Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Arts Management


This is a one-year undergraduate top up course validated by the University of Essex, UK which takes you beyond the Diploma in Arts Management.

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Arts Management course aims to enhance your understanding and skills in managing arts and cultural projects and organisations.

You will extend your capabilities in research, business management, marketing, strategic planning, and project management to a higher level. With an emphasis on self-directed learning, the programme aims to develop your independent critical thinking and communication skills.

You will be taught by a faculty of experienced lecturers and be given opportunities to learn from key players in the arts and cultural industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and write a research paper on an important aspect of the arts and cultural industry
  • Assess, analyse and develop solutions for management issues in arts and cultural organisations
  • Apply complex marketing concepts to devise a marketing plan for the arts
  • Develop a strategic management plan to position an arts and cultural organisation in the industry
  • Develop and write an extended proposal for an arts and cultural project
Code Title Semester Credits
AM4101 Research Methodology 1 15

This module aims to introduce students to the process of conducting an academic inquiry. Students will be taught how to identify research gaps, formulate research questions, evaluate existing literature, select appropriate methods and techniques for collecting data, plan and manage a research study, and write a convincing research proposal.

AM4102 Principles of Management for Arts Managers 1 15

In this module, students study a range of management principles. Through recent case studies, they will explore how these principles can be applied to enhance the management of arts and cultural organisations.

AM4103 Arts and Culture Industry Project 1 30

This module aims to equip students with the essential skills to write a project proposal for an arts and cultural event. Students will be taught how to analyse the external environment to formulate a desirable, feasible and viable project.

AM4202 Strategic Management for Arts and Culture Organisations 2 15

This module aims to provide insights into strategies that can help arts managers achieve sustainable competitive advantage in a changing business environment.

AM4203 Arts and Culture Industry Study 2 30

This module aims to guide students in the process of conducting research on an aspect of the arts and culture industry. Students will learn the essential components of a research paper and how to present a convincing argument.

AM4204 Arts in Context 2 15

This module is designed to critically examine policies, trends and issues affecting the arts in Singapore and globally. It will provide students with a deep understanding of how and why the arts in Singapore has evolved and developed to its current state and make comparisons with other cities in the Asia Pacific region. A key focus of the module will be to examine literature and documents pertaining to arts policy and funding and debate its merits.

Top-up degree courses in collaboration with University of Essex


  1. A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Arts Management or its equivalent
  2. Satisfactory completion of an admission interview
  3. Applicants should be 19 years of age or older in the year of admission
  4. Language Proficiency: The University of Essex normally assumes that anyone educated in Singapore is fluent in English. If you have successfully completed post-secondary (e.g. Diploma) education in the medium of English, you will not normally be asked for additional evidence of proficiency. The minimum requirements for (international) students who have not studied in the medium of English is IELTS Academic Band 6 or equivalent; including a score of Band 6 in the written component.
  5. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to the above requirements (such as those with relevant experience or prior learning) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, approval by the University of Essex will be required prior to final acceptance into the programme.

Course fees indicated here apply to top-up degree courses in the academic year of 2021, with studies commencing in 2 August 2021. All annual fees are based on 120 credits per year, for all top-up degree courses and are inclusive of 7% GST.

Course Fee S$21,000 per annum

For more information on financial assistance, please refer to the links below:

Additional Compulsory Fees (Non-refundable) All students
Fee Protection Scheme Insurance Fee # S$100 per year
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) # S$300 per course
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee ^# S$60 per year

^Compulsory unless the student chooses to opt-out, subject to NAFA’s Office of Student Care (OSC)’s evaluation on the medical insurance coverage
#Refundable only if international Student’s Pass application is rejected by ICA

Fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & Singapore Permanent Residents International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee for 1st choice S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any additional fees, which are collected only when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Late Payment Charge (non-refundable) S$15 per month
Retake Module Fee Prevailing full course fees divided by total credits multiplied by the number of credits to be retaken
Reassessment Module Fee S$107 + Amount charged by Partner University
Deferred Assessment Fee Prevailing amount charged by Partner University
Estimated Course Material Fees (payable to third party, refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$1,000 - S$3,800 per year
Bank administrative charges for telegraphic transfer imposed by the beneficiary bank (payable to third party, non-refundable) S$30 - S$150 per transaction
Estimated Graduation Show Fee (for final year students, if applicable. Non- refundable) S$1,000 to S$3,000
Airfare (for optional educational trip or exchange programme, payable to third party. Refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$200 to S$2,000
Individual Overseas Expenditures (for optional educational trip or exchange programme. Refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$400 to S$3,000
Travel Insurance (payable to third party, refundable unless payment transferred to third party) S$60 to S$120

For more information on payment, please refer to the links below:

NAFA adopts a mandatory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of both local and international students for Full-time degree programmes, Preparatory English courses and Nafa Foundation Programme. The FPS serves to protect the student’s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the FPS protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.

NAFA has appointed Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd and Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd as our FPS insurance providers. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students’ fees will be insured by the insurer pre-assigned by NAFA. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from the respective FPS insurance provider.

More details of the FPS can also be found in the FPS Instruction Manual, available at

Bachelor of Music (Hons) course, funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), is exempted from the Fee Protection Scheme.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate

Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 15 Oct 2020 to 14 Oct 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 17 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

NAFA students taking full-time programs are covered by a medical insurance scheme that provides 24-hour annual coverage of up to S$20,000 per student for hospitalisation and medical treatments in government and restructured hospitals in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities), throughout the course duration.

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or non-Student’s Pass international students who are protected by their own insurance coverage in Singapore can opt-out from the scheme arranged by the academy if the preceding condition holds. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to opt-out of the insurance scheme. Students who wish to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme must submit copy of their medical insurance policy together with their Student Contract.

Please call the Office of Student Care at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.

Application period for AY2021/2022 intake opens 4 January 2021 and ends 30 April 2021.

  1. Apply online from 4 January 2021.
  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and submit all necessary documents listed as below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts (All Diploma transcripts and graduation certificate)
    2. For NAFA current Year 3 applicants, please provide all transcripts from Year 1 to Year 3 semester 1 and input your Year 3 semester 1 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the online application system
    3. English qualification (GCE ‘A’ level/GCE ‘O’ level/TOEFL/TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic result)
    4. NRIC or valid Student’s Pass
    5. Passport
    6. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment pay of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA. If you choose to pay the Application Fee via online payment, you will be required to upload the above documents during application.
  3. Submit your necessary documents listed below within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Personal Statement (for non-NAFA students)
    2. Curriculum Vitae (for non-NAFA students)
    3. Recommendation letter/testimonial (for non-NAFA students)
  4. You will receive an email on the details of the interview from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  5. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your interview.


Upon completion of this course, you may look forward to the following career options:

  • Artist Liaison & Management
  • Arts Administration & Management
  • Arts Education & Outreach
  • Arts Marketing & Public Relations
  • Arts Programming
  • Community Arts
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Exhibition Design & Display
  • Fundraising
  • Heritage Management
  • Stage & Production Management



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Tel: 6512 4071

Please write to us at:
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