School of the Arts offers new qualification for aspiring student-artists

Mrs Lim Geok Cheng, principal of the School of the Arts, with dance students (from left) Elaine Ng, Jill Goh, Natasha Boon, Esen Thang and Anabel Ng. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
Mrs Lim Geok Cheng, principal of the School of the Arts, with dance students (from left) Elaine Ng, Jill Goh, Natasha Boon, Esen Thang and Anabel Ng. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

SINGAPORE - Students at the School of the Arts (Sota) now have a new education qualification that will equip them to be better professional artists and prepare them for life in arts conservatories.

Year 5 students who want to pursue a career in the arts have an option to undertake the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate programme, which will allow them to have more specialised training in their art form like dance and music.

A total of 25 students have started on the programme since January. They take arts modules that give them more time for practice and training, and also have a practicum with a professional arts company.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, who announced this new programme on Wednesday at the school's awards ceremony, said it will "provide students with a good pre-conservatory foundation".

"We recognise that in today's environment, achieving success as an arts practitioner requires more dedicated and full-time training. It takes discipline," he added.

Currently the school's students only take the IB diploma at the end of six years.

Sota is the first school in Singapore to adopt this certification, which was first launched by the Swiss-based International Baccalaureate Organisation in 2012.