Training Areas and Suggested Courses


Training Areas and Suggested Courses

The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly affected businesses and people in all sectors of Singapore’s economy, including the self-employed. In these times with less work and more time available, it can be a chance to undertake self-development to prepare for the future when the economy recovers. With the tightened COVID-19 measures in place to minimise in-person gatherings, undertaking any training will be made easier through a wide range of e-learning options.

To encourage the professional development of arts professionals and organisations during this period, the National Arts Council (NAC) has introduced a time-limited 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 for training in areas relevant to their work as arts professionals. This complements broader initiatives by the Government to support SEPs, such as the recently announced SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 for citizens aged 25 years and above. 

In NAC's Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022), audience engagement, entrepreneurship and digital technology were identified as crucial areas to grow capabilities in for the arts sector. As such, these three areas, coupled with art-form specific training, will form the focus of training courses* listed on this site. Given the current COVID-19 situation, NAC has collated possible online courses for the arts sector below. These focus on courses by our local Arts Institutions, tertiary institutions, as well as a handful of courses from overseas providers. These suggested courses are not intended to be prescriptive nor exhaustive. Over time, more in-person delivered courses will be added. Courses will be eligible for a variety of funding support, with more details found at their respective websites. Possible funding support includes:

  • Course fee subsidies from CDSA or SkillsFuture 
  • Training allowance from CDSA or from the SEP Training Support Scheme (TSS) administered by the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) under the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)
  • Use of SkillsFuture Credits

Beyond the courses below, there is also a curated set of short training courses, under the SkillsFuture Series. These are across eight main areas, including digital media and entrepreneurship, and enjoy substantial course fee subsidies and training allowance under the SEP Training Support Scheme (SEP TSS). 

Digital Technology

The arts sector is part of a global ecosystem where digital technologies are breaking down barriers between creator, curator and consumer, and the ability to reach new audiences. Technology can enable arts professionals to enhance their art-making, as well as interpret useful data, such as audience segmentation and consumption patterns. Some examples of online courses* in digital technology that open up possibilities in art-making and outreach include:

Other relevant courses can be found here.



SEPs often undertake multiple roles that 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 online courses such as:

Other relevant courses can be found here.


Audience Engagement 

With arts being applied in different domains and across as wider demographic, arts practitioners may want to understand how to creatively engage with a more varied audience. For example, artists working with children and youth may require further support in developing their pedagogical repertoire, and may find the following online courses useful:

Other relevant courses can be found here.


Art-form specific training 

Practitioners can also choose to focus on their creative development and deepen their artistic practice in the performing, visual and literary arts. The following online courses are some examples where arts practitioners can learn to innovate, take creative risks and work in new ways. 

Other relevant courses can be found here.


We will continue to update and include information on courses and programmes that could be useful for arts professionals and organisations so do check back here regularly for new listings, or browse the SkillsFuture portal for other relevant courses and programmes. 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 if you have further enquiries.

*Do note that suggested courses are not intended to be prescriptive nor exhaustive. For more information, please refer to the respective organisation or training providers’ websites.