SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
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Notice Update – 18 May 2020

The Preparation Notes and Checklists for all art forms have been updated on 18 May 2020. Download the latest version now.
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Notice Update – 13 May 2020

In view of the COVID-19 situation, all International Students who are not residing in Singapore are not eligible to take part in this year's DSA-Sec Exercise, and will not be able to apply for the Talent Academy. Please refer to https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application for more details.
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Notice Update – 11 May 2020

Application via the TA Portal begins 3 April and closes on 23 May 2020, 5:00 pm (SGT). You may continue to submit your application during this period. The Shortlisting Outcome will be released on 8 June 2020, 6:00 pm, via the TA Portal.
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Notice Update – 6 May 2020

In view of the current COVID-19 situation, the TA Preparation Notes and Checklists have been updated. We are currently further reviewing the selection process and criteria. Updates will be posted on this website.
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Notice Update – 27 March 2020

The Talent Academy is currently scheduled for 23-26 June 2020. However, in view of the current COVID-19 situation, these dates may change. More information will be provided as soon as possible. Applicants are advised not to make travel plans in June. Shortlisted applicants must attend and complete all scheduled TA activities. Incomplete attendance will result in disqualification.
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Current Level of Studies Level to Apply to for Academic Year 2021
Grade 7 or Secondary 1 Express Year 2 (no vacancy for TA2020)
Grade 8 or Secondary 2 Express Year 3 (no vacancy for TA2020)
Grade 9 Not Applicable
Grade 10 Year 5


Date For What To Do
From March 2020 All Applicants Check Your Eligibility Criteria:

Year 5 Applicants
  • At least 16 years old (born in 2004)
  • Studying in an international school in Singapore and completing Grade 10 by December 2020
  • Applicants who have attended and/or applied to the TA before are not eligible to re-apply
Determine which IB track you would like to apply for:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Learn more about the IBDP here, or
  • International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP). Learn more about the IBCP here.
Read more about the criteria on admission, eligibility, and successful enrolment to SOTA on the Non-DSA Criteria tab.

13 May 2020: In view of the COVID-19 situation, all International Students who are not residing in Singapore are not eligible to take part in this year's DSA-Sec Exercise, and will not be able to apply for the Talent Academy. Please refer to https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application for more details.
From March 2020 All Applicants
  • Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist for the art form that you wish to apply to here, and
  • Prepare your portfolio for submission
Note: You may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms up to ONE (1) IB track only.

The Preparation Notes and Checklist for all art forms have been updated on 18 May 2020. Download the latest version now.
3 April to 23 May 2020 5:00 pm (SGT) All Applicants Apply Online
  • Application closes on 23 May 2020, 5:00 pm (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
8 June 2020 6:00 pm (SGT) All Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • check the status of your Shortlisting Outcome
8 June to 14 June 2020 Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • upload your latest 2020 results, if any
  • skip this process if you do not have any latest results to upload
8 June to 14 June 2020 Shortlisted Theatre Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • download the prescribed monologue
  • click on the ‘announcement’ tab on the TA Portal to download
8 June to 19 June 2020 Shortlisted Visual Arts Applicants
  • Submit scanned copies of your Visual Art Portfolio.
  • Check the ‘announcement’ tab in the TA Portal on how to submit.
16 June 2020 6:00 pm (SGT) Shortlisted Applicants
  • Log in to the TA Portal and download your TA schedule
  • Check your TA schedule to find out your allocated audition days/dates
  • Check the ‘announcement’ tab on the TA Portal for more information about your TA
23 June to 18 July 2020 Shortlisted Applicants
  • Complete all scheduled TA activities online comprising:
    • Individual auditions or portfolio presentations
    • Panel interviews
    • Online questionnaires
    • Entrance tests

     
  • Make payment for:
    • IBDP Applicants - S$60.00 for the English, Mathematics and Science entrance tests fee
    • IBCP Applicants - S$30.00 for the English and Mathematics entrance tests fee
    • Modes of payment to be advised

More information will be shared with shortlisted candidates about how the activities will be conducted.

11 May 2020: The Talent Academy will start from 23 June 2020. Shortlisted applicants must complete all scheduled TA activities within the stipulated time. Incomplete attendance will result in disqualification
7 August 2020 Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal and check the status of your final TA Outcome (Confirmed Offer or Unsuccessful)
November 2020 (TBC) Confirmed Offer Applicants Complete your registration at SOTA


The decision of the selection panel isfinal. 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

SOTA conducts ONE (1) Admission Exercise a year through the Talent Academy (TA). Application opens in April and closes in May. This year’s TA is currently scheduled to take place from 23 June to 18 July 2020. Please refer to the Non-DSA How To Apply tab for more information on application process.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the pupil's aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school's academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.
 
All shortlisted Non-DSA applicants must complete all TA activities within the stipulated time. In view of the COVID-19 situation, this year’s TA activities will be conducted online and will include the following:
  • Individual auditions or portfolio presentations
  • Panel interviews
  • Online questionnaires
  • Entrance tests for English and Mathematics (Year 5 IBCP track), set at Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level, or
  • English, Mathematics and Science (Year 2, 3 and Year 5 IBDP track) set at the local secondary express level or Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level
  • An entrance test fee of S$30.00 (Year 5 IBCP), or
  • S$60.00 (Year 2, 3, and Year 5 IBDP) is applicable

Applicants are not required to take the AEIS or SPERS test for admission to SOTA.
Application is not open for admission to Year 2 and Year 3 for TA2020 as there are no available vacancies.
 
There is no TA Registration Fee applicable. There is an entrance test fee of S$30.00 or S$60.00 applicable for shortlisted Non-DSA applicants.
 
Applicants may refer to the Secondary 4 Express or GCE ‘O’ level assessment books. Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist to learn more.
 
No, there isn't. SOTA only runs ONE (1) Admission Exercise each year.
 
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

Students must at least have studied a year at Foundation level (Year 1 to 3) in SOTA before entering Year 4 (Pre-IB level).
 
Applicants must meet the following:
  • At least 16 years old (born in 2004), and
  • Studying in a local International School and Completing Grade 10 by December 2020; or
  • Returning Singaporean/Singapore Permanent Residents studying overseas and completing Grade 10 by December 2020; and
  • Have not applied for SOTA’s admission to Year 2 or 3 before
13 May 2020: In view of the COVID-19 situation, all International Students who are not residing in Singapore are not eligible to take part in this year's DSA-Sec Exercise, and will not be able to apply for the Talent Academy. Please refer to https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application for more details.
 
No, you may only apply via the DSA-JC exercise.
 
The application is open to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent-Residents, and Foreigners who meet the eligibility criteria stated in the answers of the previous 3 questions.
 
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.
 
To gain admission into SOTA via Non-DSA, shortlisted applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Receive a Confirmed Offer for the final outcome of their Talent Academy application
  • Submit the Acceptance Form to SOTA by the given deadline

 

Art Forms Offered

  • The art forms available for admission to Year 2 and 3 are:
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Music (Performing) or Music (Creating)
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
     
    Application is not open for admission to Year 2 and 3 for TA2020 as there are no available vacancies.

    There is no application for admission to Year 4 as pupils must at least have studied a year at Foundation level (Year 1 to 3) in SOTA before entering Year 4 (Pre-IB level).
     
  • The art forms available for admission to Year 5 are:
    • IBDP track
      • Dance
      • Film
      • Music (Performance)
      • Theatre
      • Visual Arts
    • IBCP track
      • Dance
      • Music (Performance); or
      • Music (Composition)
      • Theatre
      • Visual Arts

 
Applicants may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms only.
 
No. Applicants may only apply to ONE (1) IB track only.
No. You may only apply for ONE (1) instrument (including ‘voice’).
 
No. You may only apply to ONE (1) Music track only.
 

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 Non-DSA "How To Apply" tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.

 
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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 is allowed. Please refer to the Non-DSA How To Apply tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of. We regret that due to the nature of the audition activities, no auditions will take place outside of the TA window.
 

Application Process - Shortlisting Phase

Log in to the TA Portal and:
  • check the status of your shortlisting outcome, and
  • download your TA Schedule to find out the TA dates/days that you are allocated to. Do note that these may take place over multiple days.
  • check the ‘announcement’ tab to learn more about your TA Schedule
  • If you are shortlisted for 1 art form you will need to complete the following:
    • One art form audition
    • One panel interview
    • Two online exercises
  • If you are shortlisted for 2 art forms you will need to complete the following:
    • Two art form auditions
    • One panel interview
    • Two online exercises
  • Shortlisted candidates must complete all their scheduled activities within the stipulated time. Absence during any part of the TA will disqualify the application
  • Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist to learn more

 
No. All TA schedules are arranged by SOTA and no change of dates is allowed. Please refer to the Non-DSA How To Apply tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of
 
SOTA would have carefully considered each application, and as such, the decision is final.
 
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.
 

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 Non-DSA "How To Apply" tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
 
Submit the Acceptance Form to SOTA by the deadline given in order to complete your registration to SOTA and make payment of one (1) month deposit of the school and miscellaneous fees
 
Yes. Absence during any part of the TA will disqualify the application. Shortlisted candidates must attend and complete all their scheduled activities. As the TA includes group activities, please note that there will not be any make-up auditions.
 
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. Admission to the school is 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.
 
 
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