Diploma in Arts Business Management (N91)

Why ABM?

  • Gain the skills to lead transformations in the arts, culture and heritage sectors to multiply their impact on society 
  • Experience real-world learning through industry projects that will help you build a stellar portfolio and professional network
  • Broad-based curriculum anchored on the creative arts, heritage and event management fields to give you more career options

About ABM

If you love the idea of planning arts events, or working in galleries, museums, performing arts, or heritage organisations, then the Diploma in Arts Business Management (ABM) is what you are looking for! 

With ABM, you will cultivate an appreciation for various creative art forms – ranging from theatre and music, to dance and visual arts – and gain the business and management skills to thrive in and contribute to the transformation of these sectors. Besides attending lectures and workshops, you can look forward to exciting industry visits and opportunities to work on projects sponsored by our reputable partners from the arts, culture and heritage fields.

To give you a solid foundation, you will be introduced to business and management skills that will teach you how to manage, market and finance arts and heritage organisations. Learn how to conduct research on cultural audiences, use digital media to market your event to specific audience segments, develop sponsorship strategies, and organise physical and digital festivals and events.

You will have the opportunity to work on integrated projects, including the conceptualisation and execution of business development plans for companies in the creative industries. Apart from gaining hands-on business development skills, you will amass practical experience that will get you career ready. Keen to launch your own project? Gain opportunities to create your own digital exhibition, or even develop products, programmes and merchandise!

One of the highlights of your ABM journey is the opportunity to plan and organise Verve, an annual community arts festival. You will apply the skills and knowledge that you have learnt to plan and implement programmes, present arts and cultural performances, work with artists and volunteers, and ensure financial sustainability for the event.

Our tie-ups with renowned arts and heritage organisations such as the Singapore Art Museum, Arts House Limited and National Heritage Board will allow you to gain insights into the ins and outs of the local arts scene. Be prepared to learn from and get inspired by veterans of the arts, culture and heritage fields!

Arts House
Singapore Art Museum

Overview of Your ABM Journey

Further Studies

You may enjoy up to one semester’s exemption when applying for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.

You may also receive up to one year’s exemption at the following universities: 


  • Edith Cowan University 
    • Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) 
    • Bachelor of Business 
  • Murdoch University 
    • Bachelor of Business in Hospitality & Tourism Management 
    • Bachelor of Business in Management 
    • Bachelor of Business in Marketing 
  • Queensland University of Technology 
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries 
  • The University of Sydney 
    • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science 
  • The Australian National University  
    • Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Curatorship)
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Crystal Lee
Arts Business Management graduate, Class of 2020

Crystal is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts - Digital Media at SIM-University of Stirling.

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Rohini Varsha
Arts Business Management graduate, Class of 2019

Rohini is studying History at NUS.


As an ABM graduate, you are professionally trained to manage the creative and heritage industries. And what better place to start than the flourishing arts industry in Singapore? You can look forward to pursuing careers in these job roles: 

  • Arts Administrator 
  • Artist Manager 
  • Events Executive 
  • Education and Outreach Executive 
  • Marketing Executive 
  • Programme Executive/Manager
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Elizabeth Chua
Arts Business Management graduate, Class of 2016

Elizabeth is currently working as an Assistant Manager (Talent Development & Programming) at the NUS Centre For the Arts.

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Crystal Lee
Arts Business Management graduate, Class of 2020 

Crystal is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts - Digital Media at SIM-University of Stirling.

Entry Requirements


To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-6
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Any one of the 2nd group of Relevant Subjects for the ELR2B2-B Aggregate Type1-6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-B Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB).

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period.

What You Will Learn

Academic Writing & Presentation (4 Credit Units)

The module focuses on critical thinking, academic writing as well as presentation and listening skills. The module aims to equip students with the skills for academic writing and presentation. Finding and evaluating academic sources, reading, note-taking, essay planning and writing and presentation skills will be developed in this module.

Career & Professional Preparation 1 (1 Credit Unit)

This module gives students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals. The module aims to deepen students’ commitment to the sector that the course prepares them for.

Introduction to Arts & Heritage Management (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to introduce students to the management of the different forms of arts and heritage in the creative industries. This will be achieved through exposure to a range of topics, by field visits. The topics will focus on arts and heritage management in Singapore and the region.

Introduction to the Arts 1: Music & Visual Art (6 Credit Units)

This module aims to give an introductory understanding of the history and business of the music and visual arts sectors. The genres covered will explore the styles, characteristics, and cultural influences of different eras in both Asian and Western traditions. Topics include the production and promotion of both music and visual art.

IT Applications (4 Credit Units)

This module develops the e-competencies by equipping the students with the essential computing concepts and necessary skills to use computer applications for information research, organisation, collaboration and presentation.

Social Psychology (3 Credit Units)

This module explores the nature and causes of behaviour of individuals in relation to other people. The aim is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which social behaviours are shaped by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural and biological factors.

Economics (4 Credit Units)

This module provides students with an understanding of the economic choices made by consumers, firms and the government, and how these decisions affect the market for a particular good or service. It incorporates a study of the theory of demand and supply. The module discusses production costs, price determination and supply decisions for individual firms in different market structures. Students will have a basic understanding of the economic factors and government initiatives that have an impact on arts business management.

Education, Outreach & Community Arts (4 Credit Units)

This module will explore the tools for developing education and outreach programmes to enhance public knowledge and exposure to the arts. It will also develop skills for working with the community to create and conduct arts programmes that enhance social cohesion and address issues within the community.

Introduction to the Arts 2: Theatre & Dance (6 Credit Units)

This module aims to give an introductory understanding of the history and business of the theatre and dance sectors. The genres covered will explore the styles, characteristics, and cultural influences of different eras in both Asian and Western traditions. Topics include the production and promotion of both theatre and dance.

Professional Communication 1 (3 Credit Units)

The module prepares students to communicate effectively in business settings. Students will learn both oral and written communication skills that demonstrate concepts of business communication principles, interpersonal skills and intercultural skills. Topics such as proposal and report writing, elevator pitch and professional presentation will be covered.

Visual Communication 1 (3 Credit Units)

Focusing on the use of images in the media, this module examines the theories and concepts of visual literacy; it provides an introduction to communicating visually through conceptual thinking with the use of digital photography and imaging software. Students will also think critically about the issues of visual images in communication and learn the basic principles of visual design.

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)

Arts Marketing & Communication (4 Credit Units)

This module examines the basic concepts and principles of arts marketing to enable students to better understand and evaluate the marketing system in which products and services are planned, priced, promoted and distributed. It will also provide a comprehensive overview of the effective principles of public relations, focusing on different writing approaches and styles required for specific situations, audiences, communication objectives, content and media.

Festival & Event Management (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in arts festival and event management. The module will focus on discussing the intricacies of fulfilling the key performance indicators of performing arts festivals and events. In particular, the students will learn how to formulate creative strategies to tackle the complex demands of conceptualising, programming, logistics planning, human resource management and risk management. They will also gain insights into the latest management practices in the local as well as the international industries.

Human Capital Management (4 Credit Units)

This module provides students with a working knowledge of human resource skills needed by supervisors and managers in the arts industry to ensure that arts organisations attract, employ, develop and retain the optimum number, type and quality of employees at all times to meet organisational demands and goals.

Partnership Engagement & Volunteer Development (4 Credit Units)

This module provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of stakeholder partnerships, sponsorship and a Volunteer Management Framework in the context of the arts and heritage sectors. Students will gain an understanding of issues related to engaging stakeholders, fund-raising and sponsorship development and the role of volunteer management framework in managing issues such as volunteers' recruitment, job-match, motivation and recognition.

Professional Communication 2 (2 Credit Units)

The module prepares students to write effective cover letters and resumes. Preparation and enhancement of portfolio to meet professional standard as well as development of presentation skills, and improvement of job-seeking techniques will also be covered in the module.

Visual Communication 2 (3 Credit Units)

Focusing on a practical approach, this module introduces the importance of online and print collaterals in the creative industries. Through the use of design software in micro-lectures, hands-on projects and critique sessions, students experience the creative process first-hand in producing promotional and marketing materials. This module also covers writing design specifications, copyediting and production layout.

Financial Management (4 Credit Units)

The module introduces the basic concepts of financial management, including accounting, cash management, budgeting, box office management and forecasting, in relation to arts organisations. Using case studies and simulations, student will learn how to apply financial accounting principles to the arts industry.

Research in Audience Development (4 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the process of developing qualitative and quantitative research skills in the arts industry, particularly in arts audience development. Through lessons and tutorials, students will learn and understand roles of art professionals, researchers and cultural policy makers, both in visual and performing arts organisations. Students will also develop a general understanding of research development and statistics interpretation.

Stage & Exhibition Management (4 Credit Units)

This module provides students with the technical knowledge behind stage and exhibition management. Students will learn the how to read technical riders and exhibition plans, maintain production records and to use this information in the staging of performances and exhibitions.

Talent & Artist Management (4 Credit Units)

The module examines the crucial role of professional management for various types of artists and entertainers. Focusing on the roles of personal manager, talent agent, road manager, and company manager, students will learn the art of guiding the professional career of artistes, developing contacts within the arts industry, marketing and promoting artistes for overseas exposure, identifying clients and projects for the artistes, and negotiating deals.

World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^ (2 Credit Units)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 10 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

Arts Regulation, Policy & Governance (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to examine why and how the state intervenes in the production and consumption of art. It elaborates on the history of arts policy in Singapore, from the founding of the nation in 1965 to the present, and discusses how it has affected artists, cultural institutions and citizens. The formulation of arts policies pertaining to funding, censorship and the building of facilities will be critically discussed. While the module focuses on arts policy in Singapore, it will also make references to other countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States to encourage a comparative approach. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of a good knowledge of arts policy for arts entrepreneurs, managers and administrators.

Creative Entrepreneurship (4 Credit Units)

This module explores the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship. Students will learn about the issues and challenges facing the arts business in the modern world. Students will also be introduced to entrepreneurial concepts and be asked to develop new ideas and plans for creative leadership. The module aims to give students an understanding of simple market analysis and financial planning, and other requirements for starting and running a business, with particular application (and adaptation as required) to “businesses” in the field of arts and culture.

Museum & Art Gallery Management (4 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the main elements of museum and art gallery management. These will be supplemented with theories and processes involved in museum administration, administrative technicalities, management for non-profit organisations, and case studies. Some of the topics to be covered will include collections management, education and outreach, museum exhibition design, conservation management and understanding the artist’s studio, arts groups and cooperatives. Through lessons and tutorials, students will learn about the roles of museum and gallery professionals and their responsibilities.

Professional Communication 3 (2 Credit Units)

The module equips students with the knowledge and skills in professional etiquette in a variety of workplace settings. Personal branding and the use of social media (LinkedIn) and the Internet in job-seeking will also be covered in the module. Students will also learn to curate and develop a digital portfolio that highlights their accomplishments, past works, projects and skills.

Project ID: Connecting the Dots^ (4 Credit Units)


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