The Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve not only technical but also artistic maturity.
The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana only offers in-depth study (Major) in composition.
The Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory Major in Composition usually takes place in 4 semesters and corresponds to a total number of working hours equivalent to 120 ECTS credits.
An offer with a lower number of hours/ ECTS credits would not be accepted internationally
Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory - Major in Composition
The Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory is an independent Master's Degree programme under Swiss cooperation in accordance with the Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz KMHS cooperation model.
Admission is conditional on:
Achieving the BA does not automatically guarantee access to the Master's and the admission exam is mandatory.
Should candidates with Bachelor’s degrees from other university schools prove to be of an equal level, the principle of equal treatment shall apply.
Most courses are taught in Italian although, depending on the nationality of the students and/or musicians present during practical exercises, the use of other languages (French, German, English) is widely accepted. Classes delivered by guests may also take place in the languages specified above. Students can also attend language courses as part of SUPSI programmes. Written work is accepted in any of the three official languages or in English.
The admission exam must verify the conformity of the skills acquired at BA level with those required for admission to the MA. Candidates may be required to acquire certain skills before admission to or during the MA.
The aptitude test consists of:
The student is only accepted as being eligible for the course if all parts of the test are passed.
Applications are open till 31 March. In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, admissions procedures for the academic year 2021-2022 have been completely revisited. Details on the preparation of the admission dossier, as well as on all updated procedures, may be found on the Application page.
The regulations of the Master of Arts in Music Composition and Theory, as well as all other regulations of the University of Music are available on the section Study Regulations.