Associate of Arts Degree
|Campus||Distance (Jan, May, Sep), Vernon (Jan, Sep), Penticton (Jan, Sep), Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep), Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)|
|Delivery||Distance/Online, Part-Time, Full-Time|
This program is student loan eligible.
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Immerse yourself in different cultures, new perspectives and timely historical insights. Communicate in new ways and dig up answers to long-standing and emerging questions facing today's world.
Develop your critical thinking and research skills with the two-year Associate of Arts Degree, choosing from more than 300 courses in 23 subject areas.
Tuition and Fees
- Fees listed are for first year (two semesters) for a typical, full-time student taking 10 courses (8 lecture-based courses and 2 course with lab components). Depending on the campus and the courses selected fees may vary.
- Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
- All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
- International students will pay International tuition fees
There are arguably more career paths from a Associate of Arts/Bachelor of Arts degree than any other field of study, as creativity and creativity applies to almost every career.
Arts students go on to meaningful careers in education, law, health, government, social services, publishing, the environment, media, etc.
Regional delivery of studies can differ according to the campus location, but both years of study are available at every campus. Some courses are also available by online delivery and distance education and students can combine on campus courses with online and distance courses.
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Regular Applicants: A regular applicant will be a secondary graduate or a secondary school student, or its equivalent, who has or who will complete the requirements for senior secondary graduation, or its equivalent, not less than one month prior to commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter. The following minimum entrance requirements will apply to regular applicants:
B.C. secondary graduation, or equivalent.
English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
Students with a passing grade of less than 60% in English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 will be admissible to the first year of the Associate of Arts Degree, subject to the following conditions:
Registration is restricted to courses for which the student satisfies the prerequisites. Registration in first-year English courses is, therefore, prohibited.
Successful completion of the English entrance requirements within the first year of studies. This may be done in one of the following ways:
Successful completion of English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 or an equivalent course with a minimum grade of 60%. This may be done concurrently through the College's Adult Basic Education Program or by completing an equivalent course through a distance education program.
Writing the LPI and obtaining a score of at least 24/40 (level 4).Note: The LPI Test is no longer being offered after July 31, 2020. Okanagan College will continue to accept LPI Test results for two years from the date an applicant tested. Approved alternatives are available. Please consult academic entrance requirements.
Mature Applicants: A mature applicant will be at least 19 years of age and will not have attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a minimum period of one year.
Secondary graduation is waived for mature applicants. The English entrance requirements, as stated above, must be satisfied prior to admission. Admission may be granted on the condition that the entrance requirements will be completed prior to the commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter.
Transfer Students: Students who transfer to Okanagan College may be eligible for transfer credits towards an Okanagan College Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree or a General Studies diploma for work successfully completed at another recognized institution.
The Associate of Arts Degree is granted upon completion of 60 credits of prescribed study (below). Students with an Associate of Arts Degree if admitted to BC universities are guaranteed full transfer credit (60 credits) for the work done for their Associate Degree.
In two B.C. universities (SFU and UNBC), students with an Associate of Arts Degree will be offered priority admission to the Faculty of Arts (subject to a minimum GPA determined by the university). Check the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers website for updated information on BC Associate degrees at http://www.bctransferguide.ca.
Courses used to complete the Okanagan College Associate of Arts Degree must also have transfer credit to one other BC university (Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria).
No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.
The Associate of Arts Degree is granted upon completion of the following course requirements with a minimum grade average of 60% for all courses counting towards the degree.
In meeting the above requirements, the Associate of Arts Degree can be structured by students to reflect emphasis on a particular discipline from options outlined below. Students are advised to verify with the appropriate Department Chair that the specific course offerings will be offered within a two-year cycle if students intend to complete the Associate Degree in two years.
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