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Upskilling Programmes

Upskilling programmes aim to level up the pedagogical knowledge and skills, as well as art competencies, of teachers wishing to specialise in art.

Art Teacher Practitioner Programme

FOR: Primary school English medium teachers without subject proficiency in art and Primary school teachers who are interested to teach art and will be deployed in the long run.
PERIOD: Part-time basis over the course of 6 months, culminating in an art exhibition.

The Art Teacher Practitioner Programme (ATPP) serves as a bridging course to help participants build up their art competencies and art teaching portfolio, in preparation for the NIE Advanced Diploma in Primary Art Education course.
The ATPP programme includes the following components:
  • 3 full-day introductory course
  • Studio fundamentals - Art materials and artistic processes (Friday afternoons)
  • Pedagogies in art education
  • Lesson observations (Including post-lesson conferencing)
  • Art exhibition
  • Upon successful completion of the ATPP and clearance of the National Institute of Education (NIE) interview, participants will pursue the 4-month full-time Advanced Diploma in Primary Art Education at NIE to become a qualified art teacher.

    Advanced Diploma in Primary Art Education

    For: Graduates of the ATPP and SP3 Art Teachers
    Period: Full time over the course of 4 months

    The programme is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of teachers who were trained to teach art as a third subject, and equips them with the essential breadth and depth of content knowledge and competencies to deliver quality art lessons to students.

    The duration of each full-time course is four months. Upon completion of the course, the teacher will be required to serve a minimum of 1 year in the school.

    Read more about the course outline of the Advanced Diploma in Art Education Programme here - here(.pdf, 124.92 KB).

    Applicants of the Advanced Diploma Programme are required to attend a portfolio interview with NIE. Details of the portfolio interview requirements can be found here(.pdf, 452.31 KB).

    For enquiries on the Advanced Diploma, kindly contact STAR at

    MOE collaborates with the National Institute of Education (NIE) to offer the full-time in-service Advanced Diploma in Primary Art Education for teachers without the requisite qualifications to teach the subject. This is aligned with MOE's aim of enhancing the quality of art instruction in primary schools.