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College and York University sign transfer agreement

Graduates from Holland College’s School of Performing Arts programs will be able to receive credits toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University, thanks to a new articulation agreement signed between the two institutions.

SoPA, which is a partnership between Holland College and Confederation Centre of the Arts, offers two-year diploma programs in Music Performance, Dance Performance, and Theatre Performance. Eligible students following the Holland College – York University Performing Arts Pathway will be granted a block of 48 transfer credits toward the 120 credits required for a BFA Honours degree in Dance, Music or Theatre. Coupled with the eligibility to transfer up to 12 additional university credits, this provides the option of completing the York BFA within two years, following graduation from Holland College.

Gaylene Carragher, Director of SoPA, said the new agreement gives the students the opportunity to transition into the prestigious program at York University seamlessly and cost effectively.


“Agreements such as this ensure that SoPA students transition into university to pursue their educational and artistic aspirations without having to go through the arduous process of applying for credit transfers on a course by course basis." - Gaylene Carragher

Peggy Reddin, Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre and manager of the Dance Performance and Theatre Performance programs, added, “With small class sizes and a small town setting, SoPA can be a great bridge program as students adjust to post-secondary study.”

“The block of 48 transfer credits for a student graduating from SoPA is at the core of the agreement, because of the excellent alignment of the performing arts courses between Holland College and York University,” said Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, Interim Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University. “I look forward to welcoming SoPA graduates to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University.”

For more information about the agreement, visit the Degree Pathways page.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Sara Underwood, Media and Communications Officer
Tel: 902-566-9695
Date: Thursday, November 02, 2017