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Music Industry Arts and Performance

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Program Details

  • Program Code:6450
  • School:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
  • Credential:Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:3 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Music Industry Arts and Performance (MIAP) program will turn your passion for popular, world or Indigenous music into an exciting and lasting career in a wide range of music-related fields.

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

  • Nurture musicality and creativity;
  • Become aware of a variety of music cultures;
  • Build knowledge of music-related technologies;
  • Develop business and entrepreneurial skills.

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

In the third year of this college Music program, you'll choose a stream of study that will allow 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'll be a versatile, culturally-aware musician and singer with the technological and business savvy necessary to work and make money in the music industry of today and tomorrow.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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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'll have many opportunities to perform and record, which will enhance your industry readiness.
  • The program's practical, hands-on approach will play a big role in preparing you for a sustainable music-related career.
  • The advanced diploma you'll earn reflects high standards of learning.

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

Education Pathways

Qualified Music Industry Arts and Performance Advanced Diploma program 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. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton, ON Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Ontario Tech University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Communication Studies 

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
  • Applicants will also be required to submit a music portfolio which must include the following:
    • TWO audition videos of yourself performing two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument (one song per video).
    • A completed music background questionnaire.
    • Two or more of the following items:
      • Results of a music theory evaluation that you will complete online.
      • A reference letter in PDF format speaking to your musical ability and preparedness for college.
      • Studio-quality audio recording in MP3 format featuring you playing and/or singing a song that is different from the song in the submitted videos.
      • Sheet music or lead sheet in PDF format of an original song. If the song contains lyrics, the lyrics should be printed underneath the melody line.
      • Link to a video recording of you performing live in front of an audience. You must be clearly seen and heard in the video.


  • After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to prepare for submit your music portfolio.
  • If you have questions about the program or admission requirements, please contact program coordinator Jesse Feyen at

Important Instructions: Audition Videos

You can audition as a singer, rapper, or instrumentalist. As an instrumentalist, you can audition on any instrument, including turntables. The video must feature you performing “live,” that is, you must be clearly seen and heard actually singing and/or playing an instrument for the entire video (not lip-syncing, as in a music video). The pieces can be cover songs or original songs of any length. You should choose songs that you’re comfortable playing/singing and that best showcase your musical ability. Given the focus of the MIAP program, songs aligned with popular music (such as blues, rock, country, soul, hip-hop, r&b, etc.), world music (non-Western music), and/or Indigenous music are preferred. Pre-recorded accompaniment tracks can be used, but your playing/singing must be clearly heard above any pre-recorded accompaniment.

You must choose ONE primary instrument (such as “voice” or “guitar”), and both of your audition videos should feature you on your primary instrument. If your primary instrument is voice, you can accompany yourself on guitar, piano, or other instrument if you like, but only your voice will be evaluated.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

International Students

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $4,301.00 $1,150.24 $5,451.24
International $15,385.50 $1,659.24 $17,044.74

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