General Arts

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Program Code: 6700

School: School of Advancement

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7018

In Centennial College’s General Arts program, you study a range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, as well as communications.

This college preparation program is for you if you are:

  • Considering college programs such as Communication Arts, Child Studies, Community Services or Hospitality, and Tourism Administration.
  • Interested in applying to a Bachelor of Arts program.
  • Exploring your ultimate career goals and various educational opportunities.
  • Obtaining the academic admission credentials needed to enter university.

Centennial's Arts programs run two to four semesters in length, depending on your future goals.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
GART-105 Introduction to Canadian Politics Morningside Campus
GART-123 Introduction to Philosophy Morningside Campus
GART-129 Introduction to Psychology Morningside Campus
GART-130 Introduction to Sociology Morningside Campus
GART-160 Concepts in Humanities Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GART-200 Twentieth Century History Morningside Campus
GART-220 Critical Thinking across Disciplines Morningside Campus
GART-240 Introductory Research Methods Morningside Campus
GART-244 Human Development Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • You will learn in small-sized classes that allow for peer-to-peer and students-to-instructor interaction.
  • After one year (with at least a 3.0 GPA) you may apply for consideration to year 1 of a university Arts program.
  • Upon program completion, you will earn a college certificate.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Trent University, Ontario
  • York University, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Preparation for a university Arts program
  • Preparation for College
  • Career Preparation
  • Exploration of career goals and various educational opportunities

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
    or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,910.00 $1,023.00 $3,933.00
International $13,283.00 $2,306.00 $15,589.00