Student work: Justin Madden-Riles, Michele Caron-Powlowsky, Alex Chu

Visual Arts is a two-year pre-university program that aims to prepare students for continued studies in a creative discipline. Courses are offered in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media and art history. Students work closely with teachers and studio technicians in professionally equipped studios. The program emphasizes the production of visual works informed by an attention to aesthetics, technical skill, research and critical thinking. Throughout the two-year program students develop a comprehensive skill set geared toward maximizing their creative potential and the ability to understand how art movements relate to greater cultural contexts. The program culminates in a final graduation exhibition that is open to the public.

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Student work: Sandra Llanos-Solari, Jessica Quesnel, Si Ran Tao

The Visual Arts Program offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography,  sculpture, digital media, ceramics, and art history.  For more details about the courses offered by the Visual Arts department, please visit the Visual Arts and the General Education (Complementary courses) sections in the PROGRAM PLANNER or download the VISUAL ARTS PLANNER.

Please note that there are additional course fees associated with Visual Arts Program courses.  Course fees cover the cost of most student art materials required for the Program.  For a complete list of course fees please consult the table of VISUAL ARTS COURSE FEES.


Spacious art studios featuring state of the art equipment and natural light provide a quality working environment, meeting the needs of the students as they progress through the program. In addition to our two drawing and painting studios, there are three sculpture studios, which include a wood, metal and ceramics studio. Our printmaking studio is equipped for relief printing, etching, serigraphy and lithography. The Visual Arts department also boasts a dedicated Digital Arts multi-media lab.

Graduation Exhibition

Student work: Lucas Fehr, Mika Craig, Elliot Bérubé

Each year the Visual Arts program culminates in a graduation exhibition that is open to the public. In the final semester of study, students work closely with faculty in order to create an independent body of advanced work for exhibition. Students participate in the comprehensive planning and presentation of the exhibition from public relations to installation, lighting and vernissage.

We welcome you to join us every spring for our annual graduation exhibition. Follow us on Facebook for regular events updates and announcements.

Museums and Galleries

Each year, the Visual Arts Program provides students with a number of opportunities to visit major art museums and galleries. Whether here in Montreal, Ottawa, or New York City, seeing and experiencing art in person is an important component of any arts education and a great way to get to know the visual arts community at JAC!


Student work: Cole Fitzgerald, Kurt Pinto, Corinne Sutherland, Kimberly Orjuela

SRAM + Program Requirements

In addition to the general CEGEP admissions requirements, students must complete the Visual Arts admission requirements consisting of a sample artwork and letter (see below). Send image and text directly to visual.arts@johnabbott.qc.ca before the March 1st application deadline. Subject line: Application submission. The letter may be written either in English or in French.

Visual Component

Make a work of art in any medium and any size that responds to the theme “identity”. What does identity mean to you? What does it look like? How does it make you feel? Interpret the theme any way you see fit. Be creative! Submissions may include but are not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, or digital media.  Artwork should be documented and submitted as a digital JPEG file.

Written Component

Write a letter of introduction in English or French explaining the creative process you went through to produce your work of art. Tell us about yourself too and why you wish to pursue studies in visual arts at John Abbott College. Approximately 300 words.

Additional information can be found on our Program website here: https://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/pre-university-programs/visual-arts/

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Faculty and Staff

De Winter, Olaf : Technician Sculpture

De Winter, Olaf

Technician Sculpture
514-457-6610 ext. 5394

Goodyear, Jamie Wilson :

Goodyear, Jamie Wilson


Horlik, Veronika : Chair

Horlik, Veronika

514-457-6610 ext. 5808

Howlett, Patrick :

Howlett, Patrick

514-457-6610 #5791

Lanken, Lily : Technician Ceramics

Lanken, Lily

Technician Ceramics
514-457-6610 ext. 5396

Lupien, Jennifer : Co-Chair

Lupien, Jennifer

514-457-6610 ext. 5911

Macaulay, Jamie :

Macaulay, Jamie

514-457-6610 ext. 5471

Mijovic, Gordana :

Mijovic, Gordana

514-457-6610 ext. 5576
C-104 Visual Arts

Nadimi, Sheila :

Nadimi, Sheila

514-457-6610 ext. 5792

Napier, Monika :

Napier, Monika

514-457-6610 ext. 5735

Olligschlager, Susanne :

Olligschlager, Susanne

514-457-6610 ext. 5794

Price, Meghan :

Price, Meghan

514-457-6610 ext. 5793

Pupo, Sarah :

Pupo, Sarah


Technician Print Media : Technician Print Media

Technician Print Media

Technician Print Media
514-457-6610 ext. 5647