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Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences, Others, Professional Development & Leadership

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

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  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 31 Mar 2025
  • Registration Period:

    21 Dec 2023 to 29 Feb 2024
  • 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 when there is a new run.

Class schedule:
To be advised

Course Duration:
270 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

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:

  1. How community engagement programmes can be framed and designed ethically and sustainably
  2. The psychological developments of an age related community
  3. Drama based techniques and how to facilitate them
  4. 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


For more information on the course fee or to apply, click on the “Register” button.

Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
4. Non‐Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. You would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should your pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
5. You will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the application’s closing date. 
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course. 

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