Higher Nitec
  • Completion of IP Year 4 (End-Year Examination Results)
  • Completion of IB Year 4 (End-Year Examination Results)
Any applicant who fail to provide documentary evidence of having met the admission requirements by the deadline stipulated by NAFA will have his/her conditional offer withdrawn.

Applicants may receive module exemption of up to 60 credits, if they have taken and passed the same or similar modules in another institution. The granting of exemption and advanced standing may be subject to applicants passing a Portfolio Interview, Audition or Admission Test. Application for module exemption may be subject to a Portfolio Interview or Audition.

Applicants with GCE A-Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC)

Applicants who have completed GCE A-Level or IB Diploma will be eligible to be considered for module exemption (up to 40 credits) in the relevant courses. Applicants from SOTA who have completed Year 4 and above are eligible to receive advanced standing (Year 1, Semester 2 or Year 2, Semester 1) in relevant Diploma courses subject to their final or preliminary examination results.

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.


How to Apply

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Apply online

Apply online here from 3 January 2023.

Print out the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit copies* of the following documents

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.

  • Academic certificates and transcripts, e.g. GCE A-Level/GCE O-Level/ITE and GCE N-Level/other equivalent qualifications including TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or SAT result, if applicable
  • NRIC or passport or valid Student’s Pass

Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online

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. Receive a test advisory on the date of your audition from the Student Admissions Office.

Attend the audition at NAFA

Attend the audition at NAFA with the required materials as indicated in the test advisory.

Receive a letter by post/email

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