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Professional Music is a 4-year, Bachelor of Fine Arts program. The program will start in September 2021 and we’ll begin accepting applications starting from September 2020.

Academic Requirements

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent

Six grade 12 U or M courses


A minimum average of 70% in six Grade 12 courses (subject to competition)

Non-Academic Requirements

During the application process, you'll be asked to submit a portfolio with materials that reflect talents and achievements. After you've submitted your application through the Ryerson Application Portal, you'll receive instructions about how to submit your portfolio.

Prepare a current resumé/curriculum vitae highlighting education, musical experience, work experience, volunteer experience, and extracurricular activities. 

 Please save your resumé as a .pdf file.

We're looking for students who are truly passionate about music. This program is not only for aspiring musicians or performance artists. If you want to be a DJ, a sound engineer, a band manager, an event producer, a music entrepreneur or any of the many roles in the music scene, this is the right program for you. Note, however, that this program will expose you to music production and the music-making process.  

As a part of your application, please submit a demo of original recorded material; a music DIY project you created; an explanation of the creative process behind a music project; or a creative idea that you hope to execute as a student at Ryerson. It can be a single piece or a compilation containing a solo performance, a group/band performance, electronic music, beat, a production or arrangement, or any other musical project that you have worked on, in any genre, style or capacity or would like to create in the Professional Music program. This demo is your opportunity to present your musical identity. It is a chance for you to show us your passions and experiences in music. Demos should not exceed five minutes in length. They can be submitted in audio or video formats. To support your demo, please be sure to explain your creative decision-making process within your 500-word essay (also a part of your application).

 Use YouTube or Google Drive to show us your work. Please provide a link to your work in a .pdf file and upload this file (see Submission Instructions below).

  • Please compose a one page statement (up to 500 words) about the genre you chose for your demo, its historical antecedents, musical structure, and what about this genre attracts you and others to it.

 Please save your written statement as a .pdf file.

Reference Forms are a requirement for admission consideration. Two forms must be completed and submitted:

  • One must be from a current or past academic reference (e.g. guidance counsellor, teacher, professor). This form is titled “Academic Reference 1” in the Choose>Ryerson applicant portal. 
  • One reference should be from a collaborator, supervisor, or employer — this can be any individual who works with you in a musical or professional capacity. This form is titled “Reference 2” in the Choose>Ryerson applicant portal. 

 See Submission instructions.

How to Apply

Visit Ryerson Admissions, opens in new window for instructions on downloading and submitting your application forms.

Once you've submitted your application, you'll get an email confirmation with instructions on how to set-up your Ryerson Online Identity. In the email, you'll also be given a Ryerson Student Number.

Important: you must label all your portfolio materials with your Ryerson Student Number


Once you've received your email confirmation and have activated your Ryerson Online Identity, you can begin the process of submitting your transcripts and supporting documents through your Ryerson Applicant Portal.

What documents do I need to submit?

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Supplementary Form
  • Supporting Documents
  • Non-Academic Requirements
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Please visit the Document Submission page to determine what documents you are required to submit and how to submit them.