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WELCOME TO RECORDING ARTS CANADA

College of Sound & Music Production

WELCOME TO RECORDING ARTS CANADA

College of Sound & Music Production

We are a boutique sound and music production college devoted to nurturing creativity and preparing students for dynamic careers in less than a year.

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Launch your career in less than a year

Our sound and music production program combines essential theory, vital hands-on training, and career support so you can start landing professional opportunities within a year.

Get better, faster than a university student

Our program delivers over 30% more training than a 4-year university major, in a quarter of the time.

Our program consists of over 900 hours of specialized training—and it all happens in less than a year.

A four-year university program, by contrast, typically consists of 675 hours of major courses and another 675 hours of irrelevant elective courses.

1 year at RAC
900+ hours of specialized training
4 years at university
675 hours of major courses
675 hours of elective courses

Learn online or on-site

Our program is fully available online and on-site. Both versions provide 4 hours of live, guided training every single day. Note that on-site delivery is sometimes restricted in accordance with provincial lockdown guidelines.

Online program

Study from home and earn a college diploma from RAC Montreal (Canadian students) or a certificate from RAC Montreal (non-Canadian students).

On-site program

Take the full program on-premise in our state-of-the-art studios, and earn a college diploma from RAC Montreal or RAC Toronto.

RAC alumni are crushing it

From Grammys to blockbuster films to festivals and Triple A video games, our alumni are leaders in creative industries around the world.

Learn in a Dolby-certified classroom

Our studios allow you to develop advanced critical listening skills and next-level productions using the very best tools available.

Next session: January 2022

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Ready to launch your professional career in under a year?

Award winning production is in our DNA

Recording Arts Canada began as a studio in 1980 and was an early adopter of all things digital. We quickly gained renown and won Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and more. In 1984 we opened our first in-house accredited training program, which has since expanded to two campuses in Toronto and Montreal, both featuring top of the line equipment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What makes us leaders in sound and music education?

If you’re like us, music is at the core of your purpose. It’s with that in mind that we’ve designed our curriculum to optimize opportunities for graduates in the sound and music industry. We’ll get you ready to start your professional career in under a year, and offer you lifetime mentorship and support as a grad. Our program was designed by Grammy-winning producer and mixer Nik Keca and is delivered by active industry professionals in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Who are RAC students?

They’re people whose lives are guided by the pull of creativity. Some are 18-year-olds relentlessly absorbing online tutorials, others are parents and university grads juggling family and work. Many, but not all, have a musical background. It’s hard to describe our entire ecosystem in one shot—but the one thing that unites everyone is a consensus that life is better when it’s filled with music.

This video features recent graduate Eddy Brarhovwe, who recently immigrated to Toronto from Nigeria with his family.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Student experience

Our school is a home away from home for students and grads. It’s not just about showing up for class—we put a lot of effort into building a fun and collaborative space for classmates and teachers to connect and create together.

The video below is a recap of one of our weekly open mics held at RAC Toronto. The student featured is multifaceted creator Linchpin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where are RAC grads working now?

Sony Music. Izotope. Solotech. LANDR. Stingray. TSN. GameOn. CBC. PSAV. Ludia. Triotech. And hundreds more. We have grads who are Grammy-winning mixers, dialogue editors for Oscar-winning movies, and sound designers for Triple A video games. We have others who design music festivals and program radio stations. Tons of RAC grads are also musicians, vocalists, beat-makers, and DJs making their marks as music creators.

Can I hear some student and grad music?

How do I become an RAC student?

It starts with your program application. We’ve documented the whole process here. While music production experience helps your case, you can start your application even as a complete beginner. We hold functional skills assessments to find your strengths and weaknesses, and provide resources to help you start developing before your application is even complete. Above all else—including talent—we’re seeking motivated students that demonstrate a desire to grow.