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Course Overview Modules Entry Requirements How to Apply

When All the World is Your Stage

Train to become the next breakout theatre star, in the language you are most confident expressing yourself in. Our three-year Diploma in Theatre can be pursued in English or Mandarin Drama, with both sharing the same principal focus on a strong foundation in acting, contextual studies, movement, voice and stagecraft.

You will be exposed to a wide range of leading international theatre practices, and guided to develop your very own creative voice as a budding theatre artist, poised to set the world ablaze. This course is taught by an international faculty, which includes esteemed professional practitioners from the local and international theatre industry.


Emerge as an All-Around Theatre Expert

You will learn everything you need to know about theatre, to be a true leader in the industry. Gain a thorough understanding of the history and contexts of major international theatre styles, conventions and practices; acquire fundamental technical, management and design skills to put together a theatre performance; and develop fundamental skills and strategies for drama teaching.

Learn to Work Collaboratively and Strategically in the Arts Industry

Through modules in Interdisciplinary Practice and Industry-based Learning, you will learn how to collaborate effectively with artists from other disciplines on a range of theatre-related projects and real-world industry productions, building valuable professional networks in the process.

Acquire Valuable Transferable Skills

With opportunities to create content and perform for a wide variety of theatre contexts and styles, as well as a strong focus on interdisciplinary practice, you will develop transferable skills that can be applied all across the arts and cultural industries.

Course Modules

The modules below are applicable to students enrolled on or after August 2021.

For students enrolled prior in AY2020/2021 and earlier, please refer to the Diploma Course and Module Information Booklet on StudentNet for the course modules in your respective year of enrolment.

Code Title Semester Credits
DTH1110

Acting and Contextual Studies 1 (Stanislavski)

This module explores the history, theory and practice of Stanislavski’s methodology to achieve realistic performance. Students will explore how Stanislavski formulated his method, what he was reacting to and how his methodology was further developed by various international theatre practitioners.
1 8
DTH1120

Voice 1 (Understanding Your Voice)

This module provides an introduction to vocal techniques that aim to help students develop safe ways of using their voice in performance. Students will be taught the structures of vocal production and how to critically analyse their own voices.
1 4
DTH1130

Movement 1 (Physical Awareness)

This module introduces students to a range of exercises that aim to develop physical awareness and stage presence.
1 4
DTH1140

Stagecraft 1 (Production Planning and Stage Management)

This module aims to provide introductory knowledge of theatre vocabulary and terminology, theatre plans and equipment and staging procedures. Students will also learn how to draw up a budget, determine a project timeline and call cues.
1 4
DTH1210

Acting and Contextual Studies 2 (Working with Text)

This module aims to further students’ training in realistic performance and character-based text. They will learn how to analyse text for performance using line actioning, uniting and other techniques.
2 8
DTH1220

Voice 2 (Exploring Your Voice)

In this module, students will learn how behaviour affects voice and skills to improve range, tonal quality, volume, resonance and articulation. They will also be taught vocal emphasis and parsing of text for meaning with a view towards text-based acting.
2 4
DTH1230

Movement 2 (Exploration of Characters)

In this module, students begin to explore various movement techniques and exercises for developing characters. They will also work with masks and portray a range of characters with their bodies.
2 4
DTH1240

Stagecraft 2 (Lighting and Sound)

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in handling lighting and sound equipment. The emphasis would be to train students to be able to operate the equipment in a studio theatre to stage a simple theatrical production.
2 4
DTH1000

Professional Development Roadmap 1

This module aims to introduce students to the major players in the Singapore theatre industry and the different kinds of jobs available for theatre practitioners. It would also guide students in identifying their interests and to plot their development needs.
1 2
DTH2110

Acting and Contextual Studies 3 (Stylised Theatre)

This module introduces students to the history, theory and practice of stylised texts and theatre styles. Students will explore Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre, Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, Grotowki’s Poor Theatre and a range of other forms of stylised theatre.
1 8
DTH2120

Voice 3 (Expanding Your Voice)

In this module, students would be introduced to accent work. They will continue their work in vocal skills-training, with an emphasis on pronunciation.
1 4
DTH2130

Movement 3 (Ensemble and Chorus)

In this module, students engage in developing movement sequences as an ensemble and chorus using the methodologies of a range of international theorists and practitioners.
1 4
DTH2140

Stagecraft 3 (Sets and Costumes)

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in scene and costume design. It will guide students to develop a design concept for scene and costumes based on text analysis, stage blocking, traffic flow and required story-telling.
1 4
DTH2210

Acting and Contextual Studies 4 (Contemporary Practices)

This module explores the range of practices in contemporary theatre. It begins by introducing students to devised theatre before proceeding to introduce other contemporary practices such as Intercultural Theatre, Theatre of Images and Post-dramatic Theatre.
2 8
DTH2220

Voice 4 (Mastering Your Voice)

In this module, students will continue to build on their voice work, learn a framework with which to construct character voices and further develop accent work.
2 4
DTH2230

Movement 4 (Asian Forms)

This module will expose students to a range of dance and movement vocabularies from Asia. Possible examples include Classical Indian Dance and Malay Silat.
2 4
DTH2240

Interdisciplinary Lab

In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of interdisciplinary practice. They will be equipped with a tool kit to draw on and work with various disciplines in the visual and performing arts.
1 2
DTH2000

Professional Development Roadmap 2

This module aims to teach students how to write a curriculum vitae, prepare a solo audition performance and develop a grant and project proposal.
2 2
DTH3012

Overseas Immersion*

Students will visit an Asian country such as Indonesia, Thailand, China or India where they will learn an indigenous theatre form.
Vacation 4
DTH3020

Acting and Contextual Studies 5 (Applied Theatre)

In this module, students will learn how to engage devising and improvisation for a range of applied theatre purposes. The concept of social theatre would be emphasised and a range of methodologies drawn from major international practitioners would be taught.
2 8
DTH3030

Fundamentals of Directing

This module aims to equip students with fundamental skills in directing. They will learn how to interpret texts, source for inspiration, develop concepts and communicate with actors.
2 4
DTH3040

Fundamentals of Playwriting

In this module, students learn the basic principles that underpin dramatic texts. They will explore theories such as the Aristotelian Unities, narrative structure, arc of narrative, creation of character and writing of dialogue.
1 4
DTH3013

Industry Project

Led by lecturers and working in groups, students will undertake a range of different projects with external industry partners.
1 12
DTH3014

Southeast Asian Performing Arts*

In this module, students will explore three Southeast Asian performing art forms - Malay Dance, Silat and Indonesian Performing Arts. Although the history of these art forms will be elaborated, emphasis will be placed on practice and students will be trained through intensive skills-based workshops. These skills will be articulated into self-directed creation as they generate material for performance. In addition to formal instruction, students will also be exposed to Southeast Asian arts and culture through digital means. The module will culminate in a performance, in which students will present the skills they have acquired. In addition, students will learn to appreciate the various connections between several performing arts cultures in Southeast Asia and how they inform and inspire contemporary practice.
2 4
DTH3021

Essentials of Teaching and Learning

This module aims to equip students with basic pedagogical methodology and tools to teach and facilitate a range of drama workshops.
2 4
DTH3000

Professional Development Roadmap 3

In this module, students further develop their curriculum vitae writing skills, solo audition performance and other professional skills.
1 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.
1/2 4
DDM2901

Digital Photography and Publication*

In this module, students will learn to use photography as a medium of expression and communication. Students would explore the different perspectives of story-telling through images, and be equipped with the skills to compile them into a publication.
1/2 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.
1/2 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.
1/2 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
DMU1041

Instrumental Studies: Guitar*

This module provides a foundation on classical guitar technique, with emphasis on effective hand positioning and a strong grasp of the rudiments of music.
2 1/2
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.
1/2 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

*Electives

Students are required to take either DTH3012 Overseas Immersion or 4 credits of Cross-disciplinary electives.

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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.

Find out about the specific entry requirements that apply to you.

You are required to attend an audition. The audition consists of three sections — Workshop, Audition Monologue and Interview.

  • You will be given three audition monologues at least one week prior to the audition and you will need to choose one. You are expected to memorise or be very prepared with your chosen piece
  • You are required to report to the audition venue 30 minutes earlier to register
  • The audition may take up to three hours
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement

Workshop

You are expected to participate enthusiastically in the improvisation exercises and theatre games during the workshop. Through your participation in the workshop, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Openness to improvisation and willingness to work with others
  • Vocal response in an improvisation – projection, range, tone and clarity
  • Physical response in an improvisation – expressiveness, spontaneity and range

Audition Monologue

During the audition, you will be asked to perform one of the three pieces of dramatic texts. You are expected to arrive with your chosen monologue memorised. Through your performance of the monologue, assessors will evaluate your:

  • Ability to perform a dramatic text – comprehension, characterisation and creativity
  • Physical skills – presence on stage, spatial awareness, physical range, movement vocabulary and physical portrayal of character
  • Vocal skills – projection, clarity, range and tone

Interview

You are expected to discuss why you want to study theatre during the interview. You will be reviewed based on your:

  • Existing knowledge of and experience in theatre and/or performance
  • Personality traits
  • Innovation and creativity

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 CCA points. The CCA points can be used to improve their EQ 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.

In addition to the minimum English Language proficiency requirement, the minimum Chinese Language proficiency requirement for Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama) is Grade C6 at GCE ‘O’ Level in Chinese Language or Higher Chinese or Literature in Chinese. The subject(s) will form part of the 4 ‘O’ Level subject requirements.

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 School 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.

Applicants with Higher Nitec/Nitec:

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses will be considered for module exemption(s):

  • Higher Nitec in Performance Production

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

Get started on your quest to become a theatre professional today!


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 an audition

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.