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Music & Digital Media

Available at: Kingston


The Music and Digital Media (MDM) Program is the only program of its kind in Canada. This challenging program builds foundational skills related to music performance and teaching, multimedia, film and audio recording. MDM prepares students for further education and careers in music and in media industries.

The focus is on the connection between different artistic disciplines and creative integration of art forms. Music Theory, History and Ear-Training are combined with digital media courses such as Photography, Graphics, Video, and Recording. Throughout the program, students study their primary instrument/voice in 10 private applied lessons per semester. In second year, students focus on a stream of their choice and work to develop a personal portfolio.


Collaborative program with Queen's University

Are you passionate about music? Are you interested in musical performance and digital technology? Do you want to combine the theoretical knowledge and background of a Queen’s Degree with the practical and technical skills of a St. Lawrence College Diploma?

Graduate with a BMus Degree and an MDM Diploma in five years. Combine academics, performance, and technology in a unique integrated program. Develop key professional abilities including flexibility, adaptability, and working in a variety of environments.

Program Name

Music & Digital Media

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 Tuition fee is $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $2,307.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fee is $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $2,981.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Approximately $100 for required concerts. Students also need to have access to a digital camera with manual applications and an external hard drive. Textbooks: as assigned by each instructor.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
MUSC 100 Musical Language and Form I
MUSC 101 Video Production
MUSC 102 Applied Music I + Workshop
MUSC 104 Keyboarding I
MUSC 105 Vocal Ensemble + Ear Training Lab
MUSC 106 Integrated Arts

Semester 2
MUSC 200 Musical Language and Form II - Visual Media
MUSC 201 Video Production II
MUSC 202 Applied Music II + Workshop
MUSC 203 Recording II
MUSC 204 Theory and Analysis
MUSC 205 Vocal Ensemble + Ear Training Lab
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
MUSC 301 Video Production III
MUSC 302 Applied Music III + Ensemble Workshop
MUSC 303 Sound Design
MUSC 304 Musical Composition for Visual Media
MUSC 306 Integrated Arts Projects
MUSC 307 Entrepreneurial Skills I
General Education Online

Semester 4
MUSC 400 Integrated Arts Performance
MUSC 402 Applied Music IV + Ensemble Workshop
MUSC 403 Audio Project
MUSC 406 Integrated Arts Installation
MUSC 407 Entrepreneurial Skills II
GENE General Education Course

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Successful performance recording and musical background - details below
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.
Performance Recording Criteria
  • Audio or Video record using a CD or USB key (professional recording is not required)
  • Include at least three contrasting selections
  • 10-15 minutes in length
  • Only one selection can be performed with other musicians
  • Applicant can perform on more than one instrument
  • Label including your name, student # and email address
Musical Background Criteria

Please provide a 200 word typewritten description of your complete musical back­ground. This must include:

  • All private lessons completed
  • High school/post-secondary music courses completed
  • Music exams completed (other than high school/post-secondary)
  • Performance experience
  • Music Theory Background: Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of music theory equivalent to RCM Intermediate Rudiments (Level 6). Applicants who do not have this background are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator to discuss options for achieving this standard before beginning the program.

After applying, send your recording and your musical background to:

MDM Application
Justice Studies & Applied Arts
St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 5A6


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


The variety of media related subjects we studied in the program is the reason why and how I got a gig in this field. 
What I gained from MDM has been put to use!

S. Furlone

Program Contact

Mark Bergin

Admissions Information

Connect with a College Career Advisor:

International Students Contact:

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence 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. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Theory Proficiency: Though there is no Theory pre-requisite to the program, it is strongly advised students have some under­standing of the rudiments of music theory (note-reading, scales, intervals, rhythm). Placement tests are held at the beginning of first semester to divide Theory classes according to level of understanding.

Queen’s University Ensembles: MDM students can audition to participate in ensembles at the School of Music at Queen’s University. Participation in these ensembles will appear on the student’s Queen’s Univer­sity transcript as a Queen’s audit credit.

Concerts and Workshops: On-campus and off-campus performing opportunities exist for students in the program.

Technology: ADOBE CC is used for Photography, Video and Motion Graphics. LOGIC PRO is the appli­cation used for Recording. Students will work in PC and Mac labs. 

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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