Are these programs accredited?

Students that successfully complete this program will be awarded a degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), as well as the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM). MSU Denver’s music department has been accredited by NASM for over 40 years. To view information about this program on their website, click here. 

Who will be teaching me?

The MSU Denver at DIME faculty are a community of musicians and music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success, but want to help you earn a living from music. They work closely with DIME’s management team, who has had 18 years of experience in music education and many more in the music industry.

What are the admissions requirements?

Students that wish to study on the MSU Denver at DIME degree programs will be subject to MSU Denver’s admissions policies. For more information on the admissions policies please click on one of the links below.

First-time Undergraduates

Transfer Students

Do I have to audition?

Yes! All students who want to attend one of the MSU Denver at DIME programs must audition at DIME for a panel of MSU Denver faculty and DIME representatives.

Audition Requirements
Commercial Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Vocals)
Commercial Songwriting
Music Industry Studies

Will completed general education credits transfer to the MSU Denver at DIME program?

All transfer credits are subject to review and evaluation by MSU Denver. If you have credits that do transfer, you will meet with an advisor each semester.

What is a cohort model?

Students who pass an audition and are accepted by MSU Denver will participate in cohort model study. This means that our students follow a prescribed class sequence and progress with their cohort throughout the program. Cohort Model study will help you build strong bonds with your classmates and create a professional network of your peers that can help you succeed!

 How much support will I get on the program?

MSU Denver at DIME offers a number of supplementary support services and interventions to ensure that students have access to whatever tools they need to succeed. Through our one-to-one system, students can consult with any faculty member for additional help with assignments or test preparation, or to discuss various aspects of their developing musical careers. In addition, students have access to weekly sessions that focus on subjects like networking, professional development, self-employment skills, study skills, and more.

All students can also access the Student Services departments at both MSU Denver and DIME. We are here to help you achieve your goals on these programs, and will support you through any issues that arise during your studies.

 How much is tuition?

Tuition on the MSU Denver at DIME program for Fall 2018 is $14,625 per year, or $487.50 per credit hour, based on completion of 120 credits.

Are Financial Aid & Scholarships available for the MSU Denver at DIME programs?

Yes! Students are encouraged to fill out a FAFSA as soon as possible using MSU Denver’s school code (001360). Begin your online application, here.

For additional information about financial aid and scholarships for MSU Denver at DIME students, click here.

When can I start?

The MSU Denver at DIME programs follow MSU Denver’s academic calendar, which you can find here. 

Is it possible for me to work while attending DIME?

Yes. All of our classes take place between 10am-6pm daily and some are offered online. Most of our students work part time in the evenings or perform music locally to supplement their income.  It’s a good idea to wait until you have your class schedule before committing to and confirming work hours.

Can this program help me plan my own career as a musician?

Yes. MSU Denver at DIME has created a culture of encouragement and access to opportunities and resources to help students prepare for a lifelong career in music through creating realistic and achievable goals. Even the general education courses are designed this way. For example, your math class may include an assignment to budget for your next record. Your Public Speaking class may include an award acceptance speech, and your English class might include an assignment to write an artist or band biography. Every student also must complete a capstone project which requires students to submit a plan of action for when they graduate. This program has been designed to be relevant to your journey to becoming a professional in the music industry.

What other opportunities are available to me at DIME?

Our students receive several performance opportunities for paid and unpaid gigs in the area. Also, MSU Denver at DIME students are able to audition and perform alongside well-known musicians through our masterclass program. Our students have the opportunity to collaborate on original music with their peers and with members of our industry professional faculty. Every student has the opportunity to audition original material for DIME’s annual student album, DIME Sessions, which will be recorded and released through the school’s affiliate record label, Original 1265 Recordings, and distributed nationwide by Caroline Records.

What gear/equipment do I need to do this course?

DIME has a ton of gear and equipment on site available for students at all times, however, practicing at home is very important! If you are a guitarist or bass player, you will need your own guitar. If you are a songwriter, you should own your instrument of choice – ie. piano, keyboard or guitar. If you are a drummer, access to a drum kit is necessary. DIME makes our rehearsal spaces available for students Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm, depending on availability.

 What makes the MSU Denver at DIME program different from other college music programs?

As well as our carefully designed cohort curriculum, our students are surrounded by world-class artists and educators, active in the music industry and educational practice.  We offer individualized guidance and encouragement for every student, and meaningful project-based work can directly contribute to your musical projects. Direct engagement with the industry through networking opportunities will help you make the connections necessary to succeed in the future, and we are with you every step of the way!