School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Explore, improvise and create new sounds with globally informed training to compose, perform, and teach future musicians. Develop your musical toolkit in the world of music through jazz, gospel, western classical, global, and contemporary music, music creation, studies, and community practice courses. Turn your passion into a career with mentorship from acclaimed performers and showcases like Jazz Week and Global Music Festival. 

The AMPD Advantage:   

  • World-class, state-of-the-art facilities for performance, rehearsal, recording, and composing.  
  • The flexibility to choose courses from different areas, or to focus and specialize.   
  • Faculty members who are dedicated performers, composers and scholars who give students individual attention.  

Program Overview   

Founded on the principles of diversity and inclusion, the Music (BFA; BA) program is unique in recognizing students with musical talent and ambition who arrive with a wide variety of musical backgrounds. The Music (BFA; BA) program builds on these experiences by providing a common foundation through four core courses in the first two years. Students then specialize further during their final two years and can explore the full range of options available to them. Regardless of specialization, students will develop skills in various musical practices and cultural forms.    

Students in the Music (BFA; BA) program can specialize or generalize according to their interests after a diverse foundational first- and second-year common practice. Specialization areas include:  

  • Jazz & Gospel Music 
  • Western Classical Performance 
  • World Music & Ethnomusicology 
  • Contemporary Improvisation, Composition 
  • Digital & Electronic Music 
  • Black Music Studies 
  • Studies in Music Cultures 
  • Music Education & Community Music 


Note: This program requires a supplementary application. Applicants must start their application through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). A non-refundable supplementation fee of $20 CAD per application will be applied to the OUAC fee.

After completing the application through the OUAC, applicants will receive an email in two to five business days with steps on how to complete the supplementary application for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD). Both the OUAC application and AMPD supplementary application must be completed before the application can be assessed for admission. Find out more:

Program Details

Offered by

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

  • Practicum
  • Co-op or internship
  • Class-focused
  • Community-focused
  • Faculty research

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)