SkillsFuture Study Award for
DesignSingapore Council (Dsg)
Accurate as of 24 Nov 2021
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?

The SFSA for Design, through a monetary award, encourages early- to mid-career Singaporeans to deepen both technical craft skills as well as broaden skillsets in adjacent domains such as business, innovation and technology to remain relevant and value-add to design and/or non-design sectors. Applicants are required to have at least three years of working experience.

Aligning to the Design 2025 Masterplan, Singapore needs a design-empowered workforce consisting designers with transdisciplinary skillsets and non-designers who possess design sensibilities to help us thrive in the future economy. Singaporeans with the relevant skills stand to benefit from quality jobs created by our economy. Jobs are also evolving with new functions and existing ones requiring updated skillsets.

1. If you are a Designer

     - You can seize the opportunity to deepen your skillsets or pick up new skills in complementary fields like business, technology and innovation to stay relevant. These skillsets are articulated in the Skills Framework for Design which can be found here.


2. If you are a non-Designer

    - You can acquire and apply design thinking/creative and inventive approaches at work and be a highly sought-after talent in the evolving economic 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

2. 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.

3. Applicant must show proof of application and/or enrolment in selected course(s) of study.

4. Applicants must not have completed course(s) of study at the point of application.

5. Applicants must not be a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award (SFSA).

6. Public officers are not eligible for the SFSA. They are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes instead.

Supported Courses

1. For designers, supportable 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. For non-designers, i.e. applicants without prior design education or work experience, they may only apply for post-graduate and executive education programmes. They must demonstrate evidence in their career plan and CVs on their intent and ability to advocate and champion design adoption in their organisations.

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

4. All course(s) of study must be completed by 15 January 2024.

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

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

7. There is no minimum duration for all types of courses.

8. 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

9. 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;
  • 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

23 August 2021 – 19 November 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 ALL the compulsory documents in the listed accepted file formats. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified.


Required Documents (Compulsory)

1.       Personal Documents

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2.       Education Documents

  • Copy of highest qualifications received (i.e. certificates and transcripts)

3.       Course Documents

  • Proof of application and/or enrolment from the institution/training provider (indicating the start and end dates of the course)
  • Course outline/curriculum
  • Information on mode of learning (face-to-face, blended and/or 100% online)
  • Course fees payable
  • Proof of payment for the course(s) of study (if any)
  • Details of any grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships and/or sponsorships, including the source of funding, the amounts received and the relevant documentation on funding approval (if any)

Optional Documents

4.       Employer's nomination/referral letter/testimonial Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Must be specific to current application for the SFSA. Applications with an employer’s nomination will be considered more favourably.

5.       Portfolio (examples of your creative pursuits and/or design thinking projects)


Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will be conducted after the application closing date. Applications without all requisite information and/or supporting documents will be deemed as incomplete and will be disqualified.

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) reserves the right to request for more information from the applicant during the evaluation process. Applicants will be assessed holistically on their work experience as well as the usefulness and relevance of the proposed course(s) in helping their career development.

The evaluation process will take approximately 10 weeks after the application closing date. Dsg reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application. Decision of Dsg is final. However, should applicants find that there are grounds for an appeal to be put in, they can do so within 14 working days from the date of rejection.


Acceptance of Award

Shortlisted applicants will receive a Letter of Undertaking (LOU) with the relevant terms and conditions of the award.
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, along with official proof of enrolment (if not submitted earlier) to Dsg within 14 calendar days from the date of LOU.