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Composition Studies – Western Art Music


Programme description

Composition Studies – Western Art Music is a freestanding one year university course in composition on advanced level. You will also be studying instrumentation, electroacoustic music and other relevant subjects linked to composition and you will take part in the composition seminars. Opportunities may also arise to take part in composition projects.

How to apply

  • Apply for the course no later than January 15, 2021.
  • Link to registration
  • With your application, you must attach samples of work according to the information that can be read in the information below. You upload your samples of work to the Malmö Academy of Music via the link below. Read the information carefully so that you send the correct documents and that these are in the correct format. In order for your application to be seen as complete, all files and documents must be uploaded according to the instructions no later than January 25, 2021. After this date, your application will be processed as late registration and you may then miss your opportunity to be offered a place on that education you are looking for.

Samples of work

  1. 4-6 scores (pdf) and audio (mp3), with clear recording instructions, representing various ensemble types as orchestra, chamber orchestra, minor chamber groups, choir and the electroacoustic medium.
  2. A short work note for each piece.
  3. Complete work list.
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. A few words about why you want to study composition at our Academy.

Instructions for electronic uploading of samples of work

  1. Check that you have signed up for the course at

  2. Choose the 4-6 scores you want to submit. Save them in PDF format and name each file with title_your initials_date of birth (year/month/day). Separate the data with underscores.
    Example: Part1_LaJo_990230 (In the example, the applicant is named Lars Jonsson born February 30, 1999)

  3. It is important that you send in both scores and audio files for the material you want to use as a basis for assessing work samples. Choose the audio files you want to submit. Save them in MP3 format and name each file with title, initials and date of birth.
    Example: Title1_LaJo_990230

  4. If you want to use links to YouTube, Soundcloud, your own website or similar as work samples, write full link names in a separate text document which you then save as a PDF. Name the PDF file according to the following example: Links_LaJo_990230

  5. Save your other text documents in PDF formats and name them with title_initials_date of birth according to the following examples: CV_LaJo_990230, Plan_LaJo_990230 etc.

  6. Create a new folder on your computer and MOST IMPORTANT - Name the folder with the abbreviation COMPSTUD_your full name_date of birth (year/month/day). 
    Example: COMPSTUD_LarsJonsson_990230

  7. Put all your files in the folder and save it on your computer. The folder must not exceed 5GB in size.

  8. Open the link for uploading work samples. You will find the link further down on this page - Upload your work samples here

  9. Download or drag the entire folder from your computer into the upload window. Enter the same email address as when you made your registration at Upload!

  10. When the upload is complete, you will receive a confirmation directly in the browser. Do not close the browser until the upload is complete.

  11. If you have problems with the upload of your work samples, please contact us via email to admissions [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se

NOTE! It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the work samples are complete according to the  description, that they are submitted in the correct format and are playable and that any links lead to the correct location. Never send your work samples to the admissions email. They will end up wrong and your application will not be considered complete.

Upload your work samples here no later than January 25, 2021.

Quick Facts

60 ECTS credits / 1 year full-time

Kind of programme
Independent course

Composition Western art music

Language of instruction
Swedish and English

Application period
16 October 2020 – 15 January 2021

Admissions result
19 April 2021 on My pages at

Entry requirements
To be admitted to the course, 180 credits been required from studies in composition or arranging/composition at an Academy of Music or the equivalent, and passed portfolios.

Based on samples of work

Syllabus MUPS12