Professional Music is a 4-year, Bachelor of Fine Arts program. The program launched September 2021 and accepts a new cohort every Fall semester.
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)
This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application.
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 Toronto Met 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.
Why are you interested in a career in music, and what draws you to this industry? Explain why you are pursuing a university education and why you believe you are a good fit for this program (250 words).
Please save your written statement as a .pdf file.
We're looking for students who are truly passionate about music. This program is not only for aspiring musicians and performance artists. Whether you want to be a recording artist or a sound engineer, a band manager or an event producer, work in A&R, promotions or marketing, become an entrepreneur, or take on any of the many growing roles in the technology-enhanced global music business, this is the program for you. You will take comprehensive business and marketing-oriented courses and be exposed to areas like:
- Music production and the music-making process
- Intellectual property policy and practice
- Live audio production
As a part of your application, please select ONE of two options below:
Option 1: Artistic submission (songwriter, performer, producer, etc)
Submit a link to a demo of original recorded material (not a cover). This is a music DIY project created by you. It can be a single piece or a compilation containing a solo performance, a group/band performance, electronic music, a beat, a production, or an arrangement. You may have collaborators. This demo is your opportunity to present your musical identity. We encourage you to submit material created within the past two years. It is a chance for you to show us your passion and experience in music.
- Your demo should not exceed four minutes in length and must be your original work.
- The link can be to an audio or video format/file.
- To support your demo, please compose a 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. Include a brief explanation of the creative process behind your music project.
Indicate that you have selected Option 1 (within your document).
Option 2: Music business submission (non-artist applicants)
Please write an essay up to 500 words in length, plus citations, based on the following prompt:
The music industry is rapidly changing. Consider the many ways music consumers discover new music. Discuss two of the best methods of music discovery, and from a business perspective, explore the pros and cons of each method.
Indicate that you have selected Option 2 (within your document).
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 ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.
- Your second reference form may be from an additional academic reference or 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 ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.
Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.
Here’s how to access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account:
- Get your TMU Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
- Activate your TMU Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form on the Accounts website. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit TMU Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
- 24 hours after activating your TMU Online Identity, visit the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal
Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.
Once you've submitted your application, you'll get an email confirmation with instructions on how to set-up your Toronto Met 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 TMU online identity, you can begin the process of submitting your transcripts and supporting documents through the ChooseTMU 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.