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Music - Diploma

Students in VCC’s two-year diploma program train with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Audition as a music major in any of seven specialty areas: classical voice, jazz and contemporary voice, composition, composition/arranging, instrumental studies, contemporary instrumental music, and keyboard studies.

We are now accepting applications for auditions in mid-May and mid-June. In areas where space is still available, further auditions will be scheduled after June. Application deadlines are: April 24, 2017 for auditions in mid-May (extended to April 28th) and May 15th for auditions in mid-June.

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

Program Status:
Accepting applications for Fall 2017.

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 2 years Diploma Broadway Full-time

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We are now accepting applications for auditions in mid-May and mid-June. In areas where space is still available, further auditions will be scheduled after June. Application deadlines are: April 24, 2017 for auditions in mid-May (extended to April 28th) and May 15th for auditions in mid-June.

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

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Program Description

Program Description

The Music Diploma is a full‐time, two‐year program.
The average course load, with electives, is 17 to 18 credits per semester. Students may not register for more than the maximum number of credits in their major without written permission from the Department Head of the School of Music and Dance. A minimum full‐time course load is 12 credits per term, but dropping below 14 credits requires approval from the Department Head of the School of Music and Dance. Normally, students taking fewer than 12 credits in a term will not be entitled to private instruction. In exceptional circumstances, students will be allowed to register for private instruction with fewer than 12 credits total. However, in order for such an exception to apply, the student must have previously completed all academic and skills‐course requirements for the term of private instruction in which they are registering. Note that the Music Diploma requires a minimum of 70 credits for graduation. Students select courses to complete their program from music electives and/or post‐secondary English. Students intending to continue their studies at a university are strongly advised to take two terms of post‐secondary English.


Choose a music diploma major below to see specific courses.




Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

All applicants to the Music Diploma program must submit a School of Music application form.
Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent required.
English 12 or Communications 12 or equivalent is required for those students who did not graduate from high school in Canada

  • TOEFL score of 550 or higher (213 computer based)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic module with no band less than 6.0
  • English 12 taken in Canada
  • VCC English Language Assessment minimum overall score of 145, with speaking minimum 27/30, listening minimum of 27/30, essay score minimum of 16/30, and reading minimum 50/70
  • LPI with an overall score of 4, with a 5 in English usage and 26 on the essay

Audition requirements differ for each instrument and vary from option to option. For specific audition requirements, see the School of Music website.

Entrance auditions and musicianship examinations are held from February through May. Applicants for admission to the Music Diploma program will write a diagnostic examination in theory (the course content of Basic Theory 1003) and are tested on aural perception, rhythmic skills. Minimum standards are equivalent to Basic Theory 1003 and Kodály Solfège 1001 (basic literacy at this level is roughly equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music, Grade 2)


Recommended Characteristics:


  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Outstanding potential in area of specialization
  • Strongly motivated and proven ability to work to deadlines
  • Good organizational skills
  • Basic computer, word processing, and music notation software skills

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Choose a music diploma major below to see specific courses.



Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $86 - per credit hour
Student Union Fee $29 - per term
College Initiative Fee $3 per credit hour
Student Union Health Plan Fee - if applicable
Student Union Dental Plan Fee if applicable
U-Pass Fee $39 - per month subject to eligibility
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$25 to $29 per term - Campus Resource Fee
$34 - Material Fee
$631 - $710 - Private Instruction
$372 - Minor Study
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC Music has been training musicians for 40 years for success on the world’s stages. Highly-regarded for its academic and skills curricula, VCC offers a two-year diploma and subsequent two-year Music - Bachelor of Applied Music degree. Both credentials place an emphasis on music and media, career opportunities and performance techniques.

VCC welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists in rock and popular music, as well as music traditions from other cultures.

VCC offers part-time access to some diploma and degree courses (including ensembles), as well as basic musicianship courses (theory and ear training) and our large, community-based Willan Choir.

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May 31, 2017 Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway
June 28, 2017 Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway
August 9, 2017 Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway


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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


No courses are currently scheduled for this Spring 2017 (201750)Spring/Summer 2017 (201760) term.
Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming schedules for Fall 2017 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Term 1

(MUSC 1101) Kodály Solfège I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1103) Materials of Music I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1104) Performance Techniques I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1105) Music History I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1108) Rhythm Studies I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1110) Applied Music – Composition I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1120) Applied Music – Jazz/Contemporary Voice I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1130) Applied Music - Classical Voice I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1150) Applied Music – Classical Keyboard I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1194) Ensemble – New Music Ensemble I
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 119X) Ensemble I
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 11XX) Applied Music I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1319) Music and Media I
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2.0 credits


Term 2

(MUSC 1201) Kodály Solfège II
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1203) Materials of Music II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1204) Performance Techniques II
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1205) Music History II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1206) Jazz History
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1210) Applied Music – Composition II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1217) Jazz Improvisation I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1220) Applied Music – Jazz/Contemporary Voice II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1230) Applied Music – Classical Voice II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1250) Applied Music – Classical Keyboard II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1294) Ensemble- New Music Ensemble II
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 129X) Ensemble II
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 12XX) Applied Music II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1419) Music and Media II
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2.0 credits


Term 3

(MUSC 1102) Electronic Music I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2100) Commercial Ear Training I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2101) Kodály Solfège III
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2103) Materials of Music III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2104) Performance Techniques III
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2105) Music History III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2110) Applied Music – Composition III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2115) Jazz Theory I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2117) Jazz Improvisation II
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2118) Arranging I
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2120) Applied Music – Jazz/Contemporary Voice III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2130) Applied Music – Classical Voice III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2150) Applied Music – Classical Keyboard III
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2194) Ensemble – New Music Ensemble III
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 219X) Ensemble III
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 21XX) Applied Music III
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits


Term 4

(MUSC 1202) Electronic Music II
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2200) Commercial Ear Training II
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2201) Kodály Solfège IV
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2203) Materials of Music IV
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2204) Performance Techniques IV
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2205) Music History IV
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2207) Career Opportunities in Music I
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2210) Applied Music – Composition IV
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2215) Jazz Theory II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2217) Jazz Improvisation III
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 2218) Arranging II
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2220) Applied Music – Jazz/Contemporary Voice IV
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 2230) Applied Music – Classical Voice IV
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 2250) Applied Music – Classical Keyboard IV
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 2294) Ensemble – New Music Ensemble IV
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 229X) Ensemble IV
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 22XX) Applied Music IV
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits