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

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 training for a successful career in the music industry.

  • Music Educator
  • Music Director
  • Music for Video and Gaming
  • Live Music Production
  • Instrumentalist
  • Private Music Instructor
  • Instrument Repair
  • Entertainment Business Lawyer

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 help you to achieve your goals. Our credit programs are listed below, and more details can be found in our Prospective Music Student Handbook. (Printed copies of this handbook are also available outside of Rm N3200A at the New Westminster campus). 

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, John van Deursen, or call him 604-527-5274. 

Why study music at Douglas?

Our four distinct credit programs:

Music Diploma Program
  • two years (four full-time semesters); 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 full-time semesters); 60 credits
  • credential awarded: Diploma in Performing Arts – Foundation for Music Therapy Studies
  • meets the prerequisite 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 years (four full-time semesters); 60 credits
  • 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 full-time semesters); 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

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