Colleges offering Associate of Arts Degree

An Associate of Arts Degree offers a foundation of general education and career skills in subjects, such as social sciences and liberal arts. This degree can boost your earning potential and help you pursue a more advanced degree.

Various Colleges in British Columbia offer this degree, a few of them being the following:

  1. Coquitlam College

Coquitlam College has provided an excellent education for over 40 years by updating its academic programs according to current job markets. The College provides academic education in various disciplines such as sciences, humanities, arts, and business. 

The College offers an Associate of Arts Degree that requires students to complete a minimum of 60 credits of University Transferable courses. This includes six credits in English, nine credits in science, and thirty-six credits in Arts, with eighteen credits from second-year courses. This allows the students an opportunity to transfer into the 3rd year of a bachelor’s degree at leading Canadian and US universities.

Program Duration: 2 Years 

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • A vocational/technical/polytechnic diploma with a 60% or higher average.

For international students, the following English Language Requirements must be fulfilled:

  • IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with 6.0 on the writing component
  • CAEL score of at least 60
  • TOEFL L IBT of 86 or 230 computer-based score

Students are eligible to transfer up to 10 university courses (30 credits maximum) towards their Associate of Arts Degree. Only courses that are taken within British Columbia and are on the BC Transfer Guide may be used to transfer.

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits with a minimum of 18 credits in second-year Arts and achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA in the courses used toward the Associate of Arts Degree.

Tuition & Fees

International Student Tuition Fee: CAD 33,840 approximately plus the additional costs

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  1. LaSalle College

LaSalle College Vancouver is one of the best schools in British Columbia, Canada offering applied arts programs that help graduates build rewarding, lifelong careers. 

Program Duration: 2 Years 

The College offers an Associate of Arts Degree 60-credit degree that the students can complete in just 12 months. Earning this credential can lead to the pathway to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in several areas, including Communication Studies, Arts and Humanities, as well as Behavioural and Social Sciences. 

Who Should Apply for this course?

There are three categories of students who will be a perfect fit to apply for this course. These are:

  1. Students who are directly out of high school or students who want to pursue an undergraduate degree 
  2. Students who have a certificate or diploma in hand and want to pursue further studies
  3. Students interested in subjects such as Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as these make the most of the subjects that are studied in Arts

The goal of this program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills that are required for studying Arts, Humanities, Social, and Natural Sciences.

After studying this course, the students are prepared for further study in a Faculty of Arts (bachelor’s degree program) at one of British Columbia’s universities. The College also provides a safe learning environment and supports the development of strong critical thinking, communication, and research skills which would benefit the students in their careers.

Students can earn credits toward a university degree while improving their foundation and knowledge by studying various subjects.

Admission Requirements

IELTS/ International English Language Testing System (Academic) score should be 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing

TOEFL/ Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 80 with a minimum of 20 in writing

Duolingo score should be 105-110 with a minimum of 100 in writing

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Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

International students may be eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit if they graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from LaSalle College.


College offers bursaries up to $13,500 for domestic students and $18,000 for international students, based on 60 credits.

Bursaries are awarded on a quarterly basis and can be renewed provided students maintain a minimum 2.4 GPA each quarter as well as a minimum course load of four courses (12 credits) * and are honoured if the course load is less than 12 credits, and it is the student’s final quarter needed for program completion.

Bursaries are not refundable or transferable across programs. They can only be used for tuition.

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Tuition & Fees (60 credits)

Domestic Students: $25,500 CAD

International Students: $33,000 CAD

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What will the students learn after completing the degree?

  • Critical thinking and problem solving using mathematical and/or scientific reasoning
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Use information responsibly
  • To interpret and analyze artistic work, historical events, or philosophical thought and describe the relevance of that work to themselves, society, and cultures
  • To analyze the impact of social, political, and psychological thought on the individual and society.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the program will be prepared to study at the baccalaureate level at LaSalle College Vancouver, or they would also have an option to study in some other College or University in British Columbia. Students can work in many professions, such as social workers, administrators, teachers, and journalists.  They can also work in fields, such as advertising, public relations, and many more.

Career Outcomes

According to Work BC, the following is the expected salary of the people working in these professions:

Administrative Assistants earn up to CAD 50,054

Social Workers: CAD 77,167

Advertising, Marketing and PR: CAD 59,898

Please note that the annual median salary may vary from province to province.

Source: LaSalle College Vancouver Associate of Arts Tuition and fees Associate of Arts at Coquitlam College WorkBC

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