As part of a cohort program, students will join one of five learning communities and take a selection of connected courses across various disciplines.

These learning communities are called streams and each focuses on a broad theme that the courses are centred around. Students will learn critical thinking and foundational skills within a familiar group of students and instructors who inspire success in a supportive yet intellectually challenging environment.


Why choose CAP?

With small class sizes of 100-125 students per cohort and 25 students per seminar, students invariably build long lasting relationships with their professors and peers. This social and academic support leads to enhanced student success.

The Coordinated Arts Program takes the stress out of the registration process by offering standard course timetables.

Located in a shared space with other “Gateway” programs, the Coordinated Arts Program gives students exclusive access to one of the most desirable and self-contained study environments on campus, while remaining situated in the heart of the university.

The Coordinated Arts Program offers students a smoother transition into the challenges of university. With smaller class sizes, committed instructors, and coordinated assignment deadlines, the program sets students up to enter second year with all other second-year students armed for success.

At the end of the year, students have optional opportunities to showcase their research. They can present at the CAP Conference, an event for students, faculty, and the university community, or submit their work to be published in our student journal, The Capsule.

Each stream is supported by an upper-level student who has previously taken CAP. These mentors host social events and information or study sessions, and are available to answer questions about being a student at UBC.


What is ASTU 100 and ASTU 101?

Arts Studies 100/101 introduces students to the academic community and how its practices of scholarly reading, writing, and research work cohesively to produce knowledge. The small class sizes of approximately 25 students is only offered by the Coordinated Arts Program. The close cohort learning environment is ideal to help students hone their critical reading and thinking, develop their scholarly writing and learn university-level research. Each stream has several sections of ASTU 100/101, but students are only required to register in one of them.

Is a six-credit, two-semester course that combines the study of literature with the study of academic research and writing. ASTU 100 thus satisfies 3 credits of both the Literature Requirement and the Writing Requirement.

Is a three-credit, one-semester course on academic research and writing, which satisfies the Faculty of Arts Writing Requirement, but not the Literature Requirement. ASTU 101 is specifically for students in the PPE stream, whereas ASTU 100 is for students in the other CAP streams.


Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is an exciting component of the Coordinated Arts Program. CEL connects classroom learning to communities and community-issues beyond the university. Many initiatives and projects have been developed to facilitate community engaged learning opportunities for CAP students. Initiatives and projects vary year-to-year.

One recent initiative is a speaker series called Community Talks. It features regular talks by community members or organizations. Speakers explore the themes of community-university relations, culture and representation, water and city planning, global migration and humanitarian work, civic engagement and Indigenous rights, and racialization and development among other things. Many classes incorporate the speaker topics and themes into their curriculum through discussions and assignments.

Individual instructors may also offer Community Engaged Learning opportunities specific to their courses.

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