ADM Admission Requirements

Before applying to study at the School of Art, Design and Media [ADM], please ensure that you satisfy the general entry requirements of NTU. You are also required to submit the following materials for evaluation of admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme.


Step 1: Submit an application under one of the following five groups that corresponds to your high school qualifications (see Admission Guide). 


Step 2: Upon successful submission, an email with the application number will be sent to the email indicated in the application form.


Step 3: Submit the materials online via the link provided in the Check Status.



E.g. if you are an applicant holding a local Polytechnic diploma, the “Check Status” will reflect as follows.

Additional Items for Art, Design and Media: 

You are required to prepare and submit the ADM portfolio


Click here to submit all materials online. 



21 February 2022


Overview of Application Process


Step1: Portfolio

Step 2: Prescribed Assignment

Step 3: Submission

10 Best works in any media

Personal Statement & Writing Sample

Creative Project

Observational Drawing

Submission Deadline

All materials submitted should be original work created by the applicant. Work copied from other sources such as magazines, film, work of other artists, will not be considered.

Portfolio works may represent classroom assignments* or independent projects. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, written creative writing and research materials, two-dimensional, three- dimensional, time-based (e.g. videos, audio recording), and/or interactive multimedia works (e.g. games, websites, audio, etc.). Preparatory work such as sketches and concept drawings may be included as components of your portfolio.

All submitted work for this section must be digital reproductions of your original work.

*NOTE: In the case of group or collaborative projects, please specify your role and contribution in the project. (A failure to declare will result in disqualification of the particular work from review.)

Please select and prepare a portfolio consisting of up to 10 best examples of your creative works. Note: A creative work may include multiple images. Your portfolio should reflect your personal interests, experiences, and competencies in the arts, design, and media

Please respond to all four questions in writing:

  1. What is unique and interesting about you? [200 words maximum]
  2. Choose and identify ONE piece of art, design, or media work by a recognised artist and briefly discuss why it inspires or excites you? (The piece may be a film, painting, sculpture, game, website, installation, designed object, visual image, etc.) Provide one image or online link to the work. [200 words maximum]
  3. Which is your preferred major in ADM -- Design Art or Media Art?
  4. Explain why you chose your preferred major. What do you hope to achieve by completing this major? 

NOTE: This will only serve as an indication of your preference. It does not constitute a guarantee to get into your area of choice.

Consider the word “contrast”. How would you approach and interpret this word as a theme or concept?

Please choose ONE of the following formats for this creative project:

  1. Create a video/film or animation [that lasts no longer than 1 minute] about contrast.
  2. Create 5-10 photographic images about contrast.
  3. Create a media piece [sound, interactive, or other] [that lasts no longer than 1 minute] about contrast.
  4. Create a 3D object or space about contrast and submit 5 images [documentation or renderings].
  5. Create an illustration piece (digital or traditional) about contrast 

Choose an object to observe. Draw this object while paying attention to its shape, proportion, scale and shades. You should not draw based on photographic reference i.e. copying from a photograph. Any tool or technique can be used.

Please submit all relevant files online at


The materials must be submitted within the application closing date, according to your pre-university qualification. E.g. if you are an applicant holding a local Polytechnic diploma, the closing date for submission is 21 February 2022.

Please get ready ALL your materials before uploading as you will only be allowed to submit ONCE. Resubmission is not allowed.

Please test your files on both PC and Macintosh to ensure that the files open and run smoothly.

You are required to click the "Submit" button for the upload bar to run, after you have attached the files for all categories

You may upload the following file formats to the application.

Portfolio (Multiple files are supported):
  • All Images and written works to be compiled within a single PDF file up to 200MB in total.
  • Time based and interactive multimedia works can be submitted as separate files, refer to the file format submission section below for file size and format specifications.

Personal Statement and Writing Sample - PDF File (up to 10MB)

Creative Project - Video (up to 200MB, and 1 minutes), Audio (up to 200MB), Image (up to 200MB) and PDF file (up to 200MB)

Observation Drawing - Image (up to 10MB) 


File Formats in the Submission

The Submissions Package should follow EXACTLY the following guidelines:


Samples of Written Creative and Research Materials:

Samples of creative writing, stories, scripts, narratives or research papers may be submitted as pages inside the portfolio PDF. 


Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional work:

All images of work must be submitted as PDF files.


Time Based work:

Time based work such as film, video, sound or performance must be prepared according to the following formats:


Videos: .avi, .mov, .mp4

Up to 200 MB each

Audio: .mp3

Up to 30 MB each


Please keep your submissions to under 5 minutes. This is a requirement. Your submission may include multiple clips of different projects within this 5-minute limit (i.e. ‘showreels’). Remember: your (applicant’s) role in group projects must be clearly stated or the work will not be reviewed.


Interactive Multimedia work:

All games, websites, audio works and interactive documentation must be prepared according to the following formats:


Videos: .avi, .mov, .mp4, 

Up to 200 MB each

Audio: .mp3, .aif, .wav

Up to 30 MB each

Web: URL with all links operational and no passwords required.

Executable game & interactive files must be playable on both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Please include a map and instructions showing sample navigation. Do not provide Flash files.


Reminder: Your (applicant’s) role in group projects must be clearly stated or the work will not be reviewed.