SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
SOTA’s integrated arts and academic curriculum emphasises meaningful learning that provides for experimentation, expression, and discovery across both arts and academic disciplines. The rigorous curriculum stimulates students to be intellectually curious and equips them with the knowledge, conceptual understanding, life skills, reflective practices, and attitudes needed to be autonomous lifelong learners.

The six-year course culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).
Diploma Programme (IBDP)
Diploma (IBDP)
Career-related Programme (IBCP)
Career-related (IBCP)

Diploma Programme (IBDP)

SOTA’s IBDP qualification is recognised by top universities worldwide. Armed with their IB Diploma and extensive arts portfolio, SOTA students can look forward to the arts as a career or leverage their arts-enriched educational experience to embark on diverse career options such as journalism, law, architecture and more.

  • Cultivates physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical strengths;
  • Comprises study from six subject groups to impart breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding;
  • Develops skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare students for higher education;
  • Involves the study at least two languages to increase the understanding of cultures, including their own;
  • Makes connections across traditional academic disciplines and explores the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory Of Knowledge course;
  • Requires students to undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the Extended Essay; and
  • Enhances a student’s personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.

In Years 5 and 6, IBDP students are required to offer the three IBDP core subjects (Theory Of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service), three subjects at Higher Level (which includes an Arts subject) and three subjects at Standard Level.

Career-related Programme (IBCP)

SOTA offers a specialised arts curriculum in Years 5 and 6 under the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). IBCP students engage with a challenging programme of study that imparts transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

SOTA's IBCP programme enables students to undergo deeper training in the arts in order to prepare for artistic and/or arts-related careers as well as gain admission into undergraduate and professional programmes at art institutions and conservatories.

The IBCP enables students to:
  • Develop a broad range of career-related competencies and to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge;
  • Prepare for effective participation in an ever-changing world of work;
  • Foster the attributes of the learner profile, allowing students to become true lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives;
  • Engage in learning that makes a positive difference to future lives; and
  • Become a self-confident person ready for life in the 21st century.

In Years 5 and 6, our IBCP students are required to offer the four IBCP core subjects (Reflective Project, Personal and Professional Skills, Language Development, and Service Learning), three modules of Career-related Studies, and two Diploma Subjects of which one must be Arts at Higher Level and the other a Language B or Language ab initio subject at Standard Level.

Students may take an optional third Diploma subject (Economics, Geography, History, or Social and Cultural Anthropology).

SOTA's IBCP - Local and International Recognition
SOTA’s IBCP has gained recognition by arts institutes and conservatories locally and internationally.
Click to view the university matriculation of and offers received by our IBCP alumni.
Click for the list of local and international art institutes and conservatoires that have direct agreements with SOTA's IBCP.
University Matriculation of & Offers Received by SOTA's IBCP alumni
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Central School of Ballet, London
  • John Cranko Schule
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • New Zealand School of Dance
  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Taipei National University of the Arts
  • The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
  • The Juilliard School
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland#
  • Royal Northern College of Music#
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Sibelius Academy
  • Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music#
  • East 15 Acting School
  • LASALLE College of the Arts
  • Osaka University of the Arts
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Sheridan College
  • Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Visual Arts
  • Alchimia Jewelry School
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie (The Netherlands)
  • LASALLE College of the Arts
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • Parsons School of Design (New School)#
  • The Glasgow School of Art (United Kingdom)
  • University of the Arts, London
Some Local and International Arts Institutes and Conservatoires that have direct agreements with SOTA's IBCP
  1. Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
  2. California College of the Arts (USA)
  3. Cleveland Institute of Music (USA)
  4. Columbia College Chicago (USA)
  5. Cornish College of the Arts (USA)
  6. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Singapore) (SG)
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    • BFA in Digital Art and Animation
  7. Glasgow School of Art (UK)
  8. Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)
  9. Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HK)
  10. LASALLE College of the Arts (SG)
  11. Maryland Institute College of Art (USA)
  12. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (SG)
  13. New England Conservatory (USA)
  14. Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK)
  15. Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (UK)
  16. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (UK)
  17. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK)
  18. Royal Northern College of Music (UK)
  19. School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA)
  20. The Boston Conservatory (USA)
  21. University of Roehampton (UK)
  22. University of Southampton (UK)
  23. University of the Arts, London (UK)
  24. Winchester School of Art (UK)
  25. Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (SG)