Artwork courtesy of Aurélie Le Coadou
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.
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO…
- 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 a 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.
Artwork courtesy of Chanelle Renaud
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:
Lakeshore Association of Artists Scholarship
Kirk MacGeachy Memorial Bursary
Anna Whitton Memorial Bursary
Freda and Irwin Browns Award
For application forms and more detailed information about bursaries and scholarships please contact Financial Assistance Services or the Visual Arts department directly.
PROGRAM OF STUDY (planner)
You can download the program planner here
For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by program.
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.
In addition to the general CEGEP admission requirements, students must complete the Visual Arts admission requirements consisting of a sample artwork and letter, which may be written in English or in French (see below). Send image and text directly to firstname.lastname@example.org before the March 1st application deadline.
Make a work of art in any medium and any size that responds creatively to the theme “Light and Dark”. The theme may be interpreted symbolically and/or literally. Submissions may include but are not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, or digital media. Artwork should be documented and submitted as a digital JPEG file.
Write a letter describing the creative process you went through to produce your work of art and why you wish to pursue studies in visual arts. Minimum 250, maximum 350 words, in English or in French.
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). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.
Program start: Fall
- Complete the online application at admission.sram.qc.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
- Complete the Visual Arts Program admission requirements and send to email@example.com
- Applications will not be complete unless both the CEGEP admission requirements and the Visual Arts Program admission requirements are submitted
Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.
514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358
VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT
Student for a Day Program
We welcome and encourage interested students to be a Student for a Day.
Follow this link to begin this process: Student for a Day Program