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4 creative programmes nurturing transferable skills


4 creative programmes nurturing transferable skills


4 creative programmes nurturing transferable skills

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The National University of Singapore (NUS) stands at the forefront of education, actively fostering transferable skills through its innovative and creative programmes. Recognising the evolving needs of the global workforce, this world-leading institution is committed to producing graduates equipped with not only academic knowledge but also a diverse set of skills that transcend disciplines.

“Throughout time, there will always be developments in technologies, methods, styles and tastes. But the role of the creative leader is arguably constant: to envision ever-new futures that lie beyond what we currently know, and to embrace and lead evolution,” says Associate Professor Chan Tze Law, Vice Dean (Career Orientation & Community Engagement) at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. 

explains Senior lecturer Dr. Rimi Khan, Programme Director, Master of Arts (Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship).

“We have access to a wealth of industry expertise and feature many guest speakers from the arts and business world, NGOs and government. We have students secure internships from these encounters with industry stakeholders and we are particularly proud of our Final Year Project, which is a course students can take in their final semester that promotes Work Integrated Learning.”

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One of the ways NUS does this is through experiential learning. Educators here believe immersive experiences not only allow students to closely engage with Singapore's creative industry but also empower them to find innovative and impactful solutions.

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NUS master’s programmes applicable in 2023 and 2083

Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Offered by the Department of Communications and New Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, this interdisciplinary programme merges arts, culture, entrepreneurship, and the digital expertise needed for Industry 4.0. It addresses the changing needs of the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI) sector in Singapore and Asia.

A pioneer in the region, this MA stands out for its focus on entrepreneurial creativity and its impact on cultural, economic, and societal progress. Students engage with industry practitioners and educators to explore how creativity drives new enterprises and entrepreneurial growth. Partnerships with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth’s Culture Academy Singapore, the NUS Centre for the Arts, and collaborations with NUS's cultural infrastructure enhance the learning experience. 

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Master of Music Leadership

NUS offers the Master of Music Leadership (MMusL) through the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST). The programme was tailored for musicians seeking to advance their skills and become leaders of change in the dynamic musical landscape of Singapore and globally. It adopts a multidimensional approach to boost their understanding of the musical ecosystem, diversify their skill sets, and promote critical thinking.

The curriculum not only provides flexibility,allowing each student to develop skills tailored to their unique artistic trajectories, bu talso emphasise  on entrepreneurship and innovation.. This structure ensures graduates are able to navigate rapid technological changes, digitalisation of the music profession and the increasing demand for cross-domain competencies and collaboration in society.

Master of Arts in Japanese Visual Centre

Spanning one year, this programme employs comparative, transregional, and transcultural approaches to explore visual cultures in Japan and beyond. It’s in response to the world’s current surge of visual information, taking Japan as its central reference point.

The programme is coursework-oriented and uniquely balances academic rigour with practical industry insights. The combination equips students with proficiency in navigating diverse data sources in both English and Japanese. Beyond language skills, the curriculum focuses on fostering critical thinking and innovation. These skills have been deemed essential for comprehending the complexities of visual communication in the modern world, preparing students for careers within this dynamic discipline.


Master of Arts (Theatre and Performance Studies)

Delivered by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Theatre Studies, this one-year programme fuses theory and action, providing students with the latest insights into traditional and contemporary forms of theatre and performance. The MA also equips students with critical thinking, research abilities, and presentation skills.

Grounded in the department's world-class expertise, modules cover a wide range of topics, including theatre history, Asian performance, play analysis, practice-based research, collaborative performance creation, digital humanities, and interdisciplinary studies of literature, film, and performance. An emphasis on digital skills in the arts and humanities prepares students to leverage them in various public, educational and industry contexts.


NUS understands the gravity of getting ready for an unknown future. It’s no longer enough to merely receive information from educators and subject matter experts; it’s imperative that students learn from movers and shakers who play an active role in shaping and advancing the field. As thought leaders and industry professionals, they bring not only insider know-how, but also insights on what’s set to come in the next years and decades.

That includes guidance on we can leverage humanity’s full range of tools and resources. NUS is home to many facilities and IT resources that optimise learning. These include emerging technologies (such as augmented, mixed and virtual reality, as well as 3D printing) that enhance learning, teaching and research. As one of the Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities, its laboratories and research facilities are home to equipment that enable discoveries, the kind that make an actual impact on industry and in people’s lives.

A strategic location between the East and West provides NUS students another kind of acumen: global citizenship. The NUS campus is filled with connections, exposure and perspectives to tap – with more still in its futuristic metropolis. Exchange programmes, internships and research attachments, as well as the NUS Overseas Colleges programme are also available for students to bolster their advantageous position to achieve excellence in the future.

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An enriching education awaits at the National University of Singapore.

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