ASL and Deaf Studies (Full-time program)

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Become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). This full-time program is designed for non-Deaf adults who have learned some basic skills in ASL but who wish to study the language more intensely with an aim to develop fluency. During the program, they also learn about Deaf culture and the Deaf community, develop public speaking skills, and examine the possible career development opportunities. Many of our graduates choose to pursue careers in interpreting.

Program Hours: The ASL & Deaf Studies full-time certificate program runs Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 10 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

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Program Description

Program Description

For students who have never studied American Sign Language (ASL), the normal sequence of courses is to first take SIGN 1000 American Sign Language Level 1. Upon successful completion, students are then eligible to apply for the full-time, 10-month program.

Students are required to successfully complete all courses in each term before continuing to the next term.

For more information about ASL and Deaf studies please call 604.871.7000, ext. 7443 (voicemail), 604.871.7100 (fax), or 604.871.7444 (TTY). A brochure for the upcoming term can be mailed to you upon request.

Information about interpreting and Braille services

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • English 12 or equivalent
  • Successful completion of 120 hours minimum of ASL studies including American Sign Language (ASL) SIGN 1000 or equivalent

Applicants whose first language is other than English and are presenting foreign documents equivalent to Grade 12, must complete an English Language Assessment.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Some previous exposure to the Deaf Community and sensitivity to Deaf issues
  • Good visual memory
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Ability to follow signed, oral, and written instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • High interest in and empathy for other people
  • Sensitivity to issues of difference and identity
  • Maturity and positive self-image with high standards of personal integrity

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $4650
Student Union Fee $110
College Initiative Fee $134
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $410
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$186 - Campus Resource Fee
$700 - Approximate textbooks and supplies
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Expand your career opportunities and communicate better with Deaf friends, family members, clientele and colleagues.

VCC's American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf studies programs offer a solid foundation in ASL and Deaf awareness for use in the workplace, everyday life or wherever you encounter Deaf people.

ASL and Deaf studies (full-time)
ASL and Deaf studies (intoductory courses)

Email signlanguage@vcc.ca or call 604.871.7000, ext. 7443 for more information.

Date Day Time Room Location
May 22, 2019 Wednesday 6 - 7 p.m. 2555, building A Broadway

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(SIGN 1100) ASL 1
course schedule schedule
6.5 credits
(SIGN 1200) ASL Lab 1
course schedule schedule
3.5 credits
(SIGN 1300) Deaf Culture and Community 1
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(SIGN 1400) Becoming an Ally 1
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(SIGN 1500) Public Speaking and English Grammar
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits

Term 2

(SIGN 2100) ASL 2
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
(SIGN 2200) ASL Lab 2
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits
(SIGN 2300) Deaf Culture and Community 2
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits
(SIGN 2400) Becoming an Ally 2
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits
(SIGN 2500) Deaf Literature
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits

Term 3

(SIGN 3100) ASL 3
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
(SIGN 3200) ASL Lab 3
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits
(SIGN 3300) Deaf Culture and Community 3
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits
(SIGN 3400) Becoming an Ally 3
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits
(SIGN 3500) ASL Literature
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits