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New College liberal Arts program ideal for the curious learner with a broad perspective
Okanagan College Media Release

This fall, Okanagan College will offer a combined multi-disciplinary approach to studying liberal arts that is geared to students who have an intrinsic desire to explore connections and understand the causal relationships between the key subject areas of our society.

The Arts Experience (ArtsX) program was designed by faculty to provide an avant-garde learning option for the two-year university-transferable Associate of Arts Degree. A group of up to 30 students will flow through core course curriculum collectively, but it’s how they will learn that makes the difference.

“We wanted to provide students with a non-traditional learning experience that encourages the pursuit of deeper questions, understanding connections, and exploration of creative and bold ideas,” explains Sharon Josephson, Okanagan College Professor in Communications, and ArtsX instructor. “Rather than go course to course with a fixed timetable, the group of students will learn in a collaborative environment that empowers them to take an active role in their learning.

“This program is geared to students who have a strong sense of self-directedness, curiosity, creativity, and who aren’t afraid to be bold,” adds Josephson.

Students will benefit from increased one-on-one time with instructors. Being with the same classmates for the duration of the two-year program helps foster a trusting learning environment, and a true sense of community.  The result is increased conversation, engagement, and sharing of ideas. The program will have an emphasis on collaborative teaching and learning, multi-disciplinary courses, alternative grading, and beyond-the-classroom education. 

“We designed the program with the student in mind,” says Jake Kennedy, Okanagan College Professor in English, and ArtsX instructor. “It will particularly appeal to students who aren’t afraid to try, risk, and learn from making some mistakes along the way. The focus is on the process of learning and having them take what they learn and apply it analytically to look at how our society works.”

The success of non-traditional learning programs adopted by institutions including Quest University, Brown University, Stanford University, and En’owkin Centre sparked the inspiration for creating a new learning model that would appeal to the diverse range of Okanagan College students. It aims to provide a progressive and innovative education option for those in our community.

Those students who have received admission into the Associate of Arts Degree program at Okanagan College will be given an opportunity to apply to this limited enrolment program and complete their studies through ArtsX. Information sessions about the program will be offered in late May and June at the Kelowna campus, and for additional program details, please visit