Arts University Studies


What does it mean to study arts? It means to study the world – to understand critical issues facing the world yesterday and today: the environment, politics, race, class, poverty, gender and inequality. The world is your classroom, and what you learn matters. To study arts is to think and feel, to know and change, to understand and take action.

Why Study Arts at OC?

Our university studies programs and courses are as diverse as our students. Whatever kind of student you are, wherever you plan to go, we can help you get there. We offer eight certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs made up from over 200 different courses from 16 subject areas. And every credit you earn at OC is fully transferrable to universities across B.C. and beyond. 

Meet Brian

Associate of Arts student Brian Walker has always felt drawn to teaching, but recognizes that anything can happen in the future.

Meet Olivia

As a social work professor, Olivia Sullivan sees first-hand how OC students are passionate critical thinkers who will change the world.

Meet Xenon

A semester abroad in Japan helped Associate of Arts student Xenon Tyner gain confidence and meet new people — opening a world of possibilities.

Explore our programs

Associate of Arts Degree

  Distance, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna
  Associate Degree

Diploma in Writing and Publishing

  Vernon, Kelowna

Diploma in Criminal and Social Justice

  Vernon, Penticton, Kelowna

Diploma in Environmental Studies

  Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna

Explore our departments


Anthropology asks the question: what makes us human? Study human culture in all its diversity and similarity, look at the world in new ways and question ethnocentric assumptions that guide thinking and perceptions.


Learn how meaning is made in a range of contexts, including advertising, television, film, music, social media and the internet. Understand how our perception is influenced by these cultural forms.


Do you think about serious issues like child labour, homelessness, free trade, global poverty? These concerns are at the heart of the study of Economics. Learn what it might take to solve these problems.

English and Fine Arts

Immerse yourself in the study of language and literature; from the classics to contemporary work. Understand how words work in our lives and shape our view of the world and our place in it.

Geography, Earth and Environmental Science

Explore your world and your role in making it a better place, by integrating study in both the natural and social sciences. Develop innovative approaches to the climate crisis and to living sustainably on Earth.


Is it true that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it? History involves studying critical events and issues of the past in an effort to better understand their impact on the present.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Explore significant social issues through research and critical methodologies from several disciplines like Criminology, Indigenous Studies, Social Work, as well as Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Modern Languages

Develop linguistic understanding and competence in a range of languages, and explore the literature, history and cultures of countries where the languages are spoken.


Philosophy challenges students to engage with challenging questions and develop the critical thinking and reasoning skills to understand the complexities of modern life.

Political Science

Issues like civil rights, war, peace, poverty, justice, globalization and equality are part of the theory and practice of politics. Understand the world from a variety of political perspectives.   


Examining human behaviour and mental processes helps us appreciate why we feel what we feel, think what we think, and even why we dream at night.


Study in Sociology allows us to understand how human behaviour is influenced by the social and cultural groups to which we belong and the society in which we live.

Research, Scholarly and Creative Work


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