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

Belzile, Frédérick A. :

Belzile, Frédérick A.

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.

De Chantal, Guillaume :

De Chantal, Guillaume


Forrest, Nikki :

Forrest, Nikki

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.

Golden, Anne :

Golden, Anne

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).

Hage, Merdad : Chair

Hage, Merdad

514-457-6610 ext. 5415

Merdad Hage is a Montreal-based filmmaker. He received a BFA and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University. He teaches filmmaking, screenwriting, video production, photography, and film studies courses, as well as the Integrating Activity Seminar. He’s also the co-chair of the Media Arts Department.

Hoffmann, Bettina :

Hoffmann, Bettina

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.

Kim, Jinyoung :

Kim, Jinyoung

514-457-6610 ext. 5306


Jinyoung Kim is an artist whose work uses mainly photography and video. Her photographs and videos combine documentary and fiction in order to form metaphoric narratives that deal with questions of identity, sense of belonging, and relationship between place and self-perception. She has exhibited her works in Canada and internationally. She earned her BFA from OCAD University in Toronto and MFA from Concordia University. She teaches photography, filmmaking and media studies courses in ALC program at John Abbott College.

Leigh Fisher, Jennifer :

Leigh Fisher, Jennifer

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.

Notar, Clea :

Notar, Clea

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.

Olszanowski, Magdalena :

Olszanowski, Magdalena

514-457-6610 ext. 5029

Schorr, Daniel :

Schorr, Daniel

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.

Sewraj, Yudi :

Sewraj, Yudi

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.

Smith, Michelle :

Smith, Michelle

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.

Tremblay, Sara :

Tremblay, Sara

514-457-6610 ext. 5343

Young, Ryan :

Young, Ryan

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 Program Planner

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