Diploma in Music Performance

Accredited by Camosun College


Our Music Performance program is not your typical program. Unique performance-focused training is designed to meet increasingly competitive market demands for artistic versatility and presentational success. Creating, capturing, producing, and traditional stage performing, are all enhanced by state-of-art music technologies. The Diploma in Music Performance program is offered in long-standing partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College.

This two-year (four semester) program, by design, blends student artists of all styles in a common first year, before moving into a specialized second year; all built around a performance-oriented culture. Intensive one-on-one studio instruction, group performance, music theory and contexts, music technologies, and career skills will give you the foundations for success in the 21st-century music profession.

The Music Performance diploma is offered over four 14-week semesters, running from September to early April over two years; select courses may be offered during spring/summer terms. You may elect to study full-time or part-time; however, you should be prepared to dedicate both daytime and evening hours to scheduled courses, and if you select a part-time option, you should be aware that alternate-year delivery schedule of some courses may add significantly to the length of the full program.

The innovative training environment is designed to allow musicians of any genre to find their place. Classical, Contemporary (i.e. folk, jazz and rock), and experimental musicians work side-by-side in the dynamic musical atmosphere of our downtown campus at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The Diploma in Music Performance will vastly increase your personal strengths in music making through a balance of performance, core instruction, and hands-on demonstration of practical skills.

Year 1: A common first year for musicians of all genres will lay the ground work for future specialized study. Performance, music theory and contexts, aural skills, and music technologies are taught.

Year 2: In the second year, you will choose areas of musical specialization. Areas of performance, contexts and creativity, composition, improvisation, performance practice, and stagecraft are emphasized.

How to Apply

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. Contact [email protected] for details.

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.

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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

$17,164 (domestic)  |  $35,280 (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.

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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.

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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