Admission Requirements

Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES), including:

  • Secondary V Language of Instruction
  • Secondary V Second Language
  • Secondary IV Science
  • Secondary IV Mathematics
  • Secondary IV History

or academic background judged equivalent to the DES.

(Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but may be required to complete remedial courses.)

Additional admission requirements

An in-person assessment is required for all applicants to the Program. This is usually scheduled for the end of March or early April. Applicants must:

  • Present a portfolio of visual artworks: See PDF link below for further details about the portfolio and this process.
  • Complete a timed drawing exercise
  • Submit a letter of intent
    • The letter of Intent should provide information regarding the applicant’s aptitudes, skills, experience and goals. The applicant must also demonstrate his/her understanding of the profession.
    • Include two copies of the letter of intent: one with the online application and one inserted in the front of your portfolio.

Do you live more than 300 kilometres from Dawson College?

Foreign, US, out-of-province applicants and Quebec province applicants living more than 300 kilometres from Dawson College may send their portfolio and letter of intent by mail or courier  (see details below).

  • Mail or courier your portfolio and letter of intent. See Illustration Portfolio Requirements PDF link above for details.
  • A return envelope with postage or courier pre-payment must be included, in order to guarantee return of your portfolio. Portfolios will be returned by the end of April or early May.
  • These two items must be received by us no later than March 22nd.
  • Address your package to:
       Chairperson, Illustration Department
       Dawson College 4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Office 2G.7
       Westmount, QC H3Z 3G4

For general, non-program specific requirements, please consult the Admission Requirements page.

Application Deadline

March 1st for the Fall semester.

The program begins in the Fall semester; new students are not admitted into the program in the Winter term.

Last Modified: October 29, 2017