Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP - S43)

What You'll Study


First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
SC5008 Introduction to Drama and Performance
Introduces students to foundational performance skills and teaches them the basics of acting and directing stage performances through scripts and improvisations. Students will experience being part of a theatre ensemble either as an actor and/or a director.
SC5015 Understanding Research and Ethics
Introduces students to the concept of ethics and research. Students will examine the ethical practices in applied drama work and in psychological research. They will learn the basic theories and practices of different forms of research.
SC5018 Social Psychology
Provides students with an overview of theories, methods and ethical concerns related to social contexts of an individual’s behaviour. Students will be able to apply social psychology theories and concepts to interpret and explain individual human behaviour across social situations.
SC5023 Industry Immersion
Exposes students to the applied drama work done in authentic contexts, or how psychology is applied in authentic contexts. Students will spend some time under the mentorship of a Year 3 senior who is interning at a social service agency, community development agency, school or theatre organisation.
SC5041 Drama Conventions
Introduces students to the different drama techniques that are commonly used in the many forms of applied drama. Practical sessions on the integration of these techniques on specific applied drama forms would be demonstrated in this module.
SC5061 Devised Drama
Equips students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of dramatic forms and styles. Students will develop a range of performance skills using improvisation and devising.
SC5062 Introduction to Psychology
Introduces students to psychology as a whole, exploring the main approaches to the scientific study of human behaviour. It endeavours to show students the practicalities of psychology and how its theories, concepts and ideas connect with issues in the educational, social and health settings.
SC506Y/Z Introduction to Applied Drama
Introduces students to the forms, methodologies and uses of Applied Drama. Students will learn about the history of such practices and their development both abroad and locally. Students will analyse and critique the practices of an applied drama practitioner / theatre company.
SC536Y/Z Lifespan Psychology
Introduces students to a view of human development that examines the phases of life from birth to death. Students will be able to describe the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of human development - as a child, adolescent, adult and an elderly individual.
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
SC5017 Drama-in-Education
Provides students with a broad overview of drama as it is used in the educational system in Singapore and introduces students to how drama is used as pedagogy in the classroom. Students will examine how practitioners use drama to promote holistic learning in the classroom and across the curriculum.
SC5024 Theatre-in-Education
Introduces students to the origins, principles, influences and evolution of Theatre-in-Education. Students will learn about the process of creating a Theatre-in-Education programme for a specific target group, from researching the issue, analysing the purpose and need for teachers’ resource packs to devising and performing the piece.
SC5029 Process Drama
Introduces students to the principles of Process Drama, a method of teaching where the teacher and student are working in and out of role. Students will develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating process drama lessons for participants of specific age groups and learning needs. They will do so through practical sessions and projects.
SC5030 Community Psychology
Allows students to explore physical, social and mental health issues within communities of individuals. The field of community psychology thus focuses on the quality of life of individuals, communities, and society. Its aim is to enhance quality of life through collaborative research, education and intervention. The module will allow students opportunities to explore a range of theoretical and practical perspectives.
SC5031 Psychology-in-Education
Introduces students to effective learning for learners in different contexts. Students will examine ‘who’ is taught and ‘how’ something is taught. It also highlights the interactive nature of ‘what’ is taught and ‘why’ it is taught as well as the importance of assessment. The content of this module will incorporate aspects of Educational theories focusing on cognitive, psychosocial, socio-cultural and personality factors of learning.
SC5034 Forum Theatre
Introduces students to the form of Forum Theatre as a method of theatre for intervention. They will learn how to use Forum Theatre as a responsible tool to facilitate thought and action. Students will create and perform their own original Forum Theatre play.
SC5035 Methods of Inquiry
Introduces students to the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and report writing. Students will be equipped with basic skills of data collection using techniques such as observations, questionnaires, interviews and experiments. Students will design and conduct simple research projects, analyse data and write up their findings according to a formal report format.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.


Module Code Module Name Total Hours
SC5036 Children Elective (Story Drama & Developmental Issues in Childhood)
This module will be co-taught by an applied drama lecturer and a psychology lecturer. Students will learn the principles and practices of Story Drama where the elements of drama are used to explore written literature (for example, storybooks, poems and folktales). Students will also identify and debate important local and global developmental trends and issues in childhood. Students will design a story drama workshop for children and take into consideration how children progress in the areas of cognition, language and socio-emotional development.
SC5037 Youth Elective (Participatory Video & Adolescent Psychology)
This module will be co-taught by an applied drama lecturer and a psychology lecturer. Students will learn the principles and practices of Participatory Video, where video-making is used as a tool to help communities explore issues, voice concerns or tell stories. Students will also examine issues related to adolescence like maturity in the body, sexual activities, teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol use. Students will produce their own short video that addresses an issue that concerns adolescents, considering the cognitive and socio-emotional issues pertaining to adolescents.
SC5038 Elderly Elective (Reminiscence Theatre & Psychological Perspectives in Ageing)
This module will be co-taught by an applied drama lecturer and a psychology lecturer. Students will learn the principles and practices of Reminiscence Theatre, where memories (often from the elderly) form the basis of performances. Students will also study the physical, social and emotional effects of ageing and the impact on mind-sets and behaviour in older adults as well as those around them. Students will develop a better understanding of the perspectives of older adults to effectively create a piece of Reminiscence Theatre.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC1157 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
This module aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies. At the end of the module, students should have acquired networking skills to enable them to create and maintain good working relationships. They will also be able to write application letters for jobs and for the workplace. Students will learn to identify jobs and courses of study/scholarships that match their interests, capabilities and qualifications. They will be able to apply interview skills to help them secure jobs or university places/scholarship positions.
SC5028 Cultural Diversity
In this module the students will learn about the diversity of races, cultures and religions of Singapore and understand the importance of the cross-cultural differences in Singapore’s society. They will gain an understanding of how basic psychological processes may vary across cultures. In recognising cultural changes, intercultural relations, cultural awareness and multicultural / multiracial tolerance evident in Singapore, students will explore the influence of cultural traditions and customs in shaping social behaviour. They will also analyse how culturally influenced social behaviour impacts on the socio-cultural milieu of Singapore. Finally they will gain insights into how local and global socio-cultural changes impact on society’s approach to social issues.
SC5032 Graduation Project
Focuses on researching, conceptualising, planning and facilitating and applied drama programme for a target audience. Students are expected to integrate skills, knowledge and practices of applied drama and psychology. They will research, create and facilitate a relevant programme for different communities to educate, communicate and intervene.
SC5055 Internship
Provides students with opportunities to gain professional experience working with social service organisations, education-related companies and other community development agencies. This is an 18-week internship programme and students will get a chance to put their applied drama skills and/or psychology knowledge to good use.
SC5056 Grants, Proposals and Evaluation
Introduces students to non-profit organisations in the arts and community services sectors. Students will be introduced to funding and grants available for projects that serve these sectors. Students will be required to put together a proposal applying for funding / grant for a hypothetical applied drama project.

Please note: Course structure subject to change