Arts, Literature and Communication


Imagination, curiosity, self-direction

The Arts, Literature and Communication program at Marianopolis is a two-year, pre-university program that allows you 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. Marianopolis offers you a wide range of course choices that allow you to adapt the program to your personal interests and forge your own path.


Do you have an interest in the traditional arts disciplines which emphasize cultural awareness, analysis and critique of such areas as literature, communications, film studies and the histories of art and music; or in creative disciplines such as art, writing, music, and filmmaking? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” then the Marianopolis Arts, Literature and Communication program is for you.



  • Art Administration
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Communications, Media, Journalism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Relations
  • Film Studies
  • Graphics, Design
  • Linguistics
  • Museology
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Studio Arts


The world of culture is a fascinating place. The Marianopolis Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) program gives you the most room to explore it. Join us and discover everything from Digital Art and Religious Studies, to Philosophy, Filmmaking and Music Technology.  Create your own journey through this enriching combination of creativity and analysis!

As Marianopolis ALC students, you and your classmates make up a small and friendly community. Together, you explore culture, apply theoretical and creative ideas and learn to analyze and critique various forms of arts, literature and communication. Our teachers are eager to support you on your explorations and to share with you their expertise. Many are artists and published authors in their own right.

To help you develop the knowledge and skills to plan your own projects, you will be guided by our four course categories of Exploration, Critique, Technique and Creation. In Exploration and Critique courses, you can study Fine Arts, History, Philosophy and Religion. In Technique and Creation courses, you develop skills in Studio and Digital Art, Filmmaking, and Writing. At Marianopolis, as an ALC student, you can also opt to take Math as one of your electives.

You have many chances to visit galleries, discover Montreal architecture and go on a variety of field trips both in and outside Montreal. During your final year, you will have the opportunity to present a final project to the public during ArtsFest, the College’s multidisciplinary interactive two-week festival which takes place on campus each spring.

When it is time to apply to university, your teachers help you to prepare your portfolios and auditions.

If you are a music performer and want to continue with your instrument, you can complete a Double DEC and study both Music and ALC.

“Marianopolis is a place where I instantly felt comfortable. From learning from teachers with a wealth of knowledge to getting involved in a multitude of ways, Marianopolis became a place of expression, discovery and creativity that will stick with me forever.”

Emily Andrews, Class of ’17, Arts, Literature and Communication





Physical Education

Perspectives in Arts and Literature I

Choose 1 Techniques course

Choose 2 Explorations courses




Physical Education

Complementary course

Perspectives in Arts and Literature II

Choose 1 Techniques course

Choose 1 Explorations course


English: Memory and Imagination



Perspectives in Contemporary Arts and Literature

Choose 2 Critique courses

Choose 1 Creation or Language course




Physical Education

Complementary course

Integrative Project

Choose 1 Critique course

Choose 2 Creation courses

Explorations: choose from courses in Art History, Cinema, English, Fine Arts, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Techniques: choose from courses in Computer Science, Filmmaking, Fine Arts, and French

Critique: choose from courses in Art History, Cinema, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Creation: choose from courses in English, Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Spanish, Religious Studies, and Music Technology

Want to know more?

If you have questions about the Arts, Literature and Communication program, please contact:

Selena Liss
Coordinator, Arts, Literature and Communication Program
514.931.8792, ext. 417

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300