Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations

Accredited by Camosun College


This one-year (eight month) program will develop your skills in theory/rudiments, provide you with one-one studio instruction, large and small ensemble opportunities, and prepare you for further postsecondary music studies.

The Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations is a one-year course of studies and is designed for students intending to pursue studies in music at the postsecondary level, and who may require additional learning, including theory/rudiments and one-to-one studio instruction.

With a focus on music theory, creativity and performance practice, you’ll master the foundational elements of your chosen area of musical study and have guided opportunities to explore aspects of creativity and practice in music.

You’ll receive in-depth one-to-one studio instruction on your chosen principal instrument with the goal of:

  • Introducing you to new repertoire
  • Enhancing your practicing skills and technical fluency
  • Exploring creative expression
  • Working toward collaborative goals
  • Developing excellence in numerous aspects of performance

Upon completion of the Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations, graduates are well-prepared to enter the Diploma in Music Performance program. Some courses taken as a part of the Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations may be applied as credits toward the Diploma in Music Performance and Certificate in Music Technologies, should graduates choose to audition/apply for placement in these programs and continue their music studies at Camosun College.

How to Apply

Applications are for September intake. Applications are for September or January intake. Applicants will pay an application fee and submit an application form to both the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College.

Application Forms
Admission Requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

  • C+ in English 12
  • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative
  • An audition and demonstration of a minimum music competency is required for acceptance, and you must successfully complete all required courses and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”).
Application and Audition Dates

For the 2022/2023 school year:

Application material deadlines
January 27, 2023 | March 4, 2023 | June 2, 2023

Audition, TPA deadlines
February 17, 2023 | April 14, 2023 | June 23, 2023

Tuition Costs

Effective September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023

$8,979 (domestic)  |  $19,200 (international*)

Additional Student Fees
*International tuition fees for the Diploma in Music Performance program are currently under review by Camosun International with a change in tuition structure anticipated for Fall 2023. This will affect both new and returning international students. Please contact International Admissions if you have any questions.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Victoria Conservatory of Music supports your talent and financial investment. This year, we provided over $65,000 in entrance and continuing scholarships for students enrolled specifically in the Performance Diploma program, as well as over $100,000 in general scholarships. Diploma students also have access to Camosun College’s scholarship and bursary program.

Additionally, there are many financial resources to access while you are at Camosun College to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships and awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Arts and Science.


Courses are taught on the Victoria Conservatory of Music campus at 900 Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, or by distance learning.

Plan Your Visit

Notice: This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and as such has not been reviewed.

contact us

We’d love to hear from you!

Interested in a Postsecondary program? We’re more than happy to connect with you one-on-one. Call 250.386.5311 or email to arrange a time.

David Visentin, Director of Postsecondary Studies
Dr. Alexander Richards, Student Information and Program Assistant