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Foundation Certificate in Communication, Media and Arts

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Minimum Entry Requirement

Minimum age of 16 years.

Academic Level:

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level with minimum 3 credits OR
Min 10 years of formal education (middle school) OR
Below Year 10 completion if it is an official completion of secondary education in the country of origin

Minimum language requirement:

Min English language requirement of equivalent to IELTS 4 or minimum score of 50% in Shelton’s English Language Placement Test.
Note: Exemption from English 1 and 2 may be extended to students who score 70% and above in Shelton’s English Language Placement Test equivalent to IELTS 5.5.
Mode of Study
Full Time : 8 months
Part Time: 8 months

FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION, MEDIA AND ARTS is a preparatory program that aims to equip students with the language proficiency, communication skills and academic foundation in order to prepare them for their entry into Shelton College International’s higher education pathway in media, communication and arts. It is directed to students who seek to enter a diploma programme adopting an approach to higher education where students are expected to take a degree of responsibility for managing their own learning.   The course is delivered in English and is aimed particularly but not exclusively at international students whose mother tongue is not English.

The programme aims to:

enable the learner to gain a certain level of proficiency in English equivalent to approximately equivalent to IELTS 5.0

provide learners with the basic communication, study and research skills

provide learners with the necessary concepts coupled with a range of practical skills in the media, communication and arts perspective

At the end of this programme, students will be able to:

Develop skills in reading, writing and grammar, build confidence in the usage of English language and acquire the appropriate proficiency necessary for higher education delivered in English.

Evaluate and apply the acquired   basic study, critical thinking and research skills in their area of studies   

Understand the underlying concepts and principles associated with media, communications and the arts

Communicate the output of their study/ work accurately and reliably in a structured argument

Commence advance training/studies and cultivate new abilities in line with their course of study



This module will assist students in developing skills in essential grammar, vocabulary and sentence structures with equal weighting on speaking, reading, writing and listening components. The indicative content focuses both on life skills / experiences as well as academic applications for a widely accessible language experience. The skills learned in this module will further be reinforced in English 2.


This module will reinforce students’ skills in reading, writing and grammar. Group interaction and critical thinking will be incorporated in instructional techniques. This module aims to prepare the student for the demands of further study at a higher level. It will revise grammar and build confidence in communication and discussion. It will update and expand knowledge in culture and current events as well as expose students to academic reading and writing tasks.


The module aims to provide students with the fundamental learning and critical thinking skills necessary to derive maximum benefit from their Higher Education studies.


This module consists of two parts:

Academic Writing aims to provide students with the fundamental skills of writing for their academic work. It will help students to formulate their ideas and thoughts into writing. Students will develop the ability to write creatively, format their work for different platforms and learn how to plan and structure their writing. The course will help students to connect ideas with writing and increase students’ ability to perform independently.

Research Skills aims to provide students with the basic research skills needed for higher education study. These include how to find and select the most relevant information from source materials; understanding the concepts of qualitative and quantitative research; learning what plagiarism is and how to avoid it and learning how to do reference and use the Harvard referencing style.

It will also help students to use their own ideas and express opinions based on the knowledge obtained from research.


This module aims to introduce the students to the basic theory and knowledge of audio-visual language, the basic technology and methods of film and television production and to master the composition of film and television production elements.


This module aims to teach students to analyse movies, TV and new media images ranging from a general audience to a professional perspective.


This module lays a foundation for students to study other art courses and related courses. It provides students the understanding and mastery of the basic theories of art, such as its nature, function, composition, creation, consumption and the origin of art


The course emphasizes the full combination of theory and practice, and will serve as a foundation for students to pursue courses such as mass media, film and television, and new media.


A combination of written examination and coursework.