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Don Wright Faculty of Music - Combined Programs - Don Wright Faculty of Music

The MRA program is a five-year, integrated program. Successful graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Western Ontario and a two-year Ontario College Diploma in Music Industry Arts (MIA) from Fanshawe College.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music (BMus) program, which include an audition and an interview.

Up to ten students will be admitted to the collaborative Music Recording Arts (MRA) program each year. Students will apply for admission at the end of the second year of the general BMus program. Students will be evaluated for admission based on their academic standing by a joint committee from the two institutions. Attainment of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the MRA program. Entry to the collaborative program is competitive. The joint admissions committee will review requests for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis.

Those students not offered a place in the MRA collaborative program may continue in the general BMus program, provided they meet academic progression requirements, or may apply to the Fanshawe College diploma program in Music Industry Arts.

Module/Program Information

Program Description

Year 1: 5.0 courses + Ensemble, Western

Year 2: 5.0 courses + Ensemble, Western

Year 3: MIA – Level 1, Fanshawe
MIA - Level 2, Fanshawe
1.5 courses, Western

Year 4: 5.5 courses, Western

Year 5: MIA – Level 3, Fanshawe
MIA – Level 4, Fanshawe
1.0 course, Western


First Year

Music 0914 (if required), Music 1639U, Music 1641U, Music 1649A/B, Music 1651A/B, Music 1710F/G, Music 1750F/G, Music 1920.
Ensemble: One, or more, of Music 1901, Music 1902, Music 1903, Music 1904, Music 1905, Music 1906, Music 1910, Music 1911, Music 1912, Music 1913.
0.5 course from: Music 1629A/B, Music 1730A/B, Music 1802A/B
0.5 course from an Faculty.
0.5 course from a Faculty other than Music.

Second Year

Music 2639U or the former Music 2635A/B, Music 2641U or the former Music 2636A/B, Music 2651A/B or the former Music 2649A/B, Music 2671F/G or the former Music 2650A/B, Music 2750F/G or the former Music 2710F/G or the former Music 2711F/G, Music 2920.
Ensemble: One or more of Music 2901, Music 2902, Music 2903, Music 2904, Music 2905, Music 2906, Music 2910, Music 2911, Music 2912, Music 2913.
1.0 course from the Faculty of Music.
1.0 course from a Faculty other than Music.

Third Year

1.5 courses from any Faculty.

Fourth Year

2.5 courses at the 2000 level or above from the Faculty of Music.
1.5 courses from the Faculty of Music.
1.5 courses from a Faculty other than Music.

Fifth Year

1.0 course from any Faculty

Note:  In the Bachelor of Music program, no more than 8.0 courses may be numbered 1000-1999.


Progression Requirements

Beginning in Year 3, students must maintain an overall weighted average of 70% with no more than 1.0 unsatisfactory course attempts in any given academic year.

Related Information


If, after Year 3, students wish to continue only in the general BMus program, they will be permitted to progress into the fourth year of the program provided they have met the progression requirements.

If, after Year 4, students wish to withdraw from either the Fanshawe or Western portions of the degree/diploma, they should consult their respective institution to determine which credits may be applied in a transfer to another program within one of the participating institutions.