Undergraduate Policies


Assessment and Grading


Part of the rigour of the BFA programmes offered by the School involves the way the work and performance of its students are evaluated. Depending on the structure and nature of individual courses, students may be continually assessed, examined or a combination of both.

Examination implies that your performance and the quality of your work are evaluated on a specific, determined occasion, under the requisite pressure and conditions. To the contrary, assessment, by nature, means that your work is appraised over time, an exercise which nevertheless comes with its own pressures. Under assessment, emphasis is placed on a consistency of effort and upon the need to maintain or improve upon the standard of your work over a sustained period of time.

Studio/workshop subjects usually do not require sitting for a formal examination. Rather, faculty members schedule the review of projects and portfolios during the Revision and Examination Period. Please refer to your syllabus for each subject you undertake for the portfolio/final project reviews. Reviews are normally carried out in group critiques and individual meetings with faculty.
General Education Requirements (GERs) and ADM academic subjects such as history, culture, or writing subjects require sitting for an examination. Refer to the examination timetable and syllabus in each GER academic subject you are undertaking for specific information on examinations.


With both assessment and examination, grades and grade points are assigned as follows:
The following non-letter grades can also be used for up to 12 AUs for GER subjects:

S - Satisfactory / U - Unsatisfactory

The Year Grade Point Average (YGPA) represents the grade average of all subjects (including failed subjects) attempted by a student in any year. The computation of YGPA is as follows:

[ Grade Point x AU for Subject 1 ] + [ Grade Point x AU for Subject X ] + .....
[ AU attempted in a year ]

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade average of all subjects
(including failed subjects) attempted by a student. The computation of CGPA is as follows:

[ Grade Point x AU for Subject 1 ] + [ Grade Point x AU for Subject X ] + ....
[ Total AU attempted in all the semesters so far ]

The YGPA and CGPA will be reflected in students’ transcripts.

The requirements for graduation are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of the prescribed academic unit requirement as set out by the
    course curriculum.

  2. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required at the end of the final semester of study.

Classification of Students

Please refer to this link for the AUs requirement and Study Year classification

Graduation and Residential Requirements

To be eligible for the award of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NTU, a student must fulfill the following conditions​

​Minimum Years of Study at NTU Minimum AU of Graded Courses* Obtained from NTU​
​3 academic years ​69 U
The balance AU may consist of AU earned from courses with Pass (P), Exempted (EX) and Satisfactory (S) notations.
*cover all courses i.e. Core, Major Prescribed Electives and GER courses

Satisfactory Academic Standing

The criteria for Satisfactory Academic Standing in any given semester are:

  • Maintaining a minimum CGPA of 2.0 Completing at least 75% of the normal AU workload.
  • Students with poor standing are subjected to the following performance review:

    - Academic Warning, if the CGPA falls below 2.0 for any given semester.

    - Academic Probation, if the CGPA falls below 2.0 for the following semester.

    - Academic Termination, if the CGPA falls below 2.0 for the third, consecutive semester, or at the end of the final semester of study.


Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

The university has implemented the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option with effect from Academic Year 2005-2006. This is to encourage students to read a range of courses to widen their knowledge and not be unduly concerned about the grades that impact on the Honours classification. 

More information about the S/U Option is obtainable from Office of Academic Service website.

Under the S/U Option, students may declare courses from a specified category to be excluded from the CGPA computation and to be graded “S” (Satisfactory) or “U” (Unsatisfactory) instead. Students have to declare the courses to be graded S/U before the start of examinations for the semester.

For ADM students, they may exercise the S/U Option for up to a maximum of 12 AUs of graded courses taken as GER – Prescribed Electives and/or Unrestricted Electives in the course of their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programme.

Other important points to note of the S/U Option include:

  • All courses read on the S/U basis will be excluded from the computation of CGPA and hence has no impact on the Honours classification.
  • A course will be indicated as “S” if the final grade obtained is a “D” or better, otherwise a “U” grade will be assigned.​
  • For courses read on the S/U bases, AUs are earned only if a student attains a “Satisfactory” grade. The “Unsatisfactory” grade will be recorded on the official transcript but the AUs for the course will not be credited towards the degree fulfillment.
  • Once a course has been placed under the S/U option, repeated attempt(s) of the same course will also fall under the S/U option.
  • All Minor and Second Major courses are excluded from the S/U option.
  • For the award of a degree, a BFA student must fulfill all the programme requirements and should have earned at least 144 AUs (for students admitted before AY2011-12) or 130 AUs (for students admitted in AY2011-12 or later) inclusive of transfer credits, Satisfactory and Pass credits of which a minimum of 77 AUs (for students admitted before AY2011-12) or 69 AUs (for students admitted in AY2011-12 or later) must be graded courses.
  • The Honours classification will be based on the CGPA that is computed from all the graded courses.
  • Students who have queries relating to the S/U Option may refer to the following staff:

    A/P Peer Sathikh 

    Associate Chair (Academic)​

    Mrs Julie Lim

    Assistant Director (Undergraduate Programmes)


The SU Declaration, Minor Declaration and Minor Filing dates for Special Term One of AY2019-20 are as follows:​

Declaration Date
Start End
SU Declaration 25 May 2020 (MON)  9.30 am
23 June 2020 (TUE) 10.00 pm

The SU Declaration, Minor Declaration and Minor Filing dates for Semester Two of AY2019-20 are as follows:

Declaration Date
Start End
SU Declaration
2 March 2020 (MON)  9.30 am 12 May 2020 (TUE) 10.00 pm
Minor Declaration
2 March 2020 (MON)  9.30 am 10 July 2020 (FRI) 10.00 pm
Minor Filing
2 March 2020 (MON) 9.30 am 12 May 2020 (TUE) 10.00 pm

Minor Link: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Students/Undergraduate/AcademicServices/AcademicProgrammes/


Freshmen Year GPA Exemption

Effective from AY2014-15, up to 6 letter-graded courses that do not make the pass grade on first attempt in the Freshmen Year will be excluded from GPA computation.  This applies to examinable and non-examinable courses taken in the student’s first 2 semesters of study in NTU, including adjoining Special Terms.

GPA exemption is not applicable for courses with fail grade taken on the second or subsequent attempts in the Freshmen Year.

The unused quota of 6 courses will lapse after the Freshmen Year.

Students are not eligible for promotion to the next study year if their CGPA is nil arising from GPA exemptions, even if they meet the AU criteria.

The grades for all attempts, including those exempted from GPA computation, will remain on the transcript.

For more information, please refer to this link:

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is compiled on a yearly basis.  The top 5% of the cohort, subject to attaining a minimum YGPA of 4.50 and the specified AU of graded courses by curriculum type taken in NTU in the academic year, is eligible for the Dean’s List.  Full-time single degree students have to complete at least 16 AU (pre-NTU Education curriculum) or 15 AU (NTU Education curriculum) of graded courses, while part-time single degree students have to complete at least 9 AU of graded courses.  Effective from AY2011-12, double-degree students have to complete a total of 16 AU (pre-NTU Education curriculum) or 15 AU (NTU Education curriculum) of discrete graded courses from both degrees, and 9 AU of graded courses from each degree, to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Courses that are graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) and Pass/Fail or those with grades ‘EX’ (Exempted), ‘IP’ (In Progress) and ‘LOA’ (Leave of Absence) are not counted in the AU of graded courses for the purpose of determining the Dean’s List.  Students with any GPA exemption in their Freshmen Year will not be eligible for the Dean’s List for the year.  Besides this, final year students must attain at least a Second Upper Honours degree in order to be considered for the Dean’s List.


Much of the teaching at ADM is delivered through project work, demonstrations, critiques and hands­ on workshops. It is therefore essential that students maintain regular attendance so that they do not fall behind in either learning or assessment.

  • Attendance forms a significant part in the participation component of all ADM  courses. Poor attendance will affect this component of the marks.
  • Students participating in approved  secondary activities need  to submit evidence & necessary form
  • Students arriving later than 15 minutes to class usually are marked as absent.
      • ​​​​​​In exceptional  circumstances students can apply for a Leave of Absence one week in advance by filling out the form available at the School 's General Office. This application is subject to the approval of the Associate Chair Academic.

The categories of leave that are not approved are:

  • Returning to home country during festival  periods e.g Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, etc.
  • Participating in activities (in and outside campus) without official  permission in organised by student bodies during normal school hours when students are required to attend classes.
  • Medical Leave must be accompanied by a Medical Certificate (MC).
    Medical Leave is considered approved 'after the fact' and does not automatically impact on the student's grade. If the student seeks more than a total of two medically certified absences then a signed  letter from their guardians and doctor  must be obtained. A student may take a maximum of three days of Medical Leave from a course.
  • Students who have been granted l eave are still responsible for satisfactorily completing all assignments due during the absence, and may be subject to a lower grade for late submissions or poor academic performance.

Plagiarism is using the creative work of another without giving the original source the proper credit or
acknowledgement. Creative work in this instance should be understood as any one or more of the following:
published or unpublished text, music, sounds, images, photographs, software or programming, and even ideas and interpretations. Plagiarism is both a form of theft - you are stealing another’s intellectual property - and lying—you are claiming another’s ideas as your own.

The School takes seriously the commitment to academic honesty and integrity which students undertake as part of their enrolment in the University. The originality of the work of ADM students is paramount to their future success as creative practitioners. The consequences for plagiarism include:

  • Receiving an F grade for the course
  • Receiving an F grade for the assignment

The requirement to revise and resubmit an assignment (for a passing grade only).

For written work, a comprehensive Essay-Writing and Citation Guide is available online for students to consult to assist them in the research, planning and writing of papers. For practical projects it may often seem that there is a fine line between paying homage to, and plagiarising, the creative work of another. If in doubt, it is important that you approach the relevant faculty members.

For written assignments, at the discretion of faculty, and for their final projects, students are required to complete an Assignment Submission Declaration, in which they declare that their work, unless otherwise credited, is wholly their own. Forms are available online to download or from the General Office.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​