SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
FAQ: General Information

How do I get to SOTA?


Who can apply to SOTA? How do I apply to SOTA?

To apply for admission to SOTA, all shortlisted candidates must go through our Talent Academy, a selection platform that includes the individual audition/portfolio presentation and interview, group activities, panel interview, and entrance tests (where applicable). Learn more about Admissions.

How much is the school fees at SOTA?

Monthly school fees are subject to change for each admission year. Learn more about school fees.

Can I use my child's Edusave to pay for the school fees?

SOTA's school and miscellaneous fees are not deductible via Edusave.

How do I apply for Bursary?

Application is only available once you are posted to SOTA. Parents may download and complete the application form in the Parent's Portal.

What does the Bursary cover?

The SOTA Bursary provides tiered school and miscellaneous fees subsidy ranging from 33% to 100%. Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Assistance Schemes.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are by nomination and are decided by the SOTA Scholarship Committee. Selected students will be informed accordingly.

Are scholarships offered to Singapore Permanent Residents and Foreigners?

SOTA-Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship is offered to students regardless of their nationalities, whereas the Temasek Foundation Scholarship for Arts Education and Temasek Foundation Scholarship for Young Artist are offered to Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents only. Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Assistance Schemes.

Is there a school uniform for SOTA students?

Yes, students must wear their school uniform whenever they are in school.

What are the school hours like in SOTA?

School starts at 7:50am and ends at about 4:00pm.

Are the school holidays in SOTA same as most of the schools in Singapore?

SOTA’s academic calendar broadly follows the Ministry of Education schools’ academic calendar with some variations to accommodate the IB programme.

FAQ: SOTA Curriculum

What subjects do I study at SOTA? Do they study academic subjects?

At SOTA, all students go through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum. Our holistic approach ensures each student acquires a valuable set of skills that span the academic, artistic and affective. The programme culminates in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or an IB Career-related Programme.

Subjects include: English Language and Critical Thinking, Literature in English; Mother Tongue Language; Mathematics; Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology); Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics, Geography, History, Social & Cultural Anthropology); Specialized Arts (Dance, Film, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts); Theory of Knowledge; the Extended Essay; and Creativity, Action & Service. Read more about our curriculum.

What subjects do students study during their first year in SOTA?

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, Character and Citizenship Education, and either Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts.

Where do the students go after their education in SOTA?

SOTA graduates have gone on to further their education in illustrious schools both in Singapore and abroad. Graduates have also been recognised for their achievements in a spectrum of fields. View the list of schools and scholarships.

What if I am exempted from taking Mother Tongue Language? Do I need to re-apply for exemption?

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 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.

What if I am offered to take up Foreign Language in-lieu of Mother Tongue Language?

If you are studying a Foreign Language (Japanese, German, French), you are to attend lessons at the Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC). SOTA currently offers only Hindi. If you are taking up other Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTIL) (i.e., Bengali, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi), you are to attend lessons in the respective NTIL school. SOTA will reflect the marks and grades awarded by MOELC/NTIL schools in your progress report. If you are studying language in-lieu, you are required to obtain a sub-pass at GCE A Level Foreign Language H1 examination in Year 5 to be eligible for admission to a public-funded, full-time undergraduate programme at a local university. In Year 5, if you are studying Foreign or Non-Tamil Indian Languages in-lieu of Mother Tongue Language, you will have to offer Language Ab Initio (Malay or German) in preparation for the IBDP. Read about SOTA’s Mother Tongue Language Programme.

Is a third language available at SOTA?

SOTA offers a rigorous Arts and Academics curriculum. If time permits, you may attend Third Language courses at Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC). The Third Language result cannot be used to replace any subject in school. To be eligible to study a Foreign Language as a Third Language, you must satisfy all three criteria:

  • Be ranked in the top 10% of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) cohort;
  • Be a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR), or the child of a SC/SPR; and
  • Have been offered a Mother Tongue Language at the PSLE

Students who are eligible to take up a Foreign Language as a Third Language will be notified of their eligibility upon release of the PSLE results. Read about SOTA’s Mother Tongue Language Programme.

How is SOTA’s Music programme different from schools with Music Elective Programme (MEP)?

The curriculum and assessment of music at SOTA is different from the MEP. SOTA’s Year 1 to 4 music curriculum is designed in-house, and Music students will take the IB Group 6 subject in Music.

Our Music programme aims to develop students holistically, focusing on the practice and mindset of a musician. This means they learn about practice (e.g. through instrumental lessons, chamber music) and how the knowledge learned in music classes informs their practice.  Students also have access to the breadth and depth of musical expertise and experience represented in the Music Faculty, which comprises more than 10 full-time teachers and about 60 adjunct teachers. Read what the SOTA music programme covers.

Will SOTA’s programme prepare me for professional examinations (eg. ABRSM)?

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.

What are the options for Music students?

Based on their admission auditions, music students may be placed into either Creating or Performance Tracks to better support their musical talents. Students in both tracks will be provided composition and instrumental lessons, but to different depth. The weighting and requirements for assessment will differ in the lower years, and will gradually converge towards the IB years. Students will have the opportunity to transfer between tracks, if they meet the internal audition requirements.

Students with an interest in Jazz and Pop music have the opportunity to apply to start in or 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 augments these possibilities.

Are there Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) in SOTA?

There are no CCAs offered in SOTA. Students specialise in their chosen art discipline and they usually spend their time after school hours practising their art discipline or attending rehearsals for their various performances.

FAQ: Talent Academy

I have missed the April to May application window. Are there any other admission exercises for the coming Academic Year? 

No, there isn’t. SOTA admits 100% of its Year 1 cohort through the DSA exercise and does not participate in the S1 Posting exercise post-PSLE.

The School may conduct a Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE) in November post-PSLE subject to available vacancies and may open to selected art forms only.

Grade 6 Returning Singaporeans, Returning Permanent Residents, and Homeschooled PSLE students may apply through the DSA-Sec (Non-MOE) category only.

Admission to Year 5 is 100% through the DSA-JC exercise. Returning Singaporeans and Returning Singapore Permanent Residents may apply through the Non-DSA Year 5 category.

SOTA may open applications for admission to Year 2 and Year 3 subject to availability.

Check the Admissions page for more information.

I attended the TA but was not offered. Can I apply again after PSLE?

The School may conduct a Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE) in November post-PSLE subject to available vacancies and may open to selected art forms only. PSLE students who are eligible for Posting Group 3 may apply then.

I have applied for Music (Performance) but was offered Music (Creating) instead. Can I appeal to be offered Music (Performance)?

SOTA would have carefully considered each application, and as such, the decision is final.

I am a Returning Singaporean/ Foreigner studying overseas. Do I have to take any tests to apply for the Talent Academy?

The applicants will be required to take the entrance tests after being shortlisted for the Talent Academy auditions.

For Year 1 admission, students not taking the PSLE will be required to sit for SOTA's entrance test for English and Mathematics.

For Year 2 to 5 admissions, students will be required to sit for SOTA's entrance tests for English, Mathematics and Science.

I am not computer savvy and I don’t know how to apply via the TA Portal. Can I come down to SOTA to seek assistance?

You are advised to refer to the step-by-step guide posted on the SOTA website or TA Portal.

For more information on TA application, please contact Office of Student Affairs at email: [email protected].

If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact our technical support team at email: [email protected].

How do I upload videos to Youtube?

You may refer to the Youtube Help page for assistance.

How do I upload videos and files to Google drive?

You may refer to the Google Support page for assistance.

How do I convert, compress or merge documents to PDF?

There are many free online websites you can use. Below are a few suggestions. Please note that SOTA is not affiliated to any of these sites. The links below will bring you to an external website not hosted by SOTA.

  • A. Convert word document to pdf document
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  • B. Compress / Resize pdf documents
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FAQ: Audition Notes

What is involved in the Talent Academy (TA) art form audition and how do I prepare for it?

All shortlisted applicants must complete the following activities at SOTA:

  • Individual audition/portfolio presentation and interview
  • Group activities
  • Panel interview
  • Online questionnaires
  • Entrance tests*

*For applicants who are not taking the PSLE (Year 1) or the O levels (Year 5) or not studying in MOE secondary schools (Year 2 and Year 3 subject to availability). 

Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist HERE.