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The Arts Literature and Communication Program is committed to creating and safeguarding communities of equity, diversity and respect. We stand against all forms of violence, racism, and systemic discrimination.


Classroom visits

Each profile in ALC will arrange a few days during the term when students will be able to sit in on a class in their area. Please contact the coordinators for each profile to arrange a visit.



Program Coordinator ALC
Cheryl Simon
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Office: 3A.1-6
Local: 4781

Writers, content creators and lovers of literature and the arts, this is the program for you! Each profile in ALC allows you to experience all the tastes and flavours of the program, with the Arts and Culture Profile offering the greatest range of options. All ALC students and teachers share their passions for the arts in tight-knit communities of like-minded artists, writers and communicators. Required and supplementary course choices allow students to build strong foundational knowledge in many artistic fields. Dawson ALC students are close to museums, events and shows at our downtown campus and have easy access to all the arts and culture offerings of Montreal. In an age when artificial intelligence is leading to rapid changes in society, there is a big demand for creativity and innovative thinking. Students with skills that are uniquely human and an appreciation for the value of art and technology will be well equipped for the challenges of tomorrow.

As a student, you will be asked to register in one of the following six profiles:

Arts and Culture

This is the “buffet” profile of Arts, Literature and Communication where you can sample from a wide variety of courses, including Music, Theatre and Journalism.

Cinema | Communications

Look at media differently, be exposed to the best films, television and media works in history from all over the world and learn what makes a film or media project great.

Interactive Media Arts

Combine your love for the latest technology with your creativity and artistic abilities in this unique profile exclusive to Dawson College.


Build bridges between people, cultures and nations by becoming fluent in multiple languages, such as Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin, Hebrew and Modern Greek.


Explore and deepen your passion for the written word. This is the profile for enthusiastic readers and aspiring writers.

Studio Arts

Cultivate an appreciation for the arts by studying Art History, visiting museums and creating your own art in Dawson’s professional studios.


Students in the ALC Program will have access to a ‘’minor’ in the subject area of Journalism, Music and Theatre. If you successfully complete all four courses in one of these subject areas, you may get a letter of recognition from the Program Dean that signifies your achievement of a ‘minor’. This minor is available to students of all profiles except Languages and could be especially useful to students who wish to continue in Journalism or Communications programs at a University level.


There are four Journalism courses offered in the ALC program, including Writing News Stories, Writing Feature Articles, Journalism and the Web, and Ethics of Journalism*. If students successfully complete all four Journalism classes, they will receive a letter of recognition from the Dean that signifies their achievement of a Minor in Journalism. This minor is available to students of all profiles but Languages and could be especially useful to students who wish to continue in Journalism or Communications programs at a university level.

* In cases when Ethics of Journalism (340-943-DW) is not offered students have the choice of taking Photography: Themes and Evolution (520-922-DW) OR Creative Writing (603-916-DW) in its place. Note: These options are only available in years when Ethics of Journalism is not offered. Also note: Creative Writing (603-916-DW) is part of ALC List 5, and should not be confused with the Creative Writing Workshop (603-413-DW), which cannot replace Ethics of Journalism in years where that course is not offered.


Students can obtain a minor in Music by taking four courses in the Music program. In each semester of the two-year ALC program, Music courses are offered to students enrolled in any ALC profile (except the Languages profile), and none of these courses have prerequisites. Upon the completion of four Music classes, students may acquire a letter from the Dean recognizing their studies in the Music program.


The Theatre Department offers various courses in the ALC program, ranging from classes like Plays and Playwrights, Acting and Performance Workshops, to Dance: Style and Form. If students complete any four courses in Theatre, they can obtain a letter of recognition from the Dean attesting that they have earned a minor in Theatre. There are no prerequisites for the Theatre classes. This minor is available to students of all ALC profiles but the Languages profile.

ALC Festival

Participate in the ALC Festival!

The annual ALC festival is an integral part of the Arts, Literature, and Communication program. Held twice a year, at the end of fall and winter terms, the goal of this festival is to celebrate the achievements of ALC students, while introducing their academic and creative work to fellow Dawson students and to the college community at large.

Last Modified: June 18, 2024