Associate of Arts Degree

University Canada West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Associate Degree
Study mode
2 years
January April July October
Total tuition fee (local)
$ 13,920
Total tuition fee (foreign)
$ 34,800

About this course

The Associate of Arts program is an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to provide core skills in writing, communication, research and team performance.

This 60-credit (20 course) program is preparation for additional postsecondary education or to enable entry directly into the workforce.

The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree granting institutions provided other admission requirements are met.

Graduates of an associate degree will have completed a broad range of course offerings. The requirements of an associate degree are sufficiently flexible to prepare students for work and lay a solid foundation for further study.

At the end of the first tier of theAss ociate of Arts degree, you may transfer to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce degree seamlessly. Alternatively, you may continue in the Associate of Arts degree and complete the program with an additional 30 credit hours of study as per provincial Associate of Arts degree guidelines.

Why an Associate of Arts degree?

  • You will learn to think critically and solve problems.
  • You will learn to use oral and written communication effectively. 
  • You will learn to work collaboratively. 
  • You will acquire research and evaluation skills.
  • You will learn to apply theoretical understanding to practice.

Experienced faculty

Our faculty have a great deal of experience across the education sector and the business world; they are true professionals who have excelled in their respective areas.

Our faculty nurtures new talent by developing strong relationships with students and dedicate their time to ensure each learner achieves what they need. Furthermore, our faculty maintain strong ties to Canada’s leading companies and are able to give you real-time insight into the latest events. 

Career Services

The UCW Career Services department helps current students and alumni as they transition from higher education into the workforce and beyond. Through developing partnerships, Career Services will help bridge the gap between employers’ expectations and work opportunities.

Entry Requirements

  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)


  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
  • Documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities


  • For students whose first language is not English, academic IELTS - 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent. More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.

For full requirements visit our admissions page.


Tier 1 University Foundation I 

  • Two (2) first-year English courses 
  • One (1) science course 
  • One (1) mathematics or computing science course
  • Two (2) humanities courses 
  • Two (2) social science courses 
  • Two (2) Arts elective courses

Tier 2 University Foundation II

  • One (1) lab science course 
  • Six (6) second-year arts courses
  • Three (3) general electives

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