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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.


Learn more about the new collaborative program with Queen's University School of Music (pdf)

Click here for feedback from our graduates.

Samples of Student Projects

Fugue in d minor by Derek Horemans, Class of 2014

Liszt Spoof by Luke Stevenson, Class of 2015

Endless Blue by Christopher Foss, Class of 2014

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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
COMP 42 Digital Graphics
MUSC 2 Applied Music I
MUSC 3 Music Theory & Analysis I
MUSC 4 Music History I (Music in Society)
MUSC 5 Ear Training & Sight-Singing I
MUSC 22 Photography: The Creative Eye
MUSC 30 Video Production

Semester 2
COMP 16 Digital Motion Graphics I
GENE General Education Course
MUSC 7 Applied Music II
MUSC 8 Music Theory & Analysis II
MUSC 9 Music History II (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque)
MUSC 10 Ear Training and Sight Singing II
GENE 300 Language of Visual Experience

Semester 3
COMP 17 Digital Motion Graphics II
MUSC 6 Integrated Arts
MUSC 11 Applied Music III
MUSC 12 Music Theory & Analysis III
MUSC 13 Music History III
MUSC 24 Recording I
MUSC 28 Portfolio I

Semester 4
COMP 18 Multimedia Authoring
MUSC 17 Applied Music IV
MUSC 18 Music Theory & Analysis IV
MUSC 19 Music History IV (20th Century)
MUSC 21 Creative Project
MUSC 26 Recording II
MUSC 29 Portfolio 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 vision for the Digital Arts for Musicians program is on the cutting edge of today's music and visual arts. This program helped me out tremendously. I was accepted into the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and am using the skills that I learned at St. Lawrence College to the fullest.

Vanja Andrin

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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