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, multimedia, film and audio recording. MDM prepares students for careers in music and media industries, and further education, if they wish.
The program focuses on the connection between diverse artistic disciplines and creative integration of art forms. Studies in music are combined with digital media courses in video production and audio recording. Throughout the program, students study their primary instrument (or voice) in 10 private applied lessons per semester. In second year, students gain experience in composition, entrepreneurial skills, and integrated arts project work including performance, sound design and installation art.
- Implement personal and professional strategies to gain proficiency in vocal and/or instrumental performance.
- Interpret the structure, style, content, and aesthetic qualities of an artistic work using knowledge of music history, theory, and/or visual form to inform creative practice.
- Produce digital music recordings for creative or promotional purposes and/or integration into multimedia productions.
- Create video projects that document or enhance musical performances for creative or promotional purposes.
- Translate the elements of musical composition into visual contexts using digital technologies and industry standard software to produce integrated arts projects.
- Apply creative-industry entrepreneurial skills to manage and market projects in the rapidly changing music and multimedia environment.
This is a unique program where students not only develop music skills, but also invest significant time and energy into digital media skills. The Music and Digital Media Program allows students to develop a diverse skill set, which is a strong employment advantage. For those wishing to enter the modern "gig economy", students complete the program with a solid base of entrepreneurial skills obtained through two entrepreneurial-specific courses.
The Music and Digital Media Program offers a multi-dimensional integrated arts perspective giving graduates skills that cross many arts, cultural, and entertainment fields.
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.
If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.
Performance Recording Criteria
- Audio or Video record using MP3, MP4 or YouTube link (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
Musical Background Criteria
1. Proof of Music Theory Proficiency
- Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of music theory equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Level 6 (Intermediate Rudiments).
- Applicants who have achieved this standard should include a copy/scan of their RCM certificate in their non-academic admissions submission. Applicants who do not have this background must contact the Program Coordinator to discuss options for achieving this standard before beginning the program.
2. Artist Statement
Please provide a 200 word typewritten description of your complete musical background. The statement must be submitted as a Word document. 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
- Preferred focus for applied lessons at St. Lawrence College. Please list top three choices (instrument/s or voice).
- Your name should be included in any file titles.
After applying, email your recording and your musical background to:
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The Music and Digital Media Program develops the skills to work in diverse music careers, as well as preparing them for audio recording/producing and visual arts, including video production. Upon successful completion of the program, students have opportunities in both live performance and production, recording studios, video recording, and further education. Graduates will also find that their skills fit many non-traditional media opportunities.
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.
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.
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 ontariocolleges.ca 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.
613.544.5400 ext. 1160
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting
International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514
Credit Transfer Opportunities
SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit www.ontransfer.ca to search for options relevant to your program area of study.
- Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
- Carleton University - Bachelor of Arts
- Institute of Technology Tralee - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Technology