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Music Composition NEW

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: MC511 Length: 2 semesters

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017OnlineOpenOpen

The 2017/2018 fees for two semesters is

  • domestic TBD
  • international TBD

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2017/2018 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Andrew Scott,
416-675-6622 ext. 3450



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Music Composition, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements 

Sample Composition

Applicants will submit a sample of their original composed work (any style) in written and recorded form that evidences musical competence. 

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit their sample composition through SlideRoom.  SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored.  Log-in to and create your free account.  There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Join a Humber information session held on January 25, 2017.

Our Program

Humber’s Music Composition graduate certificate program prepares you to compose music for a number of professional environments that include, but are not limited to, live performance, sound recording, film, television and radio productions, commercials and webisodes. In this program, you will compose original music while receiving expert feedback in order to refine your skills. You will engage with other composers, establish industry connections and be exposed to a wide range of industry uses for composed music, commercials and webisodes.

Learning Outcomes

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Discuss compositional techniques, approaches and idioms and their applications within contemporary composition and their impact on the music industry.
  • Compose a repertoire of compositions that meet or exceed professional industry standards using a number of compositional techniques, appropriate to various idioms, genres and styles.
  • Assess, evaluate and critically analyze a variety of compositional styles, genres and idioms, with consideration for musical characteristics, traits, importance, legacy and aesthetic value.
  • Contextualize one’s compositional voice within the history of musical composition, specifically addressing the idioms of jazz and other African American musical genres, contemporary popular music, art music and music for film and television.
  • Create a professional portfolio, which includes evidence of musical mastery of entrenched compositional techniques and practices.
  • Apply computer applications and music technology skills in composition to achieve desired style.
  • Conduct work and business interactions in adherence to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.
  • Employ composition, project management, critical thinking and problem solving skills in response to varied creative and practical constraints of individual and collaborative music projects.
  • Apply negotiation, effective interpersonal communication, and human resource management skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with music industry teams.
  • Appraise personal musical strengths and skills in order to promote one’s artistic vision and awareness, interests and abilities.
  • Use business tools, including traditional and social media and analytics, to promote one’s own musical career.


Your Career

Ontario is home to Canada’s largest and one of the world’s most diversified music sectors, with Toronto being the third biggest music market in North America. Job trends show consistent and substantial employment opportunities in the fields of music business, administrative, production and distribution.

Our Industry Partnerships

This program is taught by industry experts, providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum.

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