Ranked "Best in Canada."
Harris Institute is number one with A+ in the '2014 Media Arts Education Report Card'. "All indicators now show that it is in fact, the best school of its kind in Canada. Highly Recommended."
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 multi-award winning producer Terry Brown, Gemini Award winning recording engineer Doug McClement, Manta Sound Studios founder 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, award-winning publicist Jane Harbury, JUNO Award winning singer/ songwriter Fergus Hambleton, among others.
Diploma Programs start on July 14 and November 10, 2014.
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 min. using only the equipment students brought to class (cellphones, etc.) has surpassed 80K views on YouTube! To view video click here
Harris Institute is celebrating graduate accomplishments with a "Where Are They Now?" section on this site. Graduates are in senior positions everywhere from Universal Music to Lacquer Channel Mastering and IMAX to Metalworks Studios. 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'.
Students speak about Harris in '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, Lacquer Channel, 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, Honours Grad 2011.
January 2014 Facebook post by current Arts Management Program student Victoria Pfeifer:
"It takes one person who believes in you to change your life. We're very fortunate to be surrounded by 60 of them."
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.
Zach's Year in 4:08 min.
To view Zachary Spence's compilation video of projects he completed in the Audio Production Program (APP) click here
Harris Institute is one of only two post secondary schools in Canada to achieve three 0% Student Loan Default Rates, and its Arts Management Program (AMP) has achieved an unprecedented six 0% Student Loan Default Rates.
New: 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 MA Degrees at the University of the West of Scotland with accommodation bursaries.