Pre-University Programs

Arts, Literature & Communication


The Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) program offers its students an opportunity to explore, create and appreciate culture in a well structured program. ALC offers a wide variety of courses with teachers who are professionals in their field, using an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary approach. The aim of this program is to provide students with a broad knowledge and an excellent opportunity to develop their imagination, technical skills and critical thinking.It is a flexible program designed to allow students to choose from a variety of courses in cultural studies, languages and production.

Students leave this program with an understanding of cultural institutions and their place in society as well as an appreciation of the socio-cultural implications of the arts and/or languages.

Our facilities at John Abbott College include a darkroom photography lab, video and radio studios, up-to-date language labs, creative writing classrooms, a fully-equipped theatre and MAC labs for digital photo, digital media, film making and animation.

ALC Student Handbook 2021-2022

What distinguishes the program offered at JAC from others like it?

Our new Arts, Literature and Communication program is built on the idea that students follow their own creative path. ALC students, regardless of option or profile, are able to choose courses which best reflect their interests and pursuits. During the course of their two years with us, students will find which creative and cultural areas they are strongest in. This knowledge will propel them to university studies in a field in which they excel.

Where Arts, Literature & Communication can take you!

The Arts, Literature and Communication program will prepare students for university studies in fields related to the arts including education, law, communication studies, journalism, visual and performing arts, film studies, film production, english, creative writing, political science, foreign languages, public relations, history, translation, linguistics, theatre and many others.

This program is for you if…

  • You are interested in the study of arts and culture from many different perspectives.
  • You consider yourself to be creative.
  • You like to write short stories, poems, news articles, screenplays, research papers, a novel.
  • You are interested in the study of world languages and cultures.
  • You are curious about the potential of multimedia.
  • You appreciate films, enjoy making videos, photography.
  • You dream of producing a radio show or a podcast.
  • You want to be part of a play.
  • You enjoy a hands-on approach to your education
  • You are interested in the study and impact of popular culture.
  • You like to explore critical perspectives of the media.
  • You want to develop your technical skills and your critical thinking.
  • You enjoy learning about contemporary culture and its history.
  • You yearn for some context to understand your place in the world.
  • You are looking to explore tools for self-expression.
  • You are open-minded and curious.
  • You are interested in learning about literature from Canada and abroad

Admission Requirements

CEGEP 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

Program Prerequisites

No specific prerequisites are required for this program.
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To 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 and Winter


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Arts, Literature & Communication Department

Student for a Day Program

Be a John Abbott College student for a day!

Through our Student for a Day program, you will spend either a morning or afternoon with one of our student ambassadors, attend college-level classes in a program of your choice, and experience CEGEP like a John Abbott student. Fill out the request form below to be contacted for Student for a Day.

This program is not available at this time due to the pandemic.

We are not accepting Student for a Day requests at this time.

Please revisit this page periodically.

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