Unprecedented Postsecondary Milestone

(L to R) Alan McCusker-Thompson, Programme Leader, MA Music: Innovation & Entrepreneurship; David Scott, Programme Leader, MA Songwriting and Performance; John Harris, President, Harris Institute (CNW Group/Harris Institute)

TORONTO, April 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Harris Institute and the University of the West of Scotland now offer two college Diplomas and a Master's Degree in 32 months with scholarships and bursaries.

"Our innovative partnership with UWS is a timely acceleration of the postsecondary system that achieves comprehensive education and significant credentials at less cost in a far shorter period of time", says John Harris, president of Harris Institute. "To achieve equivalent credentials in the conventional postsecondary system takes 8 to 12 years."

Harris students who complete both the Audio Production and Arts Management Diploma programs in 20 months receive $2,500 'Music Business Professional' bursaries and $3,500 'UWS Scholarships' for 12-month Master's Degree programs in 'Songwriting and Performance' or 'Music: Innovation & Entrepreneurship' with $1,500 accommodation bursaries. UWS students receive full scholarships for certificate courses at Harris during their summer work placements in Toronto.

"This strengthening of our strategic partnership further develops our unique brand of practice-based, industry-focused education", says Anne Gifford, Head of the UWS School of Creative and Cultural Industries. "Harris 'double diploma' graduates can progress to a Master's qualification that has been designed with industry. The sector leading collaboration delivers value to students and contributes to internationalism and global citizenship".

Over the past eight years, 52 Harris graduates have earned BA (Hons) Commercial Music or BSc Music Technology degrees at UWS in 8 months on full scholarships. Eighty-six UWS students have completed 'field of study' work placements in Toronto. The partnership includes senior faculty exchanges and students at both institutions coordinate the 'International Artist Exchange'.

The University of the West of Scotland is the largest modern university in Scotland with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton, Paisley and a creative hub in Glasgow. UWS provides relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and aims to have a transformative influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond.

Harris Institute is an international leader in audio production and music industry education. Founded in 1989, the college was the first to introduce accelerated 12-month Diploma programs taught by active industry leaders. After completing a survey of graduates from Canada's leading media arts schools, Jim Lamarche ranked Harris Institute 'The Best in Canada' with A+. The complete 'Final Report Card on Media Arts Education in Canada' is at: jimlamarche.wordpress.com

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SOURCE: Harris Institute

For further information:

John Harris, President, Harris Institute at:
416.367.0178 or john@harrisinstitute.com