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Co-operative Education Programs

Undergraduate Co-op Options

The Arts Co-operative Education program provides interested and qualified students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of International Economics, Bachelor of Media Studies, and Bachelor of Music programs with paid employment experience relevant to their future careers. The Co-operative Education program is an optional, year-round program, supplementary to academic programs in the Faculty. Three work placement terms must be completed, including placements in both Term 1 and Term 2 of a Winter Session. The final term must be an academic term.

Students wishing to enrol in the program must apply in Winter Session, Term 1, of their second or third year and must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement and have attained third-year standing (i.e., completed at least 54 credits) prior to their first work term. Academic performance and suitability for the work environment (as judged by the Arts Co-operative Education Office) will be the selection criteria used for program admission. Total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee appropriate work placements in every work term.

Students admitted into the program must register in the appropriate Co-operative Education course for each work term, once a suitable work placement is confirmed. Payment of the Co-operative Education program fees is mandatory. This includes a Co-operative Education Program fee for each work term and a one-time Co-operative Education Program workshop fee. See Program and Course Fees.

Each successfully completed co-operative education course is assigned 3 co-op credits on a student's academic transcript (i.e., ASTU 310, 311, 410, 411, and 412). In order to graduate in a co-operative education program, a student must complete 9 co-op credits in addition to the normal academic requirements of the Faculty (normally 120 academic credits). The Co-operative Education Program in Arts typically necessitates an additional year to complete a bachelor's degree. Faculty advisors or co-operative co-ordinators visit students at their places of work and provide advice on the work term learning portfolios that are a requirement of the program. Students transferring to UBC from accredited co-operative programs at other institutions may request admission to the Arts co-op program and may receive credit for previously completed work placement to a maximum of 3 Arts co-op course credits.

For more information please contact the Arts Co-operative Education Office.

Graduate Co-op Options

Doctor of Philosophy Co-operative Education Option

Co-operative education integrates academic study with related and supervised work experience in co-operating employer organizations. Students admitted to a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the Faculty of Arts in a department with a Ph.D. Co-operative Education option may apply for admission to the Arts Co-operative Education Program.

Students in a co-op program normally complete three paid work terms, each four months in duration, doing non-professorial or alternative-to-academic work. Job options may include post-secondary administration, professional consulting, government, private sector, and non-profit professional work. Graduate Co-op professional staff and faculty advisors visit students at their place of work and evaluate the work term projects assigned to all students in the program.

Students normally apply to the Arts Co-Op Office in the second year of their Ph.D. and normally begin work terms after achieving candidacy. Students pay their regular tuition fees, student fees, and co-op work term fees while on a co-op work term.

Individual departments will develop their own policies about pausing funding while students are on co-op terms and are responsible for communication these policies to students prior to them applying for the co-op program. Individual departments may require students to achieve candidacy prior to their first co-op term. Selection of students is based on a combination of strong academic performance (including acceptable progress though the degree) and general suitability to the work environment as determined by both a résumé and interview. Students are admitted to the program with the written approval of the Graduate Chair of their department, their research supervisor, and the Arts Co-op Director. Total enrolment is subject to these approvals as well as subject to the availability of appropriate work placements and faculty advisors. The work placements for students accepted into the program are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Co-op courses are taken in addition to the courses needed to meet normal academic requirements. These courses do not count for credit toward the degree, but their completion will be noted on students’ transcripts. Participation in this co-operative education program will likely lengthen the students’ degree programs by a year.

Participating students register for ASTU 610 for their first co-op term and ASTU 611 and 612 for subsequent co-op terms in addition to the courses needed to meet normal academic requirements. ASTU 613 is for an optional fourth co-op term. Satisfactory completion of three co-op terms mean students have completed the Co-operative Education Program, which is noted on students’ transcripts.

Master of Arts Co-operative Education Option

Students admitted to the Master of Arts program in a department with a co-operative education option may apply for admission to the Arts Co-operative Education Program. The Program helps prepare interested and qualified students for professional careers in government, the non-profit sector, and industry with at least four months of work placement supervised by practicing professionals. Faculty advisors also visit students at their place of work where feasible and provide advice on work term projects required of all students in the program.

Students who have been admitted into the Master of Arts in a department with the co-op option must apply to the Arts Co-op Office early in their first term at UBC. Selection of students will be based on academic performance and general suitability to the work environment as determined by an application package and interview. The total enrolment will be subject to the availability of appropriate work placements and faculty advisors. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Co-op courses are taken in addition to the courses needed to meet normal academic requirements. These courses do not count for credit toward the degree, but their completion will be noted on a student's academic record.

For more information please contact the Arts Co-operative Education Office.

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