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Composition Diploma


The Master’s programme in Music, Composition Diploma is aimed at students who want to develop their artistry as a composer with a focus on Western contemporary art music. The programme is designed to develop future composers with great artistic and professional ability through a specialised education in composition focusing on highly qualified tasks.

The programme involves in-depth studies and specialisation in orchestral composition and other major projects in collaboration with professional institutions and ensembles. This places great demands on work discipline and responsibility.

After completing the programme, you shall have well-developed knowledge and skills as well as a personal aesthetic and the ability to create music at a high artistic level. Furthermore, you shall have acquired in-depth knowledge of composition for varying instrumental ensembles and shall be prepared to work and act independently on a professional level. You shall also have developed the ability to study in a self-directed and independent way. Teaching in composition is given in the form of individual lessons and seminars. Projects and degree project are included.

Bent Sørensen professor in Composition
Rolf Martinsson professor in Music Theory, Arranging and Composition

General requirements for university studies in Sweden as well as a Bachelor in Music 180 credits or equivalent and successful entrance tests to the Master’s Programme in Music, Diploma. Exceptions can be made from the basic eligibility requirement of proficiency in Swedish for international students.

Connect Festival is a contemporary music festival organised by the students.

Learn more about Connect Festival

Inter Arts Centre is our platform for electro-acoustic music and a meeting place for collaborations with other art forms such as theatre and the visual arts.

Read more about Inter Arts Center

The Composition Seminar is a forum for aesthetic discussions, analysis, reflection and meetings with visiting professors, composers and musicians within the field of contemporary art music.

One of the most indispensable and unique features of the Malmö Academy of Music is the capacity to deliver many performance opportunities every year. This is the basis for the efficient development of a composer’s concrete relationship with music itself.

The Master’s programme in Music, Composition Diploma, collaborates with leading orchestras, ensembles and musicians, such as the Malmö, Norrköping, Gävle and Helsingborg symphony orchestras, the Swedish Wind Ensemble, Jönköping Sinfonietta and Musica Vitae. Therefore, the students have the opportunity during their studies to build up an extensive network of contacts.


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