NAFA Foundation Programme


The NAFA Foundation Programme (NFP) is a bridging course that prepares students for a successful enrolment and completion of a diploma course at NAFA. In this course, a wide range of subjects will be taught, which aims to equip students with broad skillsets as well as to develop their technical, artistic and literacy skills.

The course focuses on:

  • Preparing students with subject knowledge in the arts
  • Exposing students to a practice-based learning environment, and
  • Developing students’ academic and study skills for tertiary-level studies

The NAFA Foundation Programme provides the fundamentals in five key areas of learning that are essential in a student’s preparation for tertiary education in the arts.

Core modules

  1. Language and Communication
  2. Mathematical Literacy
  3. Understanding the Arts
  4. Learning and Technology
  5. Research and Enquiry
In addition, students will need to complete two of the following elective modules that are related to their selected diploma course.

Pathway Elective modules
School of Art & Design
  • Design Essentials
  • Drawing essentials
School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre
  • Acting Techniques Foundation
  • Dance Techniques Foundation
School of Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Faculty Studies
The course will culminate with a Studio Practice module whereby students will have the opportunity to practice what they have learnt in the form of a final project.

Studio Practice module
  • Arts in Practice

Module Title Credits Teaching Hrs
per week
Trimester Offered
Core Modules        
Language and Communication 1 4 4 1  
Mathematical Literacy 1 4 4 1  
Understanding the Arts 1 4 4 1  
Learning and Technology 1 4 4 1  
Research and Enquiry 4 4 1  
Language and Communication 2 4 4 2  
Mathematical Literacy 2 4 4 2  
Understanding the Arts 2 4 4 2  
Learning and Technology 2 4 4 2  
Elective Modules        
Drawing Essentials 4 4 2  
Design Essentials 4 4 2  
Acting Techniques Foundation 4 4 2  
Dance Techniques Foundation 1 4 4 2  
Dance Techniques Foundation 2 4 4 2  
Music Appreciation 4 4 2  
Faculty Studies 4 4 2  
Studio Practice Module        
Arts in Practice 16 16 3  

Core Modules

Language and Communication
This module aims to build the foundation of communication skillsets. In the first trimester, emphasis is placed on the development and expansion of reading, listening, and speaking skills. In the second trimester, students will learn to develop their writing and oral communication skills required in classroom settings.

Mathematical Literacy
This module helps students develop skills required to apply mathematics in everyday situations. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and appreciation of mathematics within the arts. Students are expected to apply numeracy skills to sharpen their logical reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

Understanding the Arts
This module introduces students to the key concepts and elements in visual and performing arts. It aims to develop a basic understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in various arts disciplines. Students will acquire the competencies required in preparation for their chosen areas of specialisation.

Learning and Technology
TThis module introduces students to the academic strategies and skills to support their studies. It aims to enhance the student’s learning ability through individual, group and exploratory assignments. Topics include self and group management; learning strategies; problem solving; communication and collaboration; and information and technology.

Research and Enquiry
This module introduces students to the foundational principles of arts research through the study and identification of social issues pertaining to the arts industry and its practitioners. It aims to introduce primary concepts in research methods, interpretation and analytical skills necessary in an academic research process.

Elective Modules

Drawing Essentials
This module introduces students to the basic skills of drawing. They will be encouraged to work with a range of drawing materials and techniques.

Design Essentials
This module introduces students to the basic concepts and elements of the visual language. They will explore the use of techniques and materials to articulate concepts through visualisation.

Acting Techniques Foundation
This module offers students an opportunity to explore the range of skills required for acting. Through practice-based sessions, they will learn foundation techniques in improvisation, character analysis, voice and movement.

Dance Techniques Foundation
This module aims to develop the foundation skills required for Ballet or Contemporary Dance. Areas of emphasis include technique, aesthetics, fitness, kinaesthetic awareness, movement efficiency, and safe practices.

Music Appreciation
This module aims to help students reinforce their theoretical knowledge; foundations in aural perception; and contextual information of the Western classical music. Students will be given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in musical interpretation and instrumental techniques in performance classes.

Faculty Studies
This module provides students with the opportunity to participate in large ensemble rehearsals and performances. It aims to develop their aural and music reading skills, and awareness in ensemble skills.

Studio Practice Module

Arts in Practice
This module aims to introduce a methodical work process that will guide students through an extended project. It provides the opportunity for students to reflect on their acquired skills/experiences and apply them in a final project.

The NFP is a 35-week course which runs from March to February of the following year, and is divided into three semesters. More than half of the curriculum and contact time is dedicated to arts theory and studio/practical components.

Term / Trimester Week From (Monday) To (Sunday)
Orientation   6 March 2020 6 March 2020
Trimester 1 Week 1 - 15 9 March 2020 21 June 2020
Mid-Trimester Week^ Week 8 27 April 2020 3 May 2020
Assessment Week Week 16 22 June 2020 28 June 2020
Vacation* 29 June 2020 2 August 2020
Trimester 2 Week 1 - 15 3 August 2020 15 November 2020
Mid-Trimester Week* Week 8 21 September 2020 27 September 2020
Assessment Week Week 16 16 November 2020 22 November 2020
Vacation* 23 November 2020 03 January 2021
Trimester 3 Week 1 - 7 04 January 2021 21 February 2021
Assessment Week Week 8 22 February 2021 28 February 2021

Students may be required to take part in projects, activities and events during Mid-Semester Week and/or vacation period.


Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who attained an ELMAB3 (English Language, Mathematics, Best 3 other subjects) aggregate score of 15 points or better, excluding CCA Bonus Points, will be eligible to apply for the course.

In addition to meeting the educational qualification requirements, applicants must pass an admission test or audition, depending on their selected course of study. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Successful applicants will be given a conditional offer of admission to the diploma courses. Upon the successful completion of the NFP, students will be offered a place in their chosen diploma course.

Course fees indicated here apply to students enrolling in the NAFA Foundation Programme in March 2019. The fees are based on the completion of 60 credits, the number of credits required to complete the programme.

  Fee (net of GST subsidy)
Singapore Citizens S$340
Permanent Residents S$2,500

  Fee (inclusive of GST)
International Students S$8,000

Note: Government GST subsidy is available to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents only

For more information on financial assistance (for Singapore citizens), please refer to the links below:


  Singapore Citizens & PR International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee S$70 S$100
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee

Singapore Citizens & PR

Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee

International Students

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any optional fees which the students pay only when applicable. Such fees are normally collected when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Application Fee - International Applicant S$100
Application Fee - Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident S$70
Retake Module Fee S$100
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) (non-refundable) S$100 per year
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee (non-refundable) S$60 per year
Resubmission Fee for Grade E module No fee required
Appeal Fee for reconsideration of assessment result
(refundable if the appeal is successful)
S$30 per appeal

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

Refund If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received
100% of the course fee, administrative fee and Hospitalisation insurance fee paid Within Cooling-off Period, that is, within 7 working days after signing the Contract or Student’s Pass application is rejected by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority or the Academy:

  1. does not commence the course on course commencement date
  2. terminates the course before course commencement date
  3. does not complete the course by the course completion date
  4. terminates the course before the course completion date
  5. has not ensured that the student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the Academy stated in Student Contract within the stipulated timeline set by CPE
100% of the course fee paid Before the commencement of the course
No Refund On or after the commencement of the course

Deferment to a Subsequent Trimester at Request of Student

There is no refund. Course fee, Administrative fee and Hospitalisation Insurance fee are waived when student resumes study.


  1. Aside from the voluntary withdrawal requests put up by the Students, the above Refund Policy is also applicable when the Student is expelled from NAFA or withdrawal from the course for any reason.
  2. The Trimester Commencement Date is the date of the first Term of the Trimester
  3. NAFA reserves the right to claim against the Student and/or parent/guardian for any balance outstanding payment due and payable.


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 his/ her 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 and Internship at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.

Enrolment will open from 21 Oct 2019 to 19 Jan 2020. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students may apply with their preliminary examination results in October 2019 for March 2020 intake.

Application Fee will be waived for students who apply before 30 November 2019.

  1. For all courses except Diploma in Arts Management, applicants will be required to take an admission test* or audition. Applicants for Diploma in Arts Management will be required to submit a personal statement and testimonial(s).
  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and submit all necessary documents as listed below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts: Secondary 4 N(A) School Preliminary Examination (for applicants waiting for GCE N(A) level results), GCE N(A) level, CCA record and GCE O level, if applicable.
    2. NRIC for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR), passport and valid Student’s Pass card (if applicable) for international students.
    3. For Music applicants, relevant Music qualifications such as ABRSM or Trinity certificates and comment sheets, both Practical and Theory.
    4. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA.
  3. You will receive a test advisory on the details of the admission test or audition from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  4. You will need to attend the admission test or audition at NAFA with the required materials as indicated on the test advisory. Applicants with English Language score 4 or 5 will be required to attend an interview at a later date.
  5. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your admission test or audition.

*Admission test is only applicable for courses under School of Art and Design.

The NAFA Foundation Programme (NFP) is a one-year practice-based programme which aims to prepare students who are interested in the arts to be able to successfully enrol in and complete their diploma courses at NAFA. It covers a range of areas to equip students with broad skill sets, nurturing them in essential technical, artistic and literacy skills that will help them to make the most of their next level of studies.

The course is targeted primarily at Normal (Academic) students who have completed Secondary 4 and have the creative inclinations and aspirations to become artists/designers/performers but have hitherto limited access or opportunity to develop their artistic potential.

The NFP is a through-train pathway for students who have done well in the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) examination to be admitted directly in an arts institution in lieu of GCE ‘O’ Levels. When students enroll in the NFP, they will be offered provisional places in their pre-selected diploma course, and they will progress onto the first year of the course upon successful completion of the programme.

Secondary 4 N(A) students attaining an ELMAB3 (English Language, Mathematics, Best 3 other subjects) aggregate score of 15 points or better with good grades in English, excluding CCA Bonus Points, will be eligible to apply for the course. Students with other educational qualifications equivalent to Secondary 4 N(A) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, applicants must pass an admission test or audition, depending on their selected courses of study. Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview.

Eligibility to apply for NFP does not guarantee a place will be offered in the programme.

Enrolment will open from 21 Oct 2019 to 19 Jan 2020. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students may apply with their preliminary examination results in October 2019 for March 2020 intake. Successful applicants will be notified within 4-6 weeks following the admission test/audition if they are given conditional offers to the programme. Their place in NFP will automatically be confirmed if they attain the cut-off point at the N-level examination (note: applicants must submit their N-level results to NAFA within a week after the N-level results are released for verification purposes).

We are accepting 50 students into the programme each year. As places are limited, applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible. We will stop accepting applications once all places in NFP are filled.

The school term for the NFP commences in March and ends the following year in February.

Students will be engaged in various modes of learning and activities, such as small group discussions, industry visits, field trips and online learning. Assessment will comprise of coursework assignments, projects, reports, presentations or quizzes.

Students who fail a module will be required to submit additional work and to be re-assessed.

Students who fail or drop out of the NFP may apply to ITE’s programme or pursue the GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to students who have successfully completed the NFP.

Students who have successfully completed the NFP may request to change courses but these are subjected to approval. They may be required to re-sit the admission test, audition or go through an interview as part of the review and selection process.

No, CPF Education Scheme and Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Scheme are not available for students enrolled in the NFP.

Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents on the NFP will pay MOE-subsidised fees. Eligible students can also apply for the Diploma Foundation Programme Bursary. For more information on the bursary and fees, please contact Student Admissions at [email protected].


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