Department of Postsecondary Studies
“Challenge your creativity and enhance your performance skills within a close-knit nurturing community of passionate artists!”
~ David Visentin, Director of Postsecondary Studies
The VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies (DPS), offers multiple pathways to a successful career as a professional in the music industry, as performer, teacher, collaborator/creator, producer, music technology specialist.
Our VCM advantages include intimate class sizes, more one-on-one instruction and access to masterclasses with world renowned artist mentors, and customized program options. In addition, all VCM postsecondary students enjoy free access to special events and opportunities, all within a close-knit community of professional instructors and staff.
The VCM has over $33,000 in scholarships available for students enrolled specifically in the Diploma programs, as well as over $100,000 in general scholarships each year. Diploma students also have access to Camosun College’s scholarship and bursary program.
For detailed information on all programs offered through the Department of Postsecondary Studies, please click on the PROGRAMS tab.
Postsecondary Info Night
Postsecondary Info Night is hosted both in-person and online via Zoom. Visit the specific event pages for more info.
Interested in a career in music? This year, the VCM Postsecondary Department will offer two Info Nights for students and parents interested in learning more about the Diploma in Music Performance, Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations, and Certificate in Music Technologies programs. All programs are accredited and offered in long-standing partnership with Camosun College.
Additionally, the VCM Postsecondary Department Info Night offers an opportunity to meet and hear from current performing students and working alumni from both Classical and Contemporary disciplines. The evening also includes an overview of programs from David Visentin (Director of Postsecondary Studies) and Dr. Alexander Richards (Assistant Program Director), as well as a review of admission requirements, application procedures, and information on dual credit classes through the South Island Partnership (SIP).
Questions are welcome at any time in the presentation. Registration is not required.
Why choose the VCM Postsecondary program?
Learn more about the Diploma in Music Performance, Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance, and the Certificate in Music Technologies programs including what makes us unique, our long-term partnership with Camosun College, and featured alumni.
Click here to see our 2022/23 Viewbook
Got questions? We’d love to hear from you!
We’re more than happy to connect with you one-on-one. Call 250-386-5311 or email [email protected] to arrange a time.
PLEASE NOTE: VCM Entrance Scholarships will be awarded based on First Round audition results only. Apply by the February deadline for consideration.
The health and well-being of our VCM/Camosun Community remains the priority of the VCM. We have continued to monitor and make updates as necessary to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff in line with provincial health standards and directives.
Brief Overview of Programs offered through the Department of Postsecondary Studies
Note: Applications for the 2022/2023 school year are accepted on a rolling deadline but may be delayed if submitted after August 1, 2022.
Application requirements and forms available here.
A comprehensive two-year credential providing professional foundations and enhanced performance skill development.
A three-term unique credential offered entirely online, that offers the opportunity to master current music creation and production technologies.
A one-year (8 month) program 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.
* Offered in partnership with Camosun College since 1978. For over 44 years, the VCM has proudly represented Camosun College as its Music Department.
Notice: The above listed programs do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.
Certificate in Music Teaching
An advanced certified postsecondary training program for aspiring new and experienced private studio teachers.
This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB)
For more information, please visit the Certificate Program page: