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Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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You will work in labs for electroacoustic composition, and produce original compositions that are performed by professional musicians. After school, you could go on to work as a composer, performer or teacher in all musical genres.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in Music at Simon Fraser University is a flexible program that offers several options for the music student to pursue an interest in composition or electroacoustic music. The program takes full advantage of the opportunities to experience and study other art forms that are provided in the School for the Contemporary Arts.

At the upper division, students complete one of two streams: composition or electroacoustic. The requirements at the lower division are the same for all streams but students are advised to select their chosen stream as early as second year, so that the proper prerequisites can be completed.

Students whose interest in music is related primarily to its historical, critical, or theoretical aspects should consider the Visual Culture and Performance Studies major program which leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Contact the school's general office for information about entry to specific music courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sound
  • Art and the Moving Image
  • Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration
  • Music after 1900
  • Introduction to Music Composition and Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Gamelan
  • Music Composition 
  • Electroacoustic Music 
  • Conducting 
  • Selected Topics in Music 
  • Introduction to Electroacoustic Communication
  • World Music
  • Contemporary Music Analysis and Criticism
  • Film Music: An Overview of the Relationship between Music and Moving Pictures

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Entry to the music program requires that students read music staff notation at a good to excellent level and possess a solid understanding of music fundamentals. Students must pass the SFU Music Entrance exam with a grade of B (or better) OR take the course FPA 104 Music Fundamentals and achieve a grade of B (or better). SFU Music Entrance exams are held regularly throughout the year, so prospective students should contact the School for information regarding this requirement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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