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New IBCC programme for SOTA students

Students from the School of The Arts (SOTA) now have a more career-centric pathway to pursue their passion. The International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) programme is the first to be offered in a school in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: Students from the School of The Arts (SOTA) now have a more career-centric pathway to pursue their passion.

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) programme is the first to be offered in a school in Singapore.

The programme is an addition to the more academically rigorous (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Programme currently offered by SOTA.

Students from the diploma programme were honoured at an awards ceremony on Wednesday.

To expose students to issues and practices in the arts industry, they can now opt for the Career-related Certificate.

The course includes modules that allow students more time and space for artistic practice and training.

They will also be required to take up internships with a professional arts company, which will prepare them for admission into arts institutes and conservatories both locally and internationally.

Speaking at the ceremony on Wednesday, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said that SOTA has to be a specialised school where arts takes "centre stage" and where a strong and dedicated focus in nurturing artistic talents is present.

"In today's environment, achieving success as an arts practitioner requires more dedicated and full-time training.

“IBCC will provide a more flexible learning environment and framework -- it will still uphold high academic standards, where the curriculum will be more flexible and will be specially designed to nurture artist practitioners amongst students with exceptional artistic talent.

"It will provide students with a good pre-conservatory foundation when they are in Year 5 and Year 6, and during this period they will undergo specialised training to hone their artistic skills and then prepare them for admission into arts institutes and conservatories, whether locally or abroad,” he added.

A total of 25 Year 5 students were selected for this year's inaugural IBCC batch.

SOTA will also accept exceptionally talented students from other schools who show capacity to pursue a professional arts career for its 2015 IBCC student intake. 

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