SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
Mrs Mary Seah
Principal
Welcome to SOTA's e-Open House!

At SOTA, we encourage students to
dream big
. Built upon the belief that no one is too small to make an impact on society, the SOTA education experience is dynamic and full of possibilities. With a unique curriculum that seeks to help students find connections between the arts and academics, students are encouraged to develop an artistic vision, one that would positively and creatively impact the world.

Come discover your creative potential at SOTA, and be a
cultural leader of tomorrow
.
Mrs Mary Seah
Principal
Discover SOTA


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The SOTA
Curriculum
Our Arts
Faculties
Alumni &
Parents
Apply to
SOTA
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Question?
The SOTA Curriculum
At SOTA, all students go through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum that culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP). Our holistic approach ensures each student acquires a valuable set of skills that span the academic, artistic and affective. Click on any of our subjects below to find out how!
Our Arts Faculties
Connecting theory with practice, SOTA’s specialised arts programmes emphasise real-life creative processes that aim to develop strong artistic capabilities and dispositions, including critical thinking skills, creative awareness, and discipline. Watch the videos below to find out more!
Dance
Film
Literary Arts
Music
Theatre
Visual Arts
Alumni & Parents
IB qualifications are recognised by universities, arts institutions, and conservatories locally and globally. SOTA graduates can look forward to the arts as a career or leverage their arts-enriched educational experience to embark on diverse career pathways. Click here to find out more about education pathways after SOTA.
The SOTA Parent Support Group aims to enhance the learning environment and experience for our children. We support the activities organised by the school, and collaborate with other parents to put together endeavours that will improve the school community, parent-child relationships, and our children's overall learning journeys at SOTA.
Evelyn Goh
Chairperson,
SOTA Parent Support Group
I think the best thing about the SOTA education is that it is very holistic. I had so many projects that allowed for the freedom of cross-references between multiple subjects, and thus the possibility of linking and applying what I have learnt across various studies to create a well-rounded outcome.
Ashley Jane Leow
Class of 2018
Being in SOTA has taught me many things, one of which is to push your limits. SOTA is a tabula rasa, we come in as a blank canvas and we work our way through our craft. It gives you the freedom of choice to be who and what you want to be that is only limited by your own imagination.
Chan Mei Fei
Class of 2015
SOTA is one of the best decisions I made. It gave me a space to learn, explore, and experiment. I was able to study film and anthropology at SOTA, which opened up new ways of thinking and doing while making interdisciplinary connections. My biggest takeaway is meeting some of my best friends and artistic collaborators.
Natalie Khoo
Class of 2013
Diversity and inclusion is ingrained early in these young students who learn to work and foster deep friendships with peers from different backgrounds, academic and artistic talents. The added plus point is the IB curriculum which is challenging yet balanced. I am confident that SOTA has the right mix of unique qualities that well prepares students for university and life beyond.
Mdm Leanne Leong
Parent of Woon Rae, Year 6, Woon Kae, Year 4, and Woon Mae, Year 2
For students considering joining the family, do it! The institution has a diverse, well-rounded curriculum to cater to students from various backgrounds and with various interests, executed by a highly skilled and passionate team of educators who inspire learning and stimulate thinking, in a campus that is home to industry-standard facilities and resources.
Pavethren s/o Kanagarethinam
Class of 2016
The biggest change that SOTA has instilled in me is that I am now able to better connect with others. The most impactful opportunity that I had would be when I spent close to two weeks in Cambodia doing service work. It opened my eyes to the world, and I realised that despite our differences, we are much more alike than we think.
Leong Su Yean
Class of 2019
SOTA's unique nurturing environment encouraged and challenged (Andre) to build his own creative platforms, such as writing and directing his own plays, building industry connections and experiences... Looking at him and his classmates, I have not seen children who were so happy, passionate, and supportive of each other’s learning.
Mdm Cherie Ng
Parent of Andre Chong, Class of 2017
I witnessed how Misha has exponentially bloomed as a writer... We are very proud of how she has developed into an individual who is affected by not only her society but also humanity at large. We are encouraged by her ability to express her opinions and views on various issues in life and her constant attempts to leave her footprints in positive causes.
Mdm Rozilawati Bte Kasran
Parent of Misha Ghosh, Year 3
I was concerned about whether my child would be able to cope with the rigorous curriculum, if the independent learning required by the IB curriculum suited him, and if he would be able to fit in the school environment. After he started school at SOTA, I was surprised that he was able to fit in immediately, and he enjoyed going to school because he found like-minded friends and teachers... now he is an organised, independent learner, and has become a responsible and likeable leader.
Mdm Norreha Binte Sayuti
Parent of Izz Muhammad Bin Ahmad, Year 6
SOTA has been very supportive of their students’ ambitions and goals. I saw a great change in my daughter as she became a more responsible and independent learner. After experiencing a SOTA education, Syakirah has a more open mindset; she is hungry and eager to learn more than ever, not just in her field, but in life in general.
Mrs Siti Zawiyah Noble
Parent of Siti Syakirah Noble, Class of 2017
SOTA has been very supportive of their students’ ambitions and goals. I saw a great change in my daughter as she became a more responsible and independent learner. After experiencing a SOTA education, Syakirah has a more open mindset; she is hungry and eager to learn more than ever, not just in her field, but in life in general.
Mrs Siti Zawiyah Noble
Parent of Siti Syakirah Noble, Class of 2017
For students considering joining the family, do it! The institution has a diverse, well-rounded curriculum to cater to students from various backgrounds and with various interests, executed by a highly skilled and passionate team of educators who inspire learning and stimulate thinking, in a campus that is home to industry-standard facilities and resources.
Pavethren s/o Kanagarethinam
Class of 2016
Diversity and inclusion is ingrained early in these young students who learn to work and foster deep friendships with peers from different backgrounds, academic and artistic talents. The added plus point is the IB curriculum which is challenging yet balanced. I am confident that SOTA has the right mix of unique qualities that well prepares students for university and life beyond.
Mdm Leanne Leong
Parent of Woon Rae, Year 6, Woon Kae, Year 4, and Woon Mae, Year 2
Apply to SOTA
(For Admission in 2021)
SOTA conducts one Admission Exercise a year through the
Talent Academy (TA)
.

The
Talent Academy (TA)
is SOTA’s Direct School Admissions (DSA) platform that includes activities such as Individual auditions or Portfolio presentations, Group sessions, Panel interviews and more.
Step 1: Determine which category to apply to
As the criteria differs for different categories, it is important to determine the right category to start the application process. For example, Primary 6 PSLE pupils should apply to the DSA-Secondary category. Check your eligibility and determine your relevant category by referring to the information on our admissions page (link opens in a new tab).
Step 2: Get ready to apply
What are the supporting documents to prepare? What goes into a portfolio? After selecting the relevant category in Step 1, check out the Preparation Notes and Checklists for each art form. This can be found in the "How To Apply" tab on each category's webpage.
Step 3: Apply Online
Register for an account on the TA Portal, and submit the application online. Application opens on 3 April 2020 and closes on 18 May 2020, 12.00pm. Remember to have all supporting documents on hand! It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the application for ONE art form.
Tip: Submit your application early, as the TA Portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic during the application period.
Tip:
Submit your
application early,
as the TA Portal may
experience slower connectivity
due to high traffic during the
application period.
Good luck!
The status of the shortlisting outcome will be released on the TA Portal on 3 June 2020, 6.00pm. For more details, please refer the respective categories on our admissions page (link opens in a new tab).
Frequently Asked Questions
During our pre-Open House publicity campaign, we asked you to send us your questions. Here are the most frequently-asked ones, answered.
At SOTA, all students go through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum that culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) or the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). Apart from the arts, students take subjects such as Literature, Mathematics, Sciences, and Mother Tongue Languages. Students also play sports and engage in outdoor activities in Experiential Education. Find out more about our holistic curriculum by clicking on the "The SOTA Curriculum" tab.
 
School starts at 7:50am and ends at about 4:00pm at SOTA. There are no CCAs. Instead, 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.
 
For Year of Admission in 2021, 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 here (link opens in a new tab).
 
SOTA believes that arts education should be accessible to all. Learn more about the financial support schemes available here (link opens in a new tab).
 
To apply for admission to SOTA, all candidates must go through the Talent Academy (TA), SOTA's Direct School Admissions (DSA) platform that includes activities such as Individual auditions or Portfolio presentations, Group sessions, Panel interviews and more. Application is done online through the TA portal. Find a summary of the application process at the "Apply to SOTA" tab.
 
Typically, students enter SOTA at Year 1, after the Primary 6 PSLE. Depending on their eligibility, applicants may apply via the following categories: DSA-Secondary, DSA-Secondary (Non-MOE), DSA-Junior Colleges, and Non-DSA (subject to available vacancies). Find out which category you should apply to and the eligibility criteria here (link opens in new tab).
 
Formal training is not required. As long as you’ve had prior exposure and experience (e.g. in primary school CCA), you are welcome to apply. 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.

Before that, you should check your eligibility and determine your relevant category by referring to the information on our admissions page (links open in a new tab). This is to ensure that you download the correct Preparation Notes and Checklist for your category.
 
SOTA's six-year course culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP). Find out more about these programmes here.
 
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 our Mother Tongue Languages programme here.
 
Our 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, from the academic and artistic to societal leadership. Take a look at some of the schools SOTA graduates have gone on to and the courses they have been or are enrolled in here.
 
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. For more details and updates, please refer to our admissions page (links open in a new tab)
 
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