ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Arts, Literature, and Communication (ALC) is a two-year pre-university DEC program that allows students to become familiar with the technologies of communication, while also prepares them for university studies in a broad range of fields. Students considering this program should have an interest in media, web interactivity, design, and creative problem-solving. Prospective students want to develop the skills necessary to pursue university studies in disciplines related to art and design, media, literature, film, photography, and/or cultural studies.
In this multidisciplinary program, students will be exposed to theoretical as well as practical media production techniques, while also gaining an in-depth understanding of methods for cultural criticism.
ALC students will build a solid foundation in various fields such as:
- Graphic and web design
- Blog and content creation
- Communication and cultural theory
- Video production and editing
- Digital marketing
Additionally, by the end of this program, graduates will have learned the basics of most of the Adobe Creative Suite software, namely: InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, and Audition.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
Nov 30* (Winter)
May 1* (Fall)
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR
Nov 30 (Winter)
May 15* (Fall)
IS THIS FOR YOU?
This program is ideal for students who do not yet have a clear idea of what they want to do as a career after university, but they know that they enjoy a creative challenge and want to work in a creative industry. If you are curious about how culture and media shape each other, and how they exist within a global context, or if you are interested in design and digital illustration and curious about media technologies (design software, cameras, sound recorders, lighting setups), then this program may be for you.
Program-specific admission requirements
Although there are no specific admission requirements for this program, due to the program’s limited capacity, applicants will be invited to a short interview with the program’s coordinator. In this interview, applicants will be asked a series of general questions about their interest in the arts, literature, or communication fields as well as will be asked to introduce themselves and briefly discuss any creative work they have done.
BILINGUAL STUDY OPTION
At TAV College, we offer students the option of completing their general education courses in French, while completing their program-specific courses in English. For example, if you want to study in the Science program with the bilingual option, you will be able to complete all your science-related courses in English. At the same time, your general education courses – language of instruction and literature, humanities, elective courses, and physical education – will be in French. Of course, the English as a second language course will be in English.
*Note that this option is only available for our pre-university DEC programs.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The Arts, Literature, and Communication DEC program will prepare students to:
- Understand media, their own history, and cultural diversity
- Understand new media, national issues, and the politics of the media landscape
- Develop skills that will allow them to analyze and critique the media around them
- Learn the techniques, languages, and aesthetics of video production
- Learn the procedures for digital video post-production
- Become familiar with animation production and video integration
- Produce sound production projects, visual and interactive websites, blogs, and documentaries
- Understand the evolution of media creations here and elsewhere
GOALS OF THE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT
The general education components are common to all pre-university programs and contribute to the development of twelve competencies that are associated with the three aims of college education:
- To educate students to live responsibly in society:
- Demonstrate independence and creativity in thought and action
- Demonstrate rational, critical, and ethical thinking
- Develop strategies that promote reflection on their knowledge and actions
- Pursue the development of a healthy and active lifestyle
- Assume their social responsibilities
- To help students integrate cultural knowledge into their studies:
- Recognize the influence of culture and lifestyle on the practice of physical activity and sports
- Recognize the influence of the media, sciences or technology on culture and lifestyle
- Analyze works in philosophy or the humanities emanating from different historical periods and movements
- Appreciate literary and non-literary works of other artistic expressions emanating from different historical periods and movements
- To help students master language as a tool for thought, communication and openness to the world:
- Improve communication in the second language
- Master the basic rules of discourse and argumentation
- Refine oral and written communication in the language of instruction
AN ALTERNATIVE TO A SOCIAL SCIENCE OR COMMERCE DEC
Students considering future university studies in computer science or commerce are offered the option of registering for elective courses in the ALC program. By taking these courses, students satisfy the university admission requirements that are necessary for computer science or commerce programs at Quebec universities.
The warmth and care the staff have towards the students definitely enhanced my experience at TAV College. The teachers in the ALC program went above and beyond to help me succeed.
Each student in this program is provided with an individual workstation in our Mac Labs.
Media creation equipment is available to our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-semester ALC students, which includes DSLR cameras, lapel, and cardioid microphones, Zoom sound recorders, lighting equipment, and the latest editing software (Adobe CC).
DEVELOPMENT OF THE STUDENT
Students quickly develop into communication professionals by taking part in the realization of their own digital portfolios as well as through participating in conferences hosted by media professionals in the industry.
Students in this program are encouraged to put their program knowledge to the test in TAV’s extracurricular activities such as designing or writing for the College’s official newspaper, The TAV Times, or creating, sharing, and learning in the Art and Music Club.
ADMISSION TO UNIVERSITY
The ALC program at TAV College prepares students for university studies in a wide variety of disciplines, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Communications and/or media studies
- Translation and Languages
- Foreign languages
- International development
- Secondary or primary education
- Social sciences
- Liberal arts
- Political Science
- Film Production
- Film Studies
- And much more