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Duration: 3 Years
Mode: Full-time

When All the World is Your Stage

Train to become the next breakout theatre star, in the language you are most confident expressing yourself in. Our three-year Diploma in Theatre can be pursued in English or Mandarin Drama, with both sharing the same principal focus on a strong foundation in acting, contextual studies, movement, voice and stagecraft.

You will be exposed to a wide range of leading international theatre practices, and guided to develop your very own creative voice as a budding theatre artist, poised to set the world ablaze. This programme is taught by an international faculty, which includes esteemed professional practitioners from the local and international theatre industry.

Emerge as an All-Around Theatre Practitioner

You will learn everything you need to know about theatre, to be a true leader in the industry. Gain a thorough understanding of the history and contexts of major international theatre styles, conventions and practices; acquire fundamental technical, management and design skills to put together a theatre performance; and develop fundamental skills and strategies for drama teaching.

Learn to Work Collaboratively and Strategically in the Arts Industry

Through modules in Interdisciplinary Practice and Industry-based Learning, you will learn how to collaborate effectively with artists from other disciplines on a range of theatre-related projects and real-world industry productions, building valuable professional networks in the process.

Acquire Valuable Transferable Skills

With opportunities to create content and perform for a wide variety of theatre contexts and styles, as well as a strong focus on interdisciplinary practice, you will develop transferable skills that can be applied all across the arts and cultural industries.

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Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from a diploma programme, students are required to attain at least 120 credits (including exempted modules, if any), pass all school/programme/elective requirements, as prescribed by the respective schools, and have no more than 3 modules completed with the provisional pass Grade E.
Mode of Instruction
Lessons may be delivered face-to-face on campus or facilitated online. Lecturers employ a variety of teaching strategies and methods according to the needs of each module. Students are expected to attend every lesson as scheduled, either in the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations, case studies, practical exercises, field activities, classroom practice or e-learning.
Assessment Methods
Each module is assessed by either class participation, written assignments, practical performances, portfolio presentations, projects, examinations, or any of these combinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.


The modules below are applicable to students enrolled on or after August 2021.

For students enrolled prior in AY2020/2021 and earlier, please refer to the Diploma Programme and Module Information Booklet on StudentNet for the programme modules in your respective year of enrolment.

Code Title Semester Credits

Acting and Contextual Studies 1 (Stanislavski)

This module explores the history, theory and practice of Stanislavski’s methodology to achieve realistic performance. Students will explore how Stanislavski formulated his method, what he was reacting to and how his methodology was further developed by various international theatre practitioners.
1 8

Voice 1 (Understanding Your Voice)

This module provides an introduction to vocal techniques that aim to help students develop safe ways of using their voice in performance. Students will be taught the structures of vocal production and how to critically analyse their own voices.
1 4

Movement 1 (Physical Awareness)

This module introduces students to a range of exercises that aim to develop physical awareness and stage presence.
1 4

Stagecraft 1 (Production Planning and Stage Management)

This module aims to provide introductory knowledge of theatre vocabulary and terminology, theatre plans and equipment and staging procedures. Students will also learn how to draw up a budget, determine a project timeline and call cues.
1 4

Acting and Contextual Studies 2 (Working with Text)

This module aims to further students’ training in realistic performance and character-based text. They will learn how to analyse text for performance using line actioning, uniting and other techniques.
2 8

Voice 2 (Exploring Your Voice)

In this module, students will learn how behaviour affects voice and skills to improve range, tonal quality, volume, resonance and articulation. They will also be taught vocal emphasis and parsing of text for meaning with a view towards text-based acting.
2 4

Movement 2 (Exploration of Characters)

In this module, students begin to explore various movement techniques and exercises for developing characters. They will also work with masks and portray a range of characters with their bodies.
2 4

Stagecraft 2 (Lighting and Sound)

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in handling lighting and sound equipment. The emphasis would be to train students to be able to operate the equipment in a studio theatre to stage a simple theatrical production.
2 4

Professional Development Roadmap 1

This module aims to introduce students to the major players in the Singapore theatre industry and the different kinds of jobs available for theatre practitioners. It would also guide students in identifying their interests and to plot their development needs.
1 2

Acting and Contextual Studies 3 (Stylised Theatre)

This module introduces students to the history, theory and practice of stylised texts and theatre styles. Students will explore Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre, Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, Grotowki’s Poor Theatre and a range of other forms of stylised theatre.
1 8

Voice 3 (Expanding Your Voice)

In this module, students would be introduced to accent work. They will continue their work in vocal skills-training, with an emphasis on pronunciation.
1 4

Movement 3 (Ensemble and Chorus)

In this module, students engage in developing movement sequences as an ensemble and chorus using the methodologies of a range of international theorists and practitioners.
1 4

Stagecraft 3 (Sets and Costumes)

This module aims to equip students with basic skills in scene and costume design. It will guide students to develop a design concept for scene and costumes based on text analysis, stage blocking, traffic flow and required story-telling.
1 4

Acting and Contextual Studies 4 (Contemporary Practices)

This module explores the range of practices in contemporary theatre. It begins by introducing students to devised theatre before proceeding to introduce other contemporary practices such as Intercultural Theatre, Theatre of Images and Post-dramatic Theatre.
2 8

Voice 4 (Mastering Your Voice)

In this module, students will continue to build on their voice work, learn a framework with which to construct character voices and further develop accent work.
2 4

Movement 4 (Asian Forms)

This module will expose students to a range of dance and movement vocabularies from Asia. Possible examples include Classical Indian Dance and Malay Silat.
2 4

Interdisciplinary Lab

In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of interdisciplinary practice. They will be equipped with a tool kit to draw on and work with various disciplines in the visual and performing arts.
1 2

Professional Development Roadmap 2

This module aims to teach students how to write a curriculum vitae, prepare a solo audition performance and develop a grant and project proposal.
2 2

Overseas Immersion*

Students will visit an Asian country such as Indonesia, Thailand, China or India where they will learn an indigenous theatre form.
Vacation 4

Acting and Contextual Studies 5 (Applied Theatre)

In this module, students will learn how to engage devising and improvisation for a range of applied theatre purposes. The concept of social theatre would be emphasised and a range of methodologies drawn from major international practitioners would be taught.
2 8

Fundamentals of Directing

This module aims to equip students with fundamental skills in directing. They will learn how to interpret texts, source for inspiration, develop concepts and communicate with actors.
2 4

Fundamentals of Playwriting

In this module, students learn the basic principles that underpin dramatic texts. They will explore theories such as the Aristotelian Unities, narrative structure, arc of narrative, creation of character and writing of dialogue.
1 4

Industry Project

Led by lecturers and working in groups, students will undertake a range of different projects with external industry partners.
1 12

Southeast Asian Performing Arts*

In this module, students will explore three Southeast Asian performing art forms - Malay Dance, Silat and Indonesian Performing Arts. Although the history of these art forms will be elaborated, emphasis will be placed on practice and students will be trained through intensive skills-based workshops. These skills will be articulated into self-directed creation as they generate material for performance. In addition to formal instruction, students will also be exposed to Southeast Asian arts and culture through digital means. The module will culminate in a performance, in which students will present the skills they have acquired. In addition, students will learn to appreciate the various connections between several performing arts cultures in Southeast Asia and how they inform and inspire contemporary practice.
2 4

Essentials of Teaching and Learning

This module aims to equip students with basic pedagogical methodology and tools to teach and facilitate a range of drama workshops.
2 4

Professional Development Roadmap 3

In this module, students further develop their curriculum vitae writing skills, solo audition performance and other professional skills.
1 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.
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.
1 and 2 2

Introduction to Furniture Design*

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.
1 and 2 2

Introduction to Interior Design*

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.
1 and 2 2

Design and Brand Strategy*

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.
1/2 4

Digital Photography and Publication*

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.
1/2 4

Packaging Design*

This module allows students to explore the different forms and functions of packaging design to provide packaging solutions that are appealing, functional and sustainable.
1/2 4

History of Asian Costume*

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).
2 2

Costume Design*

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.
1/2 4

Textile Design and Innovation 1*

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.
2 2

Textile Design and Innovation 2*

This module explores the manipulation of fabrics through dyeing, shibori, bonding, embossing and weaving to create distinctive textiles.
1 2

Introduction to Painting*

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in watercolour and acrylic painting. Topics covered include still life and landscapes.
1 and 2 2

Introduction to Printmaking*

Students are introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques in printmaking. Topics covered include mono-print, woodcut and simple stencil printing technique.
1 and 2 2

Introduction to Gong Bi*

This module covers fundamental principles involved in bird and flower compositions, and the line drawing and painting techniques specific to Gong Bi.
2 2

Figure Drawing*

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.
1 and 2 2

Arts Management Fundamentals*

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.
1 and 2 2

Introduction to Arts Marketing*

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.
1 and 2 2

Instrumental Studies: Guitar*

This module provides a foundation on classical guitar technique, with emphasis on effective hand positioning and a strong grasp of the rudiments of music.
2 1/2

Instrumental Studies: Gamelan*

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.
1/2 2

Speech Presentations*

Speech Presentations is a programme 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.
1 and 2 2

Business Communication*

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.
1 and 2 2

Entrepreneurship in the Arts*

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).
1 and 2 2

Starting Your Own Business*

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.
1 and 2 2

Singapore Arts Scene*

This module creates awareness in students of issues and trends in the arts scene, and develops critical thinking skills through problem-based learning.
1 and 2 2

Interdisciplinary Project 2A*

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.
1 or 2

Interdisciplinary Project 2B*

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.
1 or 2 4

Interdisciplinary Project 3A*

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.
1 or 2

Interdisciplinary Project 3B*

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.
1 or 2 4


Students are required to take either DTH3012 Overseas Immersion or 4 credits of Cross-disciplinary electives.

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entry requirements

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

  • Audition/Interview Requirements
  • Educational Qualification
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Special Factor

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.

You are required to attend an audition. The audition consists of three sections — Workshop, Audition Monologue and Interview.

  • You will be given three audition monologues at least one week prior to the audition and you will need to choose one. You are expected to memorise or be very prepared with your chosen piece
  • You are required to report to the audition venue 30 minutes earlier to register
  • The audition may take up to three hours
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement

Note: You will be notified of the outcome of your application 4 to 6 weeks after your portfolio interview or audition. Some application outcomes may take longer than expected.


You are expected to participate enthusiastically in the improvisation exercises and theatre games during the workshop. Through your participation in the workshop, you will be evaluated based on your:

  • Openness to improvisation and willingness to work with others
  • Vocal response in an improvisation – projection, range, tone and clarity
  • Physical response in an improvisation – expressiveness, spontaneity and range

Audition Monologue

During the audition, you will be asked to perform one of the three pieces of dramatic texts. You are expected to arrive with your chosen monologue memorised. Through your performance of the monologue, assessors will evaluate your:

  • Ability to perform a dramatic text – comprehension, characterisation and creativity
  • Physical skills – presence on stage, spatial awareness, physical range, movement vocabulary and physical portrayal of character
  • Vocal skills – projection, clarity, range and tone


You are expected to discuss why you want to study theatre during the interview. You will be reviewed based on your:

  • Existing knowledge of and experience in theatre and/or performance
  • Personality traits
  • Innovation and creativity

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
    • Part-time ITE certificate, with a minimum GPA of ≥ 2.0 for Higher NITEC holders or ≥ 3.5 for NITEC holders
Successful completion of at least 10 years of education.

Eligible international students will be able to use their mid-year examination results to apply for diploma programmes at NAFA. Applicants will be given conditional offer if they are successful in their portfolio interview/audition selection. Applicants are still required to submit their year-end examination results and meet the admission requirements of the respective programmes. Any applicant who does not meet the admission requirements will have his/her conditional offer revoked.

The minimum English Language proficiency requirement:

  • Grade C6 at GCE ‘O’ Levels
  • TOEFL iBT 50
  • IELTS Academic Band 5
  • SAT score of 480 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component)
  • Duolingo score of 80
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 42
  • Qualifications equivalent to any of the above

Applicants with Higher NITEC or NITEC qualifications are deemed to have met the English Language proficiency requirement.

Recognition is accorded for prior achievements in areas relevant to intended studies.

The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) allows applicants to apply for and receive conditional admission to NAFA prior to receiving their final grades.

The Diploma EAE application window for the August 2025 intake is from 17 June to 28 June 2024. Please check your application eligibility and apply online here  for free.

The EAE is open to graduating GCE O-Level students, final-year Nitec and Higher Nitec students from the Institute of Technical Education, and graduating Integrated Programme (IP)/International Baccaularette or (IB) Year 4 students.

Applicants applying via Diploma EAE will go through the following process and timeline:

Process Period
Application 17 June to 28 June 2024
Portfolio Submission
(for School of 3D Design, Design & Media, Fashion Studies, Fine Art)
By 12 July 2024
Personal Statement Submission. Submission of a Testimonial is optional
(for School of Arts Management)
By 12 July 2024
(for School of Music, Dance, Theatre)
10 July to 17 July 2024
Offer & Acceptance 31 July to 14 August 2024

Important Update on Diploma Programmes: We are currently undergoing a revamp of our diploma programmes to ensure they remain relevant, innovative, and are aligned with industry needs. While we are still accepting applications, please note that there will be some changes to the curriculum. A number of programme titles will also be refreshed. We appreciate your interest in our diplomas and we seek your patience and understanding. All applicants will be informed of the updates and developments by August 2024.


Applicants to:
  1. Apply online here from 17 June to 28 June 2024 for free. Submit the required documents for verification within 5 working days from the application date or by 5 July 2024, whichever is earlier.

  2. Submit Portfolio for programmes under the Faculty of Art & Design by 12 July 2024 online here (3D Design/Design & Media/ Fashion Studies/Fine Art). There is no Admission Test for EAE

  3. Submit Personal Statement for Diploma in Arts Management by 12 July 2024 online here. Submission of a Testimonial is optional.

  4. Attend Audition for programmes under the Faculty of Performing Arts (Dance/Music/Theatre). Audition dates are from 10 to 17 July 2024. More information on the audition will be sent to you via email a week before the audition date

Offer and Acceptance
  • Applicants will receive notification of the application outcome via email from 31 July to 14 August 2024. 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 for each programme

  • 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

For O-Level Students
Students who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of Early Admission Exercise (EAE)

For ITE Students
ITE students who are in their final year of study of their Nitec or Higher Nitec courses. For the 2025 intake, ITE students who complete their Nitec course in June or December 2024 and Higher Nitec course in September 2024 or March 2025 will be eligible to apply for admission.

For Integrated Programme (IP)/ International Baccalaureate (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 the 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 fails 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 programmes. 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 programmes subject to their final or preliminary examination results.

Applicants with Higher Nitec/Nitec:

Full-time ITE graduates from the following courses will be considered for module exemption(s):

  • Higher Nitec in Performance Production

How to Apply

Get started on your quest to become a theatre professional today!

Apply online
Apply online here. Application for the August 2024 intake has closed. Please visit us on 1 October 2024 to apply for the August 2025 intake.

Keep the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit the required documents

Keep the Application Acknowledgement for your reference and submit the required documents for verification within five working days from the application date at:

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Campus 1 (Admissions counter at level 1)
80 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 189655

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays

Alternatively, you can email a copy of the required documents to [email protected].

Required documents for verification:
  • NRIC for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents. Passport and valid Student's Pass (if applicable) for international students.
  • Academic certificates and transcripts (GCE O-Level or NITEC/Higher NITEC or other equivalent qualifications). Certificates in a foreign language must be translated to English.
  • CCA record (if any).
  • English proficiency document (if applicable), e.g. TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, SAT, Duolingo or equivalent qualification.

Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online

Make payment of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA or online at
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.

Attend an audition

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

Application outcome

Receive the outcome of your application via email within 4 – 6 weeks after your Portfolio Submission/Interview/Audition or Admission Test.