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Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA – (Secondary/JC)

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Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA (Secondary / JC)

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Suitable for learners looking for a foundation training course and portfolio preparation class for DSA secondary and DSA tertiary to enrol in various art schools! 


Considering Art Portfolio Preparation for Diploma level and above? Click here to read more!

Click here to read more about portfolio preparation in general!

Art Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA to nurture and develop artistic talent

One might think that building a DSA portfolio is as simple as putting together a few doodles and artworks your kids have done over the years, to submit them to the schools of your choice. However, taking into consideration the increasingly high standards and growing competition of art schools and DSA programmes, only extremely devoted and passionate students will be admitted to the prestigious art and design schools of their choice!

Preparing an art portfolio requires full compliance to particular sets of requirements announced by the respective schools. Direct School Admission, otherwise known as DSA is a special school admission exercise where students are given the opportunity to demonstrate a diverse range of achievements and talents to seek admission to secondary schools or junior colleges. For example, students may apply for DSA under visual arts with a portfolio of artworks that demonstrate the student’s talent and creativity.

 Quoting the MOE website

Portfolio- 3D work preparations

Primary 5 students can apply for DSA-Sec based on a wide-range of talents, including:

    • Sports and games
    • Visual, literary and performing arts
    • Debate and public speaking
    • Science, mathematics and engineering
    • Languages and humanities
    • Uniformed groups
    • Leadership (for example, prefects)

The DSA exercise is the only platform and chance for students to impress the admission officers with their good foundational art skills, own sense of style, as well as the rest of their talents. Not only that, successful DSA applicants will have a place reserved for them in their school of choice!

Click here to read more about building a good portfolio

Visual Arts Centre’s Approach

At Visual Arts Centre, our goal is to help students build a strong foundation in visual arts. And as time goes by, help them find their artistic voice and cultivate their creativity through this Art Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA.

Our professionally trained instructors will enhance your kid’s artistic skills, ranging from the utmost basics of drawing and sketching to producing their own unique style of artworks over a period of time. These include:

    • Development of professional skills and techniques (e.g. drawing and sketching)
    • Enhancing observational skills in creating realistic works
    • Discovery of students’ own style and voice, inspirations and areas of interest
    • Developing students’ thought processes during the creation of their works to create their own unique creative works

We’ve collated admission information from some of the top local and global art schools and broken them down into 3 key criterias:

    1. Good Foundational Art Skills in Different Mediums
    2. A Diverse Range of Skills That Showcases Your Unique Style and Capabilities
    3. Clear Display of Logical Thinking and Development of Artwork

The building of a portfolio is broken into 2 parts: 

Part 1: Training & Development of Professional Art Techniques and Observational Works

Part 2: Development of Artworks

Part 1: Training & Development of Professional Art Techniques and Observational Works

Part 1 of the Art Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA will focus on training and developing the student’s art foundation and techniques. These foundational skills are essential to creating a good portfolio as they serve as the base of every artist’s journey in the professional world. Specifically, students will be trained in: 

    • Sketching and tonal drawing
    • Methods and techniques in creating realistic and observational works
    • Other art mediums such as watercolour and acrylic painting

Over the course of 24 sessions, we will emphasize on honing these techniques and thereafter, conduct an assessment after every technique has been taught. This enables us to track our students’ progress and ensure that we are able to identify their weaker areas and spend more time on improving them. 

At Visual Arts Centre, we strive to train our students to be well-rounded. This helps them to be more versatile and able to meet the needs of their clients in the future. Or even for themselves, to achieve the most out of their creativity in their own artworks.

Part 2: Development of Artworks

Part 2 of the Art Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA focuses more on the development of our students’ artworks. This second phase emphasizes creativity and helping our students find their artistic voice and sense of style, to enable them to stand out amongst other applicants.

Our professional instructors will help students to utilize the techniques learnt to create their own unique works of art. Our students will be encouraged to find out their various inspirations, and discover their areas of interest. They will also be aided in developing their thought processes behind making works, to help their works evolve to be more aligned with their own style and voice.

In addition to the development of their artworks, students will also be coached in how to deal with interviews, and improve their presentation skills. Not only are these important for the DSA application process, they can also come in handy for students in other situations in the future.

Success Stories from our student enrolled in the DSA Portfolio Preparation Course


How Does It Work? Art Portfolio Preparation

Each student will be given a folder with guides, reference materials, rubrics made in reference to the criteria of top schools as well as our instructor’s professional feedback. On top of that, we will conduct an assessment after each learning stage. In between, there will also be regular consultations with our professional instructors to provide feedback on how to improve our students’ works. The given folder will be a good addition to the preparation to allow our students to track their progress and know where they are at during the preparation process.

Visual Arts Centre is motivated with the mission to get your child into their preferred art school. Over here, we adopt a unique and systematic approach that allows you to train your foundational art skills and develop your own sense of creativity. From foundational skills to how to ace those interviews, Visual Arts Centre has it all covered.

This course is available for registration for just 24 Sessions, that only focuses on Part (1).

Part I: Click here to find out more!

Part II: Click here to find out more!

Learning Objectives

Registration is now open! (Our Portfolio class will be carried out alongside our regular classes.)

Age Group: Portfolio preparation students, Youths/Adults applying for art schools

Price (All Materials Included):

48 Sessions: $3268 (Part 1 + Part 2)

Validity: 48 Weeks

Click here if you would like to purchase 24 Sessions (Part 1) with us instead!

Schedule & Location

48 Sessions Portfolio Preparation Course for Youths 作品集48节课程 (Dhoby Ghaut)
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Studio
48 Weeks
48 Sessions Portfolio Preparation Course for Youths 作品集48节课程 (MacPherson)
Location Visual Arts Centre MacPherson Studio
48 Weeks
Part 1 – 24 Sessions Portfolio Preparation Course for Youths 作品集24节课程(上)(Dhoby Ghaut)
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Studio
30 Weeks
Part 2 – 24 Sessions Portfolio Preparation Course for Youths 作品集24节课程(下)(MacPherson)
Location Visual Arts Centre MacPherson Studio
26 Weeks
Part 1 – 24 Sessions Portfolio Preparation Course for Youths 作品集24节课程(上)(MacPherson)
Location Visual Arts Centre MacPherson Studio
26 Weeks

You will be redirected to the workshop registration page to fill in your enrollment details after you make payment. By clicking “Buy This Package”, you agree with our terms and conditions. Do note that there is no refund for signups.

Please call/WhatsApp us at 6255 0711

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All of our courses are conducted in our cozy art studio, which will provide you with a conducive environment to learn with us. Built by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, Visual Arts Centre is located in the heart of the Dhoby Ghaut Arts & Heritage precinct, a main tourist destination for experiencing the arts and cultural atmosphere of Singapore. We are also minutes away from several major art institutions, museums and schools. We are a stone’s throwaway from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and many bus stops, so it is easy for you to navigate to us.

Location: 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit B, 30 meter, left turn)

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