Course Registration & Curriculum Structure

The normal academic load for ADM students is 15 – 20 AUs per semester. For each semester in Year One, the seven courses comprise the Foundation Studio, Art History and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) courses. All ADM Year One students will be automatically enrolled in the following Foundation courses in 

Semester 1

  • DN1001: Foundation Drawing
  • DN1002: Foundation 2D
  • DN1003: Foundation 3D
  • DN1004: Foundation 4D
  • DD1003: Introduction to the Histories of Art I
  • CC0001: Inquiry & Communication in an Interdisciplinary World
  • CC0002: Navigating the Digital World 

The courses DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I and DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II are Core Art History requirements in all majors and are offered during Semesters One and Two respectively. These courses comprise a 2-hour lecture and a 1½-hour tutorial per week. Each course carries 3 AUs.

Semester 2

In Semester Two, all students will be automatically enrolled in their courses same as for Semester One. Students are not allowed to make changes to their timetables, same as for Semester One

All ADM Year One students be registered in their Art History, Foundation Core courses dependent on their allocation of Major, as there are two different sets of Foundation courses for Design Art and Media Art respectively and ICC courses.

For further information, please refer to the ‘Course Registration and Curriculum’ below.

All ADM Year 2, 3 and 4 Students will register for their courses using  Student Automated Registration System (STARS). Students will be granted access to STARS based on your Registration Study Year. Students are to check your personalised date and time for registration through STARS.

  • The Registration Study Year for registration of courses for Semester One is determined by the following:

    AUs earned to date (after release of previous semester's examination results) > minimum AUs required to be promoted to the next study year

  • The Registration Study Year for registration of courses for Semester Two is determined by the following:

AUs earned to date + AUs registered in the previous semester > minimum AU required to be promoted to the next study year

For the details on the classification of study year, please refer to  Academic Units System (via Student Intranet).

The registration period will be per university-designated times and will follow the standard university process and procedures. Please refer to  NTU Course Registration (via Student Intranet) page for registration information and class schedule: 

*NOTE: Class schedule for courses offered by ADM can be found here.

All Core Compulsory Courses in each Major area will have places reserved for students in the Major area. Students in each Major area are assured of a place in their Core Compulsory Courses. After Major area students have enrolled, the remaining places are open to any ADM student to enroll as a Major Prescribed Elective.

Each course will be capped at a number of places that can be accommodated by the instructor and the facilities.

For Major Prescribed Electives offered by each major area, these courses are open to ANY student from ANY major to enroll. The process for enrolling will follow the standard university process. In NTU, a student in Year Four is allowed access to elective courses first, followed by Year Three, and Year Two. This ensures that students closer to graduation may enroll in the courses necessary to allow them to complete the BFA Degree requirements in 4 years.

Certain exceptions may be made if there is reason to allow a student to enroll in a course even though the class is full. The School will attempt to help students to enroll in the courses needed whenever possible to ensure that each student is able to graduate in 4 years. For special cases, please see the Associate Chair (Academic) or the Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programmes.

*NOTE: Any changes to the class schedule will be notified via the School's website and if necessary, through students' NTU email account.

Students in Years 2–4 must register themselves for all courses through the Student Automated Registration System (STARS) according to the schedule announced by the Office of Academic Services. Ensure that you carefully read the instructions provided by the Office of Academic Services so that you can successfully register for your choice of required subjects, on your assigned registration date and within the time period allowed.

For more information about access STARS and its User Guide, you may refer to this page via Student Intranet:

Whether during the ADM Registration period or the NTU Subject Registration exercise, it is the responsibility of each student to complete the necessary procedures in a timely manner. For additional information students may contact ADM’s Academic Assistant Director, Mrs Julie Lim, or the relevant Area/Pathway Coordinators.​

Foundation students may not shift groups or withdraw from any subjects without consultation with and approval from the School.

Students in Years 2–4 may add or drop courses through the STARS online system, provided they do so within the add/drop period announced by the University’s Office of Academic Services.

Students are nevertheless advised to think carefully about their choice of courses and to use this measure sparingly so as to cause minimal disruption either to classes or their own workload. Should you choose to add a course, it is your responsibility alone to make up any work that you may have missed prior to your registration.

ADM students are advised not to undertake additional courses and should think very carefully before seeking to overload. The greater workload may well adversely affect your performance in critical studio courses.

Year One students may NOT overload in Semester One. During course registration for Semester Two, Year One students with exceptional academic performance may overload up to a maximum of 22 AUs per semester. Students considering an overload must request the Chair’s approval. Please contact the Academic Assistant Director for details.

Year Two , Year Three and Year Four students may overload up to a maximum one course per semester.​

For assistance on student Intranet password or NTU email, please refer to this link, Password Services.

For assistance on NTULearn, please refer to here.