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Independent Music Production

Independent Music Production

Program Code:IMP
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Offered:Summer
Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

Your studies in IMP will provide you with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music recording, music business and performance. You'll learn the skills necessary for success as an independent musician. Major components of your program will include home-based recording, CD production and distribution, small business and entrepreneurial skills and musicianship. You'll grow and improve as a musician with a strong, hands-on, curriculum, delivered by working professionals in the recording and performing arenas. You'll also improve both your written and verbal communications skills. You’ll benefit from equal emphasis on the three major components of study: music, technical skills and business knowledge.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Music Demo and Bio
  • Applicant profile/questionnaire

Applicant Selection:

  • Details of how to complete and submit your profile and your music demo and bio will be mailed shortly after we receive your application.
  • Applicants to this program are selected based on the strength of the submitted.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Fees

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Your Career

Succeed on your own terms. Our Independent Music Production (IMP) certificate prepares you to write, perform, record music professionally and promote your own career. As a graduate of this program, you may work as an independent musician, business manager, recording engineer or promoter of other artists. Your career could include positions in all areas of the music industry such as songwriting, music publishing, the gaming industry and commercials.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
IMP112 Music Theory/History
IMP121 Industry Overview
IMP112 Business I
Weeks 1-7:
IMP101 Audio & Studio I
IMP102 Sound & Recording I
IMP111 Songwriting I
IMP212 Artist Development
IMP403 Photography
Weeks 8-15:
IMP201 Audio & Studio II
IMP202 Sound & Recording II
IMP203 Introduction to MIDI
IMP211 Songwriting II
IMP222 Business II
 
Semester 2
Weeks 1-7:
IMP301 Production/Mastering 1
IMP302 Sound and Recording III
IMP304 Mentoring I
IMP311 Artist Development 2
IMP323 Copyrights Contracts Legal
IMP413 Musical Collaborations
IMP422 Small Business II
Weeks 8-15:
IMP310 Live Sound
IMP321 Marketing Promo
IMP322 Small Business I
IMP324 Merchandising Duplication and Distribution
IMP401 Production Mastering II
IMP411 Artist Development 3
IMP500 Major Project

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
IMP112 Music Theory/History
IMP121 Industry Overview
IMP112 Business I
Weeks 1-7:
IMP101 Audio & Studio I
IMP102 Sound & Recording I
IMP111 Songwriting I
IMP212 Artist Development
IMP403 Photography
Weeks 8-15:
IMP201 Audio & Studio II
IMP202 Sound & Recording II
IMP203 Introduction to MIDI
IMP211 Songwriting II
IMP222 Business II
 
Semester 2
Weeks 1-7:
IMP301 Production/Mastering 1
IMP302 Sound and Recording III
IMP304 Mentoring I
IMP311 Artist Development 2
IMP323 Copyrights Contracts Legal
IMP413 Musical Collaborations
IMP422 Small Business II
Weeks 8-15:
IMP310 Live Sound
IMP321 Marketing Promo
IMP322 Small Business I
IMP324 Merchandising Duplication and Distribution
IMP401 Production Mastering II
IMP411 Artist Development 3
IMP500 Major Project

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Amanda Calicchia
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
Amanda.Calicchia@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Sarah Lee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26598
Sarah.Lee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Tina.Tuzi@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: John Switzer
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33568
John.Switzer@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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Faculty and alumni talk about this one-year certificate program that will immerse you in the world of music and creativity.

Testimonial

"Attending the Independent Music Production program at Seneca was one of the best and most important experiences of my life. I had an amazing time and I learned so much. I made important connections for my career, and lifelong friendships. The instructors are fantastic, knowledgable teachers, and supportive mentors. I gained confidence and a wide range of skills that I benefit from every day. It was such a positive experience, and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the program."

Emma Sunstrum
SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment
IMP 15 Graduate (May 2011)