- Information Sessions
- Application Deadline
- Evaluation of Applications
- Other Career Development Campus Resources
In each academic year, there is only one intake for the program. We are now accepting applications from undergraduate students for the 2016/17 year, and the deadline to apply is September 26, 2016, at 4pm.
To apply for Arts Co-op in 2016, you must:
- Be a registered full-time student in a BA, BMus, BFA, BIE, or BMS degree program
- Have completed at least 27 credits at the time of application
- As of May 2017, have at least 30 credits remaining to complete your degree
- Have a cumulative average of at least 72%. If you are close, but fall short of the minimum GPA, we encourage you to still apply, but include any rationale related to your grades in your cover letter.
International students are eligible to apply.
Refer to the 2016 Program Info Guide for more information and to read about the benefits of Arts Co-op.
If you are interested in learning more about our program, please attend one of our information sessions. We will be going over how the program works, the types of work and employers you can expect, and more. You’ll also hear from senior Arts Co-op students about their experiences.
General Information Sessions:
- Thursday, September 15, 12:30–1:30 pm, Chemistry B250
- Monday, September 19, 4-5 pm, Buchanan A102
- Wednesday, September 21, 5-6 pm, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 261
Information Sessions by Major:
- Bachelor of Media Studies – Tuesday, September 13, 1-2pm, UCLL 103 (University Centre Lower Level Lounge)
- Economics (BA Economics / Bachelor of International Economics) – Wednesday, September 14, 3-4pm, Iona 633
- Geography – Thursday, September 15, 12:30-1:30pm, Geography 215
- English – Monday, September 19, 12-1pm, Buchanan Tower 599
The 2016/17 application deadline is September 26, 2016 at 4pm. Note that there is only one intake per academic year.
Applications must include:
- A printout of the completed online application form
- A cover letter (1 page maximum)
- A resume (2 pages maximum)
- If you are a transfer student and/or applying with a GPA below 72%, unofficial copies of your transcript(s) from all post-secondary schools you’ve attended, including your current one from UBC (even if grades are not assigned)
To apply for the 2016/17 intake, refer to the 2016 Application Checklist (PDF) for detailed instructions on the application process.
Treat your application to the Arts Co-op Program as an application you would send to a potential employer.
Students in the program must compete for co-op jobs, just like they would in a real world job hunt. Therefore, we strive to admit well-rounded students who would be strong ambassadors for our program.
Once an application is submitted, short-listed students are selected for an intake interview. Through the application and potential interview, we look for the following in prospective students:
- Excellent written communication skills, as demonstrated by a strong application package
- Strong oral communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership, time management, and team work qualities
- Demonstrated professionalism, maturity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and career motivation
- Willingness to apply to a broad range of positions, regardless of location or wage (an ideal co-op student has a sense of adventure!)
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 72%
If you decide that you are unable to participate in the Arts Co-op Program, or if you are not selected, there are other on-campus resources to help with your career development and job search skills. Please consider the following:
- UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers: Get career guidance, attend workshops, employer info sessions, and browse job postings.
- UBC Arts Internship Program: Develop meaningful, career-related experience through part-time, unpaid internships with local organizations.
- AMS Job Postings and Volunteer Connect: Find further job postings and volunteer opportunities and build your skills and experience.
We also encourage you to reapply to Arts Co-op next year if you are still eligible!