Diploma in Arts Management


The Diploma in Arts Management aims to train professionals for the arts and cultural industries, an important and growing sector. Through a broad-based and practice-led curriculum, you will be equipped with a range of essential business and technical skills for work in arts and cultural organisations, projects, festivals, and events.

Internships and industry projects as well as an overseas immersion programme will be provided to prepare you to enter this vibrant and increasingly sophisticated industry as a young professional.

You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers and be given opportunities to learn from industry practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the performing, visual and literary arts using appropriate vocabulary
  • Discuss arts and cultural issues from a local and global perspective
  • Explain and analyse management issues relating to arts and cultural organisations
  • Apply the knowledge of the arts scene in decision-making as arts managers
  • Develop and implement marketing solutions, for arts organisations and events
  • Develop fundraising and entrepreneurial plans for arts organisations and projects
  • Apply budgeting and accounting skills for arts projects and events
  • Implement appropriate human resource management practices
  • Explain and respond appropriately to the legalities and government policies pertaining to the arts
  • Contribute to the management of a range of arts and cultural projects
  • Explain and discuss technical requirements of any arts projects using appropriate vocabulary
  • Install, operate, and maintain simple lighting and sound systems
  • Apply basic stage management skills for arts performances
  • Use a variety of digital platforms and software to contribute to the success and sustainability of arts organisations and projects
  • Apply written and oral communication skills appropriate for arts management

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
DAM1110 Introduction to Arts Management. 1 4

This module introduces students to the key terms and concepts of arts management. Students will gain an understanding of the essential business management skills required to run arts and cultural organisations.

DAM1130 Understanding Visual Arts 1 4

This module offers a survey of the major ideas and art movements that have shaped the development of the visual arts. It will equip students with an introductory knowledge of the concerns of modern and contemporary visual arts.

DAM1160 Understanding Performing Arts 1 4

This module introduces students to the various forms of performing arts. Students will gain an understanding of music, dance and theatre as well as performing art forms which are interdisciplinary in nature. They will also examine issues which are important for the arts manager.

DAM1141 Digital Skills 1 1 4

This module is designed to develop students’ competencies in using digital tools and computer applications essential for their role as arts managers. The module will train students in the use of tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, presentations (static and video) and using online collaborative platforms for teamwork and project management.

DAM1101 Academic Writing 1 2

This module aims to develop students’ skills in writing academic papers to enable their studies at a tertiary level. Students will learn research skills including sourcing and evaluation of references, collecting data and applying the research data to an academic essay. The knowledge and skills learnt in this module will be applied across all modules in the course where academic essays are required.

DAM1121 Business Writing 1 2

This module will equip students with skills to communicate effectively in a range of business settings. The module will cover the writing of business letters, emails, proposals and reports.

DAM1211 Arts Venues Management 2 4

This module introduces students to the wide range of arts venues available for all art forms and their role in the arts and cultural development of a community. They will learn about the key arts venues in Singapore, their history and how they are managed. Students will also be introduced to Front of House management.

DAM1241 Graphic Design 2 4

This module aims to equip students with graphic design skills and knowledge that is necessary for arts managers. Students will be guided to achieve technical competency in the design of effective publicity collateral for arts and cultural organisations, both print and digital collateral, based on a given brief and communications plan.

DAM1251 Introduction to Stagecraft 2 4

This introductory module covers the theory and practice in relation to working backstage in the arts, events and entertainment industry. Students will cover the basic technical functions that are critical to a stage technician. This module provides a foundation for higher year modules in lighting, sound and stage management.

DAM1206 Understanding Literary Arts 2 4

This module introduces students to the various aspects of literary arts. The main focus of this module will be on the literary works of Singaporean authors, specifically in the genres of poetry, short stories and novels. The module includes a study of the literary arts ecosystem, and it also explores how literary works have inspired the performing and visual arts.

DAM1207 Community Arts 1 and 2 2

This module introduces students to the concept of community arts. Students will explore the definition of community arts, its function and purpose, and the different ways in which community arts objectives can be expressed and achieved. Students will also examine issues of diversity and community-building through the arts and the importance of community arts to the more disadvantaged sectors of society.

DAM1001 Professional Development 1 2 2

This module introduces students to the wide range of career options in the arts and cultural industries. It aims to guide students in realising their career aspirations. Students will be given the opportunity to explore their interests through a range of activities and be taught how to write and develop their curriculum vitae and start on compiling their professional portfolio.

DAM2161 Performing Arts Management 1 4

This module offers students both theoretical and practical training in managing performing arts events and productions. Students will go through each step of the production process, from pre-production to post-production. Students will also learn about unique aspects of managing the performing arts such as programming, budgeting, managing rehearsals and performers.

DAM2121 Arts Marketing and Audience Development 1 4
This module introduces students to the key concepts of marketing and how these concepts are applied to arts and cultural organisations and events. Students will investigate the unique requirements of marketing the arts which is centred around the marketing of an experience.

A key component of this module is understanding the critical role that audience development plays in the sustainability of an arts organisation.
DAM2131 Visual Arts Management 1 4
This module offers students both theoretical and practical training in the specialised domain area of managing the visual arts. Students will investigate various aspects of visual arts management from museum and gallery management to the business of art fairs and auction houses. They will learn key areas of work within visual arts organisations. The business aspects of visual arts will also be explored.
DAM2152 Stage Management 1 4
This module offers students both theoretical and practical training in the specialised skills required for stage management. They will learn essential skills for stage managing theatre, dance, and music productions as well as safety in the theatre, communication and other management skills.
DAM2153 Live Sound and Sound Design 1 4
This module is designed to introduce students to basic sound concepts and practices for live productions and other media. Students will learn how to install, operate, and maintain sound systems for a live production. Students will also explore the technical factors that should be considered in approaching and achieving sound for performances and rehearsals.
DAM2232 Exhibition Design and Curating 2 4
In this module, students will learn the process of designing and producing exhibitions as well as understand how this is aligned with the curatorial process. Students will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of the personnel involved and be taught how to design and install graphics in an exhibition space. Students will also explore the creative and practical aspects of curating exhibitions.
DAM2254 Lighting Fundamentals 2 4
This module is designed to introduce students to basic lighting concepts and practices for a range of productions and arts events. The module will also explore how lighting techniques can be applied in the visual arts, exhibitions and events.
DAM2242 Digital Skills 2 2 2
This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use latest digital spaces and platforms for the development and sustainability of the arts. The module focuses on using digital platforms to communicate, present, reach out to and connect with audiences on a large scale.
DAM2002 Professional Development 2 2 2
This module builds upon what students have learnt and experienced in Year 1 and brings the students closer towards their career aspirations in the arts and cultural industries. Its main focus is to prepare students for their internship and future career. This training will prepare them for their first job application and interview for their internship placement in Year 3.
DAM2210 Human Resource Management 2 4

This modules provides students with a working knowledge of human resource management. Students will learn key concepts in recruitment and development of employees to meet organisation demands and goals.

DAM2220 Law and the Arts 2 4

This module offers an introduction to legal concepts and practices pertaining to the arts. Topics include copyright, contract, and licencing.

DAM3020 Fundamentals of Curating 1/2 4

This module offers students the opportunity to explore the creative and practical aspects of curating exhibitions. Students will learn how to develop curatorial concepts, devise marketing plans, and install artworks.

DAM3030 Cultural Entrepreneurship 1/2 4

This module aims to introduce students to entrepreneurial concepts and their application in the field of arts and culture. Students will learn the skills necessary to creating and developing new arts and cultural initiatives.

DAM3040 Arts and Cultural Policy 1/2 4

In this module, students will investigate how governments develop and regulate the arts and cultural industries. In addition to studying the arts and cultural policies in Singapore, students will also examine government initiatives in other countries.

DAM3050 Managing Heritage and Community Arts 1/2 4

This module aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices of managing heritage and community arts projects. Students will learn how heritage and the arts are mobilised to achieve a variety of objectives.

DAM3060 Economics of Arts and Culture 1/2 4

This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the economic forces at play in the arts and cultural industries. It will examine economic value of art and the implications of arts production and consumption.

DAM3011 Internship 1/2 20

Students will be attached to an arts or cultural organisation and work on projects that would enhance their management competencies.

DAM3012 Industry Project 1/2 20

Working in groups and led by a lecturer, students will plan and execute an arts or cultural project.

DTD2010 Gemmology* 1 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

DDM2900 Design and Brand Strategy* 1/2 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* 1/2 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* 1/2 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.

DFS2006 History of Asian Costume* 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* 1/2 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* 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 2

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

DFA1001 Introduction to Painting* 1 and 2 2

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

DFA1003 Introduction to Printmaking* 1 and 2 2

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

DFA1008 Introduction to Gong Bi* 2 2

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

DFA1011 Figure Drawing* 1 and 2 2

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.

DMU1041 Instrumental Studies: Guitar* 2 1/2

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

DMU1042 Instrumental Studies: Gamelan* 1/2 2

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.

ACE1001 Speech Presentations* 1 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.


Although students can choose to take Cross-disciplinary Modules, these modules are not part of the graduation requirements of the Diploma in Arts Management.

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.

Personal Statement and Testimonial

You are required to submit a 500-word personal statement and a testimonial through https://pss.nafa.edu.sg/

Personal Statement
Your personal statement should articulate your interest for the arts and future career goals. Through your personal statement, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Past experiences in artistic practice, arts management and/or attending arts events
  • Aspiration to work in the arts and cultural industries
  • Written communication skills

The testimonial should be written by an official (e.g. teacher, principal, advisor, etc.) of an educational institution you have attended. Through the testimonial, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Personality traits
  • Participation in co-curricular activities
  • Leadership ability or potential
(Allowed document file type: .pdf. Maximum document file size: 10 MB)

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-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.

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


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

  • 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 are eligible to apply for module exemption:

  • Higher Nitec in Event Management
  • 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.

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 Citizen S$4,760 per annum
Permanent Resident S$7,310 per annum
International Student (with Tuition grant) S$10,060 per annum
Full Fee S$19,500 per annum

For Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident, the amounts quoted are exclusive of GST. The GST on Tuition fee is subsidised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for these students.
For International student and Full Fee, the amounts quoted are inclusive of prevailing GST of 7%. GST is subject to change. GST on tuition fee is to be borne by student.

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 here from 2 January 2023.
    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:

  • Artist Liaison & Management
  • Arts Administration & Management
  • Arts Education & Outreach
  • Arts Marketing & Public Relations
  • Arts Programming
  • Community Arts
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Exhibition Design & Display
  • Fundraising
  • Heritage Management
  • Stage & Production Management


This is a one year, undergraduate Level 6 “top up” programme, validated by the University of Essex (East 15 Acting School), UK which takes you beyond the Diploma in Arts Management.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Arts Managementt (Top Up)

The course offers a learning environment which encourages critical thinking, innovation and originality. You will develop your creative, business and management capabilities to a higher level through research, lectures, workshops, real-world case studies, project and problem-based learning.

A major element of the degree is self-directed study where you will be encouraged to develop areas of interest drawn from the creative industry.



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