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The master education in Composition offers individual tuition and supervision, seminars, and possibilities for co-operation with art institutions, professional ensembles and orchestras. You can apply with a background in either instrumental- or electronic music or in sound art. The overarching goal is to give you advanced artistic attainments in the main subject, skills, experimental practice, and communication. A large number of performances, exhibitions and concerts take place at the Academy in co-operation with fellow students and professional musicians. SIREN - the Academy s festival for new music - plays a decisive role in the official concert programme.
The Master programme at the Academy of Music and Drama runs through two years at advanced level. It aims at students who already have a Bachelor s degree or comparable knowledge on 180 higher education credits (three years studies in higher education).
The MA programme in Music comprises six orientations: Interpretation, Improvisation, Composition, Music theory, Symphonic orchestra (SNOA) and Organ with related keyboard instruments
In interpretation and improvisation you can make a free choice of musical genre, style or instrument: Classical music, Free performance, Jazz, Folk music or World music. Composition is also a comprehensive area now including Electronic music and Sound Art. Music theory aims at different musical practises, whereas Symphonic orchestra is focussing professional orchestras in Western music. Organ and related keyboard instruments focuses on solo and ensemble repertoire as well as improvisation and is being launched together with the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt). The content is to a high degree directed by your own focus and perspective. The six orientations have no clear cut limitations regarding genre or creative methods.
The programme is given in English. Students who have obtained the Master s degree are eligible to apply for the PhD programme in music performance or composition.
Basic courses: Literature and scientific method - Track seminars - Main subject - Thesis project.
The contents of the programme are governed to a great extent by the focus and perspective you choose yourself. The artistic questions you raise will characterize the different courses and the individualized teaching will be adapted to your own development.
Musical performances, for instance in the form of concerts, will be integrated with the independent project you write.
You will be able to learn about research methodologies and will extend your practical knowledge about music. This will enable you to undertake projects involving musical performances with greater experience and with added insights into different practical and theoretical methods.
This is a two year fulltime programme. You will be provided with one teacher for your major subject and one tutor. All students will at the same time be offered scope for joint discussions based on the different performance projects.
A bachelor of arts in the fine or applied arts, a professional qualification of at least 180 higher education credits, at least three years of approved full-time study in a programme for musicians or the equivalent and special requirements that comprise musical skills. The knowledge and skills required are assessed during an entrance test. Students may be admitted to the programme without having basic eligibility in the form of a degree.
Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests. All applicants are also requested to send in a Proposal for Master independent project on minimum three A4 pages: Title of project, problem statement, method for artistic and/or scientific development/research, and references to related projects. The proposal should be submitted not later than February 1. If you apply to more than one track you are obliged to send in one proposal for each orientation.
You apply at but send the proposal and other material like scores, CD and DVD directly to the Academy of Music and Drama.
Auditions will be held at the Academy and you will be requested to come to Göteborg after you have submitted your application. For foreign students auditions can be presented on CD, DVD, mp3, or Audio Cassettes and sent by post to The Academy of Music and Drama. More information about applications and entrance tests can be found at
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test.
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