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SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, VANCOUVER Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology - School for the Contemporary Arts







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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts: 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1H4, Canada

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Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music and Sound Major. Three years. Studies include contemporary performance, composition, theory, electroacoustic music, film music, instrumental conducting, orchestration, world music, gamelan performance. Individual instrumental lessons are not offered. A fourth year leads to the degree with honours.


Graduate program


Master of Arts in Comparative Media Arts. Studies of relationships between visual arts, cinema arts, performing arts and digital media. Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. An interdisciplinary program providing advanced training in music, dance, theatre, film and visual art. Doctor of Philosophy in Contemporary Arts.

Institution Notes:

The University offered its first classes in 1965. It operates on three campuses - Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver. The School for the Contemporary Arts is housed in the Goldcorp Centre and offers programs in visual arts, film, dance, theatre and music. It has developed a reputation for innovative, experimental approaches to the study of music, through courses in composition, electroacoustic music, world music, performance, history and criticism, theory and interdisciplinary collaboration. At the core of the program are courses in acoustic and electroacoustic composition. Students have the opportunity to hear and record a professional reading of their music in workshop sessions. There are state-of-the-art laboratories for electroacoustic composition, post-production and music notation. There is a Javanese gamelan. The music department does not offer individual tuition on musical instruments. There are possibilities for Field School overseas trips to India or Ghana for selected students.

Last Updated:

August 2021