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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What differentiates Harris Institute from other schools?


1.  It is the only school with graduates who have won all the major music, film and television awards – Grammy, Emmy, JUNO, Oscar and Canadian Screen Awards.

2.  It is the only school where over 60% of its faculty have won awards for what they teach and it has the highest teacher/student ratio of any school at 1 to 1:3.

3.  It is the only school featured in both Billboard Magazines ‘Top 11 Schools’ and Mix Magazines ‘Audio Education’s Finest’.  It ranked #1 with A+ in the ‘Media Arts Education Report’ and is the only private school “highly recommended”.

4.  It is the only school where graduates are eligible for scholarships to earn Degrees and Master’s Degrees.

5.  It is the only school to have achieved four 0% ‘Student Loan Default Rates’.

6.  The Arts Management Program is the only college program to have achieved eight 0% Default Rates and the Audio Production Program has achieved six.

7.  It has delivered innovative educational programs with the International Fund for Ireland, the Moscow International Film School, the University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Nashville’s ProMedia Training.

8.  Over 70% of students have previous post secondary education and the average age is 24.

9.  International students have come from 138 countries during the college’s twenty-eight year history.

10.  Harris institute combines the skills development approach of a college program with the comprehensive approach of a Master’s Degree.

11.The college is located in the downtown core of one of the worlds most vibrant and multicultural cities.

Q:   How does the application procedure work?

A:   Once a completed application is received (cover letter, resume, 2 letters of reference and transcripts, the applicant is contacted by phone or email to schedule an interview with a Program Director prior to acceptance.

Q:   What type of reference letter are you looking for?    

A:  Two letters from non relatives that demonstrate the applicant's longstanding interest in the field of study and strong academic background are the most useful.

Q:   When is the application deadline?

A:  Priority is given to applications received 60 days or more before a term start. Applications received after the deadline are considered as space permits.

Q:   Do I need to be a high school graduate?

A:   Harris Institute only accepts those with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or its equivalent: GED (General Education Diploma), an entrance test from another post secondary school or a recognized mature student test. Preference is given to those with previous post-secondary education. For more information, visit

Q:   If I apply to OSAP, how much funding can I expect?

A:   The maximum loan for a single student with no dependents is $17, 200. We recommend you investigate ‘Student Credit Lines’ at Canadian chartered banks. The rates and conditions are comparable. For further info on education planning strategies visit   



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