Music - Bachelor of Applied Music

If you have a diploma in music, complete your degree and build a professional network so that you can hit the ground running, doing what you love.

Our faculty are successful, working musicians with a talent for sharing their experience and mentoring committed musicians.

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Program Status:
Accepting applications . Deadlines: Feb 7, 2020 for Mar 7th auditions; Mar 20, 2020 for Apr 4th

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 2 years Bachelor Degree Broadway Full-time

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Applicants to the full-time degree program must also submit the supplemental music application form, by email to, or in person at the registrar’s office. Additional supporting documents are required. Please see admission requirements.

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Application deadlines are: February 7, 2020 for March 7th auditions; March 20, 2020 for April 4th auditions.

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Program Description

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Music Degree is designed to prepare graduates to work as music professionals in emerging music and music-related professions.

This is a full-time program where students participate in a combination of classroom instruction, lab activities, rehearsals, performances, and work experiences. There is also a practicum component in which students complete fieldwork in an area of their choosing within the music industry.

In each of the four terms, students enroll in either classical voice or performance concentration. In the first two terms, students enroll in either Conducting or Creative Music Improvisation.

Classes are generally held Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (subject to change). Some evenings and weekends may be required for rehearsals, performances and other activities.

Courses offered in the degree program are limited to students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Music program. From time to time, VCC may grant permission for other students to access some of the degree courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 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.
  • Successful completion of the VCC music diploma or equivalent with a minimum B grade average and minimum A-grade in specialized performance or academic area
  • Written proposal to VCC music department outlining goals and proposed program of work. The letter should indicate how the program will fit the career aspirations of the applicant. This may be written with the assistance of VCC music program advisors. The written proposal is to assist in identifying the career plans and establishing the extent of research the applicant has undertaken in preparation for the degree program
  • Two letters of recommendation written by persons other than family or close friends 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 must be dated no more than three months prior to the application deadline and submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature over the back flap of the envelope
  • Successful audition in specialized performance area (voice, instrument, or other) or for students wishing to pursue an academic stream, two recent 3,500 word papers
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who are presenting foreign documents are required to successfully complete the VCC English Language Assessment or equivalent
  • All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses (including non-music electives) in the program must be submitted with application. Download the Request for Transfer Credit PDF form

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

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $3,127 Year 1
$3,038 Year 2
Student Union Fee $51 per term
College Initiative Fee $39 per term
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146 per year - if applicable
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146 per year - if applicable
U-Pass Fee $164 per term
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$63 per term - Campus Resource Fee
$141 per term - Material Fee
$738 surcharge - private instruction (major)
$387 surcharge - private instruction (minor) - elective credit
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.

Date Day Time Room Location
January 23, 2020 Thursday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period. Broadway
February 12, 2020 Wednesday 4:15 - 5 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period in room 3001 (south building). Broadway
February 25, 2020 Tuesday 4:15 - 5 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period in room 3001 (south building). Broadway
March 10, 2020 Tuesday 4:15 - 5 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period in room 3001 (south building). Broadway

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