Academic Information


Semester / Term Week From (Monday) To (Sunday)
Orientation 27 July 2020 2 August 2020
Semester 1 Week 1 - 15 3 August 2020 15 November 2020
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 21 September 2020 27 September 2020
Assessment Week Week 16 - 17 16 November 2020 29 November 2020
Vacation 30 November 2020 3 January 2021
Semester 2 Week 1 - 15 4 January 2021 18 April 2021
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 22 February 2021 28 February 2021
Assessment Week Week 16 - 18 19 April 2021 9 May 2021
Vacation* 10 May 2021 25 July 2021
Special Term* Week 1 - 7 31 May 2021 18 July 2021


Semester / Term Week From (Monday) To (Sunday)
Orientation 2 August 2021 8 August 2021
Semester 1 Week 1 - 15 9 August 2021 21 November 2021
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 27 September 2021 3 October 2021
Assessment Week Week 16 - 17 22 November 2021 5 December 2021
Vacation 6 December 2021 9 January 2022
Semester 2 Week 1 - 15 10 January 2022 24 April 2022
Mid-Semester Week^ Week 8 28 February 2022 6 March 2022
Assessment Week Week 16 - 18 25 April 2022 15 May 2022
Vacation* 16 May 2022 31 July 2022
Special Term* Week 1 - 7 6 June 2022 24 July 2022


  1. ^ Individual Programme may conduct academic-related activities such as make-up classes, workshops or talks, etc. during the Mid-Semester Week. Please consult your Programme for more details.
  2. * Students may opt to use the vacation period to take up selected modules, projects and programmes during the Special Term.

In order to graduate from a diploma course, students are required to attain at least 120 credits (including exempted modules, if any), pass all school/course/elective requirements, as prescribed by the respective schools/programmes, and have no more than 3 modules completed with the provisional pass Grade E.

Each module is either delivered face-to-face or facilitated online. You are expected to attend every lesson as scheduled, either in the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations, case-studies, practical exercises, field activities or e-learning.

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.

Industrial Attachment is a practical training programme which aims to provide you with the opportunity to consolidate the theoretical foundation through practical experiences. This programme allows you to familiarise with the work environment, so as to benefit you through a realistic perspective of working life.

With effect from 1 Feb 2018, students who are enrolled in a MOE-funded diploma and degree programme* and take up industrial attachment/internship during their course of study, will be exempted from mandatory CPF contributions for paid work during school holidays and term time.

*All NAFA diploma programmes and Bachelor of Music (Hons) are funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). Please click here for full list of diploma programmes.

Prior to course commencement date
New diploma students who wish to change course after accepting an offer in a course are required to notify the Student Admissions Office and re-apply for admission to the new course.

After course commencement date
Eligible diploma students who wish to request for a course transfer must be in their first year of candidature at the time of their course transfer application. They are required to submit their application for course transfer during the stipulated application period. The Programme Vice-Dean will determine if a test/audition/interview is necessary for any course transfer application.

Course transfers are not guaranteed as approvals are subject to the availability of vacancies, test/audition/interview outcome (if required), students’ NAFA assessment results and fulfilment of the course requirements.

Diploma students from Arts Management, Dance and MOE-sponsored Teaching courses are not eligible to apply for course transfer. Students from these courses who wish to change course are required to withdraw from their current course and re-apply for admission to the new course.

Diploma Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Diploma Student Ratio*
3D Design 11
Arts Management 32
Dance 14
Design & Media 18
Fashion Studies 17
Fine Art 8
Music 9
Theatre 10
Average 13

Degree Programme

Programmes Lecturer-to-Degree Student Ratio*
3D Design 8
Arts Management 9
Design & Media 8
Fashion Studies 6
Fine Art 4
Music 3
Theatre 3
Average 6

Note: The lecturer-to-student ratio is not a direct measure of classroom size; rather, it indicates the number of teaching staff to the number of students in the Programme. Teaching groups vary widely, depending on the course and module; it can range from 1:1 studio practice and small seminar groups, to large lectures of about a hundred students.

*As at September 2020