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Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

This program is the perfect stepping stone if you are interested in further studies in audio recording and music production or if you wish to pursue independent music recording and composition as a career.

You will learn the foundations of music recording, editing, and performance, along with the communications and creative skills necessary to begin navigating the many facets of the music industry. Program activities include a hands-on approach to small-scale, computer- based recording and editing, an overview of the roots of popular music and current trends in the music recording industry, and an examination of the business skills needed to successfully promote one's self in the industry.

You will have the opportunity to work in labs with recording industry professionals. In addition, you will work with Cambrian's world-class music faculty in a one-one-one lesson environment to ensure your musical capabilities progress in step with your technical knowledge.

Program Highlights
  • 1 year – 2 semesters

  • Gain a solid foundation in all aspects of music production

  • Continue to develop your musical capabilities alongside your technical knowledge

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including: Demonstrated basic proficiency on an instrument from the following areas:

  • Voice

  • Orchestral strings

  • Winds or brass

  • Orchestral percussion

  • Drum kit

  • Piano/keyboard

  • Acoustic or electric guitar


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MUS 1000Ensemble I (Large) 2
MUS 1005Rock Music History 3
MUS 1011Introduction to MIDI Technology I 2
MUS 1012Introduction to Recording I 2
MUS 1200Theory I 5
MUS 3003The Business Of Music I 3
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
MUS 1013Introduction to MIDI Technology II 2
MUS 1014Introduction to Recording II 2
MUS 1015MPF Music Trends 2
MUS 1050Ensemble II (Large) 2
MUS 1250Theory II 5
MUS 3004The Business Of Music II 3
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
The following General Education course:  3
Art History I 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 43
Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as a composer or music producer.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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