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Study music in the way that's best for you. From the fundamentals of music to professional training, Douglas College gives you the opportunity to explore your passion for music. 

The most employable people in the music business are those who have a wide range of skills and experience. Douglas College offers you the comprehensive general training that leads to jobs in the music industry.

Whether you are interested in one of our four full-time credit programs, or non-credit/ part-time studies through our Community Music School, Douglas College can provide the music training you need to achieve your goals. Our credit programs are listed below, and more details can be found in our Prospective Music Student Handbook.

For information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue. For program-specific information, please email the Music Department Coordinator, Heather Harty Scott, or call her 604-527-5270. 

Why study music at Douglas?

Our four distinct credit programs:

Music Diploma Program

  • two-years (four semesters) long, 60 credits
  • credential awarded: Diploma in Performing Arts—Music
  • can lead to a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts degree upon transfer into 3rd year at a university (also known as the Music UT/Diploma program)
  • entry into the program is by audition and other assessment testing
  • Who is it for?

  • students who have training and competency on an instrument (or in voice)
  • students who have studied music theory rudiments
  • students who are seriously considering a career in music and/or the arts

  • Foundation for Music Therapy Studies Program

  • two-years (four semesters) long, 60 credits
  • credential awarded: Diploma in Performing Arts – Foundation for Music Therapy Studies
  • meets the pre-requisite course requirements for 3rd year entry into Capilano University’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program
  • provides applied musical training on piano, guitar and voice, as the foundation for further study
  • Who is it for?

  • students who are musical and enjoy working with people
  • students who are interested in using their creativity and talent to help others
  • Music Technology Program

  • two year (four semesters) long
  • credential awarded: Music Technology Diploma
  • provides hands-on training in audio engineering, music software and production
  • entry into the program is by audition and further assessment testing
  • Who is it for?

  • students with some background in both music and technology
  • professionals in the music industry who want more literacy in music technology 
  • Basic Musicianship Program

  • one year (two semesters) long, 32 credits
  • credential awarded: Basic Musicianship Certificate
  • provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of music
  • Who is it for?                            

  • students with little or no formal musical training who wish to explore an interest in music
  • students requiring further preparation for the Music Diploma Program or the Music Technology Diploma Program
  • Admission to our performing groups is by audition and is based on available seats. All Douglas College students and community members are welcome to audition. Ensembles can be taken for credit, audit, or through the Community Music School.

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