The Media Arts department is an integral part of the Arts, Literature and Communications program. We teach a variety of artistic disciplines. Including: animation, digital media, filmmaking, film studies, media studies, photography, radio and video production.
For complete information on the Arts, Literature and Communications Program, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website.
Members of the Department
Frédérick A. Belzile
514-457-6610 ext. 5552
Frédérick A. Belzile teaches Digital Media I, Digital Media II and Universe of the Arts 3. She is an artist working with electronic media creating video and interactive media for the web.
514-457-6610 ext. 5164
Iliria Bicovnik-Carnevale teaches Darkroom Photography, Digital Photography and Media Studies. She received her post graduate degree in Fine Arts at UQAM and her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Concordia University. She also has a teaching certificate in Fine Arts from Concordia university and has taught art courses for the past 20 years at the elementary, secondary and post secondary level.
Jennifer Leigh Fisher
514-457-6610 ext. 5605
Jen is a Montréal-based artist and curator who works with small gauge film. Her work has been shown in festivals around the world. After a foundation liberal arts program at King's College, Dalhousie University, she studied Art History at the University of Toronto, and cinema production at Ryerson University. In 2011, she obtained a Maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques avec distinction de l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
Jen teaches a range of media arts courses at John Abbott College, including production, media and film studies.
514-457-6610 ext. 5636
Nikki Forrest is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, drawing and installation. She is best known for short experimental videos which have been shown at festivals across Europe and North America as well as in several group and solo gallery exhibitions. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in open media from Concordia University in 1995 and has been teaching film and video at John Abbott since 2001.
514-457-6610 ext. 5264
Suzanne Girard has been teaching photography in the Creative Arts department since 1995. Her works have been published and exhibited in Canada, Europe and South America. She still owns and operates her own black & white photo lab and was one of the rare photographers in Montreal to also operate a colour print lab. Some of her documentary photos are part of the National Archive of Canada collection. Suzanne also worked in the festival & events industry for over 30 years.
514-457-6610 ext. 5083
Anne Golden is Artistic Director of Groupe Intervention Video, an artist-run distribution, exhibition and production centre for videos directed by women. She is an independent curator and writer whose programs include Horizontal Holds/Vertical Views: Recent Canadian Art Video (Musée National du Québec, 2001) and Seuils/Thresholds (Edges Festival, Victoria, 2006). She has also curated programs for Vtape (Toronto) and Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax). Golden has made 12 videos since 1991. Among these are FAT CHANCE (1994), BIG GIRL TOWN (1998), SOMME (2005) and FROM THE ARCHIVES OF VIDÉO POPULAIRE (2007).
514-457-6610 ext. 5415
Merdad Hage received a BFA and a MFA in Film Production from Concordia University. He has been directing films since 1997. Currently, he is teaching filmmaking, video production and film studies courses.
514-457-6610 ext. 5441
Bettina Hoffmann is a photo and video artist working in at the intersection of photography and cinema. Her work is shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions as well as in video festivals in Europe and North America. She works as well as a professional photographer. She received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and attended both the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Bettina Hoffmann has been an instructor at JAC since 2008. Currently she is teaching Digital Photography.
514-457-6610 ext. 5306
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Tracey McKee is the co-chair of the Media Arts Department. Her specialization is journalism, radio production and broadcast media. Tracey has an Honours B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Theatre Arts from the University of Western Ontario. Her original goal was to teach – that dream was sidelined in order to pursue a career in broadcasting. She moved to Montreal to complete a Graduate Diploma in Communications Studies and then followed that with an M.A. in Media Studies. While studying, Tracey worked her way through the ranks of the Montreal broadcasting scene, first as a traffic reporter for CHOM FM. She has also been a radio producer, weather anchor, entertainment reporter and feature reporter. From 2000-2008, she was the host of This Morning Live on Global Television – a full-service, three hour morning show. Currently, you can regularly hear Tracey replacing the morning show hosts on CJAD.
514-457-6610 ext. 5782
Clea H. Notar graduated from McGill University with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Art History. She acquired an MA in Media Studies from University of Sussex in England. Clea has taught Film Studies and Media Studies at the pre-university level in both England and Canada. She has designed and facilitated Creative Writing courses for adults at a cancer support centre in Canada and at a minimum security men's prison in England. She has worked in Canada and England for CBC national radio, for the NFB and has written on film and the arts for various print media as well as having worked for Canada's first international film festival, The Festival du Nouveau Cinema. Her area of specialization is American independent cinema and the anti-Hollywood aesthetic. Clea has been teaching at John Abbott since 2002.
514-457-6610 ext. 5597
Daniel Schorr was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied social communications, specializing in film animation. His first film, Viagem de ônibus, received the First Prize for Animation in Havana. In the 1980s, Daniel trained in animation in Brazil with visiting NFB filmmakers and subsequently became the first Latin American director to be hired by the NFB animation studio. In Montreal, Daniel worked on several National Film Board of Canada productions, including Jours de plaine (1990), Dinosaurs: Piecing It All Together (1991) and Snow Cat (1998). His film Recital received the Best Direction Prize in Festival de Recife, Brazil . He also co-directed the award-winning Jonas and Lisa (1995) on children's rights. Dominoes, (2006), his most recent National Film Board of Canada film, is part of the ShowPeace Series on conflict resolution. It was animated under the camera with paper cut-outs in tribute to NFB animation film pioneers.
514-457-6610 ext. 5624
Yudi Sewraj has taught filmmaking, media and films studies at John Abbott College since 2006. Between 1992 and 2002 he developed a body of short experimental videos and films that have been shown in Canada, the US and Europe. This work explored ideas of “authenticity" and the particular relationship between the camera and the subject. His installation work developed as a means of generating both content and structure for his single channel work. Two installations completed during his MFA at the University of California, San Diego uses this approach: “Monologue Table - Rehearsal for an Apology” (2003) and “A Cold Night in February”(2005). His most recent work includes “Salon”(2007), presented at Articule gallery in Montréal, and “Nineteen-seventy-eight”(2009) presented at the Glenhyrst Art Center.
Michelle SmithCoordinator, Aboriginal Studies
514-457-6610 ext. 5976
Michelle Smith is a Métis filmmaker, media artist and educator with an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. She uses diverse media and participatory strategies to explore issues around indigenous identity, education and intercultural experience. Documentary projects include the indigenous health series Working it Out Together (2015), the aboriginal language series Finding our Talk (2010), and the feature, determiNATION songs (2009). New media projects include www.OtaNdaYanaan.net, an interactive documentary celebrating Métis language and culture and Rivet Rampage, a video game based on the experience of Mohawk Ironworkers. She has been teaching in the Media Arts department and Pathways program at John Abbott College since 2010 and is currently the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Studies Certificate.
514-457-6610 ext. 5343
514-457-6610 ext. 5860
Ryan Young has been a teacher in the Media Arts Department at John Abbott College since 2002, teaching a variety of practical and theoretical courses with an emphasis on media studies, and radio and television production. Ryan is a documentary filmmaker who is primarily interested in environmental and social justice stories. Ryan Young is also the host and producer of the only English language environmental radio show in Montreal—Ecolibrium—heard every Tuesday morning between 11am-12pm on CKUT 90.3 FM.
For a listing of courses offered by the Media Arts Department, please visit the Arts, Literature and Communications section of the Course Calendar