• Overview - 2016/2017

    Music isn't just about sound. It's about passion and commitment to an art form that can evoke deep memories and feelings and transport people to different locations and times. If you’re ready to work in the most modern recording facility in any school in Canada, the Music Industry Arts program will fine-tune your skills into a rewarding career.

    You'll begin with the basics in sound and business, and you'll evolve over the next two years into someone who will be able to work in many different areas of the industry.

    It's what Music Industry Arts grad Craig Mann did, winning an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2015.

    This is a program that goes wide as well as deep. You'll learn from guest lectures, in master classes and artists-in-residence, where you'll meet alumni who will pass on their extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business realities. You'll find rewarding work in artist development, film and TV, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management, and gaming, or with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters.

    If you want to capture, shape and market in a wide range of very competitive areas, this program should be music to your ears.

    MIA gave me a sense of family and team work. It helped me develop the tools that I needed to become independent and get ready to work as well as express my creativity and discover new paths for my life. I can honestly say that the program and teachers involved have affected my life in such a positive way and helped me carve a distinct career path in the Canadian music industry

    Andreas Rizek
    Graduate 2014
     

    Program coordinator:

    Steve Malison
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4096
    Email: smalison@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2016/2017

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
    OR
    General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate*
    (Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
    - standing in the required course stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
     AND
    Completion of a Supplemental Form and MP3 Recording

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years 
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
    • Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
    • Grade 11 Music (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Music (M)
    • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Entrepreneurship (C) or (O)
    • Grade 12 Information and Communication Technology: Multimedia Solutions (C)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • It is an advantage to the student to have a background in music theory and performance, knowledge and appreciation of all types of music, an interest in the recording industry and its role in today's entertainment field, experience with computer and/or synthesizer/MIDI applications.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    2. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    3. Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Supplemental Form and MP3 Recording
    Note:
    • *Students who are currently registered in the General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2016 and meet the academic prerequisite course for the Music Industry Arts program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Music Industry Arts program.
  • Courses

    Music Industry Arts-2016/2017

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
    PROD-1058Audio Workstation 12
    MUSC-1011Music, Writing & Analysis 13
    PROD-1061Music Production 12
    MUSC-1014Artist Development 12
    PROD-1059Social Media & Performance 12
    RCRD-1013Audio Engineering Lab 12.5

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMM-3075Communications for Media3
    PROD-3026Audio Workstation 22
    MUSC-3009Music, Writing & Analysis 23
    MUSC-3012Artist Development 22
    PROD-3027Social Media & Performance 22
    PROD-3029Music Production 22
    RCRD-3001Audio Engineering Lab 22.5

    Level 3Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    DIGL-1029Audio Post Production 12
    MUSC-3013Artist Development 34
    PROD-3030Music Production 32
    MUSC-3014Music Industry Connection 12
    RCRD-3002Audio Engineering Lab 32.5
    PROD-1060Live Sound Production1

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RCRD-5001Audio Engineering Lab 42.5
    DIGL-3025Audio Post Production 22
    MUSC-5003Artist Development 44
    PROD-5008Music Production 42
    MUSC-3015Music Industry Connection 22
    PROD-3028Music Artist Video1

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 9 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2, 3 and 4

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 18 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program



    COMM-3075 -  Communications for Media
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

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    DIGL-1029 -  Audio Post Production 1
    An audio production course that utilizes intermediate to advanced audio software, soundware and techniques for use in post production. Diverse sound production is covered through the use of audio, MIDI, virtual instruments, control surfaces and Quicktime video. Hands on applications include sound production, sound design, multimedia production, music creation and editing to picture, and sound effects layback and mixing to picture and basic video editing.

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    DIGL-3025 -  Audio Post Production 2
    A continuation of DIGL-XXXX. A hands on audio production course that further utilizes Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro and Reason, Native Instruments Kontact, Final Cut Pro and QuickTime. The 4 main areas of sound for picture are covered: dialog, sound effects, music and foley. Applications include audio production, video production, Internet delivery, broadcast, audio and video postproduction, sound design and multimedia. Term project(s) will be assigned. Students will build projects for use within a market ready portfolio.

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    MUSC-1011 -  Music, Writing & Analysis 1
    This course will offer the student the skills needed to bridge the gap between music theory and its application to current musical environments, both in the recording studio and live performance. This course will also examine a history of popular music in North America in the 20th century, with a focus on those aspects relevant to the development of the commercial music industry in Canada and the U.S. This semester covers the period from the development of early Blues in the American south to the masters of instrumental and vocal styles and current trends including musical theater productions.

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    MUSC-1014 -  Artist Development 1
    A study of the major creative and business components that form the foundation of today's music industry with an emphasis on how they are interconnected and interdependent and how these components affect the artist.

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    MUSC-3009 -  Music, Writing & Analysis 2
    A practical course designed to equip the student with the highly technical level of aural accuracy required to function in the music industry. The student will develop the ability to assess accuracy of intonation, rhythm, scales and degrees of the scale, intervals, triads and chords, as well as to recognize errors in the reading of music. The student will also be exposed to a wide range of timbres, both acoustic and synthesized. This course also offers an analysis of artists and their production techniques of popular music from 1930-present, with focus on those aspects relevant to the development of the commercial music industry internationally

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    MUSC-3012 -  Artist Development 2
    A continuing study of the major creative and business components that form the foundation of today's music industry including some practical applications of knowledge learned in developing artists.

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    MUSC-3013 -  Artist Development 3
    A course designed to give the student the information to make an informed career choice and the theoretical knowledge to function in an entry-level position in the entertainment industry. Artist Development and its emerging roles in the new music industry as well as business ethics will be examined.

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    MUSC-3014 -  Music Industry Connection 1
    This course exposes the student to a wide base of knowledge from within the industry and also utilizes resources to prepare for a meaningful career in the music industry. Topics will focus on personal skills and self-awareness, changes in the economic community that impact the music business, time management, resumes and interviews, operating your own business, the cultural environment and creativity, the impact of media on society, leadership, and the ongoing need to keep up with change. Guest lecturers will be brought in to supplement curriculum.

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    MUSC-3015 -  Music Industry Connection 2
    A continuation of MUSC-3010, this course exposes the student a wide base of knowledge and develops skills to help prepare for a meaningful career in the music industry. Arranging, producing, organizing, promoting and marketing "Share the Land" concert will challenge the student with a practical real world community outreach project. Other topics will focus on personal skills and self-awareness, changes in the economic community that impact the music business, time management, resumes and interviews, operating your own business, the cultural environment and creativity, the impact of media on society, leadership, and the ongoing need to keep up with change. Guest lecturers will be brought in on a regular basis.

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    MUSC-5003 -  Artist Development 4
    A continuation of MUSC-XXXX, designed to give the student the information to make an informed career choice and the theoretical and practical knowledge to excel in an entry level position in the music industry.

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    PROD-1058 -  Audio Workstation 1
    An introductory course that focuses on the basics of audio editing, synthesis and production using Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X. This course identifies and introduces production techniques used in current music software production.

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    PROD-1059 -  Social Media & Performance 1
    This course will introduce the student to various topics in the music industry with an artist development/management perspective. Topics include income streams for artists, contracts and contract negotiations and social media techniques through the study of the manager/artist relationship. The student will also get hands on experience with artist performance and performance critique.

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    PROD-1060 -  Live Sound Production
    Students will construct high quality mixes for live sound production. Microphones, cabling, eq, compression, pa cabinets, processing will be explored. Various musical and non musical scenarios will be built and practiced. Students will record live Pro Tools sessions for use in virtual sound checks and critique.

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    PROD-1061 -  Music Production 1
    This course is designed to give the student a theoretical and practical working knowledge of music production and the role of the music producer/artist developer in a current recording environment.

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    PROD-3026 -  Audio Workstation 2
    A continuation of AWST, this course further focuses on editing, recording, mixing and music production primarily utilizing Avid Pro Tools with additional topics in Apple Logic Pro X and Propellerhead Reason.

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    PROD-3027 -  Social Media & Performance 2
    This semester will introduce the student to a more in depth exploration of artist management and live performance as well as legal issues presented in semester one. Where does the artist fit into the business and how can the Management assure the best use of the Artists' talents? Creative, Business and Legal aspects of the relationship will be examined and examples will be discussed to reinforce the knowledge learned in the lectures. Artist's careers will be put under the microscope for good and bad decisions. Various contracts germane to the subject will be presented. The student will also get hands on experience with artist performance and performance critique. Social media components will be fully explored.

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    PROD-3028 -  Music Artist Video
    Students will develop video production skills though the setup of lighting, staging, video capture, editing and posting of liver performance events both within the Fanshawe College Artist Development Centre and outside of the college.

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    PROD-3029 -  Music Production 2
    This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the elements involved in establishing a plan and budget for the production of music recordings.

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    PROD-3030 -  Music Production 3
    This course is designed to give the student an advanced level of knowledge and practice of the elements involved in establishing and executing a plan and budget for the production of music recordings from the demo or creation stage to the final master.

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    PROD-5008 -  Music Production 4
    This course provides the knowledge and musical awareness needed to interact on a professional level in a recording scenario. The musicality of the recording, layering and mixing process is stressed throughout. Topics include the properties of sound, recognition of instruments and their performance methods, and technical audio ear training. Musical instruments will be covered with analysis of their individual properties, how they relate to each other and they can be altered and layered to create techniques to enhance a music production. A look at how processing affects the sonic structure of the sound.

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    RCRD-1013 -  Audio Engineering Lab 1
    This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge of modern recording studios. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to properly use microphones, process them through recording consoles, utilize various pieces of signal processing equipment and mix in a stereo analog / digital format.

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    RCRD-3001 -  Audio Engineering Lab 2
    This course is a continuation of RCRD-XXXX and is designed to provide the student with additional practical and theoretical knowledge of modern recording studios. Upon completion of this course, each student will possess the ability to record/ mix and utilize the studio to complete various music recordings.

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    RCRD-3002 -  Audio Engineering Lab 3
    This course is designed to provide demonstrations and practical hands-on experience in the modern large format multi track audio recording studio, using Pro Tools HD software and hardware technology along with a SSL Duality mixing consoles and various peripherals including outboard processors. This course is supported with weekly online content and quizzes.

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    RCRD-5001 -  Audio Engineering Lab 4
    This course is primarily designed to provide demonstrations, practical hands-on experiences and lectures in the modern sound recording studios, using contemporary audio technology. This theory portion of the course is a basic 'open forum' where students and the professor will discuss related aspects of the subject matter covered in the lab classes.

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    WRIT-1037 -  Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media
    This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

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  • Careers - 2016/2017

    Career Opportunities

    This program offers a unique opportunity for learning the skills required for the music production/recording industry, the post-production field and music business industries. The graduate may find career opportunities with music/audio recording and live remote recording, music/audio production and live sound. Also, audio and sound design for film, live sound, web, games, television, radio, cruise ships, as well as artist development and promotion, music business including sound supervision, copyright, entertainment law, publishing and merchandising. 
  • More Information - 2016/2017

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: MIA2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
     
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Program Description

    Music Industry Arts is a creative and practical environment that allows students to discover and develop the artistic, technical and business skills that will prepare them to compete in today's evolving music and entertainment industry.

    The program approach is intensively hands-on, with professional recording, performance and lab facilities exclusively dedicated to student use.  Course content is wide and equally balanced between artist development and technical skills which accentuates experiential learning within the program. Course curricula is wide by design and includes: artist development, music publishing, entertainment law, copyright, sales and promotion, music theory, ear training, music writing and arranging, creative audio production techniques, functions of digital and analog consoles, audio recording/mixing, studio operation, design and management, audio for picture, as well as live audio production.  Computer literacy, audio and MIDI techniques relevant to the disciplines of music creation and audio post-production are offered through theory and practical applications. Collaborative projects utilizing other media-based programs within the college are done on a regular basis.

    Other Information

    • Due to the academic rigor required in the Music Industry Arts program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the General Arts and Science program.  The General Arts and Science program is an excellent preparatory program.

    This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available.

    Contact

    School of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. Display positive and professional attitude towards the responsibility and respect for the creation of music and sound.

    2. Meet strict deadlines and enhance creativity through the act of balancing technology and arts.

    3. Apply market ready skills in: music and sound recording, preproduction, audio production, writing, arranging, editing, mixing, contracting, and delivering, artist discovery, development, direction, marketing, promotion, tour management and live sound production.

    4. Utilize strong time management, problem solving and organizational skills.

    5. Stay current with industry practices primarily in the technical and secondarily in non-technical audio industry sectors through the use of creating sound and music.

    6. Operate audio and video hardware and software through the creation and design of sound and music either with or without moving or still pictures.

    7. Apply industry level skills in the operation of live sound and music recording.

    8. Create all documentation necessary in order to develop a music artist.

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