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 maintains strong links and works actively with creative industry partners to offer our students opportunities for industrial attachments/internships, industry/community projects and teaching practice. These industrial partnerships enhance the career pathways of our students and prepare them for their future careers. Through participating in projects that engage with the community, our students also find fulfilment in their personal, intellectual, and artistic development. Organisations which we have collaborated with include Walt Disney Studios, A*STAR, Resorts World Sentosa, the National Museum of Singapore and National University Hospital.
NAFA has a rigorous and practice-led curriculum which allows students to build a solid foundation while nurturing their creative attitudes and critical thinking skills. Our curriculum focuses on in-depth learning while giving students the option to choose electives across disciplines based on their personal interests. Through individual and group assessments, students learn to problem-solve and are encouraged to be self-directed learners where they take active responsibility for their own learning.
The NAFA curriculum builds upon our rich cultural heritage that promotes a spirit of innovation and artistic imagination in Southeast Asia. In particular, Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique feature of our curriculum that has an emphasis on Southeast Asian arts, history and culture. With the collaboration between NAFA’s Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) and the Academic Schools, students are offered a platform to work together, experiment with ideas and innovate across disciplines.
With industry-based learning built into the curriculum, students are able to gain broader perspectives, develop problem-solving skills and learn about social responsibility. We work with industry partners so that students can embark on industrial attachments/internships and/or industry/community projects. In addition, Dance, Fine Art, Music and Theatre students also have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching practice where they learn to nurture the next generation of arts practitioners.
Entrepreneurship@NAFA is an initiative, which further augments our curriculum, with the aim of encouraging a spirit of exploration and innovation in our students. Through various programmes and events organised, students are given the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and competencies, as well as collaborate and network with peers and industry partners.