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MFA Composition - Experimental Composition and Creation

The field of contemporary experimental music and sound art is constantly growing. The newly revised international programme for Experimental Composition and Creation mirrors this process and looks for creators who have a curiosity for interdisciplinary situations, with a master programme tailored for your personal artistic development. If you are active as a composer or performer within instrumental/vocal music, sound art, performance art, sound installation, electronic music, free improvised music or areas neighbouring these fields, we invite you to send us your application. Your application consists of a description of an explorative project that continues through the entire programme. During this time, you examine new perspectives and challenge your practices through encounters with your fellow students, your supervisor and our guest teachers who are experts from the music field and other art forms.

Magda Mayas performing at the Academy of Music and Drama. Photographer: Stig-Magnus Thorsén

News for this programme

  • Admission every second year. The first group will start autumn 2020. The following group starts in the autumn of 2022.
  • 8–10 students who can closely interact with each other during the two years of studies, and who follow the same time plan for the development of their independent projects.
  • A large part of the programme consists of project-based work, where you meet active composers/musicians/artists, in workshops and lab situations.

Contents of the programme

  • Main subject compositional and performative practices
  • Independent Project (Degree Project)
  • Master's Seminar
  • The Reflective Artist

During two years you will pursue your own personal artistic process, with support from professors at the composition department as well as other departments at the Academy of Music and Drama, such as Contemporary Performative Arts, Improvisation, World Music, Music and Sound Production, to suit your specific ongoing music exploration. The programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary environment through interaction with fellow students and visiting lecturers. The programme has close links to the research environment at the institution, faculty and university. You also have access to on-going collaborations with established musicians and ensembles such as Mimitabu, Gageego, Curious Chamber Players, Musica Vitae string orchestra and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

The Main Subject makes up the largest course of the programme (60 credits), in which you develop your own artistic focus. In addition to regular lessons, the course consists of lab forums, workshops, seminars and feedback sessions with your fellow students. The Independent Project course accounts for one fourth of the programme (30 credits). Within the framework of this course, you have a great deal of freedom to experiment and explore new ideas and reflect on your choices. You proceed with your investigative work independently in consultation with your supervisor.

Who can apply for the programme?

If you are active as a composer or performer within instrumental music, sound art, performance art, sound installation, electronic music, free improvised music or areas neighbouring these fields, and have a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts or the equivalent, you are welcome to apply for the programme with a draft of an explorative project. The programme is open to both international and Swedish students; instruction is primarily in English, but individual teaching in Swedish is also possible.

Structure of the programme

The programme is designed to provide intensive scheduled studies during fourteen weeks spread out during the autumn and spring semesters. The scheduled activities include individual sessions with professors and supervisors, collective class with your fellow students, project weeks with invited guests within different artistic fields, lab/workshop sessions where you interact within the class, collaborations with professional ensembles.

The weeks in between are for developing your composing/performance, self-studies and own exploration connected to your individual work. For the academic year of 2020/2021 the scheduled weeks are preliminary, for the autumn: Weeks starting 7 Sept, 14 Sept, 28 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec; and for the spring: Weeks starting 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 5 Apr, 19 Apr and 3 May.

Teachers and Professors

Malin Bång – Composition, master seminars
Ole Lützow-Holm – Composition, master seminars, thesis project
Joel Eriksson – Thesis project, music theory
Per Anders Nilsson – Electroacoustic music
Palle Dahlstedt – Electroacoustic music
Staffan Mossenmark – Sound art, performance

The Making of Dido and Aeneas

In 2018, students from four academic programmes at the Academy of Music and Drama participated in the production of a unique version of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. Raphael, a master student in composition from Hong Kong, was assigned to write new musical pieces which were intertwined with Purcells' original compositions.
View the documentary The Making of Dido and Aeneas on YouTube.

Contact Information

Martina Almgren

Programme Supervisor,

Phone:
+46 31-786 64 40

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 11/4/2019
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