The Douglas College Music Associate of Arts Program gives you the practical experience and theory needed to build yourself a career or further your education. You’ll learn in private lessons with your chosen instrument or voice and take music courses in composition, ear training, instrumental improvisation, studio work, music theory, performance ensembles and more.
As part of your practical experience in the music program, you’ll get to perform in solo and small group ensembles for recitals, off-campus events, festivals, master classes and more. Depending on your instrument of choice, you’ll perform live in the concert band, choral groups, fusion bands, jazz combos, the percussion ensemble and other small ensembles.
What is an Associate of Arts Degree in Music?
Associate degrees are two-year programs that concentrate on one area of study, such as an Associate of Arts Degree in Music. They’re great if you’re planning on going to university because – if you plan your courses carefully with your university program in mind – you are guaranteed 60 credits that transfer. In most cases, an Associate Degree will allow you to enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. To make sure your courses transfer, use the BC Transfer Guide as it has all the up-to-date information you’ll need to plan your education.
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Music, students must complete:
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
* English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check with an Academic Advisor. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.