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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.

Explore your creative potential as you learn the foundations of music recording, editing, and performance, and develop the communications skills necessary to begin navigating the music industry. Your studies will adopt a hands-on approach to small-scale, computer-based recording and editing, provide an overview of the roots of popular music and current trends in the music recording industry, and introduce you to the business skills needed to successfully promote yourself and your work.

You will have the opportunity to work in industry-standard labs with experienced professionals, and learn from 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

  • Explore your creative potential while developing the skills that will take your music career to the next level

  • Work closely with world-class faculty to enhance your musical abilities

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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, and demonstrated basic proficiency on an instrument from the following areas:

  • Brass

  • Drum kit/percussion

  • Guitar

  • Piano/keyboard

  • Strings

  • Voice

  • Woodwinds


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MUS 1000 Ensemble I (Large) 2
MUS 1005 Rock Music History 3
MUS 1011 Introduction to MIDI Technology I 2
MUS 1012 Introduction to Recording I 2
MUS 1200 Theory I 5
MUS 3003 The Business Of Music I 3
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
Semester 2
MUS 1013 Introduction to MIDI Technology II 2
MUS 1014 Introduction to Recording II 2
MUS 1015 MPF Music Trends 2
MUS 1050 Ensemble II (Large) 2
MUS 1250 Theory II 5
MUS 3004 The Business Of Music II 3
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
 Total Credits40


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 $500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities as

  • Music producers
  • Composers
  • Performers
  • Promoters

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates are eligible for transfer credits, enabling them to continue their studies in the Music - Performance program (PATM) with advanced standing.  

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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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