Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the AEMP Program?

The Audio Engineering and Music Production Program is scheduled over 9 months. Students attend the school for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

How much studio time do I get?

All classes are conducted in the studio environment. Each classroom either has a studio in it or is connected to a studio. In addition, every student has their own workstation, loaded with the latest software and hardware, which functions as their own mini production studio. The studio is also available, for bookings 7 days a week, to students who have passed the “Studio Basic Operations Test”.

ARE THE PRO TOOLS CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THE AEMP AND ARA PROGRAMS? CAN I TAKE THEM SEPARATELY?

Yes, Pro Tools 101, 110 and 130 are included, at no extra cost, in the Audio Engineering and Music Production program. This gives AEMP students a savings of $2100.

Pro Tools 201 and 210M are included in the Advanced Recording Artist program(ARA), at no extra cost, affording ARA students a savings of $1400.

The Pro Tools Certification Programs can also be taken separately, without enrolling in the full time AEMP or ARA programs. Visit our Pro Tools Page for more info.

IS THE ABLETON LIVE COURSE INCLUDED IN THE AEMP PROGRAM? CAN I TAKE IT SEPARATELY?

The Ableton Live course is included in the AEMP program, at no extra cost. The course can also be taken separately.

Can I get financial assistance?

Harbourside IT is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (of BC) – PCTIA.

Canadian Citizens and Landed Immigrants may be eligible for Federal and Provincial student loan funding.

Some students may be able to obtain loans from financial institutions in Canada, or other countries.

Students may be eligible for training through Employment Insurance, Band Training Programs, or the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

The Harbourside Institute of Technology offers academic bursaries to students, in financial need, who exhibit a real passion and ability in the field of audio engineering and music production .The main criteria for awarding the bursaries are financial need and proven academic ability.

Is the school a Government recognized institution?

Harbourside IT is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (of BC) – PCTIA, and is designated for student aid throughout Canada.

What should I do to get ready for the AEMP program?

If you haven’t already done so – Install any audio recording software on your home computer or laptop and practice your programming and computer skills. If you are still in High School it would benefit you to take any classes that deal with computers, media, arts, or music creation. Check out our Resources Page for links to online magazines, forums, videos, and tutorials.

When do classes start?

The Audio Engineering and Music Production program (AEMP) has four start dates per year: October, January, April and July.

The Advanced Recording Artist program (ARA) has two start dates a year: For the next start date call us or check the start dates page on our site.

Pro Tools and Ableton courses are run throughout the year: For the next start date call us or check the start dates page on our site.

Will I get a job after I graduate?

This depends largely on your own drive and work ethic.

HIT is a great place to network as all the instructors are working professionals – Between the instructors and students their is a wealth of industry contacts to draw from.

Many of our most successful graduates are running their own businesses and freelancing while others have found jobs with audio and film companies.

Most HIT grads are working in their desired field. Our high job placement rate is due to a strong industry respect for our institute and instructors. Check out our Graduates and Testimonials page to see where our graduates are working and with whom they have worked.