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General Arts - One Year Certificate

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

The General Arts one-year certificate program provides you with a general education and an opportunity to explore other college programs. You may select courses from a wide range of disciplines to meet your individual needs. Areas of selection include the Humanities, Social and other Behavioural Sciences, and courses in Technology and/or Business Studies. An effective career-counselling component will help you choose and prepare for more career-specific postsecondary education.

Academic Opportunities

Graduates utilize the skills acquired in the program to enter the working world or pursue further education. Educational opportunities may include:

  • Transferring to another diploma program
  • Transferring to the Liberal Arts two-year diploma program, which may provide pathways to University programs


2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Future

Students who are not sure what program they wish to pursue at the college level will find the General Arts certificate program a wonderful way to explore career programs and to experience college life. Graduates enter the work world with excellent life skills or go on to higher education well prepared. General Arts certificate students often move into other college diploma programs.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840
416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator 

Newnham Campus
Riaz Saloojee 416.491.5050 ext. 22045
Seneca@York Campus
Adam Phillips 416.491.5050 ext. 33841
King Campus
Ted Tom 416.491.5050 ext. 55159

Program Chair

Newnham and Seneca@York
Camille Soucie 416.491.5050 ext. 22309
John Stilla 416.491.5050 ext. 33328

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network