Raffles Institution

Art Elective Programme (AEP) Frequently Asked Questions


    1. What is the Raffles Institution Art Elective Programme (RI AEP)?

    The RI AEP is for pupils who have been identified with artistic aptitude and potential and who have a strong interest in the visual arts. The programme provides them with a variety of platforms to further their interest and realize and maximize their artistic potential. At Year 5 & 6, AEP pupils may opt to take up H1, H2 or H3 Art at A levels.

    2. Is RI AEP the same as the AEP in other AEP centres?

    Though RI is currently not an MOE-administered AEP centre, the philosophy and quality of teaching are geared towards similar outcomes as the MOE AEP centres. With the Raffles Programme, there will be enriching experiences for your son, aided by AEP-trained teachers.

    3. What is the schedule like for RI AEP students?

    Year 1 & 2 classes are conducted within curriculum hours with an addition of one hour on Tuesday after school. There will be occasional additional workshops, masterclasses and local learning journeys conducted in the other afternoons. Year 3 & 4 classes are held on Thursdays after school for 4 hours. Art is an examinable subject to be computed in the year-end average and hence attendance is compulsory.

    4. What is the RI AEP syllabus like?

    Students will be exposed to a variety of aesthetic concepts, art techniques and media to help them along in the creative process. Lessons in the first year will be structured to first build up a strong basic foundation in art, both in theory and application, and will gradually progress to very independent creation of artwork. The course should lead to a fuller understanding of the part played by Art in the history of human development. Your son will become independent thinkers who will be able to transfer their knowledge and skills to other areas and disciplines and will contribute proactively to their peers, the school, and society through art making.


    5. Can my son take up both the RIAEP and 3rd Language?

    Yes. Students are allowed to take up both RIAEP and 3rd Language if there is no clash in the timetable. However, students should seek advice and approval from the Dean of Academic Studies if he wishes to take up additional subjects. Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis depending on your son's PSLE aggregate, as we do not wish your son to be overwhelmed by too many subjects in the transition year from primary to secondary education.

    6. Will my son be allowed to discontinue the RI AEP?

    Applications to withdraw will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and usually upon recommendation by the AEP teacher. Note that withdrawal applications are considered at the end of each academic year.

    7. How useful is Art in this day and age? Why Art?

    Visual Image is one of the most prevalent forms of communication in this day and age. It allows one to communicate and express ideas, thoughts and feelings. It is a language that is complementary to the literary, mathematical, scientific and factually-based subjects. Art also requires the complex processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experience. Apart from pragmatic concerns in life, there lies a softer side to humanity that deals with, beauty, passion, and grace. If your son has the talent and the interest, don't ask why; ask why not?

    8. I would like my son to enrol in the RI AEP. What are the requirements?

    There is no pre-requisite for this programme. However, students must take a one and a half hour selection test which gauges their abilities in terms of drawing from observation skills and creativity. For application through DSA Art, please refer to our school website.

    9. Will my son take the GCE ‘O’ Level Art Exam at the end of Year 4?

    No. RIAEP students do not sit for the GCE ‘O’ Level Art exam at the end of Year 4. Instead, they will take the internal Raffles Programme AEP exam just like all the other subjects.

    10. If my son is already in the AEP at Year1-4, is he automatically eligible for the H2 Art at Year 5-6?

    Your son will have to sit for an aptitude test in order to enrol as an ‘A’ level art student in year 5 and 6.

    11. Who can I contact for more information?

    You may contact Mr Tan Chiew Sern (Assistant Department Head for Art) at T: 6672 6335 or email: chiewsern.tan[at]ri.edu.sg