International College of Music (ICOM)
Background of Institution
International College Of Music (ICOM) was established in November 1995 when it received its permit to operate from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. It occupies six floors with a net usable space of approximately 1,500 square metres and is located within the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
ICOM is the foremost college to be established in Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region that offers formal education in contemporary music up to tertiary level. It aims to upgrade the standard of teaching in the art and science of music in Malaysia and also promote local musical talent and expertise in the international arena.
ICOM believes that formal music education is crucial because it relates oneself to society, enhances creativity and increases the level of musicianship. The rationale for establishing ICOM is to educate, develop and groom students to be professional musicians.
It is ICOM’s aim to produce professionals who are equal if not better than their counterparts elsewhere in the world. It is ICOM’s vision to present Malaysian musicians and other musicians in the region at the forefront of the international music industry.
ICOM’s goal is to be established as a regional centre of higher education in music and promote Malaysia as the centre of excellence in higher education for the Asia- Pacific region.
The college’s commitment to contemporary music education is evident by the large capital investment of over RM50 million towards the college’s programmes and facilities. Its faculty members are highly experienced in the field of music and each member brings with them actual industry experience to the class room.
ICOM has international students from 20 over countries including the USA, Canada, Iran, India, Indonesia and Singapore. International students comprise 38% of the student body at ICOM making it one of the few music colleges in the world with such a rich eclectic mix of students.
In line with Vision 2020 and the Malaysian government’s directive to the private sector to contribute to the development of education in the country, ICOM is serious and diligent in its responsibilities to make Malaysia the regional centre of educational excellence in music.
What Makes Us Special?
- We are Asia’s first and only dedicated college of music offering industry specific programmes in performance, arranging, audio production and music business
- We have an international faculty who are experts in the fields of music, production and business
- 95% of students secure employment in their final year of study
- Our graduates are seen and heard within the music industry in Malaysia
Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music JPT/BPP (K) 1000-600/WP172 (51)
The Bachelor of Music (Hons) Professional Music (BMus) is an undergraduate degree programme jointly offered with the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Foundation in Music KPT (JPS ) 600-03/707(13)
The Foundation in Music (FIM) is a pre-university course that prepares you for the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music, validated by the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and conducted entirely at our campus in Malaysia
Berklee Transfer Programme KTP(JPS)600-03/707/ Jld.2(13) - 14/5/2014
The Berklee Transfer Programme is the product of an exclusive curriculum articulation agreement between Berklee College of Music and ICOM.
Diploma In Business (Music Industry) KP(JPS)5195/707/ (3) – 06/11/2015
The Diploma in Business (Music Industry) is a well- designed three year programme that combines core business subjects with music industry emphasis to prepare students for the dynamic and exciting world of music business. Students who successfully complete the diploma have the option of transferring to the University of Hertfordshire, UK for an additional year to earn a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music and Entertainment Industry Management.
Certificate in Audio Production KP(JPS)5195/IPTS/707/ Jld.2(38) - 27/12/2014
A career in audio production is exciting and filled with opportunities to collaborate with creative minds that share your passion. The learning and teaching activities take a hands-on approach, and you will develop the skills you need to handle state-of-the-art recording and live sound systems through engineering actual recording sessions and live sound productions.
Academic Strength & Teaching-Learning Resources
ICOM has one of the best, if not the best music facility, in the Asia Pacific region and ranks among the best- equipped music colleges in the world. Thus far, the college has invested RM50 million in ensuring that its facilities are at par, if not better than the leading music colleges in the world. Its six-storey building is solely dedicated to the teaching and learning of music at its highest standards. The facilities provided at the college are:
- Recital Hall
- Ensemble Rooms
- Private Practise Rooms
- Recording Studio
- Surround Sound Production Suite
International Awards & Recognition
ICOM has achieved many accolades in the past which has contributed to the positive image of Malaysia and to the Malaysian education system.
ICOM alumni are made up of rising stars in the local music industry, many of whom are award winners in both local and international awarding bodies such as AIM and Anugerah Juara Lagu. Amongst the prominent stars of ICOM are Vince Chong (Akademi Fantasia 1), Rithan of Dejavodoo Spells (winner of Best English Song, AIM), Jedi Wong (Guitarist for Pop Shuvit), Noreen (Malaysia’s Jazz Queen), and Richal (Lead singer of Estranged, winner of Anugerah Juara Lagu for best song 2008).
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Bachelor's Degree Level
Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 77925/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs (3+0)
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Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 53184/Course in Malaysia
Duration: 2 Yrs 6 Mths (5 sem) in Malaysia + 2 Yrs (USA)
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Jemo Sitanayah, Indonesia
Berklee Transfer Program (BTP)
I had a dream. I wanted to be on the stage and have an audience stand and congratulate me with their
applause. I wanted to become a star and I did. I represented my country (Indonesia) in 1996 at the Asia Oceania
Yamaha Electone Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nick Hogan, Singapore
Berklee Transfer Program (BTP), 2 Years
My passion for music made me pluck up the courage to abandon the conventional path and become a musician instead.