Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree comprises two years of undergraduate university study in the Arts and Sciences, equivalent to the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree. While the goal is to provide students with an academic foundation for further university studies, an associate degree is also a stand-alone credential. The Associate of Arts degree is widely recognized by post-secondary institutions in the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts degree have an increased likelihood of transferring to a university and entering the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program.

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.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
TBD 24 months Associate Degree Broadway Full or Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

The expected length of the program is 24 months. Most courses are offered during the VCC Academic Year, from September to April. Courses are also offered in the Summer Term, from May to August. There is the option of part-time studies, which would result in a longer time frame for completion of the credential. The maximum allowable time for students to complete the program is four years.

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: Course lists, such as below, can never be exhaustive. 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.

Students must complete:







6 credits in first-year English




9 credits in Science which shall include at least:




3 credits in Mathematics, or Computing Science or Statistics




3 credits in a laboratory science




36 credits in Arts which shall include:




A minimum of 18 credits in second-year Arts taken in two or more subject areas




6 credits in the Social Sciences




6 credits in Humanities (including the Creative and Performing Arts) other than English




9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas.




Total Program Credits (minimum):


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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent; and
  • English 12 with a C+ or equivalent, OR English language proficiency at the Grade 12 level

    1. Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite course(s) or equivalents 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)
    2. Specific post-secondary courses may be used to substitute for secondary school courses at the discretion of the appropriate departments.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35

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.

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