School of the Arts, Singapore

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School of the Arts Singapore
Logo of the School of the Arts, Singapore (white).jpg
1 Zubir Said Drive
Type Specialized Independent
Established 2008
Session Single-session
School code 7802
Principal Ms Lim Geok Cheng

The School of the Arts (abbreviated as "SOTA") is Singapore's first pre-tertiary specialised independent arts school. It was initiated by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts[1] (currently the Ministry of Communications and Information) to cater to youth aged 13 to 18 years showing capability in the arts. Its location at 1 Zubir Said Drive is dedicated to the late Zubir Said, composer of the Singaporean national anthem.[2]

From 1 November 2012, oversight of SOTA was taken over by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).


Night view of SOTA in April 2013

SOTA provides a holistic education for youths aged 13 to 18 years old, through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate Programme.

Art Forms[edit]

SOTA will consist of 6 art forms in total by 2016. Amongst them are Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre which can be taken from Years 1-6. In addition to that there is Film, which is available for years 5 and 6. The new art form known as Literary Arts will only be available for the next batch of year 1s that will be joining the school in 2016 and batches after them.


The average class size is 20–25 students, with classes named according to level colours. Each level has different colours: red, green, orange, blue, purple and yellow, for years one to six respectively.


Construction of the city-campus at Kirk Terrace, now Zubir Said Drive

The award-winning city-campus, located in the arts cultural district of Singapore, was designed by WOHA Architects.



  • 2013–present: Ms. Lim Geok Cheng
  • 2008–2012: Mrs. Rebecca Chew

External links[edit]


  1. ^ SOTA website 
  2. ^ "Sota tribute to Zubir Said", Weekend Today, 9 May 2009, archived from the original on 10 May 2009 

Coordinates: 1°17′56.4216″N 103°50′54.4128″E / 1.299006000°N 103.848448000°E / 1.299006000; 103.848448000