University Arts and Sciences-Certificate in Arts

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Program Description

The University Arts and Sciences program at Northern Lights College serves individuals and communities by providing university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practiced in the arts and sciences.  A wide variety of first- and second-year courses enable learners to pursue numerous credential and career options, and to engage in personal enrichment. 

An Arts Certificate is awarded to students who complete 30 credits of  planned coursework, with an emphasis on the  Arts. The certificate is intended to prepare students for continued studies at the Bachelor’s level.

Career Prospects

By taking a planned combination of Northern Lights College courses, students may complete a full year of university-level courses and then transfer to a number of Arts Degree programs offered at universities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide.  Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.


Location: Dawson Creek , Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson, where resources and interest permit.

Length: The Arts Certificate involves 450 hours of class time and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Where learners are attending full-time, the credential may be completed in 30 weeks.

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Prerequisites

*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.

*In University Arts and Sciences and Related Programs, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.

*Note that some University Arts and Sciences courses elective courses have specific pre-requisites. Meeting the entrance requirements for the University Arts and Sciences program does not ensure course pre-requisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for Domestic Students. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Guide

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Program Contact: Chair, University Arts and Sciences
(Cindy Broberg, Dawson Creek campus; Issoufou Soumaila, Fort St. John campus)


At least 15 credits (5 courses) from those listed above.

Plus up to 15 credits (5 courses) from any other first or second-year Arts and/or Social Sciences courses, for a total of 30 credits.