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Musical composition can, in its most basic form, sensitize us to the specific contexts through which sound is experienced. To accept Luigi Nono's challange that composition can reawaken one's senses in order to participate in something much larger than ourselves is the key challenge for contemporary musical composition.

At the Academy of Music and Drama, we accept such an orientation by focusing upon a student's artistic growth and conceptual thinking in conjunction with a student's experimentation with instrumental sound, notation and structural thinking. Ideally, composers at the Academy of Music and Drama develop as artistic forces in the local and global contexts of our society in order to create unique artistic expressions, and reflections of human values through their compositions and cross-border co-operations.

The Academy of Music and Drama is an open and creative meeting point with windows out to the world, which is why we emphasize interdisciplinary knowledge and collaborations with other programs such as opera, theater, film, literature, poetry, architecture and the visual arts. We also offer technical expertise in a variety of technologies with our Lindblad Studio.

The program aims to prepare for upcoming activities as a professional composer, but can also serve as a basis for further studies at the doctoral level. The basis of the instruction includes individual tuition, analysis seminars, aesthetics seminars and open score seminars in conjunction with the Improvisation Department.

Opportunites for composition students include various chamber ensembles formed with performance students at the Academy of Music and Drama, international renowned professional ensembles, Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the academy's chamber choir, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae String Orchestra and various outside projects that can include collaborations with the Gothenburg Opera, sound installations and various electronic music collaborations. Each year there is a Siren Festival where composition students have their works performed at the academy.

Basic courses
Literature and scientific method - Track seminars - Main subject - Thesis project.

Read the interview with Ming Tsao, Professor of Composition at the Academy, about the essentials of the Programme and its philosophy.

Entrance requirements

Entrance Requirements
A Bachelor of Arts in the Fine or Applied arts, a professional qualification of at least 180 higher education credits, at least three years of approved full-time studies in a programme for musicians or the equivalent and special requirements that comprise musical skills. Students may be admitted to the programme without having basic eligibility in the form of a degree.

Selection of eligible applicants is based upon assessments of submitted portfolios. All applicants are requested to send in a portfolio of at least three (3) compositions (scores and/or recordings) as well as a proposal on minimum three (3) A4 pages describing their compositional aesthetics.

The proposal and portfolio must be received by the Academy of Music and Drama no later than 1 February 2017. We only accept submitted material via the institutions online application system (DAP). The online application system opens for submission 9 January 2017.

If necessary, interviews will be held at the Academy of Music and Drama and applicants will be requested to come to Göteborg.


Enrollment for autumn term 2018 will be open from 1 December 2017 until 15 January 2018. Apply via www.universityadmissions.se.

Application (applied for 2017)

Send the proposal and other material via DAP, our system for digital portfolios.
Link to the webbsystem

Information on how to use our service for digital portfolios can be found in the quick reference guide.
Quick reference guide

If the jury finds it necessary, interviews will be held at the Academy of Music and Drama, and the applicants might be requested to come to Göteborg.

Contact Information

Thomas Jäderlund

Head Music Unit - World Music, Improvisation, Individual Performance, Composition, Music- and Sound Production,

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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