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Music Production and Engineering

Music Production and Engineering

Learn the fundamentals of music recording, composition, post-production, music business and live sound reinforcement.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


Whether it's film, music, theatre or video games, a technical career in music can take you places.

Gain a solid background in audio engineering and music production from industry experts. Learn how to:

  • Engineer, compose, create, edit, mix and master music
  • Set up live sound reinforcement equipment, stage lighting, run a sound check, mix and record live sound at an event
  • Use industry standard equipment and software
  • Develop skills in digital sound production, music recording, sound design, electronic music production and creation, MIDI applications, post-production and surround sound mixing, recording and live sound reinforcement
  • Plan and manage a project with artists and bands

This program builds on the interests and skills you have and prepares you for an exciting career in sound and music. You'll maximize your creativity and hone your business and entrepreneurial knowledge.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A portfolio submission is used to assess your basic recording principles and experience with different recording software. For detailed information on what your portfolio needs to include, see the Music Production and Engineering Portfolio Requirements (PDF 146KB). Drop your portfolio off at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Many graduates find opportunities for work as engineers in the recording and production industries. Your most likely career as a Music Production and Engineering professional is as a self-employed, independent entrepreneur. You can work with recording companies, touring commercial artists, advertising groups, broadcasting companies, etc.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn to engineer and compose through a strong, hands-on curriculum.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You're trained using industry-standard tools, technology, software and other equipment.
  • You learn in a top-of-the-line studio that simulates a real-world environment.
  • You learn from experienced, award-winning instructors who have strong connections to the music, television and film industries.
  • Throughout the program, industry experts and guest speakers are brought into the classroom to deliver specialized training.
  • You collaborate on projects with peers and creative professionals in Music Arts, Music Business, Radio Television Journalism and Screen Arts.

Other info

  • You need a laptop for this program. Specific laptop requirements will be provided before classes begin.
  • Students are required to participate in assignments and projects that take place off campus, outside regular classroom hours.
  • Many of the volunteer and work experience opportunities occur in environments that require you to be 19 or older. Students who are under age 19 may not be able to fully participate in these activities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 2075   Entrepreneurial Fundamentals
BART 3075   Entrepreneurship Project
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOUN 1012   Audio Engineering I
SOUN 1013   Audio Engineering II
SOUN 1014   Entertainment Industry Survey
SOUN 1015   Introduction to Music Production
SOUN 1016   Music Technology I: Professional Studio
SOUN 1018   Music Theory
SOUN 1020   Contemporary Songwriting
SOUN 1022   The History of Music Production
SOUN 1024   Live Sound Production I: Small Venues
SOUN 1026   Music Technology II: Professional Home Studio
SOUN 1030   Business Skills for Independent Artists I
SOUN 2012   Audio Engineering III
SOUN 2024   Live Sound Production II
SOUN 2025   Music Production Lab I
SOUN 2030   Business Skills for Independent Artists II
SOUN 2040   Career Management and Portfolio Development
SOUN 2050   Audio for Video and Sound Design I
SOUN 2055   Audio for Video and Sound Design II
SOUN 2060   Modern Producer I
SOUN 3000   Professional Project
SOUN 3013   Audio Engineering IV
SOUN 3045   Music Production Lab II
SOUN 3060   Modern Producer II
SOUN 4500   Work Experience

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