We are a boutique sound and music production college devoted to nurturing creativity and preparing students for dynamic careers in less than a year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready to launch your professional career in under a year?
If you prefer to study from home and earn a college diploma from RAC Montreal (Canadian students) or a certificate from RAC Montreal (non-Canadian students).
If you prefer to study and earn a college diploma at RAC Montreal or Toronto. Note that on-site students are participating in our online version until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Our program consists of 920 hours of specialized training—800 hours of curriculum and 120 hours of additional workshops—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. That's 245 hours less relevant training than our program, and it takes four times longer to finish it.
Apply now and we'll personally reach out to offer:
1-on-1 feedback session with an RAC mentor
Functional skills & career plan assessment
Financial aid simulation with our registrar's office
Support throughout the admissions process