This page details all of the application materials and admissions requirements for the BFA in Digital Art and Animation degree program. Other official documentation, including but not limited to, SAT scores, proof of legal permanent residency in Singapore, certified transcripts from all institutions of tertiary education, and photocopies of the personal particulars, may be required.
Read all sections carefully and submit your materials through the SIT application portal as instructed. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to DigiPen (Singapore)’s Admissions Office.
Application for Admission
You must submit an online application to be considered for admission. An application fee of $18 (includes GST) will be payable to SIT. For more information about the application fee payment, please visit singaporetech.edu.sg.
Original documents or certified-true copies of the applicant’s academic history must be presented to DigiPen (Singapore) or to SIT for verification. As an alternative, documents may be certified by an official school representative or other authorized notary and sent directly to the Institute by the school or notary in a sealed envelope. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by literal translations completed by a recognized translating organization. All Polytechnic Diplomas, Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and NUS High School Diploma are eligible for admission. Additionally, applicants from any of Singapore’s International Schools/schools out of Singapore are welcome. Please refer to SIT’s admissions requirements for details.
For applicants who do not fall under any of the above categories, please contact the DigiPen (Singapore) Admissions Office.
Proof of Proficiency in the English Language
This is needed if English is not the applicant’s first language. This requirement can be waived if the applicant has proof of completing at least four years of his or her most recent education at an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.
Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam) or 80 (iBT — Internet-based Test). TOEFL code: 1493
A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher. (www.ielts.org)
A minimum Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as a Certificate in Advanced English or CAE) score of C1 or higher.
Completion of four years of high school or secondary education at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree at an English-speaking institution.
The personal statement is an important part of the application for admission to DigiPen (Singapore). What you write will help us find out information about you that is not apparent from your application or transcripts.
Obtaining a BFA degree from DigiPen (Singapore) will prepare you to be a digital artist. Write an essay that describes an exceptional achievement that highlights your academic and employment experience gained. How would these support your choice of program(s) and help you attain your goal(s) in life? What are your plan(s) upon graduation?
Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure — along with the correct use of punctuation, capitalization, quotation marks, etc. — are all considered, so proofread your essay carefully.
Optional Additional Essay
You may also submit an optional essay to explain any unusual circumstances or situations that you think may have an impact on your application.
Applicants must submit their personal statement via SIT’s online application portal. Answers must be drafted and prepared before beginning the online application.
Applicants to the BFA in Digital Art and Animation degree must submit an art portfolio showcasing their best and most recent work. This portfolio must contain between 10-15 samples of original artwork created by the applicant. If necessary, DigiPen may request more samples for review.
The portfolio must include:
Using graphite pencil or charcoal and on quality art paper, draw the following four Prescribed Drawings from real life (not from images or photographs):
The primary objective of these four Prescribed Drawings is for you to demonstrate foundational drawing skills. You should focus on drawing the Prescribed Drawings realistically and accurately, NOT applying any artistic style (e.g. cartooning).
On the corner of the page of each Prescribed Drawing, please write the date created and length of time spent on the drawing.
The remaining 6-11 pieces should demonstrate an applicant’s current range, skill, and process. These personal works may include animations, figure/animal studies, color studies, original character designs, architectural renderings, landscape studies, sculptures, and paintings. The submitted work should not contain illustrations copied directly from manga, anime, animations, paintings, or photographs (cited master copies are acceptable).
Portfolio Submission Guidelines
For International Students
International applicants who could not attend the interview at the DigiPen (Singapore) campus are required to mail their portfolio to the Institute’s Admissions Office. Shortlisted applicants are required to attend a remote interview.
Letters of Recommendation (Optional)
Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic background and/or work ethic (e.g., instructor, guidance counselor, employer) may be included. Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.