Music Industry Arts and Performance

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Program Code: 6450

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8619

Centennial College's Music Industry Arts and Performance (MIAP) program turns your passion for popular, world or indigenous music into an exciting and lasting career in a wide range of fields relating to music.

This unique advanced music diploma program, offered at the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design, takes three years to complete. During this time, Music Industry Arts and Performance course work helps you to:

  • Nurture musicality and creativity
  • Raise awareness of a variety of music cultures
  • Build knowledge of music-related technologies
  • Develop business and entrepreneurial skills

Professional musicians mentor you during private lessons and ensemble rehearsals. This hands-on experience is further enhanced by a six-week field placement in the final semester that provides practical experience in the real world.

You choose a stream of study in the third year of this college music program that allows for specialization. You may join either the music creation and business stream or the music creation and technology stream.

As a graduate of the Music Industry Arts and Performance program, you will be a versatile, culturally aware musician and singer with the technological and business savvy necessary to work in the music industry of today and tomorrow.

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device (i.e. laptop, tablet) that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-120 Creativity in Context Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-100 Musicianship 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-112 Music Theory 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-113 Musical Creativity 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-120 Popular Music in Culture Story Arts Centre
MIAP-180 Private Lessons 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-190 Ensemble 1 Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-101 Musicianship 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-114 Music Theory 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-115 Musical Creativity 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-121 History of Western Art Music Story Arts Centre
MIAP-130 Introduction to Music Technology Story Arts Centre
MIAP-181 Private Lessons 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-191 Ensemble 2 Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
MIAP-210 Composition 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-220 Worlds of Music Story Arts Centre
MIAP-230 The Art of Performance Story Arts Centre
MIAP-240 Digital Music Creation Story Arts Centre
MIAP-250 Music Business Fundamentals Story Arts Centre
MIAP-280 Private Lessons 3 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-290 Ensemble 3 Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
MIAP-211 Composition 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-221 Indigenous Music in Culture Story Arts Centre
MIAP-241 Introduction to Audio Engineering Story Arts Centre
MIAP-251 Musical Entrepreneurship Story Arts Centre
MIAP-281 Private Lessons 4 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-291 Ensemble 4 Story Arts Centre
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
MIAP-340 Music Creations for Media 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-360 Live Sound Engineering Story Arts Centre
MIAP-362 Advanced Sound Mixing and Editing Story Arts Centre
MIAP-363 Advanced Sound Production and Recording Story Arts Centre
MIAP-370 Copyright, Royalties, Licensing and Publishing Story Arts Centre
MIAP-371 Music Marketing and Social Media Story Arts Centre
MIAP-372 Advanced Music Business Story Arts Centre
MIAP-380 Private Lessons 5 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-390 Ensemble 5 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Core Courses: MIAP-340, MIAP-380, MIAP-390, MIAP-500, CO-220 and GNED
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
MIAP-341 Music Creation for Media 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-351 Music in Community Story Arts Centre
MIAP-361 Recording Studio Environments Story Arts Centre
MIAP-364 Computer Systems and Music Story Arts Centre
MIAP-365 Advanced Digital Music Creation Story Arts Centre
MIAP-373 Artist Management and Promotion Story Arts Centre
MIAP-374 Music Supervision and Consulting Story Arts Centre
MIAP-375 Music Journalism Story Arts Centre
MIAP-381 Private Lessons 6 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-391 Ensemble 6 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-398 Music Career Development Story Arts Centre
MIAP-400 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Core Courses: MIAP-341, MIAP-351, MIAP--398, MIAP-400, MIAP-381, MIAP-391

Program Highlights

  • No other music program offers the blend of performance, creative, contextual, business and technology courses found in Centennial College's Music Industry Arts and Performance program.
  • You have many opportunities to perform and record, which enhances your readiness.
  • You learn how to make money in the music industry of today and tomorrow.
  • The program's practical, hands-on approach plays a big role in preparing you for a sustainable, music-related career.
  • The advanced diploma that is earned reflects high standards of learning.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, USA
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • University of Wilfred Laurier, Ontario
  • York University, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Freelance musician
  • Music creator for media
  • Recording engineer
  • Live sound technician
  • Music producer
  • Artist manager
  • Concert promoter
  • Tour manager
  • Music publisher
  • Music supervisor/consultant
  • Music journalist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session, where you will:

  • audition on a primary instrument or voice
  • complete an evaluation of your music theory knowledge
  • complete a questionnaire about your music background and training


  • We will consider applicants who have limited formal theory and music training, based on the quality of their audition.
  • After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to prepare for and book your program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,640.00 $1,093.00 $5,733.00
International $13,283.00 $2,376.00 $15,659.00