Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University



The wide array of distance and online programs and initiatives makes Arts an exciting area in which to study. Develop essential workplace skills such as communication, critical analysis, problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.

Choose from many OL and TRU courses to fulfill your program requirements. You can also take post-secondary courses elsewhere and transfer them to your OL program. See BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) to explore your options.

Plan ahead and make the most of your Arts credential. Our Program Advisors help you choose courses that can later be applied toward another program, either at OL or elsewhere.

Start your learning journey today!

Estimated Costs

Estimated program costs for domestic students are listed here. Please be aware that your actual costs may vary. If you are an international student or if your program is not listed, contact Enrolment Services.

Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts College
Associate of Arts College
Minor in English, History, Psychology and Sociology College
Bachelor of Arts, General Program University
Bachelor of Arts, General Studies University
Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major University
Bachelor of Arts, English Major University
Bachelor of Arts, History Major University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major University
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major University
Bachelor of Design University
Bachelor of Fine Art University
Bachelor of Music (Performance) University
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts University

Getting Started

Before you register for a course or apply for a program, please do the following. Read about distance education and course delivery formats. Look at the program descriptions, which state the admission requirements (if any) and residency requirements. Familiarize yourself with the course descriptions. Note the estimated program costs, learn about awards and financial support, and consider how you can fund your education.

Awards and Financial Support

You can apply for financial support if you meet specific place-of-residence requirements. If you are a full-time program student, you may be eligible to apply for an award, scholarship, bursary or grant. See Student Awards & Financial Support.


If you have applied for or been admitted to an Arts program, you may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through your work and life experience.

Contact Us

We’re with you at every step of your educational journey! Please contact us with your questions about Open Learning, awards and financial support, the program application process, Arts programs and courses and the many services available to you as an Open Learning student.