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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.

The deadline for applications was April 8, 2016, but applications are still being accepted in many areas. Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

Program Status: Accepting applications.
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 2 years Diploma Broadway Full-time

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Auditions will take place in April, May and June. The deadline for applications was April 8, 2016, but applications are still being accepted in many areas. 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 $84.21 per credit hour
Student Union Fee $25.90 per term
College Initiative Fee $2.42 per credit hour
Student Union Health Plan Fee 54.19
Student Union Dental Plan Fee 51.6
U-Pass Fee 152.00
Other Costs $618 to $696 per course - Private Instruction
$364 - Minor Study
$33 - Materials Fee
$33 - Vocal Ensemble Accompanist Surcharge
Medical/Dental are per term subject to eligibility




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. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.

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 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.

 

Date Day Time Room Location
May 31, 2016 Tuesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway
June 15, 2016 Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway
June 28, 2016 Tuesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway
August 3, 2016 Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. 3001 Broadway


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Program Highlights

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


No courses are currently scheduled for this Spring 2016 (201650)Spring/Summer 2016 (201660) term. Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming schedules for Fall 2016 term(s) are in process. Please check back regularly.

Term 1

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


Term 2

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


Term 3

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


Term 4

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