SkillsFuture Study Award for the Media Sector

Sector Overview

Singapore’s Media sector comprises diverse subsectors in animation, broadcast, film, games, interactive digital media and publishing with a focus on building up the quality of Singapore-made content, products and services. Employment in the media industry has been growing since 2010 and reached 76,4001 in 2013.

New technologies, content platforms, distribution networks, funding models, and changing consumer habits will continue to transform the media industry. This changing landscape will mean new opportunities to grow strong enterprises, quality talent, and high-value intellectual property in the industry.

Media professionals must constantly refresh and update their skill-sets and competencies to remain flexible, adaptable and responsive to new developments and opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria*

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years’ experience as a media practitioner (including media freelancers)2
  • Courses should be relevant to the needs of the Media sector
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award
  • Not a recipient of any Government-funded scholarship/sponsorship for the same course
  • The course should be a full-time or part-time media course in Singapore or Overseas leading to a diploma, degree or post-graduate qualification
  • Applicants should have at least 8 weeks of studies remaining for the course he/she has applied for, from the application closing date
  • Applicants will only be given the official offer of the Study Award upon submitting a proof of acceptance/enrolment into the course
  • Priority will be given to applicants who:
    • are non-public officers. Public officers are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes in their own organisations;
    • are able to complete the course latest by December 2018; and
    • would still have to pay a course fee of $5,000 or more (after all subsidies/sponsorships).
*Please submit the following supporting documents to
  1. Scanned coloured copy of IC (front and back); 
  2. A copy of your resume / CV; 
  3. Scanned copy of Letter of Acceptance / Matriculation from the institution (if any); 
  4. Scanned copy of proof of payment such as past invoices/receipts (if any);
  5. Course curriculum/outline on selected course of study; and
  6. Certifications / Transcripts and Portfolio (if any).

Supported Courses

The following are some examples of courses that can be considered:
  • Diploma in Film, Sound and Video
  • Diploma in Multimedia and Animation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Game Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking
  • Master of Fine Arts
Applicants may submit other courses for IMDA’s review and consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Application Window Period

10 November 2016 to 20 January 2017

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Evaluation Process

Applications may take about 8 weeks to be evaluated after the application closing date. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

  • Applicants who have met the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for the SkillsFuture Study Award.
  • IMDA’s decision is final and binding. Enquiries or disputes on or in connection with its decisions will not be entertained. 
  • IMDA reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.
  • IMDA is not liable or responsible for the accuracy, reliability or completeness of content or information published on other third-party websites on or in connection with the SkillsFuture Study Awards.


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Frequently Asked Questions for SkillsFuture Study Awards

Frequently Asked Questions for SkillsFuture Study Awards for Media Sector

1 Source: Compiled by IMDA from administrative records
2 Media Practitioner is defined as:
    - one who works in media content production or distribution related roles/projects for/in media or non-media companies; or
    - Media freelancer as a media practitioner who operates their own business or trade without employing any worker.