Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)

Music Composition


The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Music Composition is a continuing education specialization (post-diploma degree) aimed at musicians who wish to broaden their knowledge of different aspects of composition and to enhance their understanding of the profession through the use of adequate analytical instruments.


The duration is 2 years (4 semesters).


Applications are to be submitted by June 30.


The composition teacher is Nadir Vassena.

Admissions criteria

Candidates may be admitted if they meet the following criteria:
- have finished a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
- have submitted a complete application dossier
- have successfully passed their admissions examination. For the admissions examination candidates must submit a series of compositions of their own and, if desired, analytical work related to their work and/or their profession
- have successfully passed an admissions interview


The programme costs CHF 9’500, that correspond to the following fees:
- Fee per semester CHF 2'000
- Administration fee per semester CHF 250
- One-off matriculation fee CHF 250
- Final exam fee CHF 250


Participants will receive 25 sixty-minute lessons per year with the composition teacher. Lessons may also be organized in intensive monthly sessions for those participants who have a busy professional or family life. Furthermore, participation to a selection of seminars/activities, as well as sitting the final exam is mandatory. For their final exam, participants must submit a minimum of 3 compositions of their own targeting different instrumental ensembles and deliver a final lecture on their compositional process.

The course leads to the acquisition of 60 ECTS credits, divided as follows:
- Composition 25 ECTS per year
- Seminars/Activities 4 ECTS
- Final Exam 6 ECTS


At the end of their studies, participants will receive a Master of Advanced Studies SUPSI in Music Composition diploma, under the condition that they:
- have acquired all required ECTS credits;
- have successfully sit the final examination;
- have paid the costs.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the titles that it awards are recognized by the Federal Government according to the law relating to Professional University Schools, 2 October 1995 and subsequent revisions.
This title is not a professional qualification and does not qualify holders to teach in public schools in Switzerland.


Participants must observe the Study Regulations of the University of Music. The University of Music reserves itself the right not to open the course in particular circumstances.

Suspending or terminating

During their studies, participants may suspend or terminate their studies (Art. 23 del Regolamento degli studi del 27 marzo 2014).


Head of MAS in Music Composition

Nadir Vassena


Head of Continuing Education

Carlo Ciceri