School of the Arts, Singapore

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School of the Arts Singapore
Sekolah Seni Singapura
Logo of the School of the Arts, Singapore (white).jpg
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Night view of SOTA in April 2013
1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968

PrincipalMrs Mary Seah
GradesYear 1 to Year 6

The School of the Arts (abbreviated as "SOTA") is Singapore's first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Career-related Programme, for youths aged 13 –18 years old.

Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), SOTA offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential can best be realised.[1]



Name of Principal Years Served
Mrs. Rebecca Chew 2008 - 2012
Ms. Lim Geok Cheng 2013 - 2018
Mrs. Mary Seah 2019 - Present



The logo of the School of the Arts consists of a blank stencil carrying the outline of the abbreviation of the institution name in English, SOTA, which can be applied with any design, signifying an always different and fresh identity. It carries the school's mission to act as an institution that celebrates experimentation, expression and creativity, with strong engagement and space for personal design.[1]

Academic information[edit]

The School of the Arts offers a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum. The curriculum takes on a holistic approach to ensure each student acquires a valuable set of skills that span the academic, artistic and affective. The programme culminates in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or an IB Career-related Programme (IBCP).[1]

Art Forms[edit]

There are six art forms available at SOTA. Every student is required to specialize in an art form upon entrance into SOTA. The primary criteria for admission to SOTA are artistic talent and potential demonstrated during the Talent Academy.[2]


The campus of the School of the Arts is located off Orchard Road, Singapore. Completed in 2009 with design by Singapore architectural firm WOHA, the campus features two distinct layers. At ground level, public performance venues and public spaces provide opportunities for arts students to display their work. The academic spaces are raised up to provide comfortable naturally-ventilated education facilities.[3]

School of the Arts, Singapore 2005-2010


The School of the Arts have to date nurtured a President's scholar and numerous Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship holders.[4] SOTA graduates have gone on to various prestigious universities and colleges, including The Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Central School of Ballet, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Columbia University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, and University of Cambridge.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "About SOTA". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ "SOTA Curriculum". Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ "School of the Arts / WOHA". ArchDaily. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "alumni-achievements". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Succeeding Beyond SOTA". Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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