Training Areas and Suggested Courses
The COVID-19 outbreak and the evolving situation has significantly affected all sectors of Singapore’s economy, with many concerned about the impact on businesses and jobs. While times may be tough, it is important to adopt a mindset of lifelong learning, to be better prepared for the future when the economy recovers.
To encourage the professional development of arts professionals and organisations in Singapore’s arts and culture sector during this period, the National Arts Council (NAC) has introduced a one-time scheme, the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA). The CDSA supports Self-Employed Persons (SEPs), and arts organisations who intend to send their employees, to training programmes in Singapore. Training areas need to be relevant to their work as arts professionals. NAC’s effort complements the broader support provided by the Government through the national SkillsFuture movement, with the recently announced SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 for every Singapore Citizen aged 25 years and above.
As articulated in Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022), the NAC has identified the need to grow diverse capabilities across the arts sector as a key priority. Skills in areas such as audience engagement, entrepreneurship and digital technology are particularly crucial, to improve sustainability and gear up for the future. Arts professionals and organisations can take advantage of support measures such as NAC’s CDSA and the SkillsFuture offerings to build new skills and capabilities through a wide array of programmes. The SkillsFuture portal lists a range of relevant courses and programmes offered by local tertiary institutions such as the polytechnics, universities, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts, catering to beginner, intermediate and advanced learners.
The arts sector is part of a global ecosystem where digital technologies are breaking down barriers between creator, curator and consumer, and impacting how organisations interact with their customers and reach new audiences. Technology can enable arts professionals to enhance their art-making, as well as to interpret important data, such as audience segmentation and consumption patterns. Some examples of courses* in digital technology that open up possibilities in art-making and outreach include:
Many SEPs typically undertake multiple roles that often require entrepreneurial skills. In order to manage multiple activities and income streams, arts practitioners may need to strengthen skills such as marketing, fund-raising, finance, business management and leadership capabilities through courses* such as:
Arts practitioners can explore new and creative ways for their work to engage and connect with audiences while catering to the needs of varying demographics. For example, artists working with children and youth may require further support in developing their pedagogical repertoire, and may find the following courses* useful:
Practitioners can also choose to focus on their creative development and deepen their artistic practice in the performing, visual and literary arts. The following courses* are some examples where arts practitioners can learn to innovate, take creative risks and work in new ways.
*Suggested courses are not intended to be prescriptive nor exhaustive. For more information, please refer to the respective organisation or training providers’ websites.
We will continue to update and include information on courses and programmes that could be useful for arts professionals and organisations. Here is a simple Arts SEP User Journey to the types of courses and support schemes available while you consider the programmes suitable for your needs.
Do contact the Arts Resource Hub at email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further enquiries or click NAC COVID-19 Support Measures for a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you may have about the CDSA.