Design Art

Choosing Your Path

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.

All modules are new or will be modified and updated for this revised curriculum. While a student wanting to pursue a particular pathway (Interaction Design or Product Design or Visual Communication) will be required to follow the core modules in the order outlined below, students pursuing a general BFA in Design Art could choose modules that suit them as long as they meet any pre-requisite requirements.

**Compulsory Art History Major PE

Compulsory Art History Major PE can be taken in Year 2 or 3. Students can choose one of the following:

DD2000 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art
DD2009 Survey of New Media
DD2008 Survey of Modern Art 1900 - 1945
*Art in the Age of Colonialism (Pre-req: DD1004 or DD2000)
DD3010 Issues in Global Contemporary Art
DD8008 Faith in Art
DD8010 Visualization of Cultural Heritage
*DD8012 Contemporary Curating (Pre-req: DD1003 or DD1004)
*DD9014 Introduction to Museum Studies (Pre-req: DD1003)

*Course with pre-requisite

Electives offered by ADM under BFA Design Art (DA) and BFA Media Art (MA)

Modules are open to all students of BFA Design Art and BFA Media Art allowing them to freely choose between those modules that are offered by ADM for that semester. Some of the PEs are planned to be open to students of HASS and NTU a UE though Studio Modules PEs, that are restricted to small student numbers or where specific skill sets are required, will have priority for ADM students. GERs and Core GERs are not included in this section since these modules are common to all students in NTU.

Animation Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DT2005 Lighting and Rendering Pipeline PE/UE Yes Yes
*DT2015 Advanced 3D Production (Pre-req: DT2001) PE/UE - BEng SCE
DT2017 Writing for Animation (Interschool with WKWSCI) (Recommended for GAME Pathway) PE/UE Yes Yes
*DT3000 Advanced Drawn Animation (Pre-req: DT2000) PE - -
*DT3004 Rigging For Animation (Pre-req: DT2001) PE/UE - BEng SCE
*DT3009 Cinematic Concepts and Motion Capture Applications (Recommended for GAME Pathway) PE/UE - BEng SCE

*Course with pre-requisite

Filmmaking Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DF2005 Writing For Film UE - -
DF2013 Film Music in Theory and Practice PE/UE Yes Yes
*DF3000 Research Perspective in Film Practice (Pre-req: DF2003) PE - -
*DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects (Pre-req: DF2003) PE - -
DF3005 Audio Post Production for Film (Pre-req: DF2011 / DF3008) PE(MA)/UE - -
*DF3006 Cinematography II (Pre-req: DF2003) UE - -
DF3010 Experimental Film Production PE/UE Yes -
*DF3014 Creative Producing for Film and Media (Pre-req: Study Year 3 and above) PE/UE - -
DF9001 The Art of Lighting (Recommended for GAME Pathway) PE/UE Yes -
DT2005 Lighting and Rendering Pipeline PE/UE Yes Yes

*Course with pre-requisite

Interaction Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DM2002 Sound Art PE/UE Yes Yes
DM2009 Performance and Interaction PE/UE Yes Yes
Scenography and Exhibition Design PE/UE Yes Selection Required
DM2011 Issues in Interactive Media Practice PE/UE Yes Yes
*DM3009 Programming for Audio Visual Performance (Pre-req: DM2008) PE/UE Yes Yes

*Course with pre-requisite

Photography Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DP2004 Critical Eye: Seeing and Understanding in Photo Media PE/UE Yes Yes
DP2008 Experimental Photography PE/UE Yes Yes
*DP3003 Narrative Portrait (Pre-req: DN1012 or DP2000 or DP2001) PE - -
*DP3008 Location Experiences in Photography (Pre-req: DN1012 or DP2000 or DP2001) PE - -
Screened Photography PE - -

*Course with pre-requisite

Product Design Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DR0000 Sustainable Product Design PE/UE Yes BEng Design Stream
DR2002 Contemporary Issues in Product Design PE/UE - -
DR2011 Human Factors in Design (Interschool with MAE) PE/UE - BEng Design Stream
DR2012 Materials, Manufacturing & Technology for Design (Interschool with MAE) PE/UE - BEng Design Stream
DR2013 Furniture Design I PE/UE Yes Yes
DR2014 Wearable Technology, Fashion and Design PE/UE Selection Required -
*DR3002 Computer Aided Design II (Pre-req: DR2005) PE/UE - -
*DR2015 Furniture Design II (Pre-req: DR2013) PE - -
Interaction and Products PE/UE Yes BEng Design Stream

*Course with pre-requisite

Visual Communication Specialisation

Course Type Open to
DV2002 Illustration for Designers PE/UE Selection Required -
DV2006 Designed Experiences PE/UE Yes Yes
DV2008 Interface Design PE/UE Selection required
DV2009 Design in Motion UE Selection required
*DV3002 Editorial Design (Pre-req: DV2004 & DV2005) PE - -
DV3003 Spatial Design PE/UE - -
*DV3005 Creative Brand Design (Pre-req: DV2004 and DV3010) PE/UE Selection Required -
*DV3007 Contemporary Issues in Visual Communication (Pre-req: DV2004) PE/UE Selection Required -
Experimental Layout PE/UE - -

*Course with pre-requisite

Internships and Exchange Programmes


Internship will be introduced to be in line with the university’s direction to have internship as compulsory component of the undergraduate education. Offered as Prescribed Elective for 6 AUs, internship will be for 10 weeks during the vacation period between Year 3 and Year 4.

ADM has worked with NTU’s Career and Attachments Office (CAO) and has built a list of suitable companies, studios and production houses that already take in ADM students for internship. This relationship will be built further to ensure that all students have the opportunity to do an internship during the course of their study.

Student Exchange

Students in Year 3 are eligible to study for one semester at tertiary institutions around the world that have student exchange agreement around the world. This will be continued with a more concerted effort, working with NTU’s Global Education and Mobility (GEM) personnel to send up to 50 to 60% of the students abroad on exchange for one semester, either during Semester 1 or Semester 2 of Year 3. Students will have the opportunity to study in top institutions in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific as exchange students.

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