Pre-University Programs

Arts, Literature & Communication


ATTENTION: Revised ALC Program coming Fall 2024! 


What’s changed? As of Fall 2024, the Arts, Literature and Communication program will have only one option: multidisciplinary. Within this option, students will have the opportunity to discover a wide variety of courses within the Program. Throughout their time with us, they can opt to specialize by favoring courses in a discipline of their choosing, or take the opportunity to dabble in all of the exciting courses that we offer in languages, media arts, theatre, literature, creative writing, philosophy and more!

Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) is a two-year pre-university program that will prepare you for advanced studies in Communication and Media, Fine and Applied Arts, Social Studies, Educational Sciences, Literature, or Languages.

ALC provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop your imagination, technical skills, and critical thinking, using an innovative multimedia and multidisciplinary approach. It is a flexible program designed to allow you to choose from a great variety of courses in cultural studies, languages, literature, theatre, journalism, and media theory and production.

ALC teachers are professionals in their field and our facilities are fully equipped to allow you to work on video projects, film animation, podcasts, digital art, darkroom and digital photography. You will be able to develop your skills in Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin in our up-to-date language labs. You will also have access to creative writing classrooms, a fully equipped and newly renovated theatre, as well as an auditorium with a large screen for film and media studies.

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

Our Arts, Literature and Communication program is built on the idea that students follow their own creative path by choosing the courses that best reflect their interests and pursuits. With 5 ALC options to choose from and with the possibility to pick any ALC courses outside your option, you will have many occasions to discover in which creative and cultural areas you excel. This knowledge will propel you to your university studies with better clarity and more confidence.

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 and interpretation, theatre and many others.

This program is for you if…

  • You are open-minded and curious.
  • You are interested in the study of arts, media, and culture.
  • You want to express yourself creatively.
  • You enjoy a hands-on approach to your education.
  • You enjoy making videos, animation films, photography, digital art.
  • You like to write short stories, poems, news articles, screenplays, research papers, a novel.
  • You want to learn different languages.
  • You yearn to be part of a play.
  • You aspire to produce a podcast or a radio show.
  • You long to learn about literature from Canada and abroad.
  • You are interested in the study of world languages and cultures.
  • You enjoy learning about contemporary and popular culture and its history.



This option offers solid practical and theoretical training in a variety of traditional and digital arts like filmmaking, photography, video production,
podcasting, journalism, film and media studies.


This option will help you develop both your creative and your critical literary skills.


This option allows for a flexible and personalized learning experience, catered to your individual interests regarding language acquisition.


Referred to as Theatre Workshop, this option is an opportunity for students to learn about theatre by participating in theatrical productions.


If you are having trouble deciding which option to choose, the MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTION lets you sample a wide variety of courses.

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

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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