University Transfer – Arts

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Start your university arts degree at VCC in a supportive learning environment with attentive instructors. Credits transfer to post-secondary institutions across British Columbia.

Tuition: 2960*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 1 0 year
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate critical thinking into systematic inquiry, theoretical reasoning and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate teamwork by working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve shared goals.
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills to determine the nature and extent of information required.
  • Apply the appropriate rhetorical mode and presentation style to produce clear, accurate and effective written, verbal, and visual communication for clients and other professionals regarding issues, information, and knowledge in their discipline.
  • Utilize accepted research process and abilities in all professional inquiries, communication, and scholarship.
  • Apply and incorporate meta-cognitive processes for continued learning.
  • Demonstrate the quantitative and analytical skills for entrance into second year arts courses.

What to expect

The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including guest speakers, case studies, computer instruction and lectures.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following: 

    • English 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent 

    • English Language Proficiency demonstrated by one of the following: 

      • Successful completion of VCC ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1100, or equivalent 

      • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) written within the last 24 months with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0, or equivalent 

      • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test) written within the last 24 months with a minimum score of 82, with minimum scores of 21 in reading and listening and 20 in writing and speaking, or equivalent 

      • Language Proficiency Exam (LPI) written within the last 24 months with a minimum score of 4, 5 minimum in English Usage and a minimum score of 26 in composition, or equivalent. For admission to most courses, a minimum score of 26 on the essay section is required. Applicants who do not meet the requirement will be required to take ENSK 0902 Writing Skills 12 or ENSK 0926 Writing Skills 12 and ENGL 1100 English 1 concurrently 

      • VCC English Language Assessment (ELA) written within the last 12 months, with a minimum score of 145 and a minimum score of 16/20 on the essay portion of the composition section, or equivalent 

      • Langara English Test (LET) written within last 24 months with a minimum score of 4, or equivalent 


  • Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite course(s) or equivalents leading to courses in the Associate degree (for example: prerequisite course Chemistry 12, or equivalent, needs to be successfully completed in order to take CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1). Please see the requirements for each course. 


  • 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 other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skill.
  • Motivated and disciplined.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Some word processing experience required.

Courses *

Full-time students can complete the program in twelve months. Part-time students have three years in which to complete the program.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.   

PLAR is available for the following courses: 

  • MATH 1100 Calculus 1 

  • MATH 1200 Calculus 2 

  • MATH 1111 Introduction to Statistics 

Students may complete up to program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.  

Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations.  

To request PLAR, please contact the department directly. 

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information. 

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 2960
Student union128
College initiative86
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource119
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 310
Program-specific extra fees0

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