SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
General Information SOTA Curriculum

General Information

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To apply for admission to SOTA, all candidates must go through our Talent Academy, a selection platform that includes the portfolio review, entrance tests, audition, and personal interview. Learn more about Admissions.
 
For Year of Admission in 2020, monthly school fees range from S$350 to S$2,650 for Years 1 to 4 and from S$450 to S$2,750 for Years 5 to 6. Learn more about School Fees.
 
SOTA's school and miscellaneous fees are not deductible via Edusave.
 
Bursary application is done online, and is only available once you are posted to SOTA.
 
The SOTA Bursary provides tiered school and miscellaneous fees subsidy ranging from 33% to 100%. Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Assistance Schemes.
 
Scholarships are by nomination, and decided by the SOTA Scholarship Committee. Selected students will be informed accordingly.
 
The SOTA-Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship is offered to students regardless of their nationalities, whereas the David Marshall Scholarship and the David Marshall Scholarship for Young Artist are offered to Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents only. Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Assistance Schemes.
 
Yes, students must wear their school uniform whenever they are in school.
 
School starts at 7:50am and ends at about 4:00pm.
 
SOTA's academic calendar broadly follows the Ministry of Education schools' academic calendar, with some variations to accommodate the IB programme.
 
SOTA conducts one Admission Exercise a year through the Talent Academy (TA), which takes place in June. Read more about it here.
 

SOTA Curriculum

At SOTA, all students go through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum that culminates in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the IB Career-related Programme. Subjects include: English Literature; Mother Tongue Language; Mathematics; Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology); Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Economics, Social & Cultural Anthropology); Specialised Arts (Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts); Theory of Knowledge; the Extended Essay; and Creativity, Activity, Service. Read more about our curriculum.
 
In Year 1, students do subjects in English Language & Critical Thinking; Literature in English; Mother Tongue Languages; Humanities & Social Sciences (Geography and History); Coordinated Science; Mathematics, Integrated Arts, Media Education, Experiential Education and either Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts. View subjects studied, by year.
 
SOTA graduates have gone on to further their education in universities in Singapore and abroad. Graduates have also been recognised for their achievements in a spectrum of fields. View the list of schools our graduates have gone on to and scholarships received.
 
If you have received approval for exemption from Mother Tongue Language from the Ministry of Education (MOE) while you were in primary school, please indicate this on the online application form, and provide a photocopy of the MOE Mother Tongue Language Exemption Approval Letter when you submit the supporting documents for Talent Academy applications. You do not have to re-apply for the exemption upon joining SOTA. Read about SOTA’s Mother Tongue Language Programme.
 
Students may seek MOE's approval through the school to offer a Non-Tamil Indian Language (NTIL e.g. Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu of Hindi). Currently, SOTA offers Hindi in the curriculum. For students who have obtained approval at primary level are not required to reapply. They must continue to offer the approved NTIL at secondary or pre-tertiary levels. NTIL students (except for Hindi) are also required to attend lessons with NTIL community groups and sit for examinations set by the Board for the Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages (BTTSAL).

Students whose Mother Tongue is an Asian/Foreign Language can seek approval from MOE through the school to offer an Asian/Foreign Language as MTL-in-lieu. Students granted approval at the primary level must continue learning the language at secondary and pre-tertiary levels. Upon admission to Year 1 in SOTA, a new application will be submitted to MOE through the school so as to be on the MOELC waiting list. Students will need to arrange for private study and provide evidence to the school that they are receiving regular instruction from a private centre or tutor. For French, German and Japanese, students may only be admitted to MOE Language Centre (MOELC) subject to availability of vacancies.

These MOE-approved subjects will be considered as a MTL subject, and assessment grades will be taken as part of the promotion criteria from Year 1 to 4.

To fulfil the MTL requirement for admission to the local autonomous universities, students offering NTIL or Asian/Foreign Language MTL-in-lieu are required to sit for the GCE 'O' and 'A' level examinations in Year 4 and 5 respectively, and to attain a minimum 'S" grade in the GCE 'A' level H1 Mother Tongue Examinations.

In Year 5, these students may offer Spanish B (online course) or Language Ab Initio (Chinese, Spanish-online course or French-online course) in preparation for the IBDP. Read about SOTA’s Mother Tongue Language Programme.
 
SOTA offers a rigorous Arts and Academics curriculum. If time permits, students may attend Third Language courses at the Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC). However, the Third Language result cannot be used to replace any subject in school and it does not count towards meeting the school's promotion criteria.

Students who are eligible to take up a Third Language will be notified of their eligibility by MOE upon release of the PSLE results. Read about the Third Language Programme (MOE).
 
The curriculum and assessment of music at SOTA is different. SOTA’s Year 1 to 4 music curriculum is designed inhouse, and Music students will take the IB Group 6 subject in Music. Read what the SOTA music programme covers.
 
The purpose of the music programme is not to prepare students for examinations such as ABRSM, but to develop the student’s musical and intellectual capacities. However, students can take ABRSM exams if their Instrumental Study teachers deem it useful for their learning as external assessment can be a useful learning tool. Read what the SOTA music programme covers.
 
Based on their admission auditions, music students may be placed into either Creating or Performing Tracks to better support their musical talents. Students in Creating Track will still attend Instrumental Study lessons, but will also attend and be assessed on a creating module focused on compositional tools and processes. Students in the Performing Track will have a more focused Instrumental Study, which is one of the main components of assessments. They will commence with the creating modules from year 3. Students who begin in the Creating Track may switch to Performance Track in year 3 depending on their performance in Years 1 and 2.

Students with an interest in Jazz and Pop music have the opportunity to switch to the Jazz and Pop track. Emphasis will be placed on jazz (this is a broad definition of the term that will include areas of pop, fusion, blues, funk, music from Latin American and so on). Percussionists are not currently being considered for a switch to drum-set in jazz. The combination of mallets, snare and drumset offers the best possibilities in development and already covers jazz and pop. Furthermore, the chamber music groups further augment these possibilities.
 
There are no CCAs offered in SOTA. Students specialise in their chosen art discipline and usually spend their time after school hours practising their art discipline or attending rehearsals for their various performances.