Music, Media and Film Foundations

Algonquin College
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

About this program

Music, Media and Film Foundations

Define your interest in music, media and film production in the one-year Music, Media and Film Foundation Ontario College Certificate program. As a student, you explore career opportunities in the music, media and film industry, and develop foundational skills to prepare you for further post-secondary study in film, radio, television or music industry arts.

In this program, you build fundamental techniques in audio and video production, and apply them within a studio environment. You develop storytelling skills, allowing your message to reach audiences in an influential way. You plan and prepare for further education and the industry, focusing on the academic and professional skills that will help you get there. In this program, you work collaboratively to create media assets, learning the many roles that function together in the music, media and film industry.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are exploring their options within the music, media and film industry.
  • Are passionate about sound- and screen-based media.
  • Enjoy working in creative and collaborative environments.
  • Enjoy learning new technical skills.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • International applicants must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each ban; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Foundations of Communication
  • Entertainment and Media History
  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Video Fundamentals
  • Essentials of Storytelling
  • Professional Skills

Level: 02

  • Communications I
  • Canadian Media Industry
  • Careers in Media and Entertainment
  • Storytelling for Media
  • Audio and VIdeo Production
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Use storytelling practices to communicate and strengthen written proposals, documents and interactive presentations, to enhance the engagement of specific audiences.
  2. Explore the influence of the music, media and film industries on the social, political, economic and cultural landscape to identify historical trends and future opportunities.
  3. Choose appropriate tools, techniques and applications to create media assets and presentations that support project goals.
  4. Develop an education and career plan, including self-promotional materials and entrepreneurial skills, to prepare for a career in the music, media and film industry.
  5. Develop creative concepts and ideas to address the requirements of an audience, product or project.
  6. Collaborate with a production team in the creation of media projects, to maintain a productive, professional working environment.
  7. Utilize a variety of industry standard audio/video software applications and techniques in the creation of media for a range of platforms.
  8. Complete all work in compliance with music, media and film industry guidelines, standards, regulations, contract requirements and copyright law.
  9. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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