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Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1938
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Art and Design School 1
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore, 189655
    • Phone:
    • +6565124000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) The NAFA provides comprehensive arts and design education appropriate of Singapore's polytechnic-level for students who had successfully completed their secondary school education. As an industry-oriented alternative to a broader-based junior college education, NAFA graduates in Singapore are sought after for work or many continue to complete university degrees. In contrast to polytechnics in the United States and UK, NAFA in Singapore admit the majority of their students after secondary school, normally at the age of 16-17, which is after ten years of formal education. Diplomas in a specialised area of study, for example 3D Design, are awarded after completing 3 or 2 years of studies and industry internship.

Academic Highlights

Apart from the regular academic requirements, entry into the school also requires students to fulfill their artistic and design potential aspect through portfolio submission, admission test or audition. The intakes especially for the furniture design major from the 3D Design course are deliberately kept small so that each student gets focused attention. NAFA offers full-time diploma and degree programmes across three schools: the School of Art and Design (fine art, design and media, fashion studies and 3D design), the School of Music and the School of Arts Management, Dance and Theatre. 

Life in Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

NAFA Campus 1 is divided into 2 wings, Wing A & Wing B, with a linking bridge. It boasts a High Definition Studio, a Creative Media Studio for 3D animation and special effects, and audio-video production facilities. A 2-Storey library is located at Wing A. It houses an impressive collection of arts-related publications and journals available for members, staff and students only. The Tanoto Foundation Centre for Southeast Asian Arts is located on the 7th floor. [email protected], a website housing a full-text bilingual database of more than 100,000 pages of Southeast Asian arts materials was launched in 2011 to aid scholars and students' research in this area. Arts institutions and public members can join as members to access the materials online.

School Ranking

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is in the top 37% of universities in the world, ranking 8th in the Singapore and 6246th globally.


Selection is competitive and places are subject to availability. However, the academy may consider talented applicants who excel in Artistic Talent and Creativity, but have not met the full educational requirements for the course. Applicants are selected by merit, based on the following criteria: Potential in Artistic Talent and Creativity, Educational Qualifications, Language Proficiency, Special Factor, Age Requirement, Module Exemption

Notable Alumni

The institute has a list of some remarkable alumni that include Constance Lau (Famous actress), Julie Tan (Actress), Anthony Poon (Well-known artist, famous for his paintings in the Wave Series) and Isyana Sarasvati (Renowned singer & songwriter).

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Other Campuses
    • 151 Bencoolen Street, Singapore
    • 38 Bencoolen Street, Singapore



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