Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts was set up in 1938. The School functions on three purpose built campuses on Bencoolen Street. The School presents a broad variety of classes in 3D Design, Arts Management, Dance, Design and Media, Fashion Studies, Fine Art, Music and Theatre.
The beginning of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) came from a call in 1937 by Yong Mun Sen, who was then the vice-president of The Society of Chinese Artists, to create an association of fine arts academy in Singapore. A commission was created to revise the suggestion. At the time, the eruption of the Sino-Japanese War in China saw a raise in the amount of Chinese refugees, counting artist Lim Hak Tai from Xiamen (formerly Amoy), China, to Singapore. Lim was an educator at the Xiamen Academy of Art and Jimei Teachers Training College. He became the starting principal of NAFA. The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is now a foremost arts education institution. Extensively known in Southeast Asia, NAFA’s standing is founded on its ground-breaking set of courses and teachingstyles, as well as its miscellaneous creative designs. NAFA is given polytechnic-level financial support from the Ministry of Education, Singapore and is the first complete arts education institution to get the popular 4-year EduTrust certification.