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Master of Fine Arts in Music with Specialisation in Composition

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 482 000 SEK
First payment: 120 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application opens 1 December 2021


Our programme provides the opportunity for active creators within the experimental music and sound art field to develop and deepen their personal artistic practice. As a student, you will bring your artistic practice to a new level, interact and workshop closely with fellow students, and be inspired by international teachers who are experts in music and other art forms. The programme focuses on experimental methods for creating music and sound art for creators who have already established a personal artistic practice.


This programme accepts new students every two years.  The next time to apply is December 2021, with the studies beginning autumn 2022.

Experimental composition and creation

The field of contemporary experimental music and sound art is continuously growing. The newly revised international programme for experimental composition and creation mirrors this process and looks for creators who have a curiosity for interdisciplinary situations. If you are active as a composer or performer within instrumental or vocal music, sound art, performance art, sound installation, electronic music, free improvised music, or areas neighbouring these fields, and want to tailor your education to your personal artistic interests and goals, we invite you to send us your application. 

In-depth explorative process

We offer the opportunity to follow an explorative project through the entire programme, beginning already with your application where you submit a description of your idea. Throughout the programme, you will examine new perspectives and challenge your practices through encounters with your fellow students, your supervisor, and our guest teachers who are experts from the music field and other art forms. You will receive support from professors at our department as well as other departments at the Academy of Music and Drama, such as Contemporary Performative Arts, Improvisation, World Music, Opera, and Music and Sound Production, to suit your specific ongoing music exploration. 

Exclusive admission every two years

We admit students every second year, starting in autumn 2020. The next group will then start in autumn 2022. Accepting a group of only eight to ten students, you will be able to closely interact with each other during the two years of studies, following the same time plan for the development of your independent projects. An essential part of the programme consists of project-based work, where you meet active composers, musicians, and artists in workshops and lab situations.

Diverse collaborations

The programme is characterized by an interdisciplinary environment through interaction with fellow students and visiting lecturers, and we have close links to the research environment at the institution, faculty, and University. You will have access to ongoing collaborations with established musicians and ensembles such as Mimitabu, Gageego, Curious Chamber Players, Musica Vitae string orchestra, and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. We frequently collaborate with venues and institutions such as Röda Sten, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Atalante, and Nefertiti.

Programme structure and content

The programme is designed to provide intensive scheduled studies during fourteen weeks spread out during the autumn and spring semesters. The scheduled activities include individual sessions with professors and supervisors, collective classes with your fellow students, project weeks with invited guests within different artistic fields, lab and workshop sessions where you interact within the class and with other master’s programmes, and collaborations with professional ensembles. The weeks in between are for developing your own composing and performance, self-studies, and exploration connected to your individual work, as well as research-related seminars together with students of other master’s programmes.

The Independent Project course accounts for one fourth of the programme, and you have a great deal of freedom to experiment and explore new ideas and reflect on your choices. You proceed with your investigative work independently in consultation with your supervisor.

Who should apply?

If you are active as a composer or performer within instrumental music, sound art, performance art, sound installation, electronic music, free improvised music, or areas neighbouring these fields, and have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts or the equivalent, you are welcome to apply for the programme with a draft of an explorative project. The programme is open to both international and Swedish students. Instruction is primarily in English, but individual teaching in Swedish is also possible.

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor's degree of fine arts or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Special instructions for application

Here you will find detailed information about the entrance exams for Master of Fine Arts in Music with Specialisation in Composition.

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Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests. More information about applications and entrance tests can be found at the home page of the Academy of Music and Drama:

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Fine Arts in Music with a specialization in composition.

Our programme has close links to the research environment at the institution, faculty, and University and offers unique conditions to qualify for postgraduate education. You will also be well prepared for a career in the contemporary music and sound art field, as composers, performers, sound artists, initiators of artistic and musical projects, and curators.


The programme is taught at the Academy of Music and Drama in central Gothenburg. The building offers rehearsal rooms, concert stages and recording studios, among other things. Visiting address: Fågelsången 1, Gothenburg.

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