Applying to Nimbus is easy and straightforward. Our multiple starts dates offer flexibility. Our scholarships and financial aid opportunities make sure students have accessibility to a great education. 

We are here to help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Start your career in the music industry today.

What makes a nimbus student?

Students who apply to Nimbus are exceptional people. They are driven by passion for music and a desire to become a leader in the music industry. We invite self-starters to join our community and become immersed in creativity. Are you ready to Channel your musical obsession?

Please reach out if you have any questions or need guidance on our admissions process.

Financial aid and scholarships are available.

Application Process

For Full Time Courses

Our online application is quick and easy. With this in mind, should you have any questions our team is here for you. After all, this is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other.



Submit your application online, along with all the required documents. Please note that there is a non-refundable application fee ($100 CAD for Domestic Students, $250 CAD for International Students).

E-transfer payments are also accepted



Once your application and fee have been processed, one of our Admissions Advisors will contact you to schedule your admissions interview and/or audition.



Applicants will typically learn of their acceptance status within 7-10 days. They will be notified by phone and email.


study permit

If you are an International Student, you will need to begin your Study Permit application after you have been accepted. For more information on Study Permits and the process, please contact Cat Thomson, Director of Admissions.

Admission Requirements

For Full Time Courses

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International Applicants

Vancouver is a hub for creativity. Throughout the city, you will find new tech start-ups and many film and television productions. Of course, there’s lots of other exciting stuff too, such as video game development, post-production, and several legendary recording studios. Without a doubt, you will be excited to get started with your career in the music industry.

you'll want to be here

A spirited and beautiful place to live, Vancouver also boasts amazing live-music venues, both large and small. As a result, the city plays host to some of the greatest acts, as well as plenty of up-and-coming ones, too. When city life gets hectic, find your peace with a stroll along the beach or a walk in our many parks and forests. On the other hand, if a mountain escape is what you need, there are 3 beautiful summits within our immediate reach. The air is fresh, the clouds hang low, and there’s a sense of euphoria –  just like studying at Nimbus

We warmly welcome international students to apply and join us, in the hope that you too can enjoy this remarkable city of diversity, innovation, and inspiration.

  1. You must have graduated from high school (or equivalent), or be at least 19 years of age
  2. Submit a valid piece of government photo identification.
  3. Attend an interview (in person or virtual) with an Admissions Advisor.
  4. Provide the names and contact details of 2 references.

If you speak English as a second or additional language, international students will need to provide proof of English language proficiency. You will need to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score together with your application form.

TOEFL score needs to be a minimum of 65 or higher (on academic test, not general). An IELTS 6.0 or equivalent will be accepted.

In order to get a study permit, you will require: 

  1. Your official Nimbus acceptance letter, along with proof that you have paid your tuition deposit.
  2. A letter from your bank showing that you have enough financial support to cover your time studying at Nimbus
  3. Your passport will need to be valid for the entire duration of your time at Nimbus.
  4. Provide Nimbus’ DLI Number (Designated Learning Institution Number) on your study permit application. Nimbus’ DLI number is DLI#: O19283933722.

International students attending Nimbus are required to have medical insurance in place. Application for coverage must be completed prior to arriving in Canada and must cover you for the first 3 months you’re in British Columbia. Contact our Admissions Team for guidance on how to apply for medical insurance.

Students in Canada under the age of 19 are considered ‘minors’ and must have an appointed custodian. To prevent delays in receiving a study permit, please visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for more information.

Nimbus does not provide on-campus housing. However, we do our best to match prospective students with current students or alumni. 

Financial Aid

Access to education is a priority for us. Accordingly, our full-time programs (Music, Production Recording & Business, and Artist Development) are eligible for student aid.

If you would like more information on aid, you can contact the National Student Loans Service Centre, or your provincial loan office.

As always, feel free to contact our Director of Admissions, Cat Thomson. She’ll be glad to give you some tips and advice on Applying to Nimbus.


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artists need a safe space to create


Sex. Drugs. Rock and Roll. A defining mantra in the music industry of days long ago. Nowadays it's about hard work, dedication, and clean fun. If you want to make it in the music industry, you truly need to be at the top of your game. Younger artists have become much more open about their substance abuse and mental health struggles. With the overdose deaths of so many well-known artists devastating their respective genres, the light is being shed on the presence of drug use amongst artists.

We must all step up, take accountability, and provide better support, something we do daily at Nimbus. Our school provides a safe, drug-free environment to explore creativity and work with like-minded individuals. Learn from the past. Don't imitate it."
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Garth Richardson

Nimbus has partnered with Rhodes Wellness College to provide Counselling support for our students. If you, or anyone you know, would like to book a counselling session

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nimbus students learn practical and life skills


My time spent at Nimbus was incredible, both for me as a person and for my career in the audio industry. My twelve months there were an intense roller-coaster ride exploring the bounds of music, sound and how to be. The lessons I learned are applicable to sound and to life. Going to class was something I woke up looking forward to every day.

The community spirit at Nimbus, coupled with the spectacular knowledge of my lecturers, was invigorating…Week-by-week, I witnessed a positive difference in my work, and opened my mind to a new perspective on music.”
Ross Fahy​
Alumnus, Ireland

programs start dates


flexible start dates


per intake

Music Production Recording Business

Jan 3 | May 1 | Sept 5

Artist Development

JAN 3 | MAY 1 | SEPT 5

Introduction to Engineering 

MAY 1 | SEPT 5

Electronic Music Production



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