Graduate with more than a degree.
The Arts Co-op Program is a high-impact educational program that allows students to alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience. The Program allows students to explore different career options, while gaining 12-16 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.
By applying their academic knowledge in a real-life work environment, students become better prepared for careers after graduation.
Success after graduation:
- 90% of co-op grads from Canadian schools receive job offers within 1 month after graduation
- Co-op grads earn 12% higher starting salaries than non-co-op grads
Lower student debt or no debt at all:
- Average co-op earnings over 3 work terms = $27,000
- Total co-op fees over 3 work terms = $2,477
- Return on investment = $24,523
Job search skills
- Techniques for writing effective resumes and cover letters
- One-on-one interview preparation
Enriched classroom learning
- Discover how your degree applies in the workplace
Arts Co-op students can expect a broad range of work experience over their work terms, including:
- Communications & Social Media
- Copywriting and Editing
- Educational Programming
- Arts Administration
- Curatorial Assistance
- Event Coordination
- Gallery & Museum Tours
- Graphic Design
- Office Administration
- Policy Analysis
- Project Management
- Proposal Writing
- Public Relations
- Research and Analysis
- Technical Writing
- Web Design
Students work in a wide range of positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. See a list of potential jobs and employers here.
Students alternate academic study terms with co-op work terms. In order for students to receive a Co-op designation on their UBC transcript, they need to complete 3 work terms. Work terms are 4 months and full-time in length. Depending on their program schedule, students may complete 2 consecutive 4 month work placements, 3 separate ones, or a combination.
As a result, students typically complete their degree in 5 years. While it may take students longer to complete their degree, co-op students graduate with 12-16 months of paid work experience.
Below is a sample schedule. Work and study (coursework) terms will vary for co-op students.
|YEAR||FALL (SEPT-DEC)||WINTER (JAN-APR)||SUMMER (MAY-AUG)|
|2nd (or 3rd)||Coursework & Apply to Co-op
Attend Workshop #1
|Coursework & Apply for Jobs
Attend Workshop #2 & #3
|Co-op Work Term 1|
|3rd||Co-op Work Term 2||Coursework||Co-op Work Term 3|
|4th||Coursework||Co-op Work Term 4 (optional)||Coursework|
Annika Penner (French & English Literature)
Work terms: Head Guide at the Juno Beach Center in France, The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, NUVO magazine
Laura Beckwith (French & Political Science)
Work Terms: Arts Umbrella, UBC Arts Co-op Program, Western Economic Diversification
Sheena Bell (Political Science & French)
Work terms: Dillon Consulting, Canadian Museum of History, Arts Co-op Program, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations
Alex Chen (International Relations & French)
Work terms: Northeast Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Emily Wlodyka (French)
Work Terms: Banff and Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, BC Hydro, Employment and Social Development Canada
Mandy Wu (French & International Relations)
Work terms: Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia
To read profiles for these FHIS co-op grads and more, click here.
Applying to Arts Co-op
Students can apply to the Arts Co-op Program once each year in September. Intake is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year.
To apply for Arts Co-op, students 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 2018, have at least 30 credits remaining to complete your degree
- Have a cumulative average of at least 72%.International students are eligible to apply.
Visit the Arts Co-op website for information about the application process, eligibility details, and information session dates.