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Entrance requirements

 

To be eligible to attend RAC Montreal, you must meet the following conditions:

  • high school diploma; or
  • GED equivalent.

If you are a Quebec resident applying to RAC Montreal, you must also:

  • have interrupted your secondary studies for at least two consecutive semesters or one school year; or
  • be covered by an agreement between the College and an employer or by a government program; or
  • have pursued postsecondary studies for at least one year.

If you are currently attending your senior year of high school, you may apply prior to your graduation. However, you must submit your final transcripts as proof of graduation prior to starting our program

To be eligible to attend RAC Toronto, you must meet the following conditions:

  • high school diploma; or
  • GED equivalent; or
  • be a mature student;
    • at least 19 years old when you start the program; and
    • have been out of high school for at least one year

If you are currently attending your senior year of high school, you may apply prior to your graduation. However, you must submit your final transcripts as proof of graduation prior to starting our program.

Application process

 

Step 1: Program application

To begin your application, you must first submit a completed application form and complete the following checklist:

  1. Complete application form;
  2. Submit the application fee (non refundable):
    • $50 if applying to RAC Montreal
    • $100 if applying to RAC Toronto
  3. Birth certificate photocopy; and
    • If you were born outside of Canada, proof of your legal status in Canada;
    • If you're applying as an international student, a copy of your government-issued photo ID;
  4. SIN card (front and back copy);
  5. Official high school transcripts; and
    • If you're a college or university graduate, official university diploma; and
    • If you've taken college or university courses, official transcripts;
  6. Official high school diploma or complete Mature Status Form;
  7. 500-word autobiography;
  8. Current resume;
  9. Two reference letters;

All documents must be in either English or French, or accompanied by a certified translation.

Step 2: Application review

One of our admissions counsellors will contact you when your application is received. If your application package is complete, a selection interview and test will be scheduled. Interviews are conducted in person at the RAC college you are applying to, however, if that is not possible due to distance, alternate arrangements may be made.

Step 3: Acceptance package

Following your interview, your application will be submitted to the admissions committee for consideration. If you are granted acceptance into the program, an acceptance package will be forwarded to you by mail.

If you were not born in Canada, or are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, you must obtain a study permit after being accepted to our program. If accepted to our program, we will send you an acceptance package by mail. You must include your acceptance in your application for a study permit.

Studying in Quebec

In order to study at RAC Montreal, international students must obtain:

  1. A Certificat d'Acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Québec government; and
  2. A study permit from Immigration Canada.

Remember:

  • You must obtain your CAQ before your study permit application can be finalized, however you may start both applications at the same time.
  • Québec law requires international students to have valid medical insurance in Québec. Students who have diplomatic status, adequate medical insurance, a Medicare card, or any other valid coverage could be exempt. Proof of medical insurance will be required to obtain an exemption.
  • Your CAQ and study permit applications must both include your acceptance to Recording Arts Canada.

Studying in Ontario

In order to study at RAC Toronto, international students must obtain a study permit from Immigration Canada.

Remember that your study permit application must include your acceptance to Recording Arts Canada.

Financial assistance

 

Students are encouraged to take steps to improve their career potential and strengthen the community. This sentiment is reflected in our scholarship opportunities.

Career Plan Scholarship

Students who demonstrate a comprehensive career plan are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to RAC.

Community Leadership Scholarship

Students who leverage their role as artists to represent and strengthen the community they serve are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to RAC.

Outstanding Artist Scholarship

Students who demonstrate spectacular artistic ability, insight, or a highly impressive portfolio are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to RAC.

Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) can be applied toward the cost of tuition at Recording Arts Canada.

Once the RESP beneficiary has graduated from high school and enrolled full-time or part-time in a qualifying post-secondary educational program, you can request, on his or her behalf, to withdraw money from the RESP to help pay for their studies.

When you withdraw government payments or interest earned from an RESP account, that money is called an Educational Assistance Payment.

Educational Assistance Payments include the interest earned in the RESP as well as any Canada Education Savings Grants, provincial grants and Canada Learning Bonds received. You can use this money to pay for post-secondary school expenses like tuition, books and transportation.

Housing & transportation

 

Housing

Student housing in Montreal will realistically cost anywhere between $350-$850 per month (CAD). We advise giving yourself at least two months to find a decent apartment within your budget.

Our admissions team can help you find a place by yourself or with roommates. You can also use the following resources on your own:

Public transit

Housing

Student housing in Toronto will realistically cost anywhere between $700-$1200 per month (CAD) if you have a roommate. We suggest giving yourself at least three months to find a decent apartment within your budget.

Our admissions team can help you find a place by yourself or with roommates. You can also use the following resources on your own:

Public transit

Next session: January 2020

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How do we compare to a university program?

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.

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Recording Arts Canada is a sound and music production college with campuses in downtown Montreal and Toronto. We're registered by Ontario's Ministry of Colleges and Universities and by Quebec's Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Canadian students qualify to apply for financial aid, and international students qualify to apply for post-study work permits.