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BFA in Art, Design and Media




What will I learn?

The BFA in Art, Design and Media is a four-year degree programme for undergraduates interested in a major in Art, Design and Media within specialisation in six disciplines at NTU.

This degree combines rigorous foundation in traditional art and design studio disciplines, and innovative development in new media that incorporates contemporary art, design and media studies with an emphasis on studio practice in a specifics discipline balanced with scholarship in cultural and historical studies. Thus, while the degree retains canonical core elements of an art and design programme, it also reflects a breadth of interests that is relevant both regionally and globally and embraces many of the key areas that comprise contemporary art, design and media studies.

In addition, the degree programmes are structured to allow the possibility of a range of inter-disciplinary studies within each degree itself. Thus, once a student fulfils the basic requirements of the degree in the specific discipline, there is encouragement to incorporate additional study in a secondary discipline in the School.

The degree programme also allows for the student to take a substantial amount of additional coursework in other areas of the University to satisfy the minor area of study.

In certain cases, substitution for coursework from the Art, Design and Media, Engineering, Communications and Information, or Business disciplines in the University is possible and necessary. Thus, each degree ensures range in a specific discipline while encouraging interest in interdisciplinary areas.

Minor subject areas and course substitutions are selected and approved with the advice of an academic mentor.

Inter-disciplinary learning underlies the majors offered by the School of Arts, Design and Media (ADM):

  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Interactive Media
  • Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Product Design
  • Visual Communication

All students who successfully complete the undergraduate course will be conferred a Bachelor of Fine Arts professional degree.

The first year is the foundation year where students learn the fundamentals of visual creation including; drawing, design in two and three dimensions, time-based design, visual storytelling and a survey of art history.

Specialisation begins in the second year and continues throughout the programme. In addition to the studio-based courses, students are required to complete critical theory, history and philosophy modules.

A few business modules are recommended to prepare students for professional practice. Direct links between students and industry are nurtured towards the completion of the programme.

Students can also take up academic minors in other schools at the University, such as Communication, Drama & Performance, English Literature, History, Chinese Language & Culture, Drama Environmental Management, and Computer Engineering.

To enable students to gain first-hand industry experience, ADM encourages all students to undertake internship. Internships last ten weeks and students will be supervised by the professors and relevant industry practitioners.​

Honours are awarded on completion of the fourth year to those students who have performed at a high level of excellence.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Annual fee - Subsidised tuition fee: SG $17,550; Non-Subsidised tuition fee (lab-based fee): SG $32,950; non lab-based fee: SG $31,970
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have completed at least 12 years of general education or will be taking High School national examinations in the year of application in order to be considered for admission.

Submission of IELTS (a minimum Overall 6, writing 6) or TOEFL (a minimum of 90) or SAT (a minimum of 1250 for SAT taken for March 2016 onwards) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) (a minimum of 55) or ACT with Writing (a minimum of composite score of 30 in ACT with Writing in one sitting) or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) are only compulsory for applicants

With PRC Gao Kao qualification (i.e. Applicants who will be taking Gao Kao in June 2020 and those who have already taken Gao Kao) OR

With Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) qualification OR

With South Korean College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)/High School Diploma qualification OR

Who do not take up English language in Junior and Senior High School or taken English language only as a 2nd language.

For IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic, only scores obtained in the 2 years leading up to the application deadline will be considered. The validity period for SAT and ACT is 5 years.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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