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Music Composition

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: MC511Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Sample Composition

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

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,427.74
  • international: $16,607.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,213.87 $8,303.50
Tuition $2,688.03 $7,777.66
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,213.87 $8,303.50
Tuition $2,688.03 $7,777.66
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Master of Professional Creative Practice

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter into the final 90 credits of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Master of Professional Creative Practice (180 credits) in New Zealand:

  1. Successful completion of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate in (A) Music Composition, (B) Television Writing and Producing, (C) User Experience (UX) Design or any other Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate with a focus area related to creative practice, subject to the clauses below ;
  2. Successful evaluation of portfolio of work submitted by the student;
  3. Successful interview with Programme Coordinator to determine the availability of faculty expertise and supervision as well as appropriate facilities for the student’s focus area; and,
  4. Achievement of the NZQA minimum English proficiency standards for a degree program by completing any Ontario Graduate Certificate. 

To complete the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice, graduates of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates listed above require 90 credits at NZQF Levels 8 and 9 with a minimum of 60 credits at NZQF Level 9.

The EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice is a semester-based program with two semesters per year; each semester consists of seventeen teaching weeks and a semester break.

 

All Humber graduates articulating through this pathway will be provided with academic guidance by the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice Programme Coordinator in regards to EIT’s supervision capability at the time of student application.

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who enroll at EIT will enroll as international students and will have the rights and obligations of international students.

 

For more information, contact: teubanks@eit.ac.nz

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Nancy Walker, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 3493
nancy.walker@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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Humber’s Music Composition graduate certificate program prepares you to write 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 online program, you will be paired with a professional composer or songwriter who will mentor you as you compose original music and expand your portfolio. Composers of all genres of music are welcome, as this program is tailored to meet the needs of your project. You’ll receive expert feedback in order to refine your skills, establish industry connections and understand the wide range of industry uses for composed music.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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.


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The Humber Advantage

This program is hosting an Information Session in January 2020.

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Online Delivery

This unique distance program allows you to work remotely to develop your composing skills from the comfort of your own home, studio, or anywhere else you have access to the Internet!


Our Industry Partnerships

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


Expert Faculty

JUNO-nominated composer/pianist Nancy Walker is the program co-ordinator and full-time professor in this unique online program. In addition to the course work overseen by Nancy, students are each paired with an industry professional who mentors the student in their personalized major composition project. This year's industry mentors include composers Brian Current, Evelyne Datl, Aaron Davis, Rob DeBoer, Andrew Kesler, Kevin Lau, David Leask, Ari Posner, and Mark Korven.


The Listening Room

When The Stars Align



Composed by student Julien Verschooris,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"Perhaps the greatest thing that Humber's music composition program has offered is pairing me with my mentor, who has helped me persist every step of the way, while I further my career in film and media composing."


Prelude from Suite For Concert Band



Composed by student Ted Selemidis,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"The course has been a good balance of online course materials and hands-on work with a personal mentor in your particular area of musical interest. Being able to work with someone who has real-life experience gives you insights and tips for your pieces that you wouldn't be able to get from a textbook or even a general classroom setting."


When You Forget My Name



Composed by student Cynthia Marhue,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"The composition program has given me a wonderful mentor who has inspired me to “mine” my songs - dig deeper, and find those hidden gems lyrically. David Leask has been an altogether patient, helpful, knowledgeable source of both creative and music business information - and for that connection I am so thankful. In addition the great part of the program is being connected with Nancy Walker and her comments and suggestions as a musician and composer throughout many projects, as well as being in touch with other like minded composers studying in the program."

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, administration, production and distribution.

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Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

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Fri, January 24, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
All Campuses

Humber Music's Jazz Showcase is here!

Featuring:

  • Mike Downes' Humber X Ensemble
  • Kirk MacDonald's Advanced Jazz Ensemble
  • Alex Dean's Enriched Jazz Workshop

Date: Friday, Jan 24, 2020
Time: 8pm
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium

Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.

*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*

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Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Tue, January 21, 2020

Fadi Sara graduated from 3D Animation in 2015 and is now the Tracking and Layout Department Lead at Mr. X in Toronto. 

Fadi was recently featured in The Focus Magazine for his team's work on the dramatic scene where Brad Pitt's character plummets 80,000 feet to Earth from an antenna that extends outside the planet's atmosphere.

We caught up with Fadi to find out more about what he does and how Humber helped him get there.

What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?

My current job title is "Tracking and Layout Department Lead" at Mr.X Inc in Toronto, Ontario. The tasks I perform in a day can vary, so here are some of the things that I do:

Lead - I oversee a team of 8 others on a daily basis as part of my duties as lead. I work with them to address any issues or concerns they have, as well as just general supervision, support, and direction.

New Show Setup – I work with the technical leads in the studio to set up new shows. I help ingest the data that’s been given to us by clients and set up the foundation required for each show so they’re ready for our artists to work with. This includes things like dictating render resolutions, color spaces, and software templates.

Interviews – I conduct interviews alongside my manager to scout for potential new hires in the Toronto tracking and layout department.

General Troubleshooting – I work alongside all the artists in my department to help them with any issues they may have. This can be related to the specific shot/show that they’re working on, or it could be one of our proprietary tools that needs bug fixes.

Pipeline Overseeing – I manage and oversee the pipeline for the Tracking and Layout department across all 3 locations. The "pipeline" is the technical term for the proprietary toolsets that allow for the transfer of data from one department to the other. I discuss, oversee and approve any development that affects the data coming into or going out of the tracking and layout team.

Training – Having worked with a team to pioneer the current training system in place for Tracking and Layout, I still oversee the training to this day. New hires for Toronto are seated next to me and get 1-on-1 time as they are introduced to the tools and workflow. Once they’re at a comfortable level, we put them into production. During this phase, they continue to sit next to me so I can oversee their work and troubleshoot any hiccups they may experience.

Shot Work – If there’s nothing from the above list on my plate for that day, I work on individual shots alongside my team.

What was your career path to get where you are now?

My career path after leaving Humber has been fairly single track. I was hired at Mr. X while still in my third year and have been here ever since. I was brought in as an "Entry Level Tracking Artist". Over the years, I was presented with more responsibility and higher-level tasks as my skillset, knowledge, and experience grew.

In the fall of 2017, I worked with my supervisors to restructure and establish an entirely updated training program for new hires in our department. This training has been widely successful. Over 10 artists have gone through it since and almost all are now at a senior level.

In the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to travel to India. We opened a branch in Bangalore and I was sent there to train the staff of the tracking and layout department in our proprietary toolsets and workflows. I held live demos, recorded hours of video training documentation, established personal connections and rapport with the individual artists, and continued communication with them afterwards, overseeing their work and progress.

In the fall of 2019, the position for department lead became available and I was presented with the promotion. I’ve been in that role since.

How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?

Humber did a fantastic job of preparation me for my career.

The education I received allowed me to build a portfolio that helped me acquire the position in the first place.

The outreach to former students and industry professionals prepared me by helping set up an in-depth network of resources and contacts. This helped me understand the importance of communication and references. It was a Humber grad I met through this networking that recommended me for the position at Mr. X, helping me secure the job.

Studio tours and guest speakers hosted by the professors gave me insider knowledge about the workings of the industry, and supported everything the instructors were telling us. Humber also helped prepare me with useful pointers on how to set up my demo reel, website, and resume to stand out more than other applicants.

Find out more about Fadi Sara on IMDB and read the articles where he and his team were featured: 

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-fall-brad-pitt-mr-x-fall-from-space

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-brad-pitt-fall-mr-x-visually-chaotic

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