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Arts One - First Nations


  • Program Length 
    1 Year
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo

Are you interested in learning about Indigenous history and culture as part of your introduction to university studies?

Explore the history and perspectives of First Nations in Canada with Arts One – First Nations, a multi-disciplinary program for first-year students designed for those interested in Indigenous education and the interactions of First Nations peoples with Western cultures.

Arts One – First Nations students can choose to branch off into various Humanities, Social Sciences or other programs, and take courses in humanities and/or courses in social sciences alongside their First Nations Studies courses.

The Arts One - First Nations Certificate Program

Arts One-First Nations is a multi-disciplinary learning community for first-year university students. The program is intended for students who are interested in the intersection and interaction between First Nations and western cultures within a broad introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Enrolment in the program is managed to ensure that First Nations students comprise at least two-thirds of the class.

Students will study the history and effects of interaction between the First Nations of North America and those who came to this land from Europe. The program curriculum incorporates concepts of First Nations and Western European governance, community and culture. Students will explore such questions as: What happens when different cultures collide? How do people use myth, ceremony, writing, and story-telling to understand family, spirituality, and economics?

The curriculum for the Arts One-First Nations program is completely integrated and is taught by a team of instructors, the majority of whom are of First Nations ancestry. Much of the teaching takes place in small seminars. First Nations leaders and elders are regular participants in the program.

Arts One-First Nations is designed to provide an integrated introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences. The program is compatible with a wide variety of career objectives and is suitable for most students, except those planning to go on to some science and engineering degrees.

A range of support services is available and has been designed to foster academic success in an atmosphere that is culturally supportive for First Nations students.

Program Outline

Students combine the 12 credits of Arts One-First Nations (INDG 101/102) with 6 credits of English and 12 credits of electives (4 courses) to complete their first year (30 credits) of university study.

Updated 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Admission Requirements

Note on Admission

  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $150.71 per credit)

4,521.30

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

180.85

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.66 per credit)

199.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,839.51

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

19,380.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $695.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Contact

For further information, please contact the First Nations Studies department, 250-740-6194.

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October, and March 31.

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 8, 2020
Application Fee
$40.10
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Maher-Ahmed
Phone: 250-753-3245
Email: amelia.maher-ahmed@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Keith Smith
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2167
Email: Keith.Smith@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 8, 2020
Application Fee
$40.90
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Admissions/Registration Cowichan
Phone: 250-746-3515
Email: registration.cowichan@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Keith Smith
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2167
Email: keith.smith@viu.ca

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