Arts, Literature and Communication - Arts and Design Option

DEC | 500.AF
DEC - Fashion, Arts & Design | 500.AF | Arts, Literature and Communication - Arts and Design Option

The Arts, Literature and Communication is a pre-university DEC program intended for students willing to experiment with artistic production while gaining a more in-depth general culture in order to better understand and appreciate artistic and literary works.

Throughout your studies in Arts, Literature and Communication, Arts and Design Option, you will take part in various artistic events such as visiting renowned institutions as well as alternative venues. Furthermore, you will actively participate in these events while enjoying the intercultural environment of Montreal. These experiences will lead you to apply critical thinking, discussion and an overall openness towards the deeper meanings, implications and values of art. The Arts and Design Option is created specifically for students who want to develop creative skills and open doors for their university studies.

The development of all these competencies aims to involve students so that they become an agent of change in our current and future society.

Program availability

In this program, the use of a laptop computer is mandatory. Students must have a laptop or purchase one before beginning their studies. Depending on the model, the cost could be higher. Standard or student license software must be installed when requested by teachers. Chromebook and Linux devices are not accepted. If you are planning on studying new media at university, we recommend purchasing a powerful laptop from the outset.

The following features are required for Macs and PCs:

  • iOS or Windows 10 operating system in the teaching language (English or French)
  • Processor: Intel I5 minimum
  • Memory: Minimum 8 GB (16 GB recommended)
  • Hard drive: 256 GB minimum (500 recommended)
  • Screen: 13 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: Minimum of two USB 3.0 ports
  • Mouse (may be wireless)
  • External hard drive

Required software: Creative Cloud Suite and Office Suite or equivalent for Mac.

By the end of the program, you will have acquired competencies to analyse and even critique various artistic productions. In addition, you will have the tools to create and express yourself in various art mediums.

  • A studio is available for your use during courses in order to create your masterpieces. This studio will also be available for you outside course hours.
  • You will be part of small cohorts facilitating your learning experience, your sense of belonging and the development of your full potential.
  • You will accomplish a high caliber final project, the organisation of an exhibition presenting your works in a professional gallery as well as the organisation of the opening of the event.
  • You will be center-stage of the city’s cultural scene and participate in a variety of activities such as visits to art exhibits, launches, artistic performances and film screenings.
  • You will learn from the best. Our teachers are still active in the field of performing arts and media.
  • You will have access Portfolios to expose your projects on the Web.
  • Architecture*
  • Art and the Science of Entertainment
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Digital and Media Imagery
  • Education
  • Film Studies
  • Industrial Design*
  • Interior Design*
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • New Medias
  • Scenography
  • Theater
  • Visual and Media Arts

* Mathematics prerequisites apply

  • Research Methods in Arts and Design (45 h)
  • Aesthetic and Cultural Foundations of the Western World (60 h)
  • Exploring Creating Techniques- Arts et Design (60 h)
  • 20th Century Arts and Design (45 h)
  • Studio I (45 h)
  • Art and Technologies I (45 h)
  • Critical Approaches (45 h)
  • Refusal, Protest and Transformations (45 h)
  • Planning an Artistic Event - Arts and Design (45 h)
  • Studio II (45 h)
  • Art and Technologies II (45 h)
  • Current Issues in Arts and Design (45 h)
  • Integration Project in Arts and Design (90 h)
  • Media and Art Scenes (45 h)
  • 3 Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • 3 Philosophy courses (150 h)
  • 4 Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language courses (90 h)
  • 2 Complementary courses (90 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute certain courses.

Have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES)


Have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language if Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV


Have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the college.

Upon completion of this program, students will receive a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC).