General arts program caters to diverse group of students
General Arts Program Caters To Diverse Group of
Centennial College prides itself in setting students up for success in a
number of ways. For example this institution has agreements with
articulated program with selected universities that allow graduates to apply
academic credits towards further study. Additionally, the school understands
the importance of offering students a solid base on which to stand for the
rest of their college or university experience.
One offering at Centennial College that truly embodies these examples is
the General Arts and Science - Arts program. Billed as a foundational
offering, it is geared towards a number of students, including those who
• Considering college programs such as Communication Arts, Child
Studies, Community Services, or Hospitality and Tourism
• Interested in applying to a university arts degree program
• Exploring their ultimate career goals and various educational
• Obtaining the academic admission credentials needed to enter
What purpose does this offering serve for these students? Firstly, it allows
them to decide the length of the program (from two to four semesters)
depending on their future goals. Secondly, it offers students an array of
subjects in the humanities and social sciences as well as communications.
This is beneficial, as students gain a great overview of the types of courses
they may encounter further into their studies. Specific courses in this
offering include: Contemporary Canada: Places, Peoples and Perspectives
(students critically explore Canada’s geography, its past, its peoples, its
political and socio-economic institutions and national and international
relationships in order to arrive at an understanding of our present);
Pathways to Academic Success (provides an opportunity for learners to
explore career directions and other post secondary education options
related to their personal identities, traits and interests.
Learners explore and enhance their self-management and academic
competencies necessary for success in their academic and personal life);
Twentieth Century History (topics include the political, social, economic,
cultural, intellectual, and religious movements that created almost constant
conflict as well as constant progress); and more.
Thirdly, all of these classes are structured in a way that fosters class
discussions and interaction among students. This allows for an inclusive
environment in which everyone’s ideas are not only heard but also
respected. Fourthly, students learn from instructors who are sensitive to the
needs of those whose first language is not English, those who are mature
students as well as those with learning disabilities.
Once students are ready to pursue specialized arts colleges programs,
they may do so after one year (with at least a 3.0 GPA) directly into year
one of a university arts program. Centennial College’s educational partners
include: Athabasca University, Griffith University, Ryerson University and
York University. They may also apply for Centennial College’s
Communication Arts, Child Studies, Community Services, or Hospitality and
Tourism Administration programs.