What is it

The SkillsFuture Study Awards equip Singaporeans with the skills needed to benefit from quality jobs created by our economy. As Singapore continues our transition to an innovation-driven economy, new skills and competencies among Singaporeans will be in demand. Jobs are also evolving with new functions and existing ones requiring updated skillsets. The SkillsFuture Study Awards encourage Singaporeans to develop and deepen specialist skills needed by future economic growth sectors or in areas of demand. It also supports Singaporeans who already have deep specialist skills to develop other competencies.

Who is it for

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of experience as a media professional or media freelancer
Please refer to Eligibility Criteria below for more details


  • You will receive a monetary award of $5,000 which you can use to defray your out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you will be taking. It can be used on top of existing Government course fee subsidies.

Application Period

Applications for 2020 are now closed.             

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For Enquiries

Contact us at skillsfuture@imda.gov.sg or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for SkillsFuture Study Awards

Application Process

Please access the Application Form to apply and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. A copy of your resume / CV
  2. Scanned photocopy of Letter of Acceptance/Matriculation from the institution
  3. Scanned copy of proof of payment such as past invoices/receipts (if any)
  4. Course curriculum/outline on selected course of study
  5. Certifications/Transcripts and Portfolio (if any)
  6. Details of the sponsorships/scholarships/subsidies which you are receiving for the course

Eligibility Criteria and Examples of Support Courses

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of experience as a media professional1 or media freelancer2
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award
  • Not a recipient of any Government-funded scholarship/sponsorship for the same course
  • Courses should be relevant to the needs of the Media sector
  • The course should be a full-time or part-time media course in Singapore or Overseas leading to a diploma, degree or post-graduate qualification
  • Applicants should have at least 8 weeks of studies remaining for the course he/she has applied for, from the application closing date
  • Applicants will only be given the official offer of the Study Award upon submitting a proof of acceptance/enrolment into the course
  • Priority will be given to applicants who:
    • are non-public officers. Public officers are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes in their own organisations;
    • are able to complete the course latest by December 2022; and
    • would still have to pay a course fee of $5,000 or more (after all subsidies/sponsorships)

Examples of Supported Courses

The following are some examples of courses that can be considered:
  • Diploma in Film, Sound and Video
  • Diploma in Multimedia and Animation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Game Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking
  • Master of Fine Arts

1 A person with specific media content job roles employed in a company across sectors including relevant media SSIC ones. Media content job roles cover development, production, operation, distribution, sales and/or marketing of media content. Examples include editor, writer, games designer or games artist and, technical crew.
2 A person who does not enjoy regular employment salaries and benefits, or who operates his/her own media content service business or trade without employing other workers.
Specifically, this definition includes individuals who take on
  • Ad-hoc media projects on a part-time basis when available; or
  • Concurrent multiple media projects for different clients.
This person negotiates his/her terms and benefits with their clients and can either operate as individuals or have an ACRA-registered entity such as sole proprietorships.
Media freelancers, and must show evidence of being contracted in at least one freelance media project in the past six months

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will take at least 8 weeks after the application closing date. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


  • Applicants who have met the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for the SkillsFuture Study Award
  • IMDA’s decision is final and binding. Enquiries or disputes on or in connection with its decisions will not be entertained
  • IMDA reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application
  • IMDA is not liable or responsible for the accuracy, reliability or completeness of content or information published on other third-party websites on or in connection with the SkillsFuture Study Awards

Sector Overview

Singapore’s media industry, spanning broadcast, film and video, games and publishing, is as vibrant asever and supported by a strong creative talent pool. Our local media talents were behind the production of world-regarded films such as Crazy Rich Asians and the web-series No Sweat on YouTube channel Clicknetwork. Disney’s new mobile game Disney Epic Quest was developed and published by Singapore’s game developer goGame; and we saw Singaporean producer, Low Ser En’s Poles Apart winning the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best British Short Animation in 2018.

As traditional and new media players consolidate, scale, converge, innovate and experiment with new monetisation models and formats, so too are the expectations on media professionals. Media professionals need to adapt and equip themselves with skills to stay agile and relevant amid shifts in global media markets and changing media ecosystems.

Demand for media professionals in sectors such as advertising and retail are on the rise as direct business-to-consumer online engagement intensifies. Media job roles such as, content marketing, social media specialist, digital writer and digital content producer are much sought after by non-media companies as well as the public sector. The roles require expertise in search engine optimisation (SEO), web traffic metrics and content optimisation across social media platforms. This augurs well for both media professionals and freelancers as they can find more job opportunities beyond the media sector.

Nominal value-add for the media sector1  grew at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.39% from 2011 to 2016, with the Games sub-sector growing the fastest at CAGR of 38%

20,700 media professionals employed across the economy in 2017, with 34% in media sector, 66% in non-media sectors

Industry sentiment on the demand for media professionals is projected to grow by 7,300 over the next 3 years (from 2018 to 2020)

1 Media sector here refers to the following sub-sectors: Games, Broadcast, Film & Video and Publishing

  1. Department of Statistics and Economic Development Board
  2. Annual Survey on Infocomm Media Manpower 2017, Infocomm Media Development Authority