Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Arts Program Helps You Hone In On an Area of Interest

One of the biggest mistakes people make when deciding on a post-secondary education program is to enter an offering they aren’t completely sure about and wasting their hard-earned dollars only to drop out. To get a solid foundation for those with an interest in social arts such as humanities, social and communities studies - Centennial College offers its General Arts and Science - Arts program.

Designed as an educational stepping-stone to more specific and advanced arts programs, this offering will benefit students who are interested in pursing an education in specialized programs such as Child Studies, Communication Arts, Community Services or Hospitality and Tourism Administration; those who don’t possess the academic admission credentials needed to enter a university program; anyone who wonders if college or university is the right choice for him or her; those who would like to apply to a university arts degree program; and those who are undecided in their career goals and wish to explore various opportunities.

In order to apply to this arts program, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years of age)? Additionally they must have completed the English Grade 12 (C or U) or equivalent, or skills assessment. It is important to note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

The arts program takes two semesters to complete but students are essentially able to determine the length of the program (from one to four semesters) based on future goals. During their time in the offering, students cover a variety of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and obtain communications and learning skills. Some specific courses in the Arts program include: 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); Human Genomics: An Ethical View (to some extent, the course enhances technical knowledge of genetics but the primary focus of the course is on the social and moral implications of the genetic revolution); Logical Self-Defense (teaches students to distinguish types of language, such as descriptive, explanation, and argument, to see how arguments are used to persuade and convince); and more. 

After a year of in the Arts program with at least a 3.0 GPA, students may proceed directly into the first year of a university arts program. The Arts program even has articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These schools include: Athabasca University, Griffith University, Ryerson University and York University.

Author Details: In this piece, Emma focuses on the Arts program at Centennial College, which is geared towards a variety of students, including those who are undecided if college and university is for them.

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