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College of Arts

Liberal Arts diploma



2 years

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus

Fees and costs


  • The Liberal Arts diploma offers a flexible range of course choice options
  • The Liberal Arts diploma can act as an intermediate qualification on the way to earn a Bachelor of Arts
  • Program eligible for financial aid


A Liberal Arts diploma is an excellent choice if you want to explore broadly before you choose a discipline in the arts.

The Liberal Arts diploma program requires a minimum of 60 university-level credits. It is designed to provide you with a breadth of intellectual and academic experience while recognizing the importance of concentrated study in a specific field or discipline.

The diploma may serve as a stepping stone if you plan to transfer or eventually want to continue your studies to earn a Bachelor of Arts at UFV. If you’re planning to pursue the BA at UFV, you can simultaneously complete the Liberal Arts diploma and satisfy the general requirements for the bachelor’s degree as well as the lower-level requirements for a major, extended minor(s), or minor. This could save you time and money while earning your degree.

In addition to foundational courses in writing, communication, critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and scientific literacy, you can take classes from any of the following disciplines with the goal of finding a focus for your studies:

View program requirements

Upon graduation, you are fully equipped with the writing, communications, and presentation skills needed to secure employment or pursue further studies.


A diploma in Liberal Arts appeals to employers who need well-rounded candidates with good analytical and communications skills – starting in customer service, administration, or sales.

Mastering special skills such as public relations, sales, social media marketing, web design, or computer programming can open up additional employment opportunities.

Options also exist to pursue further studies and launch a career in arts, education, counselling, law, politics, or finance.


View entrance requirements for the Liberal Arts diploma 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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