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College of Arts

Associate of Arts


Associate degree

2 years

General option, International and Development Studies, Media and Communication Studies

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus

Fees and costs


  • The Associate of Arts can act as an intermediate qualification on the way to earn a Bachelor of Arts
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Get a broad, high-quality foundation in the Arts and add a valuable credential to your résumé by earning an Associate of Arts degree at UFV.

Within the degree, you can choose from the following options:

This program includes a breadth of intellectual and academic experience worthwhile if your educational or career goals lie in the humanities, the creative and performing arts, or the social sciences.

In addition, practicum opportunities and optional paid co-op work placements throughout your studies allow you to gain valuable work experience.

The Associate of Arts degree may serve as a stepping stone if you plan to continue your studies to earn a Bachelor of Arts at UFV or elsewhere.

UFV is part of the BCcampus initiative, which aims provide online learning opportunities to students wanting to complete an Associate of Arts degree and/or a Bachelor of General Studies. To learn more about this initiative, including a complete listing of all the online courses offered, go to


The Conference Board of Canada reports that people who graduate from university tend to benefit from better labour market prospects, reduced risk of unemployment, and higher earnings over the course of their working lives.

The UFV Associate of Arts is a useful addition to your résumé, as many employers look for successful completion of two years of post-secondary education in fields such as business, administration, non-profit, or media and culture.

Once you have completed your Associate of Arts degree, you may choose to return to UFV or another institution to work towards earning a Bachelor's degree, in preparation for a career as a teacher, writer, police officer, anthropologist, communications specialist, actor, customs officer, psychologist, international aid worker, economist, lawyer, and more.


View entrance requirements for the Associate of Arts in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open to international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the BA entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

To meet the requirements  of this program, you will need to meet the prerequisites for Academic Writing (ENGL 105) or Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences (CMNS 125).

Upgrading English courses

There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies or International advisor to learn more about additional options.


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