College is a time to explore and Arts, Literature and Communication, or ALC for short, is the perfect program to do just that.

ALC is all about creativity and self-expression. It’s for you if you want to discover various art forms from fine arts to cinema, literature, languages, art history and theatre. As an ALC student you get to express yourself while gaining all the skills and prerequisites you need to follow a university program in the arts and other non-science areas. ALC also gives you the opportunity to take a lot of courses that you might not be able to take in certain more focused university programs. So now is your chance to try out art history, digital art and cinema, for example. The program leads to a Diplôme d’études collégiales or DEC.



ALC is an amazing foundation for university. And if you want to get into a great undergraduate program that requires an art or writing portfolio, you will have many opportunities to work on it as an ALC student. After university, many career or graduate school options await you:

  • Art Administration
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Communications, Media and Journalism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Relations
  • Education
  • Fashion Design
  • Film Studies
  • Graphics and Design
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Museology
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Social and New Media
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Studio Arts
  • Theatre
  • Translation/Interpretation
If you choose to take Mathematics courses, at university you will have more options in Accounting, Commerce and Management.


Ours is a multi-faceted version of the program. Other schools lock you into a profile; at Marianopolis, you get room to explore. Each semester, you get to choose all but one or two of your classes yourself. For example, if you want to take art history or cinema or philosophy each semester or not at all, you can. It’s up to you.

ALC gives you the chance to explore and try out things you didn’t get a chance to in high school. If you discover something that you love, you can take more of it. Semester by semester, you can shape the program to your liking.

You will also take five classes over the four semesters with your entire ALC group. This is another highlight of ALC at Marianopolis: thanks to our program’s small size, you are part of a tight-knit community of friends. You will enjoy the camaraderie, discussion and debate that characterize ALC at Marianopolis.

Here are some more interesting things that you can do if you study ALC at Marianopolis:


Every spring, the Marianopolis campus becomes one big arts show. There is every type of art all over campus, from music recitals to public readings, journal launches, film screenings and art exhibitions. The many faculty members who are artists show their work, as do Marianopolis students. Fourth-semester ALC students present creative projects as part of their course work. Is there a better way for aspiring artists and writers to immerse themselves in art or to showcase their work?

The annual Arts Trip

At Marianopolis, the Arts Trip is a chance to take a guided tour of the arts scene in Boston or New York City. With Marianopolis art and art history teachers as their guides, students spend a long weekend visiting museums, taking architectural tours and exploring arts venues. To find out more, visit Arts Trip.

Go international

Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, Madrid, Paris and Ladakh, India are just some of the places where students have gone as part of their Marianopolis experience. Students can also participate in study trips to places such as Cuba and Mexico, excellent places to practice Spanish!

Exchange program with Germany

If you study German at Marianopolis you can take part in a month-long exchange with a German school, experiencing an all-German environment first hand. Most exchanges take place during winter break and summer. In turn, you will welcome a German student into your home and introduce them to Montreal and life in North America.

Consider the Marianopolis ALC program if you are interested in:

  • Traditional arts: Art History, Cinema, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Creative arts: Music, Studio Art, Theatre
  • Modern languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish


As an ALC student at Marianopolis, you are part of a college with a stellar record of academic achievement. For over 100 years, Marianopolis has been supporting motivated young people and helping them get into their first-choice program at the world’s top universities. Year after year, about 90 percent of our students are accepted by their first-choice university.

No other school can match our dedication to student success in the classroom and beyond or our on-time graduation rate (most Marianopolis ALC students finish the program in two years and all are exceedingly well prepared for university). Welcoming students from all cultures, faiths and social and economic backgrounds is part of our Mission. We provide scholarships and financial aid to students, based on both need and merit.


If you love Music, you can study both! Marianopolis offers a three-year double DEC in ALC and Music.

And, like any Marianopolis student, you may also participate in certificates in Environmental Studies, International Studies, Law and Social Justice, Native Studies or Third World Studies.


The application deadline is March 1 and you can apply online at bemarianopolis.ca.

You do not need to present a portfolio of work or have related experience to be admitted to ALC. The basic entrance requirement for admission to the ALC program is the Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies and the following:

  • Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites beyond the general CEGEP entrance requirements
  • Grades
    • Overall average: 75%

Simply select ALC as your first-choice program in your application. You may also select a second-choice program.

Students applying from the IB-MYP Program automatically receive a 2% bonus in the calculated admission averages.

NB Requirements for admission are subject to change based on the number of applicants and space available in a given program.


The multidisciplinary Marianopolis ALC program allows the greatest freedom possible in choosing from a wide range of courses that correspond to your particular interests and needs, rather than slotting you into a pattern. Courses are categorized by the skills they encourage you to develop. Within each subject area, there are courses of several types.

ALC students take courses that focus on:

  • Perspectives
  • Explorations
  • Techniques
  • Critique
  • Creation
  • Synthesis and Integration

As an ALC student you will take one Perspectives course during each of your first three semesters. Together, the Perspectives courses form an interdisciplinary survey of cultural history from the Renaissance to today. You’ll study highlights of Western cultural achievement in art, music, literature and architecture. You will build an appreciation for the diverse influences on the arts today in Canada and around the world. In your third semester, you will also take the English course called Memory and Imagination with your fellow ALC students.

The categories of Explorations, Techniques, Critique and Creation offer a wide range of choices:

Explorations courses focus on how meaning is created and transmitted in the arts and media fields; you will learn to recognize, understand and use different forms of language, whether verbal, physical, visual or through sound.

Techniques courses prompt you to experiment with different ways to create works and to apply them, whether you are writing, performing or making art, films or music.

Critique courses engage you in discussions of the merits of a given work. They help you develop your ability to make a well-reasoned analysis.

Creation courses guide you through the process of producing a personal creative project using intellectual and technical skills developed in the Explorations, Techniques and Critique courses. In your final semester you present this project as part of ArtsFest, Marianopolis’ annual Arts showcase.

Also in your final semester, you work on an Integrative Project of your choice that brings together skills and knowledge acquired in at least two subjects from the Specific Education component of your program. In choosing the theme or format, students are encouraged to think of the work as a bridge between college studies and their plans for the future. Classes are set up as seminar-type groups to offer constructive peer feedback and support for the work as it evolves.





  • 4 English (3rd semester: Memory and Imagination)
  • 3 Humanities
  • 3 Physical Education
  • 2 French
  • 2 Complementary


  • Perspectives in Arts and Literature I
  • Perspectives in Arts and Literature II
  • Perspectives in Contemporary Arts and Literature
  • Integrative Project in Arts, Literature and Communication


Students must choose 11 courses from the following subjects:

  • Art History
  • Arts and Letters
  • Cinema
  • Computer Science
  • English Literature
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mathematics
  • Music (General)
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre


  • English Exit Examination
  • Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve synthèse)


Art History

In Art History courses, you develop your ability to describe, interpret and critique works of art, important skills in an increasingly image-based culture. Teachers emphasize the careful study of art and organize field trips and museum-based assignments to encourage you to experience art in person. You have access to an extensive online photo database for research and review.


Through lectures and screenings, Cinema courses give you a broad understanding of this art form, tracing its development in North America and around the world. Through Cinema courses, students learn to consider how the technical part of filmmaking can shape a film’s message and to relate films to the wider political, cultural and social backgrounds in which they were made.

English Language and Literature

In ALC, you have access to additional English courses beyond those needed for your General Education requirements. In addition to covering genres such as drama, the novel, modern poetry and diaries and letters, the courses improve your writing skills and critical faculties. To further develop your writing, you can also take courses in journalism, screenwriting and creative writing.

French Language and Literature

As with English, a number of advanced classes are offered to ALC students in French that complement the two required General Education courses. These additional courses cover the classics of French-language literature as well as more modern works. French courses vary in format and subject matter and tackle topics and literary styles such as novels, plays and poems and even popular music as a form of literature. By the time you get to second year, if you are at an advanced French level, you can follow more literature-based courses or choose a translation class that introduces the basics of the profession.

Modern Languages: German, Italian, Spanish

Studying languages opens doors to careers in translation and international affairs, as well as international business and law. As an ALC student you can take French and up to three other language courses — German, Italian or Spanish. Modern Languages courses focus on effective communication in everyday situations and survey the social and cultural backgrounds associated with the language being taught. The goal is not merely for you to learn how to speak but to begin to think in another language. Small class sizes allow teachers to spend more time with you, supporting and monitoring your progress. We offer beginner-level courses in German, Italian and Spanish for students new to the languages; if you have prior knowledge, some upper-level courses are also available.


Develop your listening, creative and technical skills in Music classes from classical to digital. Survey the Western tradition from the Medieval era to the 20th Century, learning how music evolved along with changes in culture and society. Explore the theory and practice of making music using computers, edit and mix existing music, and process and interact with audio in real-time. The listening component of the ALC Music courses leads you to distinguish between and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and techniques, as well as become familiar with the works of major composers in a variety of genres.


The arts and Philosophy have been connected throughout history. Philosophy is variously defined as the love of wisdom, the science of the sciences or an examination of the principles underlying science, religion and morality. You can choose courses that survey specific philosophers or traditions in Eastern and Western cultures, while developing skills in logic and critical thinking. Other courses touch on controversial issues such as moral dilemmas, sexuality, the concept of God and medical ethics.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies courses at Marianopolis allow you to broaden your horizons by exploring religious traditions from a variety of perspectives and to question what religion is, examine how it has been interpreted in the past and speculate on what kinds of interpretations might await us in the future.

Studio Art

With small class sizes, studio art courses are intimate and stimulating. Instructors are generous with their time and help students prepare their university entrance portfolio in a range of media. The offerings include courses in drawing, painting and mixed media, as well as illustration and computer-based design.


Marianopolis offers an excellent opportunity to develop performance skills alongside your academic studies with focused double courses that give you six hours of Theatre per week. Depending on your interests, you can take all four courses as an intensive sequence or choose just one or two when it suits you. Each semester of study involves work on voice, movement and text.

You will experiment with techniques such as improvisation, clowning, mask work, character study and writing for the stage as you explore and develop the actor’s instrument. End-of-term performances are an integral part of each semester’s work and range in style from classic to modern, traditional to abstract.

Theatre is also an excellent preparation for any discipline that includes a presentation component as well as for university and professional theatre programs: many Marianopolis graduates have gone on to study Theatre at universities throughout North America and at the National Theatre School of Canada, the country’s foremost performance academy.


Arts, Literature and Communication

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Perspectives in Arts and Literature I
  • Choose 3 Exploration courses

Arts, Literature and Communication

Semester 2
  • English
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Perspectives in Arts and Literature II
  • Choose 2 Techniques courses

Arts, Literature and Communication

Semester 3
  • English
  • Humanities
  • French
  • Perspectives in Contemporary Arts and Literature
  • Choose 2 Critique courses
  • Choose 1 Creation or Language course

Arts, Literature and Communication

Semester 4
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 1 Critique course
  • Choose 2 Creation courses


Create your own profile on the website that is just for high school students like you:
If you have questions about the Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) program, please contact:

Patrizia Barbone
Liberal and Creative Arts Department Chair
514.931.8792, ext. 375

Megan Spriggs
Coordinator, Arts, Literature and Communication Program
514.931.8792, ext. 388

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300

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