Q6: Is SFSA only for people wanting to be UX designers?
A6: No, it’s for design and non-design professionals! If one is a design professional looking to deepen their skills in the design discipline they are currently in, (say an architect looking to take some in-depth architectural programme) or looking to widen their skills (say a designer who needs to take on some business or leadership skills since they run their own consultancy and have staff under them), they can do so. A non-designer may also apply for SFSA if they can demonstrate how the programme can help in their career plan to advocate and champion design adoption in their organisations. For non-designers, do note that the course should be either a post-graduate or executive education programme.
Q7: Must I get a job immediately in order to get the subsidy? If not, do I have to pay back the support I received?
A7: No, this is an award to encourage upskilling and whilst it is a bonus if one can get a job after the programme, there is no penalty if one does not. In fact, one does not need to be currently employed to apply but needs to have prior 3 years working experience.
Q8: What if I want to take up a UX course but want to do UX writing or content/research/ strategy-related roles - would I still be subsidised?
A8: It depends! If one can demonstrate how the programme can help deepen or widen their skills as a designer and what it is relevant for them, it is possible.
Q9:When will SFSA open again (is there a predictable period)?
A9: The SFSA will open multiple times a year, with the latest one in July 2020. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for any queries.