Today we announced an exciting new partnership between UAL and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore. UAL's Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges will work with NAFA to introduce new art and design degrees at NAFA.
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat officiated at the launch of the partnership, held today at NAFA and facilitated via live streaming from the UK. Guests from Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), National Arts Council and Design Singapore Council were also present.
The new degrees will be developed in close consultation with industry to reflect the progressive arts education sector in Singapore. They will be distinctive in the region as they will require students to explore across their specialisms so they may develop as versatile artists and designers. For example, fine artists will have the option to delve into 2D, 3D and 4D mediums; design students will undertake project work with classmates from different specialisations; and performance-related undergraduates will work across dance and theatre practices in their studies.
Industry experience will be a mandatory part of the curriculum, with students required to complete internships, industry attachments or industry projects. Students will have the opportunity to spend 5 or 7 weeks on international placement at CCW, to study with our renowned academics and practitioners (arrangements pending the COVID-19 situation). There will also be exchange opportunities for development and growth of staff and faculty from both institutions.
The 2-year top-up degrees will allow NAFA students to build upon their education after completing relevant diplomas. A 3-year pathway will also be available for students with A-level or equivalent qualifications, and diploma students without prior relevant qualifications. The courses are targeted to commence from the academic year of 2021/2022.
The idea for the partnership was formed at the start of 2020. Despite international lockdowns and the Circuit Breaker in Singapore due to COVID-19, the collaboration grew from strength to strength to be finalised by the end of the year. This is the first time that UAL is validating degrees outside of the UK.
At today's signing ceremony, NAFA’s Dance and Theatre programmes put on performances and their School of Art and Design showcased a display of 2D, 3D and 4D works.