What you will learn
Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree will be able to:
- Analyze, evaluate, and interpret written, spoken, and/or visual texts from a variety of academic disciplines
- Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information collected through classroom presentations and individual research
- Construct effective essays, reports, and oral presentations that demonstrate an understanding of appropriate academic rhetorical strategies and research documentation
- Integrate knowledge from a variety of academic disciplines
- Apply general and specific disciplinary knowledge to solving problems in a classroom environment
- Work well independently and in teams
- Demonstrate effective computer skills to successfully complete academic projects
- Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the associate degree to higher-level study in third and fourth-year courses at a university or related institution
What to expect
Courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and activities and may include the following, depending on the academic discipline and specific course objectives: lectures, class discussion, group work, guest speakers, films/videos, online and blended learning, demonstrations, case studies, field trips, laboratories, applied practical experiences and other approaches as determined by the instructor.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
- English 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or
- English Language Proficiency at a minimum Grade 12 'C+' level
- Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite courses leading to courses in the Associate degree (for example: prerequisite course Pre-calculus 11 or equivalent needs to be successfully completed in order to take ECON 1100 Microeconomics). See the requirements for each course.
- Specific post-secondary courses may be used to substitute for secondary school courses at the discretion of the appropriate departments.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Motivated, with a positive attitude towards learning
- Analytical, with the ability to think critically and rationally
- Computer literate, with some word processing experience and related technology skills
Students are strongly advised to check the admissions policies of their desired transfer institution, specifically to ensure that they meet any additional criteria for specific program areas, such as majors and minors. A minimum Associate of Arts degree GPA may be required.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
PLAR provides students with the opportunity to have their learning assessed and recognized in the form of academic credit toward the requirements of the degree credential. Refer to individual course outlines or check with the appropriate departments for more information on PLAR.
University transfer courses can be taken as stand-alone credits. Students do not have to declare their intention of completing the Associate of Arts degree to register in courses. Courses are open to any student who meets the general and specific requirements for each course.
However, students must meet the Associate of Arts program admissions requirements before courses can be used to satisfy the Associate of Arts degree.
Note: New courses will be developed to meet the needs of the program and react to ongoing changes in higher education. Please speak to Advising or the Department for support in selecting courses.
For detailed course descriptions, consult the course outlines available on the main VCC website.
The Associate of Arts Degree requires the successful completion of a minimum 60 credits that have assigned or unassigned credit at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, or the University of Northern British Columbia.
For further details about how a course is defined (e.g. arts/science/other, first-year/second-year, lab science/non-lab science etc.) please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca/associate/requirements
Students must complete:
A. 6 credits in first-year English
B. 9 credits in Science which shall include at least:
B1. 3 credits in Mathematics, Computing Science or Statistics
B2. 3 credits in a laboratory Science
C. 36 credits in Arts which shall include:
C1. A minimum of 18 credits in second-year Arts taken in two or more subject areas
C2. 6 credits in the Social Sciences
C3. 6 credits in Humanities (including the Creative and Performing Arts) other than English
D. 9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas.
Total Program Credits: 60.0 (minimum)
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
This program is pending approval and is not currently open for application.