Distance Learning courses

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UC’s College of Arts offers some courses by distance to students through the university’s online interactive learning platform, using a blended learning approach. Any Arts distance courses you successfully complete can count towards a related university degree, in the same way as a regular campus-based course. 

Upcoming courses

The courses run over the summer and in semester 1 and 2. See Key course dates for more information.

Semester 2 - 2017

Summer 2017

Semester 1 - 2018

Semester 2 - 2018

Am I eligible?

The courses are open to anyone eligible to enrol at UC. Contact the College of Arts' Student Advisors if you have any questions about eligibility.
Email: artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or call the College of Arts at +6433693377

Alternatively you can contact:

Enrolment enquiries
Phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748) or +64 3 364 2555
Email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz or info@canterbury.ac.nz

Study details

Online learning requirements

UC provides all course material online, does all marking, and assigns grades. As an Arts distance student, you participate in lectures through the university’s online interactive learning platform (Learn) via your home computer. To access the Learn site, students need a user ID and password. Distance students are also given an Outlook Live student email account.

Distance students can obtain their user IDs and passwords online after registering with MyUC and completing the enrolment process.

A broadband connection is essential for accessing content on the online learning system.

Course workload

Each course requires about 150 hours of dedicated study. For semester-long courses that is an average workload of about 10 hours a week, including reading the online course materials and working on assignments.


Each individual course has a fee based on the degree area and level of the course. You only pay for the courses you choose to take. Arts distance students are eligable for a 67% student services levy rebate. Visit our Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website for course descriptions and costs.

Does Distance Learning meet your study needs?