Ranked "The Best in Canada" with A+
After completing a survey of graduates of Canada's leading media arts schools, Jim Lamarche ranked Harris Institute #1 with A+.
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Harris Institute is an internationally recognized leader in audio production and music industry education. Founded in 1989, the college was the first to introduce accelerated one-year Diploma programs taught by active industry leaders.
The 64-member faculty includes world renowned media theorist Dr. Eric McLuhan, multi-award winning producer Terry Brown, Gemini Award winning recording engineer Doug McClement, Founder Manta Sound Studios Andy Hermant, six-time JUNO Award winning music executive Bob Roper, MPSE and Canadian Screen Award winning audio post specialist Yuri Gorbachow, seven-time CCMA 'Album Design of the Year' winner Patrick Duffy, 'Unsung Hero Award' winning publicist Jane Harbury, JUNO Award winning singer/ songwriter Fergus Hambleton, among others.
Five-time 'Studio Designer of the Year' TEC Award nominee and faculty member Martin Pilchner designed the college's studios for music recording, audio post and electronic music production featuring the 2010 TEC Award winning SSL AWS+SE console.
The 3:50 minute student film created in 60 minutes in Kathleen Farley's 'Digital Culture' class with no warning using only the equipment the students brought to class (cellphones, laptops, etc.) has surpassed 50,000 views on YouTube!
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In preparation for its 25th anniversary, Harris Institute is celebrating graduate accomplishments with a new "Where Are They Now?" section on this site. Harris graduates are in senior positions everywhere from Universal Music Group to Lacquer Channel Mastering, IMAX Corporation to Metalworks Studios and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to MaRS Discovery District. Click either link below to see where they are.
The college was featured in Billboard Magazine's 2011 'Schools That Rock', Mix Magazine's 'Class of 2012' and Mix Magazine's 'Finest Media Arts Institutions', the world's leading audio and music industry publications.
Students speak about their alma mater in the 2011 Billboard education feature 'Schools That Rock':
"I loved the single-mindedness of the program—it was 100% all about music. The people I met and teachers were fantastic. The classrooms were full of people that had dreams just like mine. The school helped me distill what I wanted to pursue. The Harris Institute was great from the moment I walked in the door. Very 'un-institutionalized'—wood floors, colour, an aquarium and natural lighting. Very non-intimidating and condusive to learning. The instruction and vision from John Harris just took it to another level."
Phil Demetro, Owner, Lacquer Channel Mastering, Harris Honours Grad 1997.
"What I loved most about the Harris Institute is the knowledge and experience the teachers handed down to us. From marketing to law, theory to math, everything is related to music, so no course feels like a waste of time."
Chris Ramos, Producer/DJ, Harris Honours Grad 2011.
Harris Institute's unprecedented partnership with the University of the West of Scotland enables graduates to also earn degrees in eight months on full scholarships.
Harris Institute and Kikkawa Massage Therapy College in Toronto are the only post secondary schools in Canada to achieve three 0% Student Loan Default Rates.
Detailed information on the Audio Production Program (APP), the Arts Management Program (AMP) and the weekend Professional Development Program (PDP) as well as Recent Graduate News and Recent Faculty News are available on this site.
Note: Students completing both the Audio Production Program (APP) and Arts Management Program (AMP) receive Music Business Professional Certification, the $2,500 MBP Bursary and are eligible for scholarships into Master's Degrees at the University of the West of Scotland.