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What do you remember about Arts One? Do you have memories, anecdotes or photos to share? Hey, where are you and what are you doing these days?

If you were an Arts One student, who was your professor, or what was your favourite book?

If you were a professor, what was the theme, what do you remember about teaching in Arts One?

Visit the ‘Arts One by Decade‘ section for some wonderful memories from our alumni and professors. We hope to continue to add more stories and media clips so please do check back for updates 🙂

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Rachel Wan’s Arts One story! Click here to check it out!



Gabriel Q.

There is reading literature with the spectacles of orthodoxy and then there is reading through the brightly-coloured and multi-faceted lenses of Arts One pilot goggles. These are not safety goggles: you will be exposed to as many noxious and toxic substances as you can find. But through this eyepiece you will experience all the many facets of literature in a fashion completely “alternative” to any other approach to the Arts Faculty.

You may learn that there are many different opinions, or that there is one opinion, or that many opinions are one opinion, one opinion are all opinions. But ultimately, Arts One will grant you the capabilities for a more extensive understanding and appreciation of the social world: your role, your responsibility, your lack thereof. And you will develop solid essay-writing techniques to prove it.

The “alternative” Arts One course is exactly what it claims itself to be: a look in the opposite direction in order to illuminate the darker, unbleached face of the social sciences. Arts One will teach you to appreciate reading upside-down and underwater.

Kelsea O’

Arts One was a fantastic experience for me. Although sometimes it made me cry diamonds and bleed rubies, it also was a very valuable experience. I met a lot of amazing people, read a variety of works and improved my writing skills.



Jim D.

I remember Arts One as being the reason I stayed at university as I was ready to drop out in 1st year (and I stayed for seven years in total). My professor, Marcie Powell, was instrumental in my decision to stay.


Elspeth Flood

The boys bursting into “The Teddy Bears’ picnic” and singing it all the way through. “Staged” takeover of podium during Jean Elder’s lecture on Plato’s Republic. Deeply upsetting to Jean.