Performing and Fine Arts (Associate of Arts)
Study music, art history, film studies, theatre history, or creative writing for the stage or screen with the two-year Associate of Arts Degree in Performing and Fine Arts. You’ll get an introduction to a variety of arts and cultural topics and have the opportunity to perform. Join a vocal or instrumental ensemble and benefit from the instruction of professional artists.
What is an Associate degree?
Associate degrees take two years to complete and concentrate on one area of study. If you plan your courses carefully with a university program in mind, you’ll be able to transfer all 60 credits to university. In most cases, an associate degree will allow you to enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. To ensure your courses transfer, see the BC Transfer Guide.
Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies
Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate.
To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.
- Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
- Require a minimum program GPA of 2.00
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Performing and Fine Arts, students must complete:
- 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in Performing and Fine Arts (PEFA)
- nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UVic, UNBC) at the second-year level.
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) Humanities** electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) Social Sciences** electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) Arts** electives
- 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
- 3 credits (1 course) Lab Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) Math, Statistics or Science elective
- 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives
* English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UVic, UNBC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check with a Student Success Advisor. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities.
A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVIC in the BC Transfer Guide.
- An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
- A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
- The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
- A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
- A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
- A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
- A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.
For detailed information you should meet with a Student Success Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Career opportunities include:
- Audio & Lighting Technician
- Communications Coordinator
- Costume or Set Designer
- Music Composer/Transcriber
- Musical Performer/Musician
- Recording Studio Operator
- Voice Artist/Announcer
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.