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General Arts & Science Diploma @ Alpha International

Available at: Alpha International Academy (Toronto)


Alpha International Academy connects international students seeking a quality post-secondary education with one of the leading colleges in Ontario. The Academy is affiliated with St. Lawrence College, who provides oversight over all curriculum, faculty, and operational quality for college-level programs delivered at Alpha’s Toronto campus. Students can apply through Alpha at: and are considered enrolled at St. Lawrence College once admitted. Graduates receive a St. Lawrence College diploma or graduate certificate, depending on their course of study.

The General Arts & Science Diploma provides a broad liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for the workforce, college programs, or transfer to university. Core courses provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, math­ematics, analytical skills, and applied science. Complementing these are general education courses in a variety of cultural and business-related topics such as Film, Environmental Studies, Organizational Behaviour, and Entrepreneurship. Those heading for the workforce acquire effective career search techniques and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with an employer.  Alpha Arts & Science courses have been designed to meet the needs of International students and equip them for future study or employment in Canada or around the globe.


Explore general education courses such as Film, Entrepreneurship, and History or strengthen your ability in core courses in languages, sciences, and math; the General Arts and Science program at Alpha allows you to do both. Diploma students complete two years in the col­lege environment, rather than four at a university, and still have the option of transferring and completing a university degree and/or transferring into another program offered at St. Lawrence. Those heading for the workforce acquire effective career search techniques and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with an employer.

You will take a number of core courses that provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, math­ematics, analytical skills, science, and general education. The remaining courses are electives, chosen in consultation with your program advisor. Diploma graduates are prepared to enter the workforce directly, or they may continue their studies at university. University-bound students are encouraged to complete the pre-university diploma track.

Program Name

General Arts & Science Diploma @ Alpha International

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 Years (1080 hours)

Location (Campus)

Alpha International Academy (Toronto)

Canadian Fees

Fees for this program are set by Alpha International Academy and are available by contacting them at  or visit their website at: .

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
General Education Electives (2)
Personal Development

Semester 2
Applied Science
Interpersonal Skills
General Education Elective (2)

Semester 3
Career Strategies
General Education Electives (3)

Semester 4
Work Placement
Project Management
General Education Elective(4)

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C or U level

Students with previous post-secondary credentials may apply for advanced standing in General Arts and Science. Each request will be assessed individually by a College academic advisor.

For general information, please contact

Bonus Points

Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.


    Ellen Foster, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2013
    Front end developer and designer, JIC Design, Kingston

    Developing a close relationship with teachers has always been important for Ellen, so she chose St. Lawrence because of its atmosphere. “It felt a lot more welcoming and supportive than other colleges. The professors wanted to learn about my interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses even before I stepped foot into the classroom. I've always appreciated a strong student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get that at SLC,” she said.

    Now into her career, Ellen feels like her learning experience at SLC really prepared her for her chosen career path by taking fundamental skills learned and applying them directly to her work. “I currently work as a front-end developer and designer here in Kingston. I learned the fundamentals of front-end development, as well as web design, which is a combination most front-end developers don't have.”  

    Ellen has a word of advice for incoming students to Graphic Design: “To take chances, don't be afraid to fail, and get in over your head. College is the perfect place to realize you're terrible at something and not get fired for it. We may not all be illustrators or web wizards, but you're not going to find out what you are until you take a chance on everything else.”


    Ellen Foster

    Program Contact

    Alpha International

    Admissions Information

    Alpha International

    Additional Information

    Program Outline: Please note that the program outline above is for the 2016/17 Academic year. For previous program outlines, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 613-544-5400, ext. 1302, or the International Office at 613-544-5400, ext. 1857, or

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