Certificate in Oil Painting (Basic)


This course provides structured training for beginners and learners from related creative fields interested in widening and enhancing their skills in drawing and painting. The lessons are crafted systematically in a sequential order. In both theory and practice, learners will acquire skills in terms of visualisation and application through the oil medium. In the Visual Studies module, learners will grasp basic concepts of line, shape, contour, light/shadow and perspective. These foundational skills are essential in the second module on oil painting.


Terms and Conditions

Learners will be presented a Certificate upon successful completion of the course.


Class Schedule*

January Intake

Choose 1 of the following:
Day of the Week Time Duration
Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Wednesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Friday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm

July Intake

Choose 1 of the following:
Day of the Week Time Duration
Tuesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Thursday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm


  • Classes are held once a week.
  • The above schedules are subjected to final confirmation.

Module 1 - Visual Studies in Oil Painting (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module introduces the fundamentals of drawing, composition and colour theory that strengthen the learners’ observation and visualisation skills. Learners will practise line work, perspective, measuring techniques, negative spaces, and rendering techniques such as shading and hatching. This module will also include painting in monochrome.

Module 2 - Oil Painting (8 sessions x 3 hours)

In this module, learners will practise and apply oil painting techniques for still life. Lessons will cover understanding of chiaroscuro, values, the use of glazes and alla prima. As the lessons progress, learners will be encouraged to explore a variety of possibilities and techniques for painting and composition.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Course Fees

  Fees Fees (After NSA subsidies)
Certificate in Oil Painting (Basic) S$820 S$436.82

Other Fees

Registration Fee S$32.10
Miscellaneous Fee (For Student card) S$16

All fees stated above include GST and exclude material costs.


SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

National Silver Academy
Applicable to Singaporean seniors aged 50 and above who will receive a subsidy of 50% off the course fee (capped at $500 per course). Please note that the subsidy will only apply to the course fee and will not cover GST.

For more details, please refer to our website: http://www.nafa.edu.sg/courses/part-time/national-silver-academy-courses#CertificateCourses

Address (for payment via cheque)

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the 'Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' and send to:
80 Bencoolen Street (S) 189655. The student's name, NRIC/Passport number and contact number must be written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Refund of Fees

Withdrawal within 14 days before the course commencement date Course fee^ will be refunded after deduction of S$107.00 as administrative charges.
Withdrawal on or after course commencement date
No refund will be given.
^Registration fees and miscellaneous fees are non-refundable.

Cancellation/ Postponement

  • NAFA reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without prior notice.
    In the event that the class is unable to proceed due to unforeseen circumstances, NAFA will process a full refund of the course fees.

Withdrawal/ Deferment/ Transfer

  • Withdrawal or deferment requests should be made in writing with supporting relevant documents (if any) to Centre for Lifelong Education. Request for deferment is subject to approval.
  • No deferment is allowed once the course has commenced.
  • No transfer of course upon registration.

Replacement of Classes

  • There is strictly no replacement lesson should the participant absent himself/herself from the course.

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.

Part-time Certificate courses (July 2019 Intake) will be commencing in the week of 8 July 2019.

The registration for July 2019 intake has ended.

The next intake will commence in January 2020, and registration will be in November 2019.

For further enquiries, please contact us at Tel: 6512 1388 or email: [email protected]

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.


Make an Enquiry

Tel: 6512 1388

Please write to us at:
[email protected]