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.
Music Production Recording Business
This includes a tuition cost of $34,250 and a supply kit cost of $1,500.00
Includes a tuition cost of $45,250 and a supply kit cost of $1,500.00
This includes a tuition cost of $8,757.25 and a supply kit cost of $1,992.75
Includes a tuition cost of $11,647.25 and a supply kit cost of $1,992.75
Introduction to Engineering
This includes a tuition cost of $9433.75 and an automatic financial bursary of $3433.75
This includes a tuition cost of $12,073.75 and an automatic financial bursary of $4573.75
Electronic Music Production Fundamentals
Online certificate course
Payment for this course is required at the time of registration
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.
Awarded to an incoming student in either of our full-time intakes, recipients are eligible to be given up to $5000 towards the cost of their tuition.
To illustrate their talent, applicants are required to submit one song that they have written and produced (in any genre). Additionally, they must provide a 300-500 word essay detailing why they love music and how they are in need of the financial support. The scholarship request must accompany your Nimbus application.
The application deadline is one month prior to the start of a new intake. For more information, please contact admissions.
Jaime Yates Music Scholarship - $1000
This year marks the first annual Jaime Yates Music Scholarship, honouring Nimbus alumni, Jaime Yates. Unfortunately, Jaime was taken from his family and friends too soon, but he achieved many of his dreams in his brief time here. He lived a life filled with music, art, travel, DJ’ing, and producing. An amazing artist, he developed music for clubs, radio, festivals, and video games. Jaime was a wonderful son, an exceptional friend, and a beautiful human who will always be greatly loved and missed.
Your support helps
Known in the music industry as DJ Critical, his music can be found on many online radio sites including Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Beatport, and YouTube.
You can support this scholarship fund by purchasing Critical’s latest release, “Never Letting Go,” which features some of his best electronic hits. 100% of all proceeds (minus taxes) are donated to Jaime’s Scholarship Fund.
about the scholarship
The scholarship is awarded annually to a currently-enrolled Nimbus student. Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship by submitting an entry that focuses on different themes. Examples include utilizing music, video, writing, or any expressive arts project you choose to submit for selection to the scholarship committee. This year’s theme is Love, Peace, and Unity.
Scholarship submission deadline is May 11th and the winner will be announced on Jaime’s birthday, May 18th.
Video submissions should be no longer than 2 minutes.
Written submissions should not be longer than 500 words.
Music submissions should be a maximum of 3 minutes.
Other submissions should not exceed 2 minutes.
honouring a talented individual
DJ Critical has been featured in Beatport’s Top 100 Dubstep, Breaks, and Glitch Hop charts. His remix of MELT made it to #1 on the TrackItDown Dubstep top 100. Early vinyl work led to radio play from BBC Radio One on the legendary Annie Nightingale’s show (UK), radio play and a tour in Spain, and a guest mix for The Crystal Method on the weekly “Community Service” show on Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition, Critical has done remix work for Playma and had his music remixed by artists such as Calvertron and Nom De Strip. Support from The Crystal Method, Downlink, Afghan Headspin, Reso, Hellfire Machina, Nom De Strip, Reid speed, Peo De Pitte, Kairo Kingdom, Annie Nightingale, Featurecast, Kid Panel, and more.
Brian Howes is a Canadian Juno-winning songwriter and producer, known for his work with legendary bands Hinder, Simple Plan, and Faber Drive. The Howes continue to be champions in the educational arena, providing support to up-and-coming producers, engineers, and artists.
We can’t thank the Howes family enough for the Scholarship Fund they have provided to Nimbus students.
Students may be eligible for up to $2500 in tuition discounts. Applicants must display financial need in order to receive the fund. For more information, please contact our Admissions team.
The Peter F. Walker Memorial Bursary is a joint partnership between the family of Peter Walker and Roland Canada. It is awarded once per year to an incoming January (2023) student.
Students must include with their Nimbus application a one-page essay describing why they are passionate about music and technology. There’s a bonus if you can attach a link to where we can find your music. The deadline to apply is one month prior to the start of the January intake.
Peter Walker loved playing guitar. He was entertaining people in coffee houses and busking in Montreal by the time he was 16. Over the years, he played with a score of bands. After heading West, Walker worked for John Larrivée, building acoustic and electric guitars. Once Peter married and had children on the way, he returned to school to study Electronic Technology. These studies led to his employment at Roland Canada where he had a long career as the National Service Manager.
Walker was always a session man with his guitar, focusing on the original Blues of the deep south. Singing and playing traditional Blues established him a great reputation in the Vancouver Blues scene. He was the host of the Cottage Bistro Blues Jam for many years.
Sadly, Peter died suddenly on February 11, 2016 at 61 years of age due to complications following routine surgery. We are offering this bursary to honour Peter’s life and music, with the hopes of encouraging others with the same drive to pursue their passion and talents.
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."
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
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.
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.
For Full Time Courses
High school graduation (or equivalent), or be at least 19 years of age.
Submit a valid piece of government photo identification.
Provide the names and contact details of 2 references.
Attend an interview (in-person or virtual) with an Admissions Advisor.
Artist Development Certificate applicants are required to attend an audition (in-person or virtual).
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.
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.
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.
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.”