Arts Co-op Program

Graduate with more than a degree.

Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while gaining 12-16 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.

What can Arts Co-op do for you?

Success after graduation

  • 90% of Canadian co-op grads 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 = $25,000
  • Total co-op fees over 3 work terms = $2,250
  • Return on investment = $22,750

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

What types of work and employers can you expect?

Arts Co-op students work in a wide range of non-profit, public, and private sector jobs that can be found in the Lower Mainland, across Canada, or abroad. Employers include organizations such as:

 Time Warner Hong Kong  Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada
 Vancouver Airport Authority  Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
 Samsung  Canadian Cancer Society
 Canadian Space Agency  Union Gospel Mission
 Environment Canada  BC Lung Association
 Harbour Publishing  Canadian Mental Health Association


Arts Co-op students work in areas such as:

 Communications & Marketing  Event & Project Management
 Fundraising & Proposal Writing  Statistical Analysis
 GIS & Mapping  Technical Writing
 Research & Policy Analysis  Web Design
 Program Administration  Gallery & Museum Tours

Applying to Arts Co-op

Intake is once each year in September and is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year. Visit for eligibility details, info session dates, and application process.

What alumni say about their journeys in co-op:

“Doing a Co-op degree was the smartest choice I made at UBC!”
– Phil Casey, BA , Geography & Visual Arts

“Co-op helped me to decide what I wanted to do with my career.”
– Jouel Tiu, BA, English Literature & Commerce

“The Co-op program sets you apart from other graduates…head and shoulders above.”
– Simon Lai, BA, Economics & International Relations

Read profiles about the experiences of these and other co-op students.