About Arts First


New Arts students must successfully complete Arts First courses ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 to meet the Undergraduate Communication Requirement.

  • Both courses should be completed in your first year, one in fall term and one in winter term*.
  • You can take them in any order, but can take only one Arts First course at a time.
  • Each section of ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 has a different topic, but the overall learning outcomes and goals are the same for all topics in each course.
A student speaking at the podium at a protest rally

Parul Tambe, Arts First 2018-19 Speaking at Climate Strike Waterloo Region, Sept 27, 2019

Students approach the REEP House - a historic, gold brick century home

Angela Carter's "Politics of the Climate Crisis" Arts 140 students touring the REEP House for Sustainable Living