ADM BFA

About the Programme

The new offerings from the School of Art, Design and Media, allow each student more flexibility in choosing the subjects that suit their interests and objectives. They can choose from a broad range of courses within and outside their majors for a broad range of knowledge and expertise necessary in an increasingly competitive industry.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art combines three pathways in Interaction Design, Product Design and Visual Communication into an integrated programme in Design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Art combines three pathways in Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, and Photography & Digital Imaging into an integrated programme in Media.

A compulsory 10-week internship stint will be introduced to augment the students’ training. They will have the opportunity to do their internship at top companies, studios and production houses.

Another new feature is an interdisciplinary seminar module which students must complete. It will involve invited practising artists and designers to give talks and share their knowledge, views and insights.

Greater programme flexibility

The revised curricula for the four-year programmes are inter-disciplinary in their approach, but also allow students the option of specialising in a particular pathway, such as in photography, product design or animation.

Freshmen can choose their Major at the end of the first semester, instead of at the start of Year Two.

Presently, students must complete all prescribed electives in their chosen Major. But students now have greater flexibility to choose up to two electives from other disciplines from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, such as in Communication, Economics and Philosophy, to meet the requirement of their Major.

Those wishing to go beyond their core subject can also choose to have a Second Major, such as Art History which is unique to NTU, or from 20 Minors offered across the College, including Creative Writing, Film Studies and Urban & Environmental Studies.

Distribution of Academic Units (AUs) – AY2017

For the BFA in Design Art

Description AUs
Core Year 1 Common Foundation Modules 12
Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 9
Core Art History Modules 6
Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Final Year Project (FYP) 9
Prescribed Electives (PE) Year 2 Area Specific History 3
Year 2 Art History Module 3
Major Area Studio / Studio Electives (Compulsory Major PE) 24
Prescribed Elective Modules + Compulsory Internship 12
Unrestricted Electives (UE) Unrestricted Modules 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 PE Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Business Management (BM) 3
Science and Technology (STS) 3
Any two courses from preceding three categories 6
Total AUs 133

For the BFA in Media Art

Description AUs
Core Year 1 Common Foundation Modules 12
Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 6
Core Art History Modules 6
Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Final Year Project (FYP) 9
Prescribed Electives (PE) Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 3
Year 2 Area Specific History 3
Year 2 Art History Module 3
Major Area Studio / Studio Electives (Compulsory Major PE) 24
Prescribed Elective Modules + Compulsory Internship 12
Unrestricted Electives (UE) Unrestricted Modules 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 PE Liberal Arts (LA) 3
Business Management (BM) 3
Science and Technology (STS) 3
Any two courses from preceding three categories 6
Total AUs 133

Distribution of Academic Units (AUs) – AY2018 onwards

For the BFA in Design Art

Description AUs Remarks Total AUs
Core Year 1 Common Foundation Modules 12 Compulsory to take what is offered 39
Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 9
Core Art History Modules 6
Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Final Year Project (FYP) 9
Prescribed Electives (PE) Year 2 Area Specific History 3 To choose where choices are offered 42
Year 2 Art History Module 3 To choose one from choices offered
Major Area Studio / Pathway Electives (Compulsory Major PE) 24 To choose from the list based on the major / pathway chosen by the student
Prescribed Elective Modules 12 To choose from the list of what is offered for that semester. Open to both Design Art and Media Art. Some modules to be opened to HASS. Some to be taken from WKWSCI.
Unrestricted Electives (UE) Unrestricted Modules 24 Most of the courses will be opened to HASS and some to NTU. ADM students are free to take UEs from throughout NTU. 24
GER Core Communication 5   18
DD0002 Singapore Studies 3  
HD0101 Digital Society *New 3  
HD0102 Making Sense of Big Data *New 3  
GC0001 Introduction to Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Approaches and Solutions 1 Offered by NTU as online courses
HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning 1
ET0001 Enterprise and Innovation 1
ML0003 *New 1
GER PE Liberal Arts (LA) 3   12
Business Management (BM) 3  
Any two courses from three categories (LA, BM, STS) 6  
Total AUs 135   135

For the BFA in Media Art

Description AUs Remarks Total AUs
Core Year 1 Common Foundation Modules 12 Compulsory to take what is offered 36
Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 6
Core Art History Modules 6
Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Final Year Project (FYP) 9
Prescribed Electives (PE) Year 1 Specific Foundation Modules 3 To choose where choices are offered 45
Year 2 Area Specific History 3 To choose where choices are offered
Year 2 Art History Module 3 To choose one from choices offered
Major Area Studio / Pathway Electives (Compulsory Major PE) 24 To choose from the list based on the major / pathway chosen by the student
Internship (Compulsory Major PE) 6 10 weeks during May-Jul (Year 3)
Prescribed Elective Modules 6 To choose from the list of what is offered for that semester. Open to both Design Art and Media Art. Some modules to be opened to HASS. Some to be taken from WKWSCI.
Unrestricted Electives (UE) Unrestricted Modules 24 Most of the courses will be opened to HASS and some to NTU. ADM students are free to take UEs from throughout NTU. 24
GER Core Communication 5   18
DD0002 Singapore Studies 3  
HD0101 Digital Society *New 3  
HD0102 Making Sense of Big Data *New 3  
GC0001 Introduction to Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Approaches and Solutions 1 Offered by NTU as online courses
HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning 1
ET0001 Enterprise and Innovation 1
ML0003 *New 1
GER PE Liberal Arts (LA) 3   12
Business Management (BM) 3  
Any two courses from three categories (LA, BM, STS) 6  
Total AUs 135   135
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