Arts, Short Course

Arts, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The University Diploma in Arts offered by Athabasca University is designed for students who wish to obtain an intermediate credential that provides a grounding in the intellectual skills required of university studies. It is also a foundation for further studies in Humanities and Social Science.


Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment. Students who have completed a more senior-level credential (e.g., bachelor's degree) may not enrol in the University Diploma in Arts program from Athabasca University.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to:

  • think critically regarding the logical adequacy of arguments, propositions, and theories advanced in the humanities and social sciences.
  • achieve success as an independent learner in a variety of disciplines, with emphasis on humanities and social science areas of study.
  • assess the adequacy of evidence provided for propositions and theories in the humanities and social sciences and, if evidence is lacking, identify the evidence required that would support the proposition or theory.
  • accumulate information through library research and other forms of research pertinent to the proof or refutation of a thesis.
  • write and speak clearly and persuasively in support of ideas and concepts that meet the criteria for logical consistency and sufficiency of evidence.
  • demonstrate breadth of knowledge primarily in selected areas of the humanities and social sciences and secondarily in the sciences and apply that knowledge in practical contexts.
  • demonstrate appreciation for, and understanding of, social and cultural diversity in contemporary life and as reflected in the fields of the humanities and social sciences.
  • solve specific problems posed in fields of the humanities and social sciences through critical thinking coupled with the accumulation of empirical evidence.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of research and an understanding of the rationales for the use of specific research methods.
  • demonstrate a facility in the use of mathematics as a means of describing and interpreting evidence.
  • recognize the role and ethical responsibilities of the individual relative to other individuals and societal institutions.
  • identify and participate in the role of the university in contemporary life as a repository of knowledge and skills, a refuge for the germination of ideas, and as an agent of social and cultural criticism and change.
  • celebrate lifelong human learning as a means of achieving individual
Possible Career Options
The University Diploma in Arts is intended as an intermediate credential in recognition of the achievement of basic intellectual objectives and as a foundation for further study in the humanities and social sciences. As such, it provides an intermediate step towards a wide variety of careers that require general intellectual abilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Program structure:
  • Arts (Humanities and Social Science)
  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Science area
  • Residency Requirement: A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
  • Applied Studies
  • Science
  • At the preparatory level
For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. .

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.

Academic Requirements

Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student. Paying a one-time application fee lets you register for more than 750 courses, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency Requirements
If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency.
  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country.
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    22860 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22860 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    15920 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15920 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    13340 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13340 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Please note: These costs are estimated. AU can and may increase tuition fees annually. Also, the fees were determined by using 3-credit courses to find the program total. The program fee would be different if, for example, a 6-credit course is used in the program in place of two 3-credit courses


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