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Apply to BA in Contemporary Traditions in Music

This information concerns the Bachelor's Programme in Contemporary Traditions in Music. The next time you can apply for the programme is 1 December 2023 – 15 January 2024. Studies start in the autumn of 2024. Note: the programme is conducted in English.

Admission test

The following refers to students entering the programme in autumn 2024. 

The admission test is divided into two rounds. Round 1 is remote. Round 2 is on site at the Academy of Music and Drama (Eklandagatan 86, Gothenburg). If you are unable to attend for the second test round in person, you can take it remotely via SlideRoom and Zoom.

In the spring of 2024, the first test (round 1) will take place online. To take part in round 1, you upload video recordings in which you play/sing. You can play/sing either solo or accompanied by one or several musicians. At least one of the pieces in round 1 must be performed solo. Read more under the heading Instructions and criteria for videos.

Test round 1: Video recordings

  • You are to perform 3–5 pieces of your choice, of which at least one must be a solo.
  • The combined length of all your videos may not exceed 15 minutes.
  • You must demonstrate familiarity with the genre, technical ability and your musical expression skills. If you are playing together with an accompanist, your communicative ability will also be assessed.
  • You do not need to demonstrate breadth across multiple genres; you can choose music from a single style or genre if you want. Within that style/genre, you are welcome to demonstrate breadth both in terms of repertoire (regarding, for example, character, time signature, tempo and key/mood) and in terms of your technical skills.
  • Upload your video recordings in SlideRoom. You create a new account in SlideRoom yourself with your e-mail address and password of your choice.

If you pass round 1, you will be invited to round 2, which is given on site at the Academy of Music and Drama or online via SlideRoom and Zoom.

Test round 2: On site or remote

The second test round will be given on site at the Academy of Music and Drama (Eklandagatan 86 in Gothenburg). If you cannot participate in person, you will have an opportunity to take the test remotely via SlideRoom and Zoom. The instructions for round 2 will be attached in the call for round 2 via e-mail.

Instructions and criteria for videos

Video recordings will only be accepted as grounds for evaluation if you follow the instructions below in your application:

  • Read the test instructions for the programme and instrument you are applying for carefully to know what you need to upload.
  • Begin each video by introducing yourself. You must also state clearly what piece you are going to perform in the recording. Your videos will not be considered valid unless your face and your hands are visible the entire time.
  • Perform only one piece/test requirement per video. Each video may be at most 6 minutes long and must be performed in a single uncut take. No clipping or other technical editing is allowed. The total length of your videos together may not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Remember to do a sound test with your recording equipment prior to recording. The sound must be of high quality, without excessive room acoustic effects, distortion or noise.
  • The videos must be of good picture quality, with clear focus and good lighting.
  • The recordings must be uploaded in one of the following approved file formats: MP4 or MOV. Other file formats are not allowed.
  • Remember that many people may be trying to upload videos in the final days before the application deadline, which may overload the servers. If your videos have not been submitted prior to the deadline, your test will be invalid, so make sure you don’t wait until the last day/days to upload them so you know your videos will be received in time.

If you do not follow these instructions, or if we suspect that the videos you submit have been modified, your application may be judged to be invalid.