English Language for the Creative Arts

The two-level programme, Certificate in English Language for the Creative Arts, is suitable for learners who are planning to undertake an academic programme taught in English at LASALLE College of the Arts. You will experience the vibrant and energising arts community within the College’s city-centre campus whilst developing your English language skills.

On successful completion of the programme you will achieve a level of English equivalent to the banding of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) that is required for undergraduate programmes. You also develop a set of study skills, which helps prepare you for studying in a tertiary environment.

For LASALLE programmes, the English language requirements are:

  • Diploma – IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 71 or PTE Academic 42
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 80 or PTE Academic 50

We teach English through communicative and task-based activities which aim to be student-centred and interactive. We use scaffolded approaches to prepare you for study in academic programmes. You will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and improve on pronunciation, vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. You will also experience contextual elements of learning in an arts environment and are encouraged to widen your knowledge of the arts during the programme. You can attend performances, exhibitions, and talks in addition to undertaking study trips to places of interest in Singapore.

You are mentored throughout and encouraged to set individual goals and develop independent learning skills, where self-study and reflection are a core part of the programme.

Course Details


12 months



Programme structure

Divided into two levels, you will enter the programme at a level which corresponds to your language ability and the undergraduate programme that you are offered. You can submit your IELTS or TOEFL score, or take the LASALLE placement test to determine your level of entry.

English 1 – Preliminary
English 2 – Communicator

Our comprehensive programme content includes the following:
  • General English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Study Skills
  • English Language for the Arts

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Learning methods

The programme team uses direct, communicative task-based activities to facilitate English language learning. Priority is placed on how English language is used for academic and practical situations with an emphasis on group and collaborative work. Below are examples of the type of activities you will experience:

  • You are directly involved in speaking and listening to English in everyday and academic situations. For example, when presenting a group project, the emphasis is on clarity of pronunciation and presentation of ideas.
  • Tasks help you develop reflective and problem-solving skills. For example, the class may visit a product design museum, where you read and research exhibited products. You then write a reflective journal to analyse and speculate on improvements to a chosen product.
  • Academic study skills and writing form a major part of the programme.

You develop your writing foundation before moving on to research and academic writing skill.

Assessment and feedback

The three main forms of assessment used by the programme are:

(i) Diagnostic Assessment – indicates your language level and readiness for a programme of study and identifies potential learning problems
(ii) Formative Assessment – designed to provide you with feedback on progress and development but does not contribute towards the overall assessment
(iii) Summative Assessment – measures achievement or failure with regards to your performance in relation to the learning outcomes of the programme

We provide you with information before you start an assignment as to:

  • how work is assessed
  • when and how assessment results are communicated
  • an agreed time frame for the submission of assessed work and the provision of feedback

Completing the learning, feedback and assessment cycle is important for an integrated academic student experience. Feedback identifies further actions needed to develop your knowledge and learning abilities. This provides an opportunity for you to work towards specific goals to improve your learning, performance and assessment outcomes.

Programme completion

Students who have passed the ‘English 2 - Communicator’ level will be awarded the Certificate in English Language for the Creative Arts.

The Learning Centre at LASALLE


Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Head, School of Creative Industries
Lecturer-in-charge, Certificate in English for the Creative Arts and The Learning Centre Head

Admission Information

Important Dates

English 1 – Preliminary

  • Start of semester: Aug 2022
  • Applications for Aug 2022 intake have closed.

English 2 – Communicator

  • Start of Semester: Jan 2023
  • Apply by 15 Oct 2022
Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements and the level of attainment at the end of each level:

Level Diploma Degree Diploma Degree
  English 1 - Preliminary English 2 - Communicator

August to November
(13 Teaching weeks, 1 Project Week, 2 Assessment Week)
325 Class Hours
195 Hours Directed Self-study

January to April
(13 Teaching weeks, 1 Project Week, 2 Assessment Week)
325 Class Hours
195 Hours Directed Self-study

Entry Requirements IELTS 3.5
(a minimum score of 3.5 is required in both the Speaking and Writing components)
(a minimum score of 4.0 is required in both the Speaking and Writing components)
(a minimum score of 4.5 is required in both the Speaking and Writing components)
PTE 30
(a minimum score of 5.0 is required in both the Speaking and Writing components)
PTE 36
Achievement at end of Level Equivalent of IELTS 4.5 Equivalent of IELTS 5.0

Equivalent of IELTS 5.5
(Students who pass with 50% would be eligible for entry to LASALLE Diploma programmes)

Equivalent of IELTS 6.0
(Students who pass with 60% would be eligible for entry to LASALLE Degree programmes)
Students who have passed the 'English 2 - Communicator' level will be awarded the Certificate in English Language for the Creative Arts.


Level Schedule Material fees Total programme fees
English 1 – Preliminary  August – November S$151.50 S$7,065.50
English 2 – Communicator January – April S$153 S$7,131

Application fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application. LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident applicants International applicants
S$60 S$120


Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Material Fee (MAT)

Material fees are required for Certificate in English Language for Creative Arts.

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $23.54 payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted modes of payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. In line with the Singapore government's move towards a cashless society, online payments are strongly encouraged. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE:

Payment method Payment mode

Online payment

  • Flywire
  • iBanking
  • PayNow/ DBS PayLah!
SAM (kiosk, web or mobile) / Singapore Post
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AMEX
  • NETS

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