Programme-Specific Requirements

Programme-Specific Requirements

Some programmes have programme-specific requirements for application. Find out about the additional requirements from the overseas university partners below to ensure that you include all required information in your application.

The University of Glasgow

It is compulsory that applicants applying to UofG’s Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing programme are to submit online the following additional documents to be considered for admission:

  • Enrolment and Practising Certificate – Be qualified as a Registered Nurse and hold current registration with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) which has to be valid for the year of matriculation.
  • Essay Question – “What competencies will Singapore’s community nurses need to effectively care for people in their own homes?”

Note: Competencies in this context can relate to the type of skillsets, training, and education in preparing and equipping Singapore’s community nurses to care for people in their own homes. You may focus on just ONE of the competencies in this short essay of approximately 200 words.

  • Have successfully completed an SNB-accredited Diploma in Nursing programme in Singapore.
    Only these two diplomas are accredited:
    • Nanyang Polytechnic: Diploma in Nursing
    • Ngee Ann Polytechnic: Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing)

All UofG applicants are reminded that it is important that you apply for registration/enrolment within five years of completing your nursing programme; otherwise you will have to attend a Returning-to-Nursing Programme before you can be considered for registration/enrolment.

Under the Nurses and Midwives Act (Chapter 209), a person must be registered/enrolled with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) and possess a valid Practising Certificate (PC) in order to practise nursing/midwifery in Singapore.

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The Glasgow School of Art

It is compulsory for applicants applying for the following degree programmes to submit digital portfolios and personal statements to be considered for admission:

  1. Bachelor of Art with Honours in Communication Design
  2. Bachelor of Art with Honours in Interior Design

While applicants may apply for both degree programmes in a single application, they are encouraged to submit discipline specific portfolios. If they have the intention to apply for both Communication Design and Interior Design, they are encouraged to submit two separate discipline specific portfolios to be considered for the respective degree programmes.

  • For applicants who are applying for a degree programme which is different from their diploma discipline, it is important to submit a folio that is specific to the programme that they are applying for. For example, if your diploma discipline is in Interior Design and you would like to apply only for the Communication Design degree programme, you are required to put in artworks or design works that showcases your abilities in Communication Design; on top of your Interior design portfolio from your Diploma.
  • You can also include some personal work done outside your diploma curriculum which displays your design abilities

A broad overview of the GSA's additional admission requirements are as follows:

  1. Submission of a digital PDF portfolio of 16 - 20 A4 pages (maximum size of 200kb per image; resolution of images does not need to be more than 72dpi, PDF file should not exceed 10MB).
  2. The portfolio should show a range of sketchbook work, studies, preparatory and finished work in 2D and 3D across a number of projects, and at least 5 of which should show the development and realisation of a single completed project.
  3. Time-based work may also be submitted, through web links to online video. Video work should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc, and the URL of the video included in the submission. Please DO NOT send in actual video files.
  4. A personal statement of at least 400 but less than 600 words outlining the applicants' interests, ideas in their work, and how they intend to develop them further in the GSA programme they are applying to. (Applicants with diplomas in subject areas not directly related to the programme they are applying to will need to pay particular attention to explaining their reasons for applying, and the ways in which their prior experience can contribute to and inform their chosen subject specialism.)

[Note: this personal statement submission is in additional to the 300 word personal statement in the online application form]

The portfolio(s) and statement can be provided as individual files, contained within one folder, or combined in a pdf file, which could be uploaded to online file sharing sites such as,, google drive, etc.

You will be prompted to submit the URL of your shared file after you have submitted your online application. More details and instructions will be given in the SIT Application Portal.

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Personal Statement required for: All undergraduate applicants

The personal statement is an important part of the application for admission to DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore. What you write will help us to know more about you which is not apparent from your application and/or transcripts.

Personal Statement

Write an essay that describes an exceptional achievement which highlights your academic and/or employment experience gained. How would these support your choice of programme(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, capitalisation, quotation marks, etc. are all considered, so proof-read your essay carefully.

Optional Essay

You may submit an optional essay to explain any unusual circumstances or situations that you think may have an impact on their application.


You must submit your personal statement via SIT’s online application portal during Admissions period. Answers must be drafted and prepared before beginning the online application.


Art Portfolio

Applicants to the BFA in Digital Art and Animation degree are required to submit an art portfolio that showcases the applicant’s best and most recent work. This portfolio must contain between 10-15 samples of artwork created by the applicant. If necessary, DigiPen may request more samples for review.

The portfolio should include:

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

1. Pair of shoes

2. 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)

3. Interior space, such as a kitchen or bedroom

4. Self-portrait

On the corner of the page for each of these drawings, please write the date created and length of time spent on the drawing.

The primary objective of these four Prescribed Drawings is for the applicant to demonstrate foundational drawing skills.  The applicant should focus on drawing realistically and accurately, and should NOT apply any artistic style (e.g. cartooning) to these four Prescribed Drawings.

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, animé, animations, paintings, or photographs (cited master copies are acceptable).

Guidelines for Portfolio Submissions

  1. 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.
  2. Label all artwork with the  date of completion and the medium used. Indicate clearly which drawings are the four Prescribed Drawings from Direct Observation. Please note: DigiPen (Singapore) prefers that the artwork submitted be less than two years old.
  3. Images should be in focus and properly oriented for the subject.



Applicants to the BA in Game Design program are required to submit a portfolio that displays previously created works and the process used to create them. This work may be in any medium or platform and is not limited to games. Sample work might include artwork, board or video game content, costuming, musical performance, poetry or prose, or other created works.

The portfolio should detail three projects, each including:

1. For each work please include a written essay including:

  • One paragraph describing the work.
  • One paragraph describing the student’s role in creating the work. (Class work is permitted. Team projects are permitted as long as sufficient detail on the student’s role is provided.)
  • One or more paragraphs describing the student’s process for making the work. This should include the reasons behind design choices.

2. Up to three additional digital files, per work, which may include the work itself or other media representative of the work. Documents, images, and audio files are all appropriate. Web links and executable files will not be accepted.

Please note that the portfolio will be reviewed and scored based solely on the documentation about the work and process, not on the quality of the work itself or any external content.

Students are encouraged to display a diverse portfolio showing their process across a variety of different media.

Guidelines for BA in Game Design Portfolio Submissions

1. Each shortlisted applicant is required to present and submit the portfolio during the admission interview. The submitted portfolio should be in a CD-ROM that is clearly labeled with the applicant's name and application ID. Printed copies of the written essays are to be submitted together with the CD-ROM as well.

2. Each of the three detailed works should be placed into separate folders in the CD-ROM, each containing the required work itself, the written essay, and up to three relevant supplementary materials pertaining to the particular work. Tag all works with the date of completion.

The Culinary Institute of America

Applicants applying to CIA’s degree programmes are to submit online the following additional documents to be considered for admission:

  1. Letter of recommendation from an employer or faculty member.
  2. Proof* of completing 6 months working in the food industry in a place that prepares 50% of the food/menu from scratch. This could include both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house duties.
  3. Optional: portfolio of competitions or culinary projects that you have participated in.

*Applicants who have not completed the full duration of 6 months of relevant work experience may still submit an application to be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, successful applicants who are offered admission are required to have fully met the requirement at the point of course commencement.