Program Overview

The sounds we hear teach us, transform us and move us, and the music industry is one of the most diverse careers around. Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts program focuses your musical talents and creative passions on applied skills that will help you make your mark in the world of audio and recording arts. Study the business of music, learning artist and label management, digital media technology, audio and live sound production, as well as writing, producing and engineering.
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Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

Our graduates are among some of the world’s best producers and performers for over 40 years, including Oscar, JUNO (Fanshawe JUNO playlist) and Primetime Emmy winners. As a student, you’ll access this growing network of graduates in addition to connecting with industry leaders at Canadian Music Week. Guest lectures, master classes and workshops with artists-in-residence will also equip you with extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business expertise.


The Music Industry Arts program focuses on fine-tuning your skills into a rewarding career. You’ll study and practice your skills in the most modern recording facility of any school in Canada. You’ll also apply your learning by organizing and performing in the annual Share the Land charity concert, a favourite event for many graduates. 


The City of London, together with the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is proud to announce that London has been designated a UNESCO City of Music. London is Canada's first city to receive this designation.


The Music Industry Arts program 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 varied 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 editing 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 also encouraged on a regular basis.


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 Pre-Media preparatory program. 


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts program have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the music production/recording industry, the post-production field or music business industries, including:

  • music/audio production, engineering for studio and live applications;
  • entry level audio and sound design for film, web, games and television;
  • artist development, performance and promotion; and
  • sound supervision, copyright, entertainment law, publishing and merchandising.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts program:

Assistant Recording Engineer
Responsible for assisting the head engineer in a recording studio.

Artist Marketing Manager
Develop strategies and initiatives to promote an artist’s upcoming release.

Music Production/Copywriter

Have a passion for sound and music and want to build a career in a creative environment.

Photo of Haviah Mighty

MIA was all-inclusive in the actual knowledge part - how to mix, how to master, how to mic certain types of signal - but the biggest contribution to my success was learning to network, build contacts and take past learnings and applying them to future moves. As an artist whose musicianship is quickly turning into a career, I'm grateful for the stepping stones in my journey!

*In September 2019, Haviah was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of the Canadian music industry's most prestigious honours.

Haviah Mighty
2013 Graduate, Winner of the 2019 Polaris Music Prize
student sings on stage at Share the Land


Dan Brodbeck Headshot

“MIA was the first program of its kind in Canada 50 years ago. It would be hard to go anywhere in Canada and not find an MIA grad working in the industry as an engineer, producer, writer, publisher, record company president, or performer. We are very proud of our rich history. With the influx of artists in MIA in the past decade we have created a mini music industry for our students to collaborate with each other, and to give them the best experience at Fanshawe before entering the industry.”

Dan Brodbeck

Program Coordinator & Professor, Music Industry Arts
Juno Award Winner for Recording Engineer
2020 Grammy Nominee for Best Rock Album

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.


Program Coordinator:

Dan Brodbeck


Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Pre-Media Ontario College Certificate*
- standing in the required course stated above
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
- standing in the required course stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
Completion of a Supplemental

Competitive Programs

This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see for details. 

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

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 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 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. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • 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 year
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

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

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

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


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
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.
PROD-1058Audio Workstation 12
An introductory course that focuses on the basics of audio editing, synthesis and production using ProTools. This course identifies and introduces production techniques used in current music software production.
MUSC-1011Music, Writing & Analysis 13
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.
PROD-1061Music Production 12
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
MUSC-1014Artist Development 12
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.
PROD-1059Social Media & Performance 12
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 as well as contracts and contract negotiations through the study of the manager/artist relationship. The student will also get hands on experience with artist performance and performance critique.
RCRD-1018Audio Engineering Lab 11.5
This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern recording studio. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to properly use microphones, process them through the recording console, utilize various pieces of signal processing equipment and mix in a stereo analog / digital format.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.