What will I learn?

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Ethical and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • English — Creative Writing
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Statistics option)
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts


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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee per credit CAN $150.90; Ancillary fee per credit CAN $15.09

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected May, September 2022


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (Form Six or five O-levels plus at least two A-levels) and specific program entrance requirements for admission into any career, technical, or academic program.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • MELAB - score of 85

Deadline: Fall (September) – April 15; Winter (January) – September 15; Summer(May) – January 15

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


About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers