Sota 10 years on: Looking for raw talent

Execrise books for the School of the Arts, which currently has 1,110 students with 777 graduates, many of whom have joined the likes of Berklee College of Music and The Julliard School.
Execrise books for the School of the Arts, which currently has 1,110 students with 777 graduates, many of whom have joined the likes of Berklee College of Music and The Julliard School. PHOTO: SCHOOL OF THE ARTS SINGAPORE

It has proven early critics wrong as more pupils vie for admission

When Singapore's first pre-tertiary arts school opened its doors in 2008, people had doubts as to whether its graduates would be able to make a living out of their passions.

Ten years on, the School of the Arts (Sota) has fought against misconceptions to become an alternative route for young people to pursue their artistic talents and do well academically at the same time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2018, with the headline 'Sota 10 years on: Looking for raw talent'. Print Edition | Subscribe