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    General Arts

One Year Certificate

Program Code:GAP
Campus:Newnham, Seneca@York, King
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The General Arts One–Year Certificate program provides you with a general education in the Liberal Arts and an opportunity to explore other college programs. You may select courses from a wide range of disciplines to meet your individual needs. Areas of selection include the Humanities, Social and other Behavioural Sciences, and courses in Technology and/or Business Studies. An effective career–counselling component will help you choose and prepare for more career– specific post–secondary education.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Future

Students who are not sure what program they wish to pursue at the college level will find the General Arts Certificate program a wonderful way to explore career programs and to experience college life. Graduates enter the work world with excellent life skills, or go on to higher education well prepared. General Arts Certificate students often move into other college diploma programs.

Academic Opportunities

Graduates utilize the skills acquired in the program to enter the working world or pursue further education. Educational opportunities may include:

  • Transferring to a Seneca College diploma program;
  • Transferring to the two–year Liberal Arts program, which may provide pathways to university programs.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
MTHXXX Mathematics 4
NAT108 Understanding Science and Technology 3
PSY355 Applied Psychology of Learning and Careers 3
SOC122 Introduction to Social Sciences 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAN149 Current Issues in Canada 3
PSY191 Foundations of Psychology I 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3/4
XXXXXX Professional Option 3/4
XXXXXX Professional Option 3/4

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor:
Newnham and Seneca@York Campuses:
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Domestic Admissions Advisor:
King Campus:
Daniela Zarpellon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013

International Admissions Advisor:
King Campus:

Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisors:
Newnham Campus: Deanna MacDonald
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
Seneca@York Campus: Julie Berns
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
King Campus: Daniela Zarpellon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55017
Program Coordinators:
Newnham Campus: Riaz Saloojee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22045
Seneca@York Campus: Becky Winder
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33130
Program Chairs:
Newnham and Seneca@York: (Acting Chair) Camille Soucie
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22309
King: Mona Nouroozifar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010
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