SkillsFuture Study Award for
DesignSingapore Council (DSG)
Sector Overview

The Design sector can be broadly categorised into the following four clusters:

  • Image-making (e.g. Advertising, and Art and Graphic Design);
  • Object-making (e.g. Industrial and Product Design, and Fashion design);
  • Place-making (e.g. Architecture Services, Landscape Design, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design); and
  • Experience-making (e.g. Design Strategy, Service Design, User Experience/User Interface Design, and Design Research).

The design sector is constantly evolving, and designers now play expanded roles in the economy as they are increasingly employed beyond design services.  This means designers would need to deepen both technical craft skills as well as broaden skillsets in adjacent domains such as business, innovation and technology to function effectively within design and/or non-design sectors. These skillsets are articulated in the Skills Framework for Design which can be found here

Developed by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), together with employers, industry associations, union, and education and training providers, the Skills Framework for Design contains four tracks, 25 key job roles, as well as 48 technical and 18 generic skills and competencies. It provides information to align stakeholders in human resources, design education and the general public and empower them to leverage opportunities within a shifting employment landscape. This enables individuals to make informed decisions on education, training and career development in design.

Eligibility Criteria
  1. Singaporeans with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the following roles or seeking to:
    • Deepen or broaden complementary skills
    • Take on dedicated design roles in an organisation (e.g. in-house design / innovation teams)
    • Advocate for design adoption in their current organisations
    • Scale or accelerate a design entrepreneur’s business
  2. Applicant must be committed to deepening of skills in the industry and the course must be relevant to the needs of the design industry.
  3. Applicant must have been accepted/enrolled in course of study and the course must be completed before 15 May 2022. Applicants must not have completed study at the point of application.
  4. Applicants must not be a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award.
  5. Public officers are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award. They are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes instead.

Supported Courses and Steps to Apply
  1. Supportable courses may include certificate courses, diplomas, degree programmes, postgraduate programmes (include specialist diplomas/graduate certificates) and executive education programmes. However, post-graduate and executive education programmes will only be considered for non-designers, who can demonstrate evidence in their career plan and CVs their intent and ability to advocate and champion design adoption in their organisations.
  2. Courses in emerging design areas will be supported more favourably. They are defined as:
    • Courses from the experience-making cluster (e.g. Design Strategy, Service Design, User Experience/User Interface Design, and Design Research etc); or
    • Design courses which incorporate business (e.g. Systems Thinking, Organisational Transformation) and/or innovation (e.g. Innovation management) and/or technology (e.g. Drones, Artificial Intelligence) aspects
  3. Both local course and overseas courses from reputable institutions are supported, subjected to approval. Overseas design institutions are evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Standing and reputation: Institutions are listed in internationally established university rankings
    • Track record: Institutions have been established for more than 10 years and have good academic track record
    • Collaboration with the industry: Institutions have faculty members with industry experience or offer collaborations with industry partners
  4. Full time course – at least 1 month, part time course – at least 3 months. An exception is made for executive education programmes in design with shorter durations.
  5. Executive education courses include:
    • Innovation by Design by INSEAD business school
    • City as a Service by Aalto Executive Education,
    • Design Thinking Bootcamp by Stanford University,
    • Design Innovation @ Singapore by Singapore University of Technology and Design
  6. Online learning courses are now eligible for support, if training providers are able to meet the criteria.
  7. Course fees should be $4,000 or more (after all subsidies / sponsorships). Stacking of courses is allowed.

Steps to Apply

Click on “Apply Now” to submit an application via the online portal. The application will take about 15-20 minutes. You will be required to upload the following documents in the online portal:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Employer’s Nomination/Referral Letter/ Testimonials (where applicable)
  • Course details of selected course of study
  • Letter of offer showing the start and end date of the course (dd/mm/yy)
  • Sponsorship details (where applicable)

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period

21 July 2020 - 30 September 2020

Evaluation Process

Applications will be evaluated after the closing date of 30 September 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be notified approximately 8 weeks after the closing. Applicants will be assessed holistically on their work experience as well as the usefulness and relevance of the proposed course in helping their career development.

The DesignSingapore Council reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.