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NAFA conducts a comprehensive range of full-time diploma courses and delivers degree programs in partnership with reputable universities from Singapore and the UK. Courses are taught by an international faculty of academics and leading arts practitioners who are passionate about imparting lifelong skills in the arts. Courses are designed to enable students to think critically, creatively, and independently and, at the same time, master critical technical skills in a disciplined and structured pace. Engagement and partnerships with industry, the arts community, and cultural organizations are regular features and part of the learning process to help our students acquire a repertoire of complex skills-set and knowledge.
All international applicants must meet the admission requirements for NAFA Diploma courses. If you are only able to submit your full results in mid-2018, you may use your school examination results or trial examination results for registration. You must provide a letter from your school to certify that these results are true and correct and that you are currently waiting to release your final results. In this case, you are also required to sit for the NAFA English Placement Test. International students residing overseas are required to apply for admission to NAFA through the appointed education counselors. Countries with NAFA overseas education counselors include China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
NAFA thrives on diversity and welcomes a culturally diverse student population from Asia and beyond. Our students are sought after by arts organizations and the creative industry. Numerous alumni have gone on to make an impact in their diverse fields of practice. The Academy has groomed 13 Cultural Medallion recipients, Singapore’s highest accolade bestowed to arts practitioners who have made a significant impact in the arts and culture, and 14 Young Artist Award recipients.
As an advocate of lifelong learning, NAFA is dedicated to developing a greater appreciation for the arts in children and adults. The School of Young Talents is a pioneer arts school that offers weekend courses in art, music, dance, and drama for 4 to 18-year-olds. For adults, our Centre for Lifelong Education offers enrichment courses and part-time certificate programs.With a rich heritage, outstanding track record, and an unwavering dedication to the highest standards of education, NAFA remains at the forefront of the development of arts education in Singapore and beyond.
Established in 1938, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is Singapore’s pioneer arts education institution, well-known for grooming diverse artistic talent. Through industry-led practice and experiential learning, NAFA nurtures creative talents who lead at the forefront of both traditional and contemporary art practices. The Academy offers full-time diploma and degree courses through the School of Art & Design comprising 3D Design, Design & Media, Fashion Studies and Fine Art Programmes School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre, and School of Music.NAFA has nurtured 13 Cultural Medallion Award recipients and 14 Young Artist Award winners among prominent alumni who play integral roles in the arts and creative fields, in Singapore and abroad.
NAFA International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nanyang Fine Arts Foundation Ltd. Its operations include art and design services, linking art practitioners, and well-known alumni members of NAFA with targeted projects. We embrace the business philosophy of imbuing creativity, maintaining exclusivity, and sustaining professionalism to serve the ever-changing needs of the creative community.
At NAFA, we believe people are our greatest asset. We also fully recognize that each individual has different needs. To this end, we offer a competitive compensation and benefits program that reflects and rewards performance and motivates an employee toward work excellence.
We are committed to investing in the continued career development of our employees. We offer a wide array of learning and development opportunities, which include, amongst others, on-the-job training special projects and work assignments in-house training and development programs external courses and professional development that include Masters/PhD-level studies sponsorship. Staff with potential and competency and who have made valuable contributions to the Academy will be given opportunities for promotion and career advancement within NAFA.In line with NAFA’s Core Values - Passion, Excellence, and Care - we also conduct employee engagement and workplace health promotion activities all year round. So join Singapore’s leading tertiary arts institution, play a role in nurturing world-class visual and performing arts talents, and work with some of the most dynamic and brightest individuals.
NAFA Arts Kindergarten (NAK) is the first and only Arts Kindergarten in Singapore. Like its senior affiliate, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, NAK provides arts education in music, art, and dance. NAK aims to achieve teaching excellence in grooming children into refined young talents dedicated to every pursuit of their lives. The Ministry of Education curriculum framework guides NAK’s arts-integrated thematic curriculum. It provides children with experiences to build their foundation and learning skills necessary for their primary school education. The curriculum aims to enhance children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. NAK’s philosophy is that children are creative thinkers, illustrators, and active learners. Every child is an artist whose creative potential can be harnessed. The students will attend at least one art lesson every day, with music lessons twice a week, and specialized dance, art, speech, and drama lessons once a week.

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