Graduate Certificate On Campus

Arts One - First Nations

Vancouver Island University

12 months
19227 CAD/year
4798 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Explore the history and perspectives of First Nations in Canada with Arts One - First Nations from Vancouver Island University, 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. 

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

Arts One - First Nations students from Vancouver Island University 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.

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?

Programme Structure

  • 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. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • graduation from a BC secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12;
  • previous degree from a recognized university;
  • visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required);
  • a transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed);
  • academic mature student category: 21 years of age (or will turn 21 during their first semester) and has a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4798 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4798 CAD per year during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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