Bachelor of Applied Music

CREDENTIAL: Bachelor's Degree

Get comprehensive, top-tier training from working professionals in music theory, performance, and collaboration.

Tuition: 35816*
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-music-degree.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Advanced vocal, instrumental, or compositional techniques
  • Solo and ensemble performance craft
  • Production, communication, and stage skills
  • Performance practice and learning new repertoire
  • Advanced improvisation
  • Interpretation and stylistic nuance
  • Musical form, structure, and texture
  • Instrumental range, timbre, and idiomatic writing
  • Instrumentation, orchestration, and conducting
  • Cultural migration, fusion, and trends
  • Recording contracts and copyright law
  • Unions and professional organizations
  • Self-employment, publicity, and marketing
  • Private teaching
  • Working with music and arts organizations
  • Collaboration in dance, theatre, and electronic media
  • Current computer technologies
  • Music and arts promotion
  • Professionalism, responsibility, and accountability

What to expect

  • Monday to Friday daytime classes
  • Occasional evening or weekend rehearsals or performances
  • Classroom instruction
  • Individual instruction
  • Lab activities
  • Rehearsals
  • Regular jury performances
  • Recitals
  • Outreach activities
  • Public performances
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes and exams
  • Work experience practicum

Admission requirements


  1. Successful completion of the VCC Music Diploma or equivalent with a minimum B average and minimum A- in specialized performance or academic area.
  2. Written proposal to the School of Music outlining applicant’s goals and proposed program of work. The letter must clearly state how the program will fit the career aspirations of the applicant. This may be written under the supervision of or with the assistance of VCC Bachelor of Applied Music advisors. The intention of the written proposal is to assist the student in identifying their career plans and establishing the extent of research the applicant has undertaken in preparation for the degree program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation written by persons other than family or close acquaintances who may be able to assess the applicant’s potential success in the degree program and who can speak to the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed plan of work. The letters of recommendation must be dated no more that three months prior to the application deadline and must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender’s signature over the back flap of the envelope.
  4. Successful audition in specialized performance area (i.e. voice, instrument). For students in composition, the audition will consist of a demonstration (live or recorded) of 3 *recently composed short compositions (between 5 and 8 min. in length) or a *larger single work (minimum 20 min in length).
  5. Students wishing to pursue an academic stream must submit two **recent 3500 word papers or studies in lieu of an audition.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are presenting foreign documents are required to do the VCC English Language Assessment. The following minimum scores are required:

Minimum total score of 145 with:

Speaking minimum of 27/30

Listening minimum of 27/30

Essay score minimum of 16/30

Reading minimum of 50/70

*The submitted work(s) must have been composed in the 12 month period preceding the application to the Bachelor of Applied Music.

**The submitted papers or studies must have been written in the 12 month period preceding the application to the Bachelor of Applied Music.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

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

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition


Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10600 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 35816
Student union273
College initiative207
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource358
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 677
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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