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Electroacoustic Studies (BFA)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
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Why choose Electroacoustic Studies?

Create soundscapes for visual media. Design sounds for theatre or sound effects for video games. Craft sonic environments to enhance emotions. Explore the possibilities for creativity through electroacoustic composition, sound design and recording, while training your inner and outer ear.

Yes, you’ll learn about music history, theory, and composition, and also have opportunities to:

  • Master stereo and multi-track recording techniques
  • Collaborate on university film and animation projects, dance, theatre or performance art installations
  • Learn to use software tools to process analog and digital sounds
  • Give public performances of creative work

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Electroacoustic Studies (54 credits)
  • Minor in Electroacoustic Studies (24 credits)

Electroacoustic Studies specializations
Admission is to the major. After the successful completion of first-year core courses (30 credits), students may apply for transfer into one of two specializations:

  • Specialization in Electroacoustic Creative Practices (60 credits)
  • Specialization in Electroacoustic Recording Arts (60 credits)

Learn more about the Electroacoustic Studies [EaSt] area, what it is, understanding your interests and expectations, facilities, and an extensive section on preparing examples for your portfolio.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

Applicants must submit additional requirements for admission directly to the department.

  • Letter of intent
  • Portfolio

Please remember:

  • Portfolio submission deadline: March 1
  • Check the program availability for the fall, as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time
  • Applicants must apply online before submitting a portfolio.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and discipline to think critically about your work and collaborate with others, and poised to find success in the music industry. Electroacoustic Studies alumni have been recognized through awards and nominations, and are regularly hired by key members of the cultural industries.

Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Sound designer/composer/musician for gaming, film and video
  • Recording engineer/producer
  • Live and studio electroacoustic musician

You’ll be well-placed to pursue graduate studies in electroacoustic composition and recording.

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