Music - Diploma
Start your music career on the right note. Designed for maximum flexibility, the music diploma program is perfect for aspiring and professional musicians who may want to pursue performance but keep their musical options open. Students can choose alternate courses of study at any point during the two-year program. Our faculty includes some of Canada's finest musicians whose years of training and experience guide students into the professional music community.
Find out more about this program:
- Program Description
- Career Prospects
- Admission Requirements
- Program Status
- Apply to this Program
- Fees and Other Costs
- Additional Information
Required courses vary according to the student's major instrument and/or chosen area of specialization (including individual instruction, ensembles and pedagogic studies).
Major study areas
All full-time students choose a discipline for major study from the following:
- Instrumental studies
- Classical voice
- Jazz and contemporary voice
- Keyboard studies
- Jazz and contemporary instrumental music
Students select courses to complete their program from music electives and/or English. Students intending to continue their studies at the university level are advised to take two terms of English.
While the normal course load in this program varies from option to option, students can expect an average load of 17 credits. Students may not register for more than the maximum number of credits in their option without written permission from the department head. A minimum full-time course load is 12 credits per term, but dropping below 15 credits requires approval from the department head. Students with fewer than 12 credits will have the balance of private instruction for the term discontinued.
Near the end of each term, each student enrolled in individual instruction is required to perform for a faculty committee. The committee members each submit a written analysis of the performance to the individual instructor, who will discuss the analysis with the student. Jury exams are mandatory.
Students must complete the minimum number of credits required for their major study areas and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be eligible for a VCC music diploma.
Information about graduate outcomes
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students.International students
VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.
To learn more about language requirements for your program of interest, please read our English-language requirements guide; to learn more about how to apply, please see the VCC International website.
All international students pay international tuition fees. For more information, please contact VCC's international education office at email@example.com or 604.443.8600.
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As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
- Grade 12 graduation, GED or equivalent required.
- Audition requirements differ for each instrument and vary from option to option. Entrance auditions and musicianship examinations are held each spring and summer.
- Applicants will write a diagnostic examination in theory (Basic Theory 1003) and are tested on aural perception and rhythmic skills. Minimum standards are equivalent to Basic Theory 1003 and Kodaly Solfege 1001.
- If you live outside Vancouver and cannot attend an audition, you may send an audition DVD. Arrangements will be made to write the theory portion of the entrance exam.
- Upon acceptance, all new students are required to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is deducted from tuition fees at the time of registration.
Promising students with deficiencies may be admitted on a probationary basis at the recommendation of the audition committee. Such students' performances are evaluated by a jury committee at the end of the first term. Academic work is evaluated by the probation committee. Recommendations for continuance in the program or changes in course load are based on the results of these assessments.
VCC is accepting applications from international students.
Apply to this Program
Auditions will take place in February only for applicants who applied before Jan. 11, 2013. Early applicants may be considered for entrance scholarships.The deadline for applications has been extended to Apr. 12, 2013. Applications will be accepted after that date for program areas in which there is space available.
Applicants should apply online, then send high school or university transcripts to:
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5T 4V5
VCC requires detailed information about your music background to process your application. All applicants must complete a music program application.
Important information for international students
Submit all application forms to the Registrar's Office, along with a $125 application/audition fee. You must submit your official high school and/or university transcripts and proof of a recent TOEFL IBT score of 550 or higher. If you have not completed the equivalent of B.C high school, you may still be considered for admission with permission from the department head. If accepted into the program, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. Tuition fees for international students are approximately $300 per credit. An average full-time term consists of 17-21 credits per term, but reduced loads are considered with permission from the department head.
For more information, please call VCC International at 604.443.8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you apply, you can check your to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.
Fees and Other Costs
International Tuition Fees
- All international students pay international tuition fees. For more information, please contact VCC's international education office at email@example.com or 604.443.8600.
|Course Name||Outline||Course Code||Credits|
|Career Opportunities in Music 1||--||MUSC 1207||1.0|
|Class Jazz Piano||--||MUSC 2163/2263||1.0|
|Class Piano||--||MUSC 1153/1253||1.0|
|Class Piano||--||MUSC 2153/2253||1.0|
|Class Piano||--||MUSC 1053||1.0|
|Commercial Ear Training - CET||--||MUSC 2100/2200||2.0|
|Composition Studies||--||MUSC 1111||1.0|
|Composition Studies||--||MUSC 1211||1.0|
|Concert Choir (VCCCC)||--||1190/1290/2190/2290||1.0|
|Contemporary Guitar Sight Reading||--||MUSC 1168||1.0|
|Demo Production||--||MUSC 2216||2.0|
|Digital and Analog Tools - (DATS||--||MUSC 1119||1.0|
|Digital and Analog Tools - DATS||--||MUSC 1219||1.0|
|Electronic Music||--||MUSC 2302/2402||2.0|
|Electronic Music||--||MUSC 1102/1202||2.0|
|History and Literature of Music||--||MUSC 2105||3.0|
|History and Literature of Music||--||MUSC 2205||3.0|
|History and Literature of Music||--||MUSC 1105||3.0|
|History and Literature of Music||--||MUSC 1205||3.0|
|Jazz History||--||MUSC 1206||3.0|
|Jazz Improvisation||--||MUSC 1217||2.0|
|Jazz Improvisation||--||MUSC 2117||2.0|
|Jazz Improvisation||--||MUSC 2217||2.0|
|Jazz Theory||--||MUSC 2115||3.0|
|Jazz Theory||--||MUSC 2215||3.0|
|Kodaly Solfege||--||MUSC 2101/2201||2.0|
|Kodaly Solfege||--||MUSC 1101/1201||2.0|
|Latin Jazz Ensemble||--||1199/1299/2199/2299||1.0|
|Lyric Diction||--||MUSC 1134/1234||1.0|
|Materials and Structures of Music||--||MUSC 2103/2203||3.0|
|Materials and Structures of Music||--||MUSC 1103/1203||3.0|
|Minor Instrument Study||--||N/A||1.0|
|New Music Ensemble||--||1194/1294/2194/2294||1.0|
|Piano Pedagogy||--||MUSC 2155/2255||1.0|
|Rhythm Studies||--||MUSC 1108||2.0|
|Vocal Repertoire||--||MUSC 2137/2237||1.0|