SkillsFuture Study Award for Media Sector Infocomm
Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

Singapore’s Media industry comprises diverse sub-industries in animation, broadcast, film, games, interactive digital media, advertising and publishing with a focus on building up the quality of Singapore-made content, products and services. Employment in the media industry has been growing since 2010 and reached 19,8001 in 2016.

New technologies, content platforms, distribution networks, funding models, and changing consumer habits will continue to transform the media industry. This changing landscape will mean new opportunities to grow strong enterprises, quality talent, and high-value intellectual property in the industry.

Media professionals must constantly refresh and update their skill-sets and competencies to remain flexible, adaptable and responsive to new developments and opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria*

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years’ experience as a media professional2 or media freelancer3 

  • 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 industry

  • 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 2020; and

    • would still have to pay a course fee of $5,000 or more (after all subsidies/sponsorships)

*Please submit the following supporting documents to for IMDA’s evaluation:

1) Scanned coloured copy of IC (front and back)

2) A copy of your resume/CV

3) Scanned photocopy of Letter of Acceptance/Matriculation from the institution (if any)

4) Scanned copy of proof of payment such as past invoices/receipts (if any)

5) Course curriculum/outline on selected course of study

6) Certifications/Transcripts and Portfolio (if any)

7) Details of the sponsorships/scholarships/subsidies which you are receiving for the course


1Source: Annual Survey on Infocomm Media Manpower for 2016
2A Media Professional is engaged primarily in media-related work in a media company or any user organization. The work of the person include editor, writer, games designer or games artist and, production crew. The detailed list of eligible job role can be found here.
3A Media Freelancer is,
I. A person who does not have a contract of service with an employer AND
II. Operates his/her own media service business or trade* without hiring any employees; AND
III. He/She negotiates his/her terms and benefits with clients, and it is clearly stated in the contract that it is his/her service as an individual that is being procured for all intents and purposes; AND
IV. He/She can either operates as individuals; OR have an accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) - registered entity such as sole proprietorships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and companies, where such entity does not hire any employees.
*media service business or trade includes design, development, production, operation, distribution, sale and/or marketing of media. Media freelancers must show evidence of being contracted in at least one freelance media project performing eligible media job roles in the past six (6) months (e.g. invoice/receipt from the hiring company).

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

Applicants may also submit other courses for IMDA’s review, assessment and consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period: 22 Oct 2018 to 13 Jan 2019

Evaluation: Evaluation of applications will take at least 8 weeks after the application closing date. 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.




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1 Source: Annual Survey on Infocomm Media Manpower for 2016

2 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.

3 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