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From 22 February 2019 All Applicants Check Your Eligibility Criteria:
  • At least 16 years old (born in 2003)
  • Secondary 4 Express students studying in a local MOE mainstream secondary school and will be taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in 2019, or
  • Secondary 5 Normal Academic students studying in a local MOE mainstream secondary school and will be taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in 2019
Determine which IB track you would like to apply for:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Learn more about IBDP here, or
  • International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP). Learn more about here

Read more about the criteria on admission, eligibility, and successful enrolment to SOTA on the DSA-JC Criteria tab.
From 22 February 2019 All Applicants
  • Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist for the art form that you wish to apply to, and
  • Prepare your portfolio for submission
Click on the links below to download the Preparation Notes and Checklist for: Note: You may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms and up to ONE (1) IB track only.
5 April to 17 May 2019 12:00 noon (SGT) All Applicants Apply Online
  • Application closes on 17 May 2019, 12:00 noon (SGT)
  • It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the entire application for ONE (1) art form, provided that the supporting documents and portfolio submission have been prepared in advance
  • Submit your application early, as the TA Portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic during the application period
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Appeals for late submissions will not be considered
3 June 2019 6:00 pm (SGT) All Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • check the status of your Shortlisting Outcome (Confirmed Offer or Unsuccessful)
3 June to 14 June 2019 Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • upload your Sec 4E or 5NA mid-year results*
  • download the 3rd set piece for Music (Violin, Voice, and Piano applicants only)
  • the 3rd set piece is not applicable to:
    • Carnatic/Hindustani voice, Carnatic/Hindustani violin, Traditional Chinese voice from Music-Performing track, and
    • all Music Composition track applicants
  • download the prescribed monologue (Theatre applicants only)
* Please make a photocopy of your results before returning your secondary book to your primary school. If you did not make a copy before returning your report book, you may request for a copy of your result from your school. The General Office is open during the school term break.
17 June 2019 6:00 pm (SGT) Shortlisted Applicants
  • Log in to the TA Portal and download your TA schedules
  • There are TWO (2) compulsory schedules
  • Check your TA schedules to find out the allocated days/dates that you are required to attend
25 June to 28 June 2019 Shortlisted Applicants Attend all scheduled TA activities comprising:
  • Individual auditions or portfolio presentations
  • Group sessions
  • Panel interviews
  • Online questionnaires
All TA activities will take place at SOTA.

You are advised to refrain from making travel plans during this period, as no auditions will be conducted outside of the scheduled dates. Shortlisted applicants must attend and complete all scheduled TA activities. Incomplete attendance will result in disqualification.
July 2019 (TBC) Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal and check the status of your final TA Outcome (Confirmed Offer or Unsuccessful)
August 2019 (TBC) Confirmed Offer Applicants Return your completed DSA-JC Acceptance Form to SOTA
30 November 2019 Applicants who are Successfully Enrolled to SOTA Complete your admission registration at SOTA


The decision of the selection panel is final. The school reserves the right not to release the results and/or the reasons for non-selection of applicants. The school maintains strict confidentiality on all information provided to us during the TA applications and TA auditions. Hence, we regret that we are not able to provide any feedback on the application and/or outcome.

Admission Exercise Eligibility Criteria Art Forms Offered Application. Process - Submission of Online Application. Application. Process - Shortlisting Phase Application. Process - TA Outcome

Admission Exercise

The TA is conducted in June. Application opens in April and closes in May. Please refer to the DSA-JC How To Apply tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
All shortlisted DSA-JC applicants must attend the TA and participate in audition activities required of the art form. These may include group activities, completion of online questionnaires, presentation of the prepared pieces/monologues/art portfolio, and interviews with arts teachers. They are also required to attend an interview with a panel of teachers. All TA activities will take place at SOTA.
No, there isn’t. For Sec 4 Express and Sec 5 Normal Academic pupils studying in a local MOE mainstream secondary school and taking the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in 2019, application to SOTA is only available through the DSA-JC exercise. No application is available post-‘O’ Levels.
Applicants applying to Year 5 may apply for either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). Learn more about the programmes here: IBDP | IBCP

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following:
At least 16 years old (born in 2003), and Secondary 4 Express pupils studying in a local MOE mainstream secondary school and will be taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in 2019, or Secondary 5 Normal Academic pupils studying in a local MOE mainstream secondary school and will be taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in 2019
To gain admission into SOTA via DSA-JC, shortlisted applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
Receive a Confirmed Offer for the final outcome of their Talent Academy application Exercise their option and submit the acceptance form to SOTA during the Acceptance Stage Qualify for the Junior College stream based on their ‘O’ Level examinations results
The application is open to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent-Residents, and Foreigners who meet the eligibility criteria stated in the first question of this section.
You are not eligible to apply via the DSA-JC exercise as you will not be taking the local GCE ‘O’ Levels examinations. If you are born in 2007 (12 years old) and will be completing Grade 6 by December 2019, you may apply via the DSA-Sec (Non-MOE) category. Learn more about the DSA-Sec (Non-MOE) Application Process, or If you are currently in Grade 7, 8 or 10, you may apply via the Non-DSA category. Find out if you are eligible to apply by checking the "Eligibility" section of the "Criteria" tab on the Non-DSA page.
No, you are not required to have any formal training or certification in order to apply. For Music pupils, it is important that you are able to sight-read and sight-sing.

Art Forms Offered

The art forms available are Dance, Film, Music Performance or Creating/Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Applicants may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms only. Applicants may apply for ONE (1) IB track only.
No. You may only apply for ONE (1) instrument (including ‘voice’) and to ONE (1) Music track only.
Learn more about the two tracks here.

Application Process - Submission of Online Application

Application is done online via the TA Portal. You will need to register for an account before you can log in to complete the application form. You must download the Preparation Notes and Checklist relevant to the art form that you are applying for to find out what you need to prepare for your portfolio submission, as well as the supporting documents required for submission. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the entire application for one art form, provided that the supporting documents and portfolio submission have been prepared in advance. Applicants are advised to submit their applications early, as the TA Portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic during the application period. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Appeals for late submissions will not be considered. Please refer to the DSA-JC How To Apply tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
Download the TA Portal User Guide for a step-by-step guide on how to navigate and submit the application. For more information on TA application, please email the Office of Student Affairs at [email protected]. If you encounter technical difficulties, please email our technical support team at [email protected].
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No. All auditions, assessments, and interviews must be done during the TA dates indicated. All TA schedules will be arranged by SOTA and no change of dates are allowed. If you have extra classes arranged by your primary school, your parents may write in to your school to be excused from lessons in order for you to attend the TA. Please refer to the DSA-JC "How To Apply" tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of.

Application Process - Shortlisting Phase

All applications are carefully reviewed and considered by the selection panel according to a vigorous process. As such, the decision of the selection panel is final. The school reserves the right not to release the results and/or the reasons for non-selection of applicants. To ensure the continued rigour of the selection process, we regret that we are not able to provide any feedback.
TA registration fee is not applicable for DSA-JC applicants.
 
Shortlisted candidates must attend all their scheduled activities. Absence during any part of the TA will disqualify the application. Hence, do ensure you have downloaded all your schedules. As the TA includes group activities, please note that there will not be any make-up auditions.

Application Process - TA Outcome

You must log in to the TA Portal to check the status of your final TA outcome. Please refer to the DSA-JC How To Apply tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of.
We understand your request for feedback in order to help you improve in your artistic journey. The school maintains strict confidentiality about the audition procedures and criteria for the Talent Academy, to ensure and maintain the authenticity of performances and portfolios at future auditions. As such, we regret we are unable to share any feedback.
Regrettably, no. The school evaluates the candidate’s artistic talent and potential based on the admission criteria and a rigorous assessment process during the Talent Academy (TA). Candidates are assessed via solo auditions or portfolio presentations depending on the art form, as well as group workshops, exercises and interviews. As a result of increased demand for limited places, admission to the school has been highly competitive. As such, we are only able to accept candidates who have performed consistently well across the assessed areas. The school would have carefully reviewed each applicant’s TA assessment and therefore, the decision is final.
No, you may not apply again after ‘O’ levels as SOTA does not admit Year 5 pupils via the JAE exercise.
You must exercise your option and submit the acceptance form to SOTA during the Acceptance Stage Qualify for the Junior College Stream based on your ‘O’ Level examinations results
 
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