Who are the Arts Degree Advisors?
I have a Masters in counselling psychology and an undergrad degree in psychology with a minor in communications. I have experience working on a crisis hotline, career counselling, and academic advising. I like to advise students from a holistic viewpoint: students come to us with their personal lives influencing their career goals, which inform their academic choices. I enjoy one-on-one meetings as well as group presentations and interactions, and have found a strength in organizing information in a useful, succinct, clear manner as with our bachelor's degree Program Planning Guides, and in helping with editing the official calendar for the Faculty of Arts.
I have been a part of KPU for over 10 years in a variety of administrative roles in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement, Assessment & Testing services, and Central Advising.
As a KPU School of Business Alumni with a BBA in Marketing Management, I have gone through all the processes and experiences. My goal is to provide a student perspective to help advise students on their academic and career goals. I enjoy the collaborative styles of finding solutions and sharing information.
Ikjyot completed BA in Psychology and Minor in Counselling at KPU in 2016, and is currently pursuing MEd degree in Counselling at SFU. She also works at SFU with students who are struggling and are required to withdraw by providing them with learning strategies and facilitating workshops. She has worked with children, youth and families with 10+ years of experience in academic, mental health, community and cultural settings. Ikjyot likes to take a holistic approach while working with students, as she believes that academic journey is connected with skills, personalities, culture, career and other important areas of life. She enjoys engaging with students who are exploring various avenues while studying at KPU and is happy to provide her own student perspective of previously being a KPU student.
What do you do?
While Central Advising is ideal for new students, the Faculty of Arts is the largest Faculty at KPU and we at Arts Degree Advising specialize in guiding students through all of your options in Arts.
We are available to answer questions on the following topics:
- Course planning and selection
- Major and minor choices
- Program Declarations
- Course prerequisites
- Program & graduation requirements
- Academic regulations and policies
- Educational planning for career goals
Why should I come see you?
If you are a Declared Arts student, come by to discuss your options for a Bachelor's degree.
Undeclared students with fewer than 45 credits should book an appointment with Central Advising.
If you are completing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, or an Arts Diploma, come to us with your questions about continuing on to Years 3 and 4.
If you are a transfer student intending to complete a Bachelor's degree within the Faculty of Arts, come make sure that you have everything that you need.
If you aren't sure how to upgrade to Undergraduate Studies, check out our Pathway guide.
How do I book an appointment?
Individual appointments to meet with us can be made using Advisor Connect.
Once your appointment is made please check in at the following locations:
-- Surrey Campus, Arbutus Bldg. Rm. A2110
-- Richmond Campus, Rm 1560
Tuesday & Wednesday appointments are available from 4:00-6:30pm (Surrey Campus)
If you have a brief question that does not require an appointment, email us at ArtsDegreeAdvising@kpu.ca from your Kwantlen e-mail account, and we will do our best to assist you. Please include your name and student number.
Can I just drop by?
Of course! We have time specifically set aside for this. Drop-in advising is a brief consultation to get short answers to one or two questions. Drop-ins are not intended for students with complex questions or questions that require a detailed review of the student's academic history. Situations like these require a 30 minute appointment.
We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the drop-in session. You will sign in and be seen by an advisor on a first come first-served basis. Only a limited number of spots are available; if all spots are full you will need to come back during the next scheduled session. Please note that drop-ins are very busy during the first two weeks of registration, just before the start of a semester and during the first two weeks of classes. You are encouraged to arrive early during these busy times.
During busy times we often schedule drop-ins more frequently and can give you this information when you call the Arts Degree Advising Centre at 604-599-3068.
EXTENDED DROP-INs are scheduled for the first week of each new semester & first two weeks of Registration.
Next dates for Extended Hours ARTS Advising Drop-Ins are:
Surrey Campus: Friday, January 3rd - Thursday, January 9th: 9:30am-12 noon & 1:30pm-3:45pm
Sign in at the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office
Richmond Campus: Tuesday, January 7th: 9:00am - 12 noon & 2pm - 4 pm
Sign in at the Advising Office
REGULAR DROP-INs for Spring 2020 are scheduled every Tuesday 1:30pm-3:45pm: Surrey Campus, Arbutus Bldg. Rm. A2110.
NOTE: Regular Drop-Ins on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm are cancelled
Where do I go to start looking for information myself?
For information on Degree programs, course descriptions, and prerequisites: KPU University Calendar
To see which courses are being offered this semester, as well as dates and times: KPU University Timetables
Forms and documents for download, including Transfer Credit, Admissions, and Registration: Student Enrolment Services
Browse through Departments, find out about upcoming Event and Information Sessions: KPU Faculty of Arts
What if I still need to upgrade?
Are you a student looking to enroll in an Arts program but need to upgrade?
KPU Academic and Career Advancement can help!
How can I contact you?
You can e-mail us at ArtsDegreeAdvising@kpu.ca, or call 604-599-3068.