Program Information

School: Vancouver Island University
Faculty: Art, Design, and Performing Arts
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Jazz/Jazz Studies
Description: The Jazz Studies program will foster the acquisition of professional skills in a variety of performance genres. It will offer hands-on experience of group music making through ensembles, and promote skills in the fields of: music performance and its study; musical theory and composition; music history in general and jazz music history in particular; theoretical and applied keyboarding; instrumental and choral conducting; theoretical and applied computer technology; multi-track recording and film scoring; theoretical and applied sound recording; library and on-line research; techniques and practices fundamental to the music and entertainment industries; and music as a business.

The program is modular in structure. Students select Music elective courses on the basis of their musical needs, progressing from course module to course module and from year to year. The structure offers students considerable choice and flexibility in fulfilling program requirements. It is supportive of the development of primary musical skills, but flexible and adaptable, and conducive to effective use of space and time.

URL: Jazz Studies at Vancouver Island University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,119

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

– Successful audition to show musical competence or potential. – graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples; – previous degree from a recognized university; – visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required); – transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed); – mature student—at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21 in the first semester of admission) and has a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples.

Additional Admission Requirements:

    Auditions are required. Students must show their musical competence or potential.