UBC Arts Co-op Program

Eligibility & Application


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.

Apply for Co-op

Prior to completing your online application, check to see if you are eligible, and make sure that you refer to the Application Checklist (PDF) for detailed instructions.

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.

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Information Sessions

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:

Information Sessions by Major:

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Application Deadline

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.

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Evaluation of Applications

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%

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Other Career Development Campus Resources

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:

We also encourage you to reapply to Arts Co-op next year if you are still eligible!

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1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3828
Arts Co-op Program
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1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.1529

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