Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts degree

Associate of Arts - General Option

Associate of Arts - International and Development Studies

Associate of Arts - Media and Communication Studies

Associate of Arts - Theatre Option

Frequent Asked Questions 

Why earn an Associate of Arts degree?
What sort of career can I expect?
Why earn my Associate of Arts degree at UFV?
I'm still not quite sure what direction my education is taking me. Is this for me?
What about the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree?
Can I study part-time?
Can I take this program online?
What are the program requirements?
What do I need to get in?
What if I want to transfer to another university to continue my studies?
I'm interested. What should I do next?
When should I apply?
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?

Why earn an Associate of Arts degree?

You’re creative, want to work with people, and have always been interested in the liberal arts. The challenge is to tie this into a post-secondary education that will lead you into an interesting and satisfying career. UFV’s Associate of Arts degree could open the door to a wide variety of options. This two-year program is designed to accommodate students with different needs and to be tailored to match your individual goals. In this program, you will gain a solid foundation in the liberal arts, focus your studies in one particular direction, and work toward your post-secondary educational goals.

 

What sort of career can I expect?

The options are many. Check out our website at www.ufv.ca/arts for a detailed list of where some of our graduates end up. Once you’ve earned your associate degree, you might choose to return to UFV and work towards earning credentials for a career as a teacher, administrator, librarian, archivist, writer, translator, communications specialist, television producer, actor, musician, painter, or visual artist.

 

Why earn my Associate of Arts degree at UFV?

You have a life, we realize that. That’s why we offer this flexible program that allows you to earn your Associate of Arts degree in online or face-to-face classes, or a combination of both. This is a formal credential that recognizes the successful completion of a two-year academic program. If you have plans for future education, this program also serves as an intermediate qualification if you wish to transfer to UFV degree programs or other educational institutions.
It also serves well as a qualification for employment.

 



I’m still not quite sure what direction my education is taking me. Is this for me?

‌This is where our Associate of Arts degree program comes in. There are four options. You
can complete a general associate degree or pursue studies in specific concentrations.
Your associate degree options are:

  • Associate of Arts degree (general option)
  • Associate of Arts degree: International and Development Studies
  • Associate of Arts degree: Media and Communication Studies
  • Associate of Arts degree: Theatre

The Associate of Arts degree program includes a breadth of intellectual and academic experience that is worthwhile if your educational or career goals are in the humanities, the creative and performing arts, and the social sciences. The minimum requirements for the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education Associate of Arts degree are met in the UFV Associate of
Arts program.

What about the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree?

That’s also an option. If you think you might want to pursue the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree at UFV, you can speak with an advisor in the Arts Advice centre who will help you choose the courses within the Associate of Arts degree that fulfill requirements for both programs.

 

Can I study part time?

Yes, UFV offers you the flexibility of earning your degree on your own timeframe. If you
wish, you can complete one course per semester until you’ve earned your degree. If you choose to study full-time, the program is designed to be completed in two years, with 15
credits per semester. We realize that people have busy lives and that’s why we offer the
option of completing the degree on a part-time basis.

 

Can I take this program online?

Absolutely! UFV, along with other B.C. post-secondary institutions, is part of the BCcampus initiative that providesonline learning opportunities to students who want to complete an Associate of Arts degree and/or a Bachelor of General Studies. A list of the online courses
that UFV is contributing to this initiative can be viewed at www.ufv.ca/online. To learn more about this initiative, including a complete list of all the online courses offered, you can go to www.bccampus.ca.

 



What are the program requirements?

‌The Associate of Arts general option requires a minimum of 60 credits transferable to at least one of UBC, UNBC, UVic, or SFU, of which 15 credits must be taken at UFV. You can’t use one course to meet more than one of the following specific requirements. To graduate you must achieve an average overall grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting towards the associate degree.

 

Program Outline

Year One/Semester I

ENGL 105–170 or one of CMNS 125, 155, 251
Social Science: 100-level
Humanities: 100-level
Social Science/Humanities  MATH/Stats/COMP

 

Year One/Semester II

ENGL 105–170 or one of CMNS 125, 155, 251
Social Science: 100-level
Humanities: 100-level
Social Science/Humanities
Lab Science: 100-level

 

Year Two/Semester III

Arts elective 200-level*
Arts elective 200-level*
Arts elective 200-level*
Elective 100- or 200-level
Science elective

Year Two/Semester IV

Arts elective 200-level*
Arts elective 200-level*
Arts elective 200-level*
Elective 100- or 200-level
Elective 100- or 200-level or previous credit

*Must be in two or more subject areas



What do I need to get in?

‌If you are applying straight from high school, follow option one. If you have attended some post-secondary school, follow option two.

Option one: high school graduation only

You will need B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent and, a minimum of a B average on English 12 and two other provincially examined grade 12 subjects. NEW! Provincial exams are no longer required - click on this link for more details: UFV: policy changes good news for grads

Option two: university entrance

You will need a minimum of nine university-level credits complete with a cumulative GPA of
2.0 on all university level credits attempted.

 

What if I want to transfer to another university to continue my studies?

With your UFV Associate of Arts degree, you will have priority admission to Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia, if you wish to transfer. Your admission is still subject to the conditions outlined in their current calendars, which are available at Student Services or the library. You can also check out their websites for
detailed admissions information.

 

I’m interested. What should I do next?

Apply to the Associate of Arts program. It’s best to check out our online calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar and read the Associate of Arts section carefully. From our website y
ou can go to the download centre and download the application form. Fill it out and submit
it, along with the required documents and the $45 application fee (the $45 will be waived for current UFV General Arts students), to the Admissions and Records office at any UFV campus or centre or through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca.

 



When should I apply?

‌Admission is on a competitive basis. Specific requirements will be published on the UFV
web site at www.ufv.ca. Applications for the fall semester should be received by January
31st. Applications received after this deadline will be considered if space is available in the
program. UFV also accepts applications for the winter semester and those must be submitted by October 1 of the previous fall. If you meet all the entrance requirements, but the program is
full, you will be given an opportunity to register in liberal arts.

 

How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?

It’s best to consult the UFV calendar for tuition fees, keeping in mind that new fees are
usually set in May. You should also visit the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget
planning worksheet is available online at www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget.

 

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?

Absolutely. We want to hear from you! If you’re unsure of your direction, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. For more information about the Associate of Arts degree options go to www.ufv.ca/arts or call the Arts Advice Centre at 604-557-4028.

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