Taught by lecturers from NIE International (NIEI) and supported by 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 problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration in today’s classroom 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.




  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 can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Experience may include: 

  • Possess a certification from an arts institution (e.g. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity Guildhall, and 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




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

Arts instructors who meet the following criteria are eligible for a subsidy for the above course fees from NAC. After the subsidy, the course fees applicable to eligible arts instructors are $513.60 (including 7% GST). 

  • Approved to conduct programmes under NAC-AEP 2015/2016

  • Approved to conduct programmes under MOE schemes (e.g. CCA/PAL) AND 

  • Possess at least a Diploma in Art Form (or equivalent training especially for traditional arts practitioners) AND

  • 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.




  • Duration: 240 hours (8 modules over 1 year, or to be completed over 3 years)

  • Timing: 6.30-9.30pm, Wed & Fri

  • Dates: 14 October 2015 - 11 November 2016

  • Venue: NTU @ One-North Executive Centre, Buona Vista

  • Cost before subsidy: $5136 (inclusive of GST)

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 courses under the programme for consideration of completion of programme. 


A minimum attendance of 80% is required for each course. 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 successfully graduate from the course will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Art Education by the National Institute of Education (NIE).




Registration is currently closed. 

Please contact Joyce_Sim  or  nac_aep@nac.gov.sg if you have any queries or require any clarifications. Alternatively, please visit the NIE International webpage here.