Diploma in Music

Introduction

The School of Music recognises that the musicians of today require a wide range of skills and knowledge to help them stay relevant to the industry and to the wider community. The Diploma in Music course aims to train versatile and confident musicians with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop an assured ability in performance, or composition. Through high-level training in principal study and a practice-led curriculum, students will be equipped with technical and musical skills in their instrument/composition, along with theoretical, conceptual and contextual knowledge essential to their musical development and understanding of the musical discourse. In addition, they will also develop practical skills and knowledge to prepare them for the music industry, which include musicians’ health and well-being, digital skills, and career skills. The course is also unique in that it offers specialised pathways for the training of Western or Chinese music, and students have the added opportunity to attend and to participate in cross-cultural performances.

Other core units in professional studies, contextual studies, and aural and musicianship classes provide support and depth to their study and help develop key skills in areas such as communication, digital technology, collaborative work, problem solving and study skills, with the aim to enhance employability. Students are also exposed to the industry through Industry Projects, Teaching Practice, Industrial Attachments or Overseas Immersion Projects, which help them acquire interpersonal skills and work values within a professional environment.

In addition, the course leverages on NAFA’s cultural heritage and multidisciplinary environment, and offers students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects which push the boundaries of their discipline, contributing to the development of the arts scene.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop artistic expression in performance or composition through technical competence, stylistic understanding and creativity
  • Apply practical skills and knowledge that are useful for the industry, for the current times and future
  • Curate the opportunities of group performance through regular ensemble experiences
  • Build an entrepreneurial mind-set in project-led collaboration
  • Ability to appreciate, experience and discuss the creative practices from various disciplines and within the South-East Asian tradition
  • Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of music and music education in various professional contexts
  • Cultivate critical and reflective processes to find the relevance of music in the community

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
DMU1151 Principal Study 1A 1 8

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

DMU1152 Professional Studies 1A 1 4

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

DMU1153 Aural and Musicianship Skills 1A 1 3

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

DMU1154 Music in Context 1A 1 3

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

DMU1182 Cross-Disciplinary Creative Practices 1 2

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

DMU1251 Principal Study 1B 2 8

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

DMU1252 Professional Studies 1B 2 4

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

DMU1253 Aural and Musicianship Skills 1B 2 3

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

DMU1254 Music in Context 1B 2 2

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

DMU1255 Special Topics in Performance Studies 1 2 2

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

DMU1282  Creative Improvisation with Interdisciplinary Collaboration* 2 2

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

DMU2151 Principal Study 2A 1 8

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

DMU2152 Professional Studies 2A 1 4

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

DMU2153 Aural and Musicianship Skills 2A 1 3

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

DMU2154 Music in Context 2A 1 3

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

DMU2171 Career Skills 1 2

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

DMU2251 Principal Study 2B 2 8

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

DMU2252 Professional Studies 2B 2 4

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

DMU2253 Aural and Musicianship Skills 2B 2 3

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

DMU2254 Music in Context 2B 2 2

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

DMU1042 Instrumental Studies: Gamelan 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.

DMU2011 Second Study I* 2 2

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

DMU2012 Related Study I* 2 2

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

DMU2061 Performance Project I* 2 2

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

DMU2056 Overseas Immersion* 2 4

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

DMU2065 Industrial Attachment* (Industry-based Learning) 2 4

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

DMU2066 Industry Project* (Industry-based Learning) 2 2

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

DMU2067 Teaching Practice* (Industry-based Learning) 2 2

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

DMU2255 Special Topics in Performance Studies 2* 2 2

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

DMU2071 Dalcroze Method* 2 2

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

DMU2072 Kodály Method* 2 2

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

DMU3151 Principal Study 3A 1 8

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

DMU3152 Professional Studies 3A 1 4

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

DMU3153 Aural and Musicianship Skills 3 1 3

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

DMU3154 Music in Context 3A 1 3

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

DMU3193 Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and Outreach IA 1 2

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

DMU3251 Principal Study 3B 2 8

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

DMU3252 Professional Studies 3B 2 4

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

DMU3221 Stylistic Studies 2 2

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

DMU3254 Music in Context 3B 2 2

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

DMU3293 Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and Outreach IB 2 2

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

DMU3011 Second Study II* 2 2

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

DMU3012 Related Study II* 2 2

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

DMU3061 Performance Project II* 2 2

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

DMU3063 Introduction to Conducting* 2 2

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

DMU3091 Music Workshop* 2 2

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

DMU3092 Introduction to Music Therapy* 2 2

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

DMU3065 Industrial Attachment* (Industry-based Learning) 2 4

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

DMU3066 Industry Project* (Industry-based Learning) 2 2

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

DMU3067 Teaching Practice* (Industry-based Learning) 2 2

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

DMU3222 Composition* 2 2

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

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 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

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.

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.

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 and 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 4

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.

DAM2094 Arts Management Fundamentals* 1 and 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 and 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.

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
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
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.

*Electives

NAFA hopes to attract applicants with the potential to become excellent arts practitioners. Applicants are selected by merit, based on the following criteria:

  • Potential in Artistic Talent and Creativity
  • Educational Qualification
  • Language Proficiency
  • Special Factor
  • Age Requirement
  • Module Exemption

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


Audition

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

The audition consists of the following:

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

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

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

Composition Portfolio Interview

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

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

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

Online Audition

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

Guidelines for Video Recording:

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

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required

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

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

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

If the earliest you are able to submit your full results is mid-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

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 D7 at GCE ‘O’ Levels
  • TOEFL iBT 40
  • TOEFL 400
  • IELTS Academic Band 4
  • SAT score of 450 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component)
  • Duolingo score of 55
  • 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.

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

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

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

At NAFA, we are committed to providing full and equal educational opportunities to all students. The Academy firmly believes that every individual deserves a supportive learning environment. Applicants are invited to inform us in advance of any specific needs, and/or type of physical facilities or support you might require. Please include this information in your application form, supplemented with the relevant medical reports. This will allow us to plan the appropriate learning support for you.

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$5,710 per annum
Permanent Residents S$7,550 per annum
International Students S$10,450 per annum
Full Fees S$20,500 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

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

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

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

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:

  • Administrator for Music School
  • Band Director
  • Chamber Music Performer
  • Choral Director
  • Collaborative Pianist
  • Composer / Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Instrumental or Vocal Teacher
  • Music Entrepreneur
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Workshop Facilitator
  • Orchestral Musician
  • Performer

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