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What will I learn?

Classification of Courses for Associate Degrees

Social Sciences: Anthropology, Child & Youth Care, Criminology, Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography (Human), Global Studies, History1, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies1.

Humanities: Arts, Classics, Creative Writing, English, First Nations Studies, History1, Languages, Liberal Studies 5, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Women’s Studies1.

Science: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science2, Geography (Physical)3, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education4.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

6 September 2022


Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo Campus,

900 Fifth Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V9R 5S5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have graduation from high school or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (no band below 6.0); TOEFL paper based test score of 550 (no section below 56); TOEFL iBT score of 88 (no section below 20); CAEL score 60; Pearson (PTE) score of 60 (no section below 60); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with 176 overall; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with 176 overall; English 12 (BC) with minimum "C"; International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 with Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher; Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition with Grade 2 or higher.

For international students

General Requirements

  • 60 credits of first and second-year or higher level courses (minimum average overall grade of “C”).
  • A minimum of 18 credits in Arts at the second-year or higher level that include courses in two or more subject areas.

Specific Requirements

  • 6 credits in first-year English.
  • 9 credits in Science, which must include 3 credits in Mathematics or Statistics or Computing Science, and 3 credits in a Laboratory Science.
  • 36 credits in Arts, which must include 6 credits in the Social Sciences, 6 credits in Humanities (including the Creative and Performing Arts) other than English, and 24 additional credits in Arts.
  • 9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas.

English Language Requirements:

  • VIU English Language Centre's - Successful completion of University Preparation Level 5
    International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 - Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher
    IELTS 6.5 (with no band under 6.0)
    TOEFL 550 (with no section under 56)
    TOEFL iBT 88 (with no section under 20)
    Pearson (PTE) 60 no section below 60
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum Cambridge English Score of 176.
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a minimum Cambridge English Score of 176.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.