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  • Independent Music Production

    Independent Music Production

Program Code:IMP
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
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(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)

Additional Requirements:

  • 2-3 song demo CD recording
  • 1-2 page program relevant biography
  • Pre-Admissions English test - Cost $55 (view English Practice Test).
  • General industry knowledge test

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will complete the pre-admissions English test and general industry knowledge test and submit their demo and biography.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on the strength of their Pre-Admissions English test, general industry knowledge test, demo and biography.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

If you are applying to this program for Fall 2015:

  • Applicants who have completed English Grade 12 C or U with an acceptable grade will be exempt from the $55 pre-admissions test.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in a Grade 12 C or U course and who achieved an acceptable grade 11 mark are also exempt.
  • Mature applicants who have not submitted transcripts will be advised of where and how to book the pre-admission test.

All applicants will still be required to attend a program orientation and complete a program-related assignment. Orientation dates and locations will be mailed.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Previous music training
    • Previous performance experience
    • Basic computer skills including office software.


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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.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


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.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IMP101 * Audio and Studio I 4
IMP102 * Sound and Recording I 5
IMP111 * Songwriting I 3
IMP112 ** Music Theory / History 3
IMP121 * Industry Overview 3
IMP122 * Business I 3
IMP201 ** Audio and Studio II 4
IMP202 ** Sound and Recording II 5
IMP203 ** Introduction to MIDI 3
IMP211 ** Songwriting II 3
IMP212 * Artist Development 3
IMP222 ** Business II 3
IMP403 * Photography 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IMP301 * Production Mastering I 2
IMP302 * Sound and Recording III 5
IMP304 * Mentoring I 3
IMP310** Live Sound 2
IMP311* Artist Development 2 3
IMP321 ** Marketing Promo 3
IMP322 * Small Business I 2
IMP323 * Copyrights Contracts Legal 2
IMP324 ** Merchandising Duplication and Distribution 3
IMP401 ** Production Mastering II 2
IMP411 ** Artist Development 3 3
IMP413 * Musical Collaborations 2
IMP422 * Small Business II 3
IMP500 ** Major Project 5

 * Full credit courses offered weeks 1-7 only.
** Full credit courses offered weeks 8-14 only.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Music Theory/History
Industry Overview
Business I
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
Audio & Studio I
Sound & Recording I
Songwriting I
Artist Development
Classes Weeks 8-15
Audio & Studio II
Sound & Recording II
Introduction to MIDI
Songwriting II
Business II
Semester 2
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
Production/Mastering I
Sound & Recording III
Mentoring I
Artist Development II
Musical Collaborations
Small Business II
Classes Weeks 8 - 15
Live Sound
Small Business I
Merchandise/Duplication and Distribution
Production/Mastering II
Artist Development III
Major Project

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Thomas Hein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: John Switzer
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33568
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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IMP Video

Faculty and alumni talk about this one-year certificate program that will immerse you in the world of music and creativity.


“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)

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