Visual Arts is a two-year pre-university program that aims to prepare students for continued studies in a creative discipline. Courses are offered in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media and art history. Students work closely with teachers and studio technicians in professionally equipped studios. The program emphasizes the production of visual works informed by an attention to aesthetics, technical skill, research and critical thinking. Throughout the two-year program students develop a comprehensive skill set geared toward maximizing their creative potential and the ability to understand how art movements relate to greater cultural contexts.
WHERE VISUAL ARTS CAN TAKE YOU!
Our graduating students typically enter university programs directly related to the broad field of the visual arts, including studio art, design, art history, art education, art therapy, digital media and 3D animation. A DEC in Visual Arts is also a solid foundation for further studies in the humanities or social sciences.
- Expand your imagination, creativity and critical thinking.
- Acquire technical skills working in professionally equipped studios.
- Develop an independent, personal approach to making art.
- Engage in creative problem solving and decision making.
- Learn about contemporary culture and art history.
- Pursue a university education and career in the arts.
AS A VISUAL ARTS STUDENT YOU WILL:
- Acquire technical skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital media and photography.
- Explore drawing and painting from observation, memory, and imagination.
- Work with traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking and photography.
- Acquire skills and techniques in the 3D studios, including woodworking, plaster casting, welding and ceramics.
- Expand your artistic vocabulary and skills using digital media.
- Understand the major art historical movements and current art practices.
- Participate in a public exhibition of your work.
- Build a portfolio for admission to post-secondary institutions and galleries.
Spacious art studios featuring state of the art equipment and natural light provide a quality working environment, meeting the needs of the students as they progress through the program. In addition to our two drawing and painting studios, there are three sculpture studios, which include a wood, metal and ceramics studio. Our printmaking studio is equipped for relief printing, etching, serigraphy and lithography. The Visual Arts department also boasts a dedicated Digital Arts multi-media lab.
FIELD TRIPS TO GALLERIES, MUSEUMS AND ARTIST STUDIOS
Art history forms an integral part of the Visual Arts curriculum. The connection between art history and studio courses is reinforced for students with field trips to galleries, museums, artist studios and museums in Montreal, Ottawa and New York.
Each fall semester, the Visual Arts Department offers a 4-day field trip to New York City. Students travel by Coach Bus to our hotel on Times Square. While in New York, students visit major museums featuring some of the most important works in the history of art, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Students also visit important commercial galleries showing the work of emerging contemporary artists and emerging younger artists in some of New York’s most interesting cultural neighbourhoods.
Every year, the Visual Arts program culminates in a graduate exhibition that is open to the public. In the final semester of study, students work closely with faculty in order to create an independent body of advanced work for exhibition. Students participate in the comprehensive planning and presentation of the exhibition from public relations to installation, lighting and vernissage.
BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS
The following bursaries and scholarships are available to students in the Visual Arts Program. For application forms and more detailed information about bursaries and scholarships please contact Financial Assistance Services or the Visual Arts Department directly.
Lakeshore Association of Artists Scholarship ($2000 distributed over 4 semesters)
Kirk MacGeachy Memorial Bursary ($500)
Anna Whitton Memorial Bursary ($250)
PROGRAM OF STUDY (planner)
You can download the program planner here
For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar.
CEGEP ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics.
OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.
Starting Fall 2017, in addition to the existing general CEGEP entrance requirements, two new entrance requirements will be in effect for students applying to the Visual Arts Program at John Abbott College:
Students will submit a jpeg image of a unique artwork created specifically for the application to the Visual Arts Program. The artwork may be created in any medium and any size. The artwork will respond in an open and creative manner to a theme established annually by the Department. For 2017 the theme will be “Light and Dark”. Students would send the jpeg electronically and a committee established by the Department would review the submissions and rank the candidates.
Artwork should be documented and submitted as a single digital JPEG file.
File size: 72 dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels, maximum 1 MB.
Prospective students will submit a minimum of 250 and maximum of 350-word text to accompany the image in which the candidate is invited to express the creative process s/he went through to produce the artwork. It will also be an opportunity for the candidate to express his/her own personal interest in pursuing a career in visual arts.
Send image and written text directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Application submission
HOW DO I APPLY:
John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (winter semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.
Program start: Fall
- Complete the online application at http://sram.omnivox.ca
- Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 510.A0
- If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.
Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.
514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358
VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT