Diploma in Art Teaching


The Diploma in Art Teaching is designed to nurture innovative art teachers. The course adopts a comprehensive approach to art teaching in two core disciplines: fine art and design. By integrating the studio practices of art and design, as well as learning key processes of art teaching and pedagogy, you are provided with a multi-perspective understanding of art education. You will undertake a teaching practice where you will apply the knowledge and art skills learnt to different modes of learning. This integrated experience aims to foster your artistic and intellectual development, enabling you to perform as an effective educator in a variety of contexts.

When you successfully complete the Diploma in Art Teaching at NAFA, you may apply to the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Nanyang Technological University to spend an additional year to obtain a Diploma in Art Education. At NIE, you will apply the knowledge learnt and art skills acquired to different modes of classroom learning.

If you aspire to become a teacher with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, you should apply directly to MOE in January 2022, by visiting https://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teaching-scholarships-sponsorships/art-music-teacher. If selected, you will receive full funding for your three-year course at NAFA and one-year course at NIE, plus a monthly allowance. Upon completion of the four-year training course, you will serve a five-year bond teaching in primary schools.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire deep knowledge of various art and design practices
  • Teach with confidence
  • Communicate and facilitate better learning among students
  • Be an effective educator equipped with knowledge of teaching pedagogies

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 StudentNet for the course modules in their respective year of enrolment.

Code Title Semester Credits
VAF1001 Drawing Fundamentals 1 4

This module introduces the principles in drawing, developing an awareness of composition, observation skills, and familiarity with contemporary drawing practice.

VAF1011 2D Fundamentals 1 4

Be introduced to the fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design, including typography, colour theory, and spatial organization.

VAF1021 3D Fundamentals 1 4

Be introduced to making and thinking in 3-dimensional forms and structures, and gain confidence working with a diverse range of materials, construction techniques and processes.

VAF1031 Creative Thinking 1 2

This module focuses on cultivating and exploring a plethora of approaches to generate ideas, with the aim of creating more original and integrated options.

VAF1041 Introduction to Visual Arts 1 2

This module is designed to provide students with a sound working knowledge of the key historical concepts that inform the discussion of art and design in contemporary culture.

VAF1061 General Studies 1 1 2

This module establishes the core foundation of a productive life - encouraging students to be perceptive, reflective and intellectually selfconscious citizens in this diverse and rapidly changing world. It will introduce and prepare students with basic skills and knowledge needed for them to become responsible artists and designers.

VAF1062 General Studies 2 1 2

This module will further strengthen the foundation that is needed for students to become responsible artists and designers. It will cover areas that will prepare them professionally, and equip them with knowledge of their rights and its application in this new digital world.

DFA1100 Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 1 4

This module outlines and introduces the contextual, historical and theoretical aspects of art from Renaissance to Modernism. Students will engage in concepts of aesthetics through the study of key visual works, artists and thinkers. The pioneering Nanyang art movement will also be brought into focus as key reference.

DAT1131 Art Making Through Drama 1 3

This module examines a range of dramaconventions, theatre games and play-building techniques used in a participatory classroom to extend imagination and creativity for art making. Theories, methods and practices will be used to engage students in a range of reflective processes, critical dialogue and physical activities during art creation through improvisatory and storytelling processes in drama. The course will equip students with the necessary planning skills crucial for the incorporation of these approaches to education in the development of art teaching to engage the intended audience.

DAT1231 Understanding Visual Literacy 1 3

This module is on pedagogy, and introduces the study and interpretation of visual culture through a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explain how visual images generate meaning.

DAT1242 Art and Design Studio 1 2 8

This module will (re)introduce ‘Drawing’ as a bigger concept beyond traditional subject matter, medium, material and technique. Students will also explore the creative potential and practical application of digital media in creating graphic/visual imagery.

DFA2100 Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 1 4

The module will focus on Modern art, in its contextual, historical and theoretical perspectives since the Industrial Revolution. It will also examine how Modern art inspired, influenced and affected art-making in Singapore during the 1980s - 90s.

DAT2105 Art and Design Studio 2 1 12

This module introduces material as a method of expression, exploration and discovery. Students will work independently through a self-initiated project, providing opportunity for conventional and non-conventional approaches in creating art and design outcomes.

DAT2131 Visual Representation & Expression I: Issues in Two- Dimensional Praxis 1 3

This module is on pedagogy, and introduces the concept and practice of representation and expression. Using studio-practice and theory, student teachers develop their own competence in two-dimensional representation and expressive processes.

DFA2200 Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 1 4

This module positions its lens into contemporary art from late 20th century to present. Dilemmas and paradoxes pertaining contemporary art such as postmodernity, globalization, mega biennales, new media narratives, are studied and questioned.

DAT2205 Art and Design Studio 3 2 12

In this module, students will use technical skills and knowledge acquired previously, to explore works and ideas in relation to the contemporary art and design. Key artists and designers will be used as case studies, to inspire them in their research process and guided projects.

DAT2231 Visual Representation & Expression II: Issues in Three- Dimensional Praxis 1 3

This module is on pedagogy, and continues to investigate concept and practice of representation. Student teachers will consider the use of threedimensional expressive and representational media and its role in the formation of symbolic systems.

DAT3205 Art and Design Studio: Final Project 2 12

This module emphasizes on research methodology in the development of visual imagery and theoretical contexts. Focused on the contextualization of art and design practices, the module will also provide opportunity for students to build engagement in community art.

ADE2002 Overseas Immersion 1 4

This module allows students to complete a 2-4 weeks overseas attachment with one of our overseas university partners. These cultural exchanges serve to broaden experiences and understanding of different art and design approaches.

ADE3002 Industrial Attachment 1 or 2 10

This practical training attachment exposes students to work environments where they can gain a more hands-on understanding of professional practices.

ADE3003 Industry Project 1 or 2 10

This is a project-based module which provides students the opportunity to conceptualise, plan and execute a project. It will be a real life client project that will allow students to put their studies into practice and help them develop a sense of responsibility as well as interpersonal skills in a professional environment.

ADE3004 Community Project 1 or 2 10

This is a project-based module with the aim of improving the lives of the community at large. Students will work collaboratively with non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, etc. to find solutions for issues identified.

DAT3131 Visual Representation & Expression III: Issues in New Media Praxis 1 or 2 3

This module is on pedagogy, and continues to investigate concept and practice of representation. Trainee teachers will consider the role of digital and interactive technologies in expressive and representational media. They will use new media technologies to develop their own competence in representation and expressive processes.

DAT3231 Visual Arts Education in Museums and Galleries 1 or 2 3

This module explores the educational role of museums and galleries, and its relationship to art education. Trainee teachers learn to conceptualise and develop innovative gallerybased resources for different levels of schooling.

DTD2010 Gemmology* 1 or 2 2

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.

DTD1001 Metalsmithing* 1 or 2 2

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.

DTD2020 Introduction to Furniture Design* 1 or 2 2

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.

DTD2043 Introduction to Interior Design* 1 or 2 2

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.

DTD2011 Introduction to Rapid Prototyping* 1 or 2 2

Students will learn about the basics of rapid prototyping which can assist or aid them in the realization of ideas.

DDM2900 Design and Brand Strategy* 1 or 2 4

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.

DDM2901 Digital Photography and Publication* 1 or 2 4

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.

DDM2902 Packaging Design* 1 or 2 4

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

DFA1016 Social Media Literacy In Arts* 1 amd 2 2

This elective module will introduce popular social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Students will learn about the nuances of media literacy, online content development, and new developments in social media communication. This unit emphasises on developing media empathy, ethical consideration and social awareness in the arts.

DFS2006 History of Asian Costume* 1 or 2 2

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).

DFS2209 Costume Design* 1 or 2 4

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.

DFS1205 Textile Design and Innovation 1* 1 or 2 2

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.

DFS2105 Textile Design and Innovation 2* 1 or 2 2

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

DAM2094 Arts Management Fundamentals* 1 or 2 2

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.

DAM2095 Introduction to Arts Marketing* 1 or 2 2

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.

DMU1041 Instrumental Studies: Guitar* 1 or 2 2

This module aims to equip students with functional guitar skills, including chord accompaniment, improvisation, basic ensemble skills, and melody playing.

DMU1042 Instrumental Studies: Gamelan* 1 or 2 2

This module will provide students with the practical skills of playing Javanese Gamelan for the performance of simple to slightly complex pieces, up to the level of Irama II. Each student will learn the basic playing techniques of the main instruments.

ACE1001 Speech Presentations* 1 or 2 2

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.

ACE1101 Business Communication* 1 or 2 2

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.

ACE1102 Entrepreneurship in the Arts* 1 or 2 2

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).

ACE1103 Starting Your Own Business* 1 or 2 2

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.

ACR2000 Singapore Arts Scene* 1 or 2 2

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

IDP2001 Interdisciplinary Project 2A* 1 or 2

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.

IDP2002 Interdisciplinary Project 2B* 1 or 2 4

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.

IDP3001 Interdisciplinary Project 3A* 1 or 2

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.

IDP3002 Interdisciplinary Project 3B* 1 or 2 4

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.


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.

All applicants are to demonstrate their artistic potential through portfolio submission/admission test/audition as specified in each course, in order to be considered for admission.

All applicants (except from China) may select either (A) Portfolio Submission or (B) Admission Test.‬‬‬‬‬ Applicants from China will need to take the admission test. Requests to submit a portfolio by applicants from China are subject to approval.

(A) Portfolio Submission

You are to submit 10-15 images of recent art or design work, which should include a range of finished artwork as well as development work in preparing the finished artwork (sketches, mood boards, etc). Portfolios are assessed with the aim of identifying your creative and technical potential to undertake a course in art and design.

(Allowed image file types: .jpg,.jpeg,.png,.gif,.tif,.tiff,.bmp. Maximum image file size: 5 MB)
(Allowed video file types: .mpeg,.mp4,.mov,.m4v,.avi,.wmv,.flv,.asf,.mpg,.mp3. Maximum image file size: 200 MB)

The work submitted should preferably be not more than two years old. It may be the result of assigned class projects or independent exploration. It is recommended that the selected examples of work reflect your interests, experience and competencies in art and design.

While compiling the contents of the portfolio, you may concentrate on a single medium or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include, but is not limited to the following: drawing, prints, photography, painting, film, video, animation, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, etc.

You are also expected to write a statement of intent - in about 100 words - stating your reasons for pursuing a course of study in art and design. Please include your goals, interests and aspirations for the future.

(B) Admission Test

The test consists of three sections:

  • Drawing from observation - where you will be tested on your ability to draw an actual object or a scene in front of you
  • Creative visualization - where you will be tested on your creativity and imagination to visualise an object or a scene using the lines and/or shapes provided
  • Written essay - where you will be tested on your ability to write and express your views on art and design

(Test Duration: 3 hours)

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required


  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level: At least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, or its equivalent, including English as a First Language
  • Good grades in Art at the GCE ‘O’ Level. Applicants who have external Art qualifications and Art portfolio are welcomed to apply
  • Pass admission test or portfolio submission
  • Selected applicants may be asked to attend an in-person or online interview


  • 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-2019, 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


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


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


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


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


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


  • Basic Education High School Examination/Matriculation


  • High School Diploma/Certificate

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels


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


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


  • 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.

ITE students from selected full-time Higher Nitec/Nitec courses* may apply for early admission. They can use their preliminary examination results (cumulative GPA of up to the 3rd term for a 2-year Higher Nitec/Nitec course or 5th term for a 3-year Nitec course) for application. The minimum cumulative GPA for early admission is 3.0.

Applicants are still required to submit their final-year results and meet the early admission requirements of the respective courses. Any applicant who does not meet the early admission requirements will have his/her conditional offer revoked.

*List of courses eligible for early admission:

Higher NITEC/NITEC Courses Eligible for Early Admission to the Following NAFA Courses
Higher NITEC in Architectural Technology All School of Art & Design Courses
Higher Nitec in Filmmaking (Cinematography)
Higher NITEC in Games Art & Design
Higher Nitec in Interactive Design
Higher NITEC in Motion Graphics
Higher NITEC in Visual Effects
Higher NITEC in Visual Merchandising
NITEC in Architectural Technology
NITEC in Digital Animation
NITEC in Fashion Apparel Production & Design
NITEC in Interactive Media Design
NITEC in Interior & Exhibition Design
NITEC in Product Design
NITEC in Social Media & Web Development
NITEC in Video Production
NITEC in Visual Communication
NITEC in Visual Effects
Higher NITEC/NITEC Courses Eligible for Early Admission to the Following NAFA Courses
Higher NITEC in Event Management Diploma in Arts Management
Higher NITEC in Performance Production Diploma in Arts Management 
Diploma in Theatre (English Drama)
Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama)

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 are eligible to apply for module exemption:

  • Higher Nitec in Games Art & Design
  • Higher Nitec in Motion Graphics
  • Higher Nitec in Visual Effects
  • Higher Nitec in Visual Mechandising
  • Nitec in Digital Animation
  • Nitec in Interactive Media Design
  • Nitec in Product Design
  • Nitec in Visual Communication
  • Nitec in Visual Effects

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 on 1 August 2022. All annual fees are based on 40 credits per year. The cost for additional credits taken will be chargeable at yearly course fees divided by 40 credits of the course.

Singapore Citizens S$5,920 per annum
Permanent Residents S$7,550 per annum
International Students N.A.
Full Fees S$19,500 per annum

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

The Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) was introduced by the Government to help students with the cost of tertiary education in Singapore.

Find out more about the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme here: https://www.nafa.edu.sg/admissions/government-financial-schemes/tuition-grant-scheme-(tgs)

Additional Compulsory Fees (Non-refundable) All Students
Administrative Fee for 1st to 3rd candidature years of study (including Student Card & Library Membership) # S$100 per year
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 first choice S$70 S$100
Admission Test/Audition Fee for the second choice (optional) S$30 S$30

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

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Administrative Fee for 4th and 5th candidature years of study (non-refundable) S$100 to S$150 per semester
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
Resubmission Fee for Grade E module (non-refundable) S$30 per module
Appeal Fee for reconsideration of assessment result
(refundable if the appeal is successful)
S$30 per appeal
Extra Modules taken by International Students in their 4th and 5th candidature years of study to satisfy ICA Student’s Pass requirement (applicable to International students only, non-refundable) S$80 - S$100 per credit
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 (exclude Fashion Studies), if applicable (non-refundable) Up to S$1,000
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 Fee (payable to third party, refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$60 - S$120

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

Diploma courses offered by NAFA are funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and exempted from the Fee Protection Scheme under the Edutrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

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 at www.nafa.edu.sg from 3 January 2022.
    For all above-mentioned courses except Diploma in Arts Management ^, select either Portfolio Submission or Admission Test in the application portal.

  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.

    • 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

  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. Submit your portfolio/personal statement or receive test advisory, according to the option you have chosen in Step 1. – Option A (Portfolio Submission): This option is available to all applicants. Requests to submit a portfolio by applicants from China are subject to approval. Submit your portfolio at https://pss.nafa.edu.sg/ after completion of the online application.

    • Option B (Admission Test): Receive a test advisory on the date of the Admission Test from the Student Admissions Office after verification of the required documents and payment of the Application Fee. Attend the Admission Test at NAFA with the required materials as indicated in the test advisory
    • ^ For Diploma in Arts Management: Submit personal statement and testimonial at https://pss.nafa.edu.sg/. Selected applicants may be asked to attend an interview in person or via the web.

    *In view of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently only accepting (A) Portfolio Submission through our appointed overseas counsellors.

  5. Receive a letter by post/email on the outcome of your application within 4–6 weeks after your Portfolio Submission/Interview or Admission Test.

Below is the list of teaching faculty for this course. Faculty members from other disciplines who teach cross-disciplinary electives offered to this course are included.

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

  • Art Teacher

For enquiries on the degree course in Fine Art, please call the Student Admissions Office at 6512 4071 or email us at [email protected]



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