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Independent Music Production

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

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.

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2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

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.

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).

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.

Additional Requirements

  • Music Demo and Bio
  • Applicant profile/questionnaire

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

[email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22608
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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

John Switzer 416.491.5050 ext. 33568 [email protected]

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488 [email protected]


Seneca faculty and alumni talk about the Seneca one-year Independent Music Production certificate program that will immerse you in the world of music and creativity. Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

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