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Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology
(DADP) S43
School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)

DADP journeys beyond performance, integrating the tools of drama with an understanding of psychology. The result is a powerful engine for education, social intervention and change.

Do you want to help others share their stories? How can you create transformative encounters when these stories are told? Can stories change lives or influence communities for the better, and if so, how?

At CASS, authentic learning means extending the boundaries of the classroom. Connect with your audience through industry-based assessments. Design programmes to meet the specific needs of participants, including children, youths, the elderly as well as marginalised communities.

With the course, you will:

  • Draw on the expertise of leading dramatists through our Artist-in-Residence scheme and master classes. Embark on exciting immersion programmes to London, Taiwan and Thailand, and learn from international theatre practitioners.
  • Work with communities from a wide range of settings, such as schools, prisons and welfare homes. Collaborate with educational institutions and non-profit organisations. Intern with local drama companies, schools, government agencies and community development agencies.
  • Bring different stories to life in The Black Box, our concrete theatrical space with unlimited potential to transform itself, its players and its audience.

Join us - combine your dramatic flair with the heart to make a difference in society.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-A
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 6

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 7

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6


To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Art / Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Combined Humanities
  • Commerce / Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • History
  • Introduction to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English / Chinese / Malay / Tamil
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Music


The Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Introduction to Applied Drama
  • Introduction to Drama and Performance
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Psychology
  • Understanding Research and Ethics
  • Devised Drama
  • Drama Conventions
  • Social Psychology
  • Industry Immersion
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Process Drama
  • Drama-in-Education
  • Theatre-in-Education
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychology-in-Education
  • Forum Theatre
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • General Education 3
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project


  • Children Elective – Story Drama & Developmental Issues in Childhood
  • Youth Elective – Participatory Video & Adolescent Psychology
  • Elderly Elective – Reminiscence Theatre & Psychological Perspectives in Ageing

Third Year

  • Graduation Project
  • Grants, Proposals and Evaluation
  • Internship

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

DADP graduates can look forward to a career in the following:

  • Community Worker
  • Drama Educator
  • Drama Facilitator
  • Educational & Outreach Officer
  • Programme Officer
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Welfare Officer
  • Youth Worker

Further Studies

You may further your academic pursuits in drama, theatre studies, applied drama, psychology or arts and social sciences. DADP graduates are accepted into degree programmes at local and foreign universities. Some of these universities grant generous exemptions and advance standing to our graduates.

DADP graduates enjoy immediate employment with organisations in the social services, educational services and governmental sectors. Some DADP graduates have been offered prestigious scholarships by the National Arts Council, Yayasan MENDAKI and Nanyang Technological University.