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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.

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Educational Records

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.

Required Documents

Junior Colleges in Singapore (or other students who have sat for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE “A” Level exams)

  • Certified-true copy of GCE “O” Level exam results or certificate.
  • Certified-true copy of Junior College transcripts showing the grades for all courses taken by the student.
  • Certified-true copy of Junior College diploma/certificate.

Any of Singapore’s Five Polytechnics

  • Certified-true copy of GCE “O” Level exam results or certificate.
  • Certified-true copy of Polytechnic transcripts showing the grades of all the courses taken by the student.
  • Certified-true copy of Polytechnic diploma.

Any of Singapore’s International Schools/schools outside of Singapore

  • Certified-true copy of transcripts showing the grades for all courses taken by the student.
  • Certified-true copy of diploma showing proof of completion of high school level education sufficient for entrance to university.
  • Certified-true copy of foreign educational credentials (e.g. Malaysia STPM, UEC, India Standard XII-CBSE, ISCE, Indonesia SMA UAN, Vietnam High School Graduation Certificate, etc.) demonstrating that the applicant has completed high school education.

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.


Personal Statement

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.

Topic

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.

Submission

Applicants must submit their personal statement via SIT’s online application portal. Answers must be drafted and prepared before beginning the online application.


Art Portfolio

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:

Prescribed Drawings from Direct Observation

Using graphite pencil or charcoal and on quality art paper, draw the following four Prescribed Drawings from real life (not from images or photographs):

  • A pair of shoes
  • The same pair of shoes as above but from a different perspective (e.g. shoes drawn from the back) or a different orientation (e.g. shoes turned upside down)
  • An interior space, such as a kitchen or bedroom
  • A self-portrait

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.

Miscellaneous Art Samples

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

  • Applicants are required to present their portfolios during the interview and to submit the same portfolio in a CD-ROM to the DigiPen (Singapore) Admissions Office. Applicants should label their CD-ROM clearly with their name on the front.

  • Label all artwork with the date of completion and the medium used. Clearly indicate which drawings are the four prescribed drawings from direct observation. Please note that DigiPen (Singapore) prefers that the artwork submitted be less than two years old.

  • Images should be in focus and properly oriented for the subject.

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.

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