Launch your career in music and music-related professions by learning from some of Canada’s finest performers, composers, and producers. Audition and specialize in any genre including classical, jazz, contemporary, and electronic music.

Tuition: 30682*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-music-diploma.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Professional vocal, instrumental, or compositional techniques
  • Solo and ensemble performance
  • Rehearsal methods
  • Pre-stage and backstage preparation
  • Solo and ensemble psychology
  • Audience engagement and interaction
  • Instrument ergonomics
  • Performance evaluation and critique
  • Rhythm and melody
  • Improvisation
  • Cadences and song forms
  • Major and minor scales, diatonic modes
  • Acoustics
  • Notation systems
  • Orchestration
  • Historical and comparative musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Critical listening and self-evaluation
  • Historical and contemporary performance contexts
  • Self-promotion and music industry careers

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
  • Outreach activities
  • Public performances
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes and exams

Admission requirements



  1. Grade 12 graduation, GED or equivalent

Note: Applicants who have not graduated from high school may still be considered, with permission from the Music Department Leader.

   2. English 12 or Communications 12 with a pass, or equivalent.


Note: 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 and are tested on aural perception and rhythmic skills. Minimum standards are equivalent to Preparatory Music Theory 1 & 2 (MUSC 1013 and MUSC 1033), and Preparatory Musicianship 1 & 2 (MUSC 1011 and MUSC 1031).  Students who are accepted at the audition but who require upgrading of theory and musicianship may register concurrently in the recommended preparatory courses (MUSC 1011, 1013, MUSC 1031 and MUSC 1033). Students may also register for the other preparatory-level courses (MUSC 1010, 1030, 1054, 1064) and the following diploma-level courses: MUSC 1305, MUSC 1319, and MUSC 2490 (instructor permission and available space required.  Students will be wait-listed until available space and instructor permission are confirmed).


English language proficiency at an English 12 level, or equivalent

Please note all English assessments must have been written in the previous calendar year, with the exception of English 12 taken in Canada.


The Music Department is located at the Broadway Campus on the 3rd floor. Applications, along with transcripts and all supporting documents, will be accepted by VCC between November 1st and April 1st. An entrance audition or interview will be scheduled once all required documents are received. Applications received after April 1st will be considered subject to space availability.


  • 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 verbally and in writing
  • 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

Generally, each course for which the student is requesting PLAR will require the following:

  1. Practical and/or written examinations that demonstrate ability at or above the final exam and learning outcomes of the VCC course in question.

   2. A successful interview with the Music Department Leader and one other regularized music faculty           member.

Fees and other costs *

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

Tuition Deposit

11200 (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 30682
Student union256
College initiative177
Materials162 not including textbooks
Campus resource307
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 619
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

Apply now

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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