1st-cycle curriculum

The objective of the 1st-cycle — 3 years of study — is for students to learn to master the fundamental theoretical and technical tools of artistic creation and to define an individual long-term artistic undertaking and project.

Students are admitted to the 4th year of study after obtention of the 1st-cycle degree and Director’s approval on the basis of a favorable recommendation by a faculty commission.

During their 1st year of study, students are guided and supervised by a faculty team of three professors:
François Boisrond, Didier Semin and Patrick Tosani.

In the 1st year of study, students must earn at least the following 10 CUs (= 60 credits):
— the CUs for Studios 1 and 2
— 2 theoretical study CUs
— 2 drawing CUs which must be the 2 parts of a single year-long course
— the 2 first-year computer technology CUs: art and digital technology tools, desktop publishing
— 2 language CUs.

In the 2nd year of study, students must earn at least the following 10 CUs (= 60 credits):
— the CUs for Studios 3 and 4
— 2 theoretical study CUs
— 2 technical skills CUs
— 2 drawing CUs which must be the 2 parts of a single year-long course
— 2 language CUs.

In the 3rd year of study, students must earn at least the following 7 CUs (= 60 credits):
— the CUs for Studios 5 and 6
— 2 theoretical study CUs
— 2 technical skills CUs or 1 technical skills CU and 1 professional training period CU
— 1 language CU.

In June of the 3rd year of study, i.e., at the end of the 6th semester, students take the 1st-cycle
degree examination. Being awarded the degree validates the Studio 6 CU.

To be eligible to take the 1st-cycle degree examination, students must have earned the following 26 CUs for the 6 semesters:
the 5 CUs for Studios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; 4 drawing CUs in 1st and 2nd years; the 2 first-year computer technology CUs; 6 theoretical study CUs; 4 technical skills CUs or 3 technical skills CUs and 1 professional training period CU; 5 language CUs.

The decision to award the 1st-cycle degree is based on a review of student’s scholastic itinerary and performance, presentation of a selection of art works representative of student’s artistic work over the first three years of study, and the examining committee’s interview with the student.
The examining committee for this degree is composed of an École faculty member and two outside examiners.
Obtaining the degree validates the Studio 6 CU.

Students who do not obtain the degree receive a certificate of studies.