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BA Composition

15 pianon publik

The programme is taught in Swedish. 

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 master's level. The basis of the instruction includes individual tuition, music theory seminars, analysis seminars, aesthetics seminars and open score seminars in conjunction with the Improvisation Department.

Opportunites for compositions 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.

Professors and teachers

Ming Tsao Professor - read the interview!
Palle Dahlstedt Electronic music
Joel Eriksson Instrumental composition
Anders Hultqvist Exam thesis work
Ole Lützow-Holm Instrumental composition (on leave)
Staffan Mossenmark
Sound art
Per-Anders Nilsson Electronic music
Dan Olsson Music history

Main subject (90 hec)

Developing the artistic depth of the students is a main part of the education and the tutoring involves individual supervision as well as different compositional seminars. Your bachelor exam thesis is also included in the main subject.

Musical theory and practise (90 hec)

This includes for example the courses Science of sound, Notations, Sonic grammar and design, Interdisciplinary models, Musical time and narrative, Compositional processes, Modes of listening, Sonic analysis and synthesis, Art and society, Open score, Projects, etc.

Eligibility, application, enrolment

The basic eligibility requirements for higher education apply for this course. In addition there is an enrolment test on which selection is based. Contact us for further information. 


Degree of Bachelor of Music with specialization in Composition, 180 higher education credits.

Contact Information

Martina Almgren

Programme Supervisor,

+46 31-786 64 40

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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