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Music - Diploma


Students in VCC's two-year diploma program train with some of Canada's finest musicians. Audition in any musical area including classical voice, jazz and contemporary voice, strings, electronic music, winds and brass, percussion, guitar, composition/arranging, instrumental studies, and keyboard studies. In the second year of our new diploma, in addition to your major, you can add a secondary focus in Musicology, Electronic Music or Improvisation.

Application deadlines are: Feb 1, 2019 for March 2nd auditions; March 1, 2019 for April 29/30 auditions (space permitting).

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

Program Status:
Accepting applications for Fall 2019

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

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Applicants to the full-time diploma program must also submit the supplemental music application form, by email to jvanbrunt@vcc.ca, or in person at the registrar’s office.

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Program Description

Program Description

The Music Diploma is a two-year, four term program. This is a full-time program. Students participate in a combination of classroom instruction, lab activities, rehearsals, performances, and other activities. Maximum time for completion is five years. The average course load is 15.0 credits per semester. Students may not register for more than 18.0 credits without written permission from the Music Department Leader. A minimum full-time course load is 11 credits per term. Dropping below 11 credits requires approval from the Music Department Leader. Normally, students taking fewer than 11 credits in a term will not be entitled to individual instruction. In exceptional circumstances, students will be allowed to register for individual instruction with fewer than 11 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 individual instruction in which they are registering.


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

Note that the Music Diploma requires a minimum of 60 credits for graduation.


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 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.

All applicants to the Music Diploma program must submit a School of Music application form.


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.

Music Requirements

1. Audition requirements differ for each instrument. For specific audition requirements, see the School of Music website.

2. 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 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 Requirements

English Language Proficiency at an English 12 level, or equivalent.

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

Course Schedule

Courses 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.


For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


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
November 22, 2018 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


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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(MUSC 1104) Performance Techniques 1
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1.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1301) Musicianship 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1303) Theory and Practice of Music 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1305) Music in Context 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1310) Individual Instruction 1
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2.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1319) Music and Media 1
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits course outline


Term 2

(MUSC 1204) Performance Techniques 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1401) Musicianship 2
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1403) Theory and Practice of Music 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1405) Music in Context 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1410) Individual Instruction 2
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 1419) Music and Media 2
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits course outline


Term 3

(MUSC 2104) Performance Techniques 3
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1.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2301) Musicianship 3
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2303) Theory and Practice of Music 3
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2304) Electronic Music 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2305) Musicology 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2307) Social Media for the Self-employed Musician
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1.5 credits course outline
(MUSC 2310) Individual Instruction 3
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2.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2317) Jazz Improvisation 1
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3.0 credits course outline


Term 4

(MUSC 2204) Performance Techniques 4
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2401) Musicianship 4
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3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2403) Theory and Practice of Music 4
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2404) Electronic Music 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2405) Musicology 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2407) Career Opportunities for Musicians 1
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits course outline
(MUSC 2410) Individual Instruction 4
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2417) Jazz Improvisation 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MUSC 2490) Performance Ensemble
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits course outline