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Arts First

For Arts students beginning their studies in fall 2018 or later:

Arts First is a course-based program that helps you build foundational competencies in communication and analysis during your first year at university, with a focus on practice-based learning.

Starting in Fall 2018, each incoming Arts student will take ARTS 130 (Inquiry and Communication) and ARTS 140 (Information and Analysis) in small-group classroom settings to fulfil the Communication Skills Requirement. These classes will be capped at 25 and replace the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) and the ENGL 109 Intro to Academic Writing course.

How you'll learn

Classes focus on practice-based learning. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, you’ll be immersed in activities and exercises that require communication, problem solving, and the kinds of skills necessary for demonstrating comprehension and effective decision-making. Imagine a classroom where you and your classmates work together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor. This is how you'll experience ARTS 130 and ARTS 140. 

How you'll enroll

If you're co-registered at St. Jerome's: You should have received an email from your academic advisor. If you haven't received anything, contact your advisor directly.

If you're co-registered at Renison or in the Social Development Studies major: You should have received an email from your academic advisor. If you haven't received anything, contact your advisor directly.

If you're a transfer student (level 2A and above): You should have received an email from your academic advisor. If you haven't received anything, contact your advisor directly.

For all other students: You will select your fall ARTS 130 or 140 section in Quest starting July 19. You will need to prepare a list of your top 10 topics of interest before July 19. Please visit the Arts First course selection webpage for your next steps.

2018-19 topics

Learning outcomes for ARTS 130

As an ARTS 130 student, you will:

  1. Understand your own diverse experiences, strengths, and goals as a communicator.
  2. Examine your views and perspectives and, through the practice of interpersonal communication, develop a deeper awareness of your role in the communication process.
  3. Look critically at context, audience, and genre and use that information to be more persuasive in your communications.
  4. Collaborate with your classmates and provide, incorporate, and reflect on feedback.
  5. Use communication to consider your own ideas and the ideas of others.
  6. Identify and work with different technologies that will help you communicate effectively.

Learning outcomes for ARTS 140

As an ARTS 140 student, you will:

  1. Access information and practice navigating library resources, including indexes and databases.
  2. Recognize, define, and reflect on the meaning of quantitative and qualitative data.
  3. Practice writing and speaking through communication assignments that will build your skills and confidence.
  4. Collaborate with your classmates and provide, incorporate, and reflect on feedback.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on how information, analysis, and communication lead to knowledge. 
  6. Assess, examine, and evaluate the uses of information, including distinguishing between facts and values.