Concordia introduces Canada’s first MFA in studio arts.
The program, which provides an environment of rigorous and critical inquiry, becomes increasingly multifaceted with study concentrations in fibres, film production, open media, painting and drawing, photography, print media and sculpture and ceramics.
The Faculty of Commerce and Administration offers its first joint PhD in Business Administration with McGill, Université du Québec à Montréal and HEC Montréal.
In a health and safety first, Concordia bans smoking in classrooms.
Concordia launches its first Festival of the Arts with 150 entries and 19 awards of $100 each.
The festival runs for six years.
The Faculty of Fine Arts is created at Concordia. The faculty is home to artists, scholars and researchers active on the international and national stages and engaged in their local communities.
The Concordia Shuttle (a 13-seat van) makes its first return trip to transport students, faculty and staff between campuses.
Concordia hosts the first-ever Canadian Academic Symposium on Meditation, Mystical and Psychical Experience and Non-Medical Healing. The gathering attracts some 30 international experts.
The Sparklers Club is founded as a first step to help students aged 55 and older integrate into university.
The first issue of Concordia University Magazine is published and mailed to alumni.
Concordia introduces its Graduate Diploma in sports administration, one of few North American programs housed in a business school.
June Chaikelson becomes the first woman dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science.
The Thursday Report, Concordia’s administrative newspaper, begins its first year of publication.
In its first steps towards better ways to build safe and energy-efficient buildings, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science establishes the Centre for Building Studies.
Seen above are Prof. Paul Fazio, Jacques-Yvan Morin (Minister of Education) and Rector John O'Brien at the building inauguration held in February 1978.
Gwen Lord, BSc 56, becomes the first Black principal of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, now the English Montreal School Board, at Northmount High School.
Reggie’s pub — named after Sir George Williams University maintenance supervisor Reggie Parry — serves its first drinks to customers in the Hall Building.
The Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies opens as Concordia’s first research foray into the construction of safer and environmentally-efficient buildings.
Concordia’s PhD in art education becomes Canada’s first and only doctoral degree in art education.
Feminist study gets its first home in Canada as the pioneering Simone de Beauvoir Institute is born.
Concordia’s Liberal Arts College, the first of its kind in Canada, is established.
Ching Yee Suen, Honorary Concordia University Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition, launches the university’s first research unit to advance artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.