Music Industry Arts Program Overview - 2021/2022
The business of music takes on many forms. 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.
In this two-year diploma program, you'll begin with the basics in sound and business, and move through writing, producing and engineering courses. Along the way, learn to manage artists, labels, digital media and communications technology and master audio and live sound production.
The Music Industry Arts program will fine-tune your skills into a rewarding career. Upon graduation, you'll find rewarding work with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters, or in film and TV, video games, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management.
Make your mark in music at Canada’s top music school for 3 years running
- Our graduates are some of the world’s best producers and performers for over 40 years, including Oscar, JUNO and Primetime Emmy winners
- Study and practise your skills in the most modern recording facility of any school in Canada
- Apply your learning by organizing and performing in the annual Share the Land charity concert, a favourite event for many graduates
- Make connections with industry leaders at Canadian Music Week, and access an extensive network of successful graduates
- Guest lectures, master classes and workshops with artists-in-residence will equip you with extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business expertise
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.
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details.
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*
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Supplemental
- *Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Media program
at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and
Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Media College
Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2021, 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
- **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, 2021 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.
Music Industry Arts-2021/2022
|WRIT-1037||Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media||3|
|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-1058||Audio Workstation 1||2|
|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-1011||Music, Writing & Analysis 1||3|
|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-1061||Music Production 1||2|
|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-1014||Artist Development 1||2|
|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-1059||Social Media & Performance 1||2|
|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-1013||Audio Engineering Lab 1||2.5|
|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.|
|COMM-3075||Communications for Media||3|
|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.|
|PROD-3032||Audio Workstation 2||2|
|A continuation of PROD 1058, this course further focuses on editing, recording, mixing and music production utilizing Avid Pro Tools.|
|MUSC-3009||Music, Writing & Analysis 2||3|
|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|
|MUSC-3012||Artist Development 2||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.|
|PROD-3027||Social Media & Performance 2||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. A social media component will also be explored.|
|PROD-3029||Music Production 2||2|
|This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the elements involved in establishing a plan and execution of music recordings.|
|RCRD-3001||Audio Engineering Lab 2||2.5|
|This course is a continuation of RCRD-1013 and is designed to provide the student with additional theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern recording studio. Upon completion of this course, each student will possess the ability to record/ mix and utilize the studio to complete various music recordings.|
|DIGL-1029||Audio Post Production 1||2|
|An audio production course that utilizes 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, music creation, editing to picture, and sound effects layback and mixing to picture and basic video editing.|
|MUSC-3013||Artist Development 3||4|
|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.|
|PROD-3033||Music Production 3||2|
|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.|
|MUSC-3014||Music Industry Connection 1||2|
|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.|
|RCRD-3002||Audio Engineering Lab 3||2.5|
|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.|
|PROD-1060||Live Sound Production||1|
|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.|
|RCRD-5001||Audio Engineering Lab 4||2.5|
|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.|
|DIGL-3025||Audio Post Production 2||2|
|An intermediate hands-on audio post production course that utilizes audio software and video software. 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 post production, sound design and multimedia. Term project(s) will be assigned. Students will build projects for use within a market ready portfolio.|
|MUSC-5003||Artist Development 4||4|
|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.|
|PROD-5009||Music Production 4||2|
|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.|
|MUSC-3015||Music Industry Connection 2||2|
|This course exposes the student to 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.|
|PROD-3031||Live Production 2||1|
|Students will continue to explore live sound reinforcement for music and corporate environments, including audio and video projection in a live environment.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesThis 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 - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
Program DescriptionThe 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 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 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 done 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 program. The Pre-Media program is an excellent preparatory program.
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.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.