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SkillsFuture Study Award for
DesignSingapore Council (DSG)
Accurate as of 30 Oct 2020
Programme is not available for application.
Sector Overview

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

  • Image making (e.g. Advertising, 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 the design services sector. This means designers would need to deepen both their technical and 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

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 on human resources and design education that enables individuals to make informed decisions on education, training and career development in design.

Who is the SFSA for Design for?

To stay ahead of the game and be in demand, designers can seize the opportunity to deepen their skillsets or pick up new skills in complementary fields like business, technology and innovation.

For non-designers, you can still apply a design thinking approach at work and be a highly sought-after talent in the evolving landscape.

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; and
  • Scale or accelerate a design entrepreneur’s business
  1. Applicant must be committed to the deepening of skills identified in SFwD and the course(s) must be relevant to the needs of the design and non-sector sectors, using design related skillsets to help Singapore thrive in the future economy.
  2. Applicant must show proof of application and/or enrolment in selected course(s) of study.
  3. Applicants must not have completed course(s) of study at the point of application.
  4. Applicants must not be a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award (SFSA).
  5. Public officers are not eligible for the SFSA. They are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes instead.

Supported Courses
  1. Supported courses may include micro-certification programmes, certificate courses, diplomas, degree programmes, postgraduate programmes (include Masters, specialist diplomas, graduate certificates) and executive education programmes. 100% online courses are also supported.
  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

*Note: There may be changes to the criteria on the course end date. Please visit this webpage to check for updates.

  1. All course(s) of study must be completed by *15 January 2023.
  2. There is no minimum duration for all types of courses.

  3. All courses must minimally lead to a Certification of Proficiency.

  4. Stacking of a maximum of 4 courses is allowed.

  5. The total course fees must be S$4,000 or more (after deducting all grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships, sponsorships, etc).

  6. 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. Examples of executive education programmes are:

  • Design Innovation @ Singapore by Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Design Thinking Bootcamp by Stanford University
  • City as a Service by Aalto Executive Education Academy
  • Innovation by Design by INSEAD business school
  1. The criteria for both local and overseas institutions, and training providers offering courses in various modes of delivery are as follows:

Mode of Delivery


Face-to-face and/or Blended Learning Reputable institutions and training providers accredited by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and/or relevant authorities are considered for support Reputable institutions are considered for support and are evaluated based on the following criteria:
  1. Standing and reputation: Institutions are listed in internationally established university rankings;
  2. Track record: Institutions have been established for more than 10 years and have good academic track record; and
Collaboration with the industry: Institutions have faculty members with industry experience or offer collaborations with industry partners.
100 % Online Learning (a) Institute of higher learning (IHL) and training providers accredited by government agencies and/or associations (e.g. SSG. WSG, Ministry of Education, Council of Private Education) are considered for support.

 (b) Reputable IHLs are considered for support and adopt the same evaluation criteria as overseas institutions offering face-to-face and/or blended learning courses. In addition, the 100% online course must not be the inaugural run.

(b) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) are considered for support. Platforms offering MOOC should be:

  • Established platforms with collaboration with universities; and
  • Structured learning leading to certification or qualifications (including micro-credentials that support stackable recognition of credits

(c) For private organisations not accredited by any authority, they must be:

  • Recognised as an established product or service provider in its own rights (e.g. IDEO U);
  • Should have more than three years of operational experience in running the corporate academy; and
  • The 100% online course is not the inaugural run offered by the corporate academy

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period

2 November 2020 – 15 January 2021

How do I apply?

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

  1. Resume/Curriculum vitae;
  2. Copy of highest qualifications received (i.e. certificates, transcripts and portfolio (if any);
  3. Copy of proof of application and/or enrolment from the institution/training provider (indicating the start and end dates of the course);
  4. Information on the course(s) of study, including:
  • Course outline/curriculum;
  • Mode of learning (face-to-face, blended and/or 100% online);
  • Course fees payable.
  1. Copy of proof of payment for the course(s) of study (if any);
  2. Details of any grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships and/or sponsorships, including the source of funding, the amounts received and the relevant documentation of funding approval as evidence (if any);
  3. A short write-up to demonstrate your commitment to the deepening of skills in the design sector and how the course(s) are relevant to the needs of the design sector (to be completed in the online SFSA portal); and
  4. Employer's nomination/referral letter/testimonial (if applicable).

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will be conducted after the application closing date.

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) reserves the right to request for more information from the applicant during the evaluation process to support the application. 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 evaluation process will take approximately 8 weeks after the application closing date. Dsg reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.

Acceptance of Award

Shortlisted applicants will receive a Letter of Undertaking (LOU) with the relevant terms and conditions of the award and a Claim Form  (i.e. an Annex to the LOU).
To accept the award, the applicant shall undertake to comply with the terms and conditions of the award and shall be required to submit the signed copy of the LOU to Dsg within 21 calendar days from the date of LOU.