Ze­ro­ing in on cre­ativ­ity

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IN 1938, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) be­gan as an academy with 14 Fine Arts stu­dents.

Today, it has grown to be­come Sin­ga­pore’s premier arts in­sti­tu­tion, renowned for its ex­em­plary cur­ric­ula, in­no­va­tive teach­ing ap­proach, and di­verse artis­tic cre­ations.

It em­braces cre­ativ­ity in all its forms, con­duct­ing a range of full­time di­ploma and de­gree cour­ses in eight de­part­ments: 3D De­sign, Arts Man­age­ment & Ed­u­ca­tion, De­sign & Me­dia, Fine Art, Fash­ion Stud­ies, Dance, Mu­sic and The­atre.

Here, stu­dents move from di­ploma to de­gree through part­ner­ship pro­grammes with rep­utable uni­ver­si­ties from the United King­dom.

The cour­ses are taught by art prac­ti­tion­ers with in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions and a deep-seated pas­sion for im­part­ing life­long skills in the arts.

Apart from de­vel­op­ing im­por­tant tech­ni­cal know-how at a dis­ci­plined and struc­tured pace, Nafa also en­cour­ages stu­dents to think crit­i­cally, cre­atively and in­de­pen­dently.

Nafa’s cur­ricu­lum em­pow­ers their stu­dents to pur­sue in­ter­ests in other dis­ci­plines, and is con­stantly up­dated to match the needs of the in­dus­try.

Nafa thrives on di­ver­sity and has a cul­tur­ally di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion from Asia and be­yond. Its learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment re­flects Sin­ga­pore’s mul­ti­cul­tural out­look.

With three pur­pose-built cam­puses in the arts belt, Nafa is within walk­ing dis­tance to ma­jor per­form­ing venues, mu­se­ums and arts groups – giv­ing it a ma­jor cat­a­lyst for artis­tic dis­course and learn­ing.

Along the way, 12 of Nafa’s alumni were awarded the Cul­tural Medal­lion, Sin­ga­pore’s high­est ac­co­lade con­ferred to art prac­ti­tion­ers who made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on arts and cul­ture. Be­sides that, 13 of Nafa’s alumni have been pre­sented the Young Artist Award, with more go­ing on to make their mark in the pro­fes­sional arts scene.

With a rich her­itage and an un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the high­est stan­dards of ed­u­ca­tion, Nafa con­tin­ues to lead the de­vel­op­ment of arts ed­u­ca­tion here and over­seas.

Since 1999, Nafa has re­ceived polytech­nic-level fund­ing from Sin­ga­pore’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

In 2011, it be­came the first com­pre­hen­sive arts ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion in Sin­ga­pore to be awarded the EduTrust cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Coun­cil for Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion.

This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has been awarded to Nafa for four years.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for Nafa’s ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Fur­ni­ture de­sign­ing is one of the pro­grammes of­fered at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

The Nafa build­ing is within walk­ing dis­tance of ma­jor per­form­ing venues, mu­se­ums and arts groups.

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