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Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology

Topic:Professional Development & Leadership

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    17 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2024
  • Registration Period:

    01 Dec 2022 to 03 Mar 2023
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    270 hours (1 year)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
To be advised

Course Duration:
270 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Ms Sukitha Kunasegaran

For other enquiries, please email to

Course Objective

The SP Media, Arts and Design School is pleased to introduce our Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology (NSADP). This is a course we offer to enable working professionals in the education and social service settings to deepen their skills set in a new knowledge domain as part of their journey in being a life-long learner. This part-time course can be completed in one year.

The NSADP course aims to deepen the skills and knowledge of professionals from the social service sector who do community engagement work. It equips learners with a deeper understanding of the issues that emerge during the human lifespan, current trends that feature in today’s society and skills to design and manage effective community programmes that use applied drama as an engagement tool. By the end of the course, learners will have an understanding of:

a) How community engagement programmes can be framed and designed ethically and sustainably 
b) The psychological developments of an age related community 
c) Drama based techniques and how to facilitate them 
d) How to reflect on one’s own practice using a reflective framework

Course Outline

The course consists of six modules conducted over two semesters within one academic year. There will be a combination of e-learning and face-to-face sessions for the psychology modules.

Applied drama lessons are experiential and collaborative in nature and commitment to the sessions are required. All applied drama sessions will be conducted as in class lessons. 

Students with prior experience in psychology or applied drama may write into request for exemption to modules, with exemption being granted on a case to case basis.

This course consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDCs).  Each PDC will consist of three modules.  The details are as follow:

PDC 1 Certificate in Applied Drama for Community Engagement
Module 1 – Engaging Children & Youth with Drama
Module 2 – Engaging Seniors with Drama
Module 3 – Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

PDC 2 Certificate in Applied Psychology & Programme Management
Module 4 – Lifespan Psychology
Module 5 – Community Psychology
Module 6 – Programme Design & Management

Please click for Module Synopsis

Applicants who are not able to commit to the time required for the full specialist diploma may choose to take individual modules. Credits earned from the modular learning can be accumulated to gain a full specialist diploma qualification within 2-year validity period. Please submit your application for the course and send an email to and state the modules you would like to apply for.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a Polytechnic Diploma or Degree in social services, psychology or education. Applicants with training in other disciplines must have at least 1 year of working experience in  social services, psychology or education.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience in the area of social service or education. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon successfully acquiring the two PDCs within 2-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

The course is specially designed for social service professionals who wish to learn about applied drama as a tool to engage with their clients and a diverse community in a variety of settings.

Course Fees

Click here for Funding Incentives and Fees Matters.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Applied Drama for Community Engagement Certificate in Applied Psychology & Programme Management Total Course Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $433.35 $541.69 $975.04
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $288.90 $361.13 $650.03
SINGAPORE PR $1,187.14 $1,483.92 $2,671.06
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $362.74 $453.42 $816.16
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,889.00 $3,611.25 $6,500.25
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $2,967.84 $3,709.80 $6,677.64

*SC - Singapore citizen          ** PR - Permanent resident

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For details, please refer to here.

Other Fees Payable:

Other Fees Payable 
(Incl. GST)
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25$2.27

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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