General Arts and Science Program (Diploma) (R101)

Program Description

Program Overview

George Brown College's General Arts and Science (R101) is a two-year (four semesters) diploma program designed to help you strengthen your academic skills and refine your goals for further post-secondary studies. Articulation agreements with several universities enable pathways to a number of selected degree programs with advanced standing. This program includes a wide range of required courses within arts and humanities, social sciences and science, as well as a choice of two liberal studies elective courses to ensure breadth in thinking and analytical skills. Courses emphasize the development of skills in research, writing, oral communications and critical thinking, providing excellent preparation for work or further college or university studies.

Full Description

George Brown College's General Arts and Science (R101) is a two-year (four semesters) diploma program that will help you develop the essential skills you need for advanced studies, including university transfer and professional specialization. This program includes a wide range of subjects within the arts and humanities, social sciences and science.

It emphasizes advanced skills in research and writing, oral communications and critical thinking, providing excellent preparation for work as well as for further vocational and university studies.

You will acquire knowledge and engage with ideas in a wide range of disciplines. Interdisciplinary approaches enable you to explore and relate relevant concepts and issues to individuals, the environment and the workplace.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options


Many students complete the two-year (four semesters) diploma program and continue on to other college and university programs with advanced standing if they meet the grade point average and admission requirements for those programs. Our curriculum helps students develop the academic background, skills and discipline required to succeed in those programs.

Many others prefer to enter the world of work directly from the program. An education in the liberal arts and sciences is valued in many workplaces. Our program helps students develop the advanced communication and critical thinking skills required in the world of work, particularly for careers that encourage on-the-job professional development.

Educational Pathways

Degree Pathway to The University of Toronto

George Brown College's General Arts and Science (R101) diploma program offers a pathway to university studies.

Graduates with a program GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) with 6.0 transfer credits if specific criteria are met. Eligible students also have the opportunity to enrol in spring/summer course(s) at the U of T after successful completion of semester 2 and to earn additional course credits toward a degree.

For more information and to learn about program requirements, please contact the program co-ordinator, Maurizio Dodaro (

Vocation-specific College Studies

Students who meet the grade point average (GPA) requirements, may be granted exemptions or advanced standing in other college programs depending on the length of study, grades achieved and admission requirements as outlined by the college and program of interest.

University transfer options 

After two years of full-time study, students who meet the GPA requirements may be eligible for admission to many university liberal arts and humanities programs, usually with transfer credits equivalent to at least one year of university studies, depending on their grades, the university and the program's admission requirements.

Students must adhere to any program-specific and institutional requirements of the universities to which they apply. For details and to review the list of degree completion and professional credentials articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions, please see the General Arts and Science program page.

Other: Graduates of this program may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, and into George Brown’s degree programs in business, hospitality and technology. For specific requirements, see the General Arts and Science program page.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

Latest Alumni Stories

Brittany Barber returned to Canada after living in the United States for 13 years to attend the General Arts and Science program at George Brown College. After completing high school, she had no idea where to begin looking for a post-secondary education. She took a leap and moved back to Canada after finding out that a university preparatory program would allow her to earn transfer credits towards a degree. She plans to attend university after graduation, and hopes to eventually earn a Masters of Communication. She aspires to become a travel writer and author: “This program has helped me shape my priorities and become a responsible person. In addition to learning the course content, you learn a whole hidden set of underlying skills that are extremely beneficial. This program has helped me surpass my limits and approach new challenges with confidence.”

Brittany Barber
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