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What will I learn?

Painting and Drawing fuses traditional expertise and technique with cutting-edge contemporary approaches to art making. In this program, you can study virtually every approach to painting and drawing, from traditional oil painting to graphic novel production and 3D spatial installation. Your technical, formal and conceptual skills will be developed through focused studio production and instruction in theory, art history and cultural studies.

Drawing incorporates a wide array of materials and explores gesture, mark making, the construction of visual space, as well as symbol and storytelling. In Painting classes, you will explore color use, paint application, tools and techniques along with the formal language of painting and its use in abstract, figurative and hybrid/expanded modes.

As active professional artists engaged at both an international and local level, our faculty brings insight into the exciting and complex world of art. You will gain the ability to think creatively and critically and to materialize your ideas in visual form. These skills sets, along with the development of visual literacy and expertise, can be applied to multiple professions in the visual arts.


  • Major in Painting and Drawing (60 credits)

After your degree

You will graduate with the knowledge and discipline required for a creative and productive life. You’ll have creative problem-solving skills, know how to think critically about your work, and have the necessary leadership skills required for entrepreneurial endeavors. Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Practicing Artist
  • Gallery or Museum Curator / Docent
  • Commercial Artist
  • Graphic Designer / Graphic Novelist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Graduate Studies in Visual Art

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of three or four years)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fee: CAN $13,140 for 18 credits
Start date

Expected January, September 2021


Faculty of Fine Arts

1515 Ste. Catherine Street. West.,


Quebec (QC),

H3G 2W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

Cegep Profile: No specific profile required. However, following a profile in the arts may help applicants build a successful portfolio.

Additional requirements

Applicants must submit the following directly to the Department of Studio Arts:

  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio information form
  • Letter of intent
  • Photocopy of your recent transcripts
  • Image list

Minimum Cut-off Averages: (Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool.)

  • Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
  • Canadian High Schools: 65% or C+
  • External Transfers: C
  • International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points. Admission to competitive programs is based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
  • Bacc. Francais: A minimum grade of 11/20 for students who have completed their Bacc. francais outside of Quebec. Admission is competitive and based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.

Admission to most programs is based on portfolio/audition evaluations as well as academic grades. Applicants selected for admission have normally achieved grades that exceed minimum requirements.

English language requirements: Direct Admission: TOEFL (paper-based) score between 540 and 576. Conditional Admission: TOEFL (paper-based) score between 505 and 539; MELAB minimum score of 74, 2 on speaking tests; CAEL minimum score of 50; CAE minimum score of C; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) minimum score of C.