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.

Click here to see our 2021/22 Viewbook.


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 David Visentin or Rosabel Choi at [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.

COVID-19 Update

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. During this time most classes are held virtually, with a few ensemble groups on campus remaining safely distanced and face-to-face.

View our Safety Plan here.

Brief Overview of Programs offered through the Department of Postsecondary Studies

Note: Applications for the 2021/2022 school year are accepted on a rolling deadline but may be delayed if submitted after August 1, 2021. 

Diploma in Music Performance

A comprehensive two-year credential providing professional foundations and enhanced performance skill development.
Camosun application


Certificate in Music Technologies

A three-term unique credential offered entirely online, that offers the opportunity to master current music creation and production technologies.
Camosun application


Certificate in Music Creativity and Performance Foundations

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. Camosun application


Application requirements and forms available here.


* Offered in partnership with Camosun College.  For over 43 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: