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ADM Admission Requirements for 2021
Before applying to study at the School of Art, Design and Media [ADM], please ensure that you satisfy the general entry requirements of NTU. You are also required to submit the following materials for evaluation of admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme.
Please submit all materials online at https://submission.ntu.edu.sg/adm.
The materials must be
submitted within the application closing date, according to your pre-university
qualification. E.g. if you are an applicant holding a local Polytechnic
diploma, the closing date for submission is 21 February 2021.
Please refer to this link for the deadlines for submission:
LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
Overview of Application Process
10 Best work in any media
- Personal Statement & Writing Sample
- Creative Project
- Visual Aptitude
Please select and prepare a portfolio consisting of up to 10 best examples of your creative works. Your portfolio should reflect your personal interests, experiences and competencies in the arts.
All materials submitted should be original work created by the applicant. Work copied from other sources such as magazines, film, work of other artists, will not be considered.
Portfolio pieces may represent classroom assignments* or independent projects. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, two-dimensional, three- dimensional, and/or time-based work (e.g. games, audio recording, scripts, website, etc.). Preparatory work such as sketches and concept drawings may be included as components of your portfolio.
All submitted work for this section must be digital reproductions of your original work.
*NOTE: In the case of group or collaborative projects, please specify your role and contribution in the project. (A failure to declare will result in disqualification of the particular work from review.)
2. Personal Statement and Writing Sample
Please respond to all four questions in writing:
- What is unique and interesting about you?
[200 words maximum]
- Choose and identify ONE piece of art, design, or media work by a recognised artist and briefly discuss why it inspires or excites you? (The piece may be a film, painting, sculpture, game, website, installation, designed object, visual image, etc.) Provide one image or online link to the work.
[150 words maximum]
- Where and what do you foresee yourself doing 10 years from now?
[100 words maximum]
- Which is your preferred major, Design Art or Media Art, in ADM and why?
NOTE: This will only serve as an indication of your preference. It does not constitute a guarantee to get into your area of choice.
3. Creative Project
Consider the two words “DIVERSITY” and “INCLUSION.”. How would you approach and interpret them together as themes and/or concepts?
Please choose ONE of the following formats for this creative project:
- Create a video/film or animation [that lasts no longer than 1 minute] about DIVERSITY and INCLUSION.
- Create 5-10 photographic images about DIVERSITY and INCLUSION.
- Create a media piece [sound, interactive, or other] [that lasts no longer than 1 minute] about DIVERSITY and INCLUSION.
- Create a 3D object or space about DIVERSITY and INCLUSION and submit 5 images [documentation or renderings].
- Create an illustration piece (digital or traditional) about DIVERSITY and INCLUSION.
4. Visual Aptitude
Please respond to all three questions according to the specified instructions:
- Begin each creative response on a new sheet of A4 white paper measuring 29.7cm x 21cm.
- Any tools or techniques can be used.
- Please submit the actual work, not its reproduction.
Question 1: Observation Drawing
Choose an object to observe, draw this object while paying attention to its shape, proportion, scale and shades. You should not draw based on photographic reference i.e. copying from a photograph.
Question 2: Imagination and Invention
Use the shapes given below to express the idea of RHYTHM. Make an interesting composition using these shapes. Make ONLY abstract responses [in other words, no cats, faces, or any recognizable objects]. Shapes may be repeated. Pay attention to scale, contrast, composition and depth.
Question 3: Visual Narrative
Create a narrative using the theme “GENDER”. Please illustrate this in a comic strip or storyboard of 6 to 9 images on one piece of paper. This sequence will show your ability to tell a story with visuals.
Note: You are free to illustrate this with any media.
The Submission Package
submit all relevant files online at https://submission.ntu.edu.sg/adm.
The materials must be submitted within the
application closing date, according to your pre-university qualification. E.g.
if you are an applicant holding a local Polytechnic diploma, the closing date
for submission is 21 February 2021.
Please get ready ALL your materials before
uploading as you will only be allowed to submit ONCE. Resubmission is not
Please test your files on both PC and Macintosh to ensure that
the files open and run smoothly.
You are required to click the "Submit" button for the
upload bar to run, after you have attached the files for all categories
You may upload the following file format to the application.
Portfolio (Multiple files are supported) - Video (up to 200MB,
and 5 minutes), Audio (up to 200MB), Image (up to 200MB) and PDF file (up to
Personal Statement and Writing Sample - PDF File (up to 10MB)
Creative Project - Video (up to 200MB, and 1 minutes), Audio (up
to 200MB), Image (up to 200MB) and PDF file (up to 200MB)
Observation Drawing - Image (up to 10MB)
Imagination and Invention - Image (up to 10MB)
Visual Narrative - Image (up to 10MB)
File Formats in the Submission
The Submissions Package should follow EXACTLY the following guidelines:
Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional work:
All images of work must be submitted as JPG or PDF files.
Time Based work:
Time based work such as film, video, sound or performance must be prepared according to the following formats:
|Videos: .avi, .mov, .mp4, Quicktime
||Up to 200 MB each
||Up to 30 MB each
Please keep your submissions to under 5 minutes. This is a requirement. Your submission may include multiple clips of different projects within this 5-minute limit (i.e. ‘showreels’). Remember: your (applicant’s) role in group projects must be clearly stated or the work will not be reviewed.
Interactive Multimedia work:
All games, websites, audio works and interactive documentation must be prepared according to the following formats:
|Videos: .avi, .mov, .mp4, Quicktime
||Up to 200 MB each
|Audio: .mp3, .aif, .wav
||Up to 30 MB each
|Flash & Web: URL and Html files with all links operational
Executable game & interactive files, including Flash, must be playable on both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Please include a map and instructions showing sample navigation.
Reminder: Your (applicant’s) role in group projects must be clearly stated or the work will not be reviewed.
Samples of Written Creative and Research Materials:
Creative writing, stories, scripts, narratives or research papers may be submitted as part of the applicant’s portfolio. Applicants are to submit your works as PDFs.
Please test your files on both PC and Macintosh to ensure that the files open and run smoothly.
Please pay attention to all submission deadlines.
By placing your name on submitted work, it is understood that the applicant is claiming sole authorship of the work (with the declared exception of collaborative projects). An applicant found to be plagiarizing someone else’s work, or engaging in other forms of academic dishonesty, will not be considered for review.