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Specialist Diploma in Arts Education


The programme is currently not scheduled for 2019/2020.

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For enquiries on eligibility for NAC-AEP subsidy, please contact:

Arts Education Team
Tel: 63469400
Fax: 63460345


This programme is currently not being offered.

About the Programme


A joint collaboration between NIE International (NIEI) and the National Arts Council (NAC), the Specialist Diploma in Arts Education aims to enhance the professionalism of arts instructors with a structured approach to the concepts of teaching and learning in an arts environment.

Spanning 240 contact hours over the course of a year, this specialist diploma programme seeks to refine the participant’s understanding of approaches in knowledge acquisition as well as instructional techniques in the teaching of the arts. Communication and classroom management skills, methods of lesson and curriculum planning as well as assessment and evaluation are taught, with a focus on arts pedagogy. 21st century skills such as multi-discplinary learning, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration in today’s classrooms are also discussed.

Upon completion of the programme, participants would be able to better engage and raise students’ interest levels through the scaffolding of knowledge and planned activities to support the learning framework. They would also be better equipped to handle the challenges faced delivering arts programmes in the modern classroom.






Admission Requirements




  1. This programme is offered to all instructors conducting arts programmes with a Diploma in any discipline
  2. Participants should be engaged in working with an industry/schools experience of at least 1 year or as a practitioner in the certain art forms for 4 years, at the time of taking the programme.

In exceptional cases, in lieu of candidates without the prescribed Diploma, extensive practical experience in relevant fields may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Experience of candidates may include the following:

  • Possess a certification from an arts institution (e.g. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity Guildhall, Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) etc.)

  • Complete any standalone courses (Script Writing, Drama Directing, Modern Music, Contemporary Dance, Basic and Intermediate Percussion, etc.) relevant to their art form and which must have been completed within the last 5 years at the time of programme application.

  • Possess school/industry teaching experience with evidence of a teaching portfolio (focused on pedagogy and curriculum) or as a practitioner of the arts with evidence of an industry portfolio.

  • Participated in at least 2 formal or informal arts performances/exhibitions locally and/or internationally over the last 4 years.

  • Have a reference letter from the school, institute or organization which they are working with or had worked with.


Period of Candidature

Duration One Year (Part-Time)
Coursework requirement 240 hours or 8 courses


Course Schedule & Venue

Venue: NTU @ One North Executive Centre, 11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road)

Time: 1830h to 2130h (3 hrs) - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Participants are required to complete 8 modules for a total of 240 hours under the Specialist Diploma in Arts Education programme. Participants must satisfy all requirements for a pass grade for modules under the programme for consideration of completion of programme.

A minimum attendance of 80% is required for each module. Attendance during the programme forms part of the requirements towards the award of the Specialist Diploma. Please note that approved absences would also be included in the computation of attendance percentages.

Participants who satisfy all the above requirements will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Art Education by the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Participants who had previously attended the 2012 pilot programme will not be eligible for exemption with effect from the 2nd Intake in 2013.

Please refer to the 2017/2018 timetable here. Kindly note that the timetable may be subject to changes.


Course Fees

The full course fee is S$5,136.00 (including 7% GST).

The Specialist Diploma is open to all arts instructors. However, only NAC-AEP instructors or arts instructors who fulfil criteria II-IV are eligible for the subsidy. After the subsidy, the course fee applicable to eligible NAC-AEP/ Art instructors is $513.60 (including 7% GST).

I.    Approved to conduct programmes under NAC-AEP 2016/2017.
II.    Approved to conduct programmes under MOE schemes (e.g. CCA/PAL) AND
III.    Possess at least a Diploma in Art Form (or equivalent training especially for traditional arts practitioners) AND
IV.    Have at least 2 years of teaching experience in schools.

Arts instructors who do not meet the subsidy requirements may apply to NAC for a Capability Development Grant in order to defray a portion of course fees. For more information on the Capability Development Grant, please visit here.

For more information on the NAC-AEP scheme, please visit here


Mode of Payment

Payment can be made using crossed cheque made payable to 'NIE International Pte Ltd'.

Upon acceptance and placement into the programme, participants will be informed and the full payment of the course fees is to be made at least 1 week prior to the commencement of the programme.


Course Decription

Core Modules

SDAE001 – Principles and Practice: Looking at Arts Education (30 hours)

SDAE009 – The Arts and Motivation (30 hours)

SDAE010 – Communication and Classroom Management (30 hours)

SDAE011 – Lesson and Curriculum Planning for the Arts (30 hours)

SDAE012 – Assessment and Evaluation in the Arts (30 hours)

SDAE013 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in the Arts (30 hours)

SDAE014 – The Creative and Collaborative Arts Classroom in the 21st Century (30 hours)

SDAE008 – The Arts: Interdisciplinary Learning in Schools (30 hours)

Please click here for more details on the individual modules.