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The BFA in Art, Design and Media is a four-year degree programme for undergraduates interested in a major in Art, Design and Media within specialisation in six disciplines at NTU. The degree programmes have been offered since the academic year of 2005/2006.

This degree combines rigorous foundation in traditional art and design studio disciplines, and innovative development in new media that incorporates contemporary art, design and media studies with an emphasis on studio practice in a specifics discipline balanced with scholarship in cultural and historical studies. Thus, while the degree retains canonical core elements of an art and design programme, it also reflects a breadth of interests that is relevant both regionally and globally and embraces many of the key areas that comprise contemporary art, design and media studies.

In addition, the degree programmes are structured to allow the possibility of a range of inter-disciplinary studies within each degree itself. Thus, once a student fulfils the basic requirements of the degree in the specific discipline, there is encouragement to incorporate additional study in a secondary discipline in the School.

The degree programme also allows for the student to take a substantial amount of additional coursework in other areas of the University to satisfy the minor area of study.

In certain cases, substitution for coursework from the Art, Design and Media, Engineering, Communications and Information, or Business disciplines in the University is possible and necessary. Thus, each degree ensures range in a specific discipline while encouraging interest in interdisciplinary areas.

Minor subject areas and course substitutions are selected and approved with the advice of an academic mentor.

Inter-disciplinary learning underlies the majors offered by the School of Arts, Design and Media (ADM):

  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Interactive Media
  • Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Product Design
  • Visual Communication


For details of these programmes click here​.

All students who successfully complete the undergraduate course will be conferred a Bachelor of Fine Arts professional degree.

The first year is the foundation year where students learn the fundamentals of visual creation including; drawing, design in two and three dimensions, time based design, visual storytelling and a survey of art history.

Specialisation begins in the second year, and continues throughout the programme. In addition to the studio-based courses, students are required to complete critical theory, history and philosophy modules.

A few business modules are recommended to prepare students for professional practice. Direct links between students and industry are nurtured towards the completion of the programme.

Students can also take up academic minors in other schools at the University, such as Communication, Drama & Performance, English Literature, History, Chinese Language & Culture, Drama Environmental Management, and Computer Engineering.

To enable students to gain first-hand industry experience, ADM encourages all students to undertake internship. Internships last ten weeks and students will be supervised by the professors and relevant industry practitioners.​

Honours are awarded on completion of the fourth year to those students who have performed at a high level of excellence.

 

Types of Subjects
 
Type of Subjects
Academic Units (AUs)
Core
PE
GERPE
UE
Total
Foundation Core
21
21
Major Area Studio
27
27
Major Prescribed Studio Electives
9
9
History, Culture & Writing
13
13
Final Year Project
9
9
Subtotal
70
9
0
0
79
General Education
Requirement (GER)
12
15
24
51
Students admitted in AY2011 to AY2013 12 0 15 24 51
Students admitted in AY2014 to AY2016 13 52
Total (Students admitted in AY2011 to AY2013)
82
9
15
24
130
Total (Students admitted in AY2014 to AY2016) 83 9 15 24 131
*each subject (unless otherwise stated) is 3 AUs
Note:
PE: Prescribed elective
GERPE: General education requirement prescribed elective
AU: Academic unit
UE: Unrestricted elective
 

 

 
University General Education Requirements
(Curriculum Broadening Subjects)
As determined by the University, General Education Requirements will be offered by the student in the distribution as follows:
 
(i)
Core
(12 AUs)
Communication

  • Students admitted in AY2011 to AY2013
  • Students admitted in AY2014 to AY2016 ​


(6 AU)
(5 AU)
Singapore Studies
(3 AU)
Students admitted in AY2011 to AY2013
Environmental Sustainability (3AUs)

Students admitted in AY2014 to AY2016
Ethics and Moral Reasoning (1AU)
Environmental Sustainability (1AU)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (1AU)
(3 AU)



(5 AU)
(ii)
Prescribed Electives
(15 AUs)
Students admitted in AY2011 to AY2013
Art, Humanities & Social Sciences (3AUs)
Liberal Studies (3AUs)
Business and Management (3AUs)
Science, Technology and Society (3AUs)
Any one course from the preceding four categories (3AUs)








(15 AU)
 
Students admitted in AY2014 to AY2016
Liberal Arts (3AUs)
Business and Management (3AUs)
Science, Technology and Society (3AUs)
Any two courses from the preceding three categories (6AUs)

(iii)
Unrestricted Electives *
(24 AUs)
*Students are allowed to select up a minimum of 8 courses of their own choice and interest.

Please refer to the ADM course contents for more information.

 

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For Students Admitted in AY2011 to AY2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

AU​
Core ​ ​Foundation 21
​Major area studio (3 AU) 12
Major area studio (4 AU) 12
FYP 12
Art History (Asian and Western) 9
​Core Prescribed ​Art History (select from a range) ​4
​Prescribed Elective ​Studio Electives 9
SUB TOTAL DEPTH ​ 79

Unrestricted Elective (+ Optional Internship)

24

SUB TOTAL UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE

24
GER Core ​ ​Communication 6
Singapore Studies ​3
​Environmental Sustainability ​3
GER Prescribed Electives Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 3
Business and Management 3
Liberal Studies 3
Science and Technology 3
Any course from the preceding four categories 3
SUB TOTAL BREADTH 27
FULL TOTAL 130


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For Students Admitted in AY2014 to AY2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -​ 

​​ AU​
Core ​ ​Foundation​ 21
Major area studio (3 AU)​​ ​15
​Major area studio (4 AU)​​ ​12
FYP 9
​Art History (Asian and Western) 9
​Core Prescribed ​Art History (select from a range) ​4
​Prescribed Elective ​Studio Electives ​9
SUB TOTAL DEPTH ​ 79
Unrestricted Elective (+ Optional Internship) 24
SUB TOTAL UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE​​​​ 24
GER Core ​ ​Communication 5
Singapore Studies​ 3
Ethics and Moral Reasoning 1
​Absolute Basics for Career ​1
​Career Power Up​ ​1
Environmental Sustainability 1
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 1
GER Prescribed Electives Liberal Arts 3
Business and Management 3
Science and Technology 3
Any two courses from the preceding three categories 6
SUB TOTAL BREADTH 28
FULL TOTAL

131

 

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