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Apply for MFA Composition

This information concerns applications to the Master of Fine Arts Programme in Music with specialization in Composition (Experimental Composition and Creation).


(The following applied to students starting autumn 2020)

You must submit:

  • A proposal (4000–6000 characters) of the project you plan to develop in your independent work. Explain what you want to work with and how the project idea relates to your artistic practice, preferably with some kind of question. The description should also contain thoughts on theories and methods that may be relevant as well as a reflection on possible references in the project: What have others done in the same or adjacent areas?     
  • At least three (3) compositions/sound art works/installations/performances, notated and/or recorded, which are updated and represent you and your music. Maximal file size for audio is 60 MB, videos 500 MB.  
  • A list of your previous artistic works.     
  • A curriculum vitae.


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we must adapt our entrance exams in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations. These recommendations are subject to change at short notice, which means that the tests may need to be adapted further. In that case, we will notify you via the email address you provide when registering.


After reading and listening to the submitted material, we call a limited number of applicants for personal interviews, alternatively by telephone or other digital media interview. This interview is mandatory for all selected applicants.

Eligibility and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.


Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests.

Alternative premises

In the coming years, major changes await the Academy of Music and Drama. Parts of our building Artisten will undergo renovation, and according to a proposal, other parts will be demolished to make room for a completely new building that will house both the Academy of Music and Drama and and HDK-Valand, placing the entire Faculty for Fine Applied and Performing Arts adjacent to Götaplatsen. The decision is expected from Rektor and the faculty's Dean by the beginning of 2021.  

This construction process means that the Academy of Music and Drama will move its operations to several different premises, hence avoiding disturbance from by the construction work. With a few exceptions, these premises will all be located in central Gothenburg and be specially adapted to the business. The relocation is expected to take place in the summer of 2022. This means that those planning to study at the Academy of Music and Drama in the autumn semester of 2022 will begin their studies in premises other than the Artist.

The move in to the new premises will be done in steps, during the summers of 2024, 2025 and 2026.

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