Introduction to Music Industry Arts

The Introduction to Music Industry Arts program at Algonquin College is designed for students, with little or no music experience, who have an interest in the music industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge of the music industry before investing in further education in this area.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1438D01FWO
Academic Year: 2015/2016

Our Program

One-Year Certificate Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students with minimal or no music experience who have an interest in the music industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge of the music industry before investing in a diploma or degree. Students receive an introduction to the history of pop music, song writing and performance, entertainment law, audio recording, marketing, production, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), mixing and mastering final recordings. This program is useful for individuals who want to experience college delivery of course material, who want a starting point to pursue a career in the music industry, or who are looking to build a music portfolio for entrance into a diploma or degree program.

Graduates are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - One Year, with concentration in Introduction to Music Industry Arts.

Graduates can apply to another program at the College, such as the Music Industry Arts Ontario College Diploma program or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Students who complete the certificate with an overall B+ average are eligible for admission into the Music Industry Arts Diploma program. Students must apply by February 1st. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs.

Two-Year Diploma Program

The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. General Arts and Science Year II provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. On successful completion of Year II students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program may apply for advanced standing at either Carleton University or the University of Ottawa, if they achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better. Articulation Agreements also exist with other postsecondary institutions.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have an interest in the music industry and its role in today`s entertainment field.
  • Want to work in a challenging and dynamic environment.
  • Possess good communications skills.
  • Enjoy a hand-on approach to learning.

Your Career

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner, and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT5758M Computer Foundations In today's world, it is essential to communicate effectively using technology in education and employment. Students improve or learn new computer skills by producing multi-page documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft Office software in Windows and MAC environment. Photoshop is also introduced for editing, modifying and enhancing digital images. "Student Recommended Laptop: MacBook Pro." 45.0
ENL1813G Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MSC0005 Music Industry Overview A business and marketing overview of the music industry is provided. The role of record and publishing companies, producers, promoters, lawyers and other music related business activities are studied. Students explore how to begin a career in music and interact with professionals within the industry, with an emphasis on "how to get your foot in the door." 60.0
MSC0006 History of Popular Music Music plays a role socially, politically and economically at both international and local levels. The growth and cultural diversity of popular music from the 1900's and how it has impacted our lives is examined. Beginning with its African roots, students trace the development of popular music through the Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, R&B, Country, Rock, and all its hybrids, with an emphasis on inspiration and the evolution of popular music. Students study the style and poetry of music, as well as the impact of technology on recording from the gramophone to the iPod. 45.0
MSC0026 Record Production - the Producers Students examine the many roles of the "record producer," as well as interaction between producer, engineer and artist. They study the recording industry's leading producers and gain valuable insight into the evolution of the techniques and experiences of world renowned platinum record producers. They also learn about the effect of ever-changing technology on the world of music production. Visits from leading industry guest speakers enhance the learning experience. 45.0
MSC0061 Introduction to Audio Recording Students are introduced to all areas of the audio recording process. Beginning with GarageBand, followed by Cubase, students explore the art of recording sound, including AUDIO and MIDI technologies. Students are guided through the various aspects of recording broadcast quality audio, including microphones, audio interfaces, pre-amps, audio resolutions, multi-tracking and much more. An introduction to working with software-based instruments is also a key component to this course. 60.0
MSC0073 Songwriting Step-by-step, the misunderstood process of songwriting is demystified. Methods on how to brainstorm ideas, create memorable melodies and rhythms with lyrics, as well as learn key elements that make commercially successful chart-toppers are introduced. Students explore and integrate the craft's various components and skills into a seamless artistic whole. Students also learn the business side of songwriting. Professionals from the music industry guest lecture to give their unique perspective and enhance the learning experience. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL1823G Communications II Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. Emphasis is placed on workplace correspondence, job search strategies, report writing and teamwork. Students compose, edit and revise a variety of workplace-oriented messages, prepare a targeted resume, practise presentation skills and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
MSC0012 Introduction to Entertainment Law Students learn how the law pertains to the artist, management, producers, engineers and the music industry as a whole. They study publishing, copyright/plagiarism, and interpret legal documents, such as contracts and licensing. Issues related to law and ethics colliding and the conflicts between what is acceptable or not in today's music industry are also examined. Through this examination, students conduct themselves with integrity in their professional and personal lives. 45.0
MSC0013 Introduction to Entertainment Marketing Students explore how to promote and market one's business and oneself as a performer. General marketing principles and how they apply to the music industry are explored. Students learn networking, the value of a website and how to package a final product for sale. Visits from leading industry guest speakers enhance the learning experience. 60.0
MSC0019 Canadian Music Industry Canada is now a front-runner in the music industry. Students are exposed to the history and folklores linked to the establishment of its music industry. Canadian musical artists are studied and focus is placed on the development of distinctive Canadian industry innovations on the music industry globally. 45.0
MSC0062 Introduction to Audio Production Students are guided through the process of editing and mixing pre-recorded tracks in Cubase. Key components include basic mixing techniques, AUDIO and MIDI editing, equalization, panning, insert and send F/X, automation and various audio formats. Students begin to learn the art (and science) of 'mixing' audio and rendering multi-track files down to 2-track stereo files. A basic understanding of the Mastering process is also introduced. Students learn how to burn their finished projects to CD and how to convert their files to MP3 format.

Prerequisites: MSC0061
MSC0078 Performance By examining the traditions and performance practices of some of the great artists of all time, students appreciate their successes and connection with their audiences. Students learn about the essential performance nuances, techniques, technology and stagecraft required of today's popular musicians in an array of styles and genres. Focus is on original songs from conception, to arrangement to ultimately performing them live and engaging audiences to build a fan base. While analyzing live performances, students prepare for the live performance, fundamental skills on stage and the all-important play list. From folk, to punk, to hip hop, from clubs to private events to stadiums, students examine the main ingredients of delivering a successful performance. Professionals from the music industry guest lecture to give their unique perspective and enhance the learning experience. 30.0
Elective Group A Hours
GAS0019 Level I Substitute Xix To be used as a substitute. 45.0
GAS0020 Level I Substitute Xx To be used as substitute. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2015/2016 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,681.29. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,231.29. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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Books and supplies cost approximately $950 per year and can be purchased at the campus store. Some textbooks include a software package which is mandatory as it includes evaluation components for the program.

Admission Requirements   

2016/2017 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

    IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.


    TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

For more information, contact Lou DiMillo, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5287 or .
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time