The Programme

The aim of the programme
The composing musician is an advanced two-year programme which, taking its starting point in the artistic profile of each individual student uses composition to help the students develop strong, fully-realised artistic profiles.
The programme is intended to support, inspire and educate”the composing musician”. Students are to acquire knowledge, skills and competences that can guide them toward new types of artistic expression.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the master’s programme, the students are expected to:

  1. bring to fulfilment and mediate to an audience their artistic ambitions, with a personal profile in their practice both as composers and performers,
  2. use composition and improvisation to create and develop music,
  3. account for and discuss their artistic work and the problems to which they relate as artists in dialogue with their colleagues and the general public, national and international,
  4. analyse and relate critically to material from artistic research , and use this in their own work,
  5. use their knowledge and skills to develop their musical perspective and demonstrate independent artistic development ,
  6. demonstrate ability to navigate in the rapidly-changing music sector of today,
  7. in their capacity as artists be able to contribute to creative thinking and innovation in the field of professional musicianship,
  8. demonstrate independence in their encounters with demanding artistic challenges and in initiating, participating in and leading various projects.
  9. analyse and discuss problems associated with being a professional musician, considering both tradition and the contemporary,
  10. have insights into and the ability to relate critically in reflecting on ethical norms and problems related to the profession.

Programme structure/study plan
The programme will consist of 120 ECTS, corresponding to two years of full-time studies, evenly distributed over the four semesters during which the programme runs.
The study plan consists of course modules as described below, with each partner academy contributing the relevant course offerings as described in the joint programme description.

Subject area Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Total
Composition/ performance 15 15 15 45
Semester projects 7.5 7.5 7.5 22.5
Electives 7.5 7.5 7.5 22.5
Master’s project 30 30
ECTS per semester 30 30 30 30 120

All subject areas are to be assessed at the end of each semester, in accordance with local rules and requirements concerning assessment.
The students pursue the programme in a given order, spending semester 1 at their home institution, semesters two and three on exchanges, (one semester at each of the other two institutions), and the final semester back at their home institution.

The model for the exchange semesters is as follows:

Semester 1 (home institution) Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 (home institution)
Oslo Gothenburg Copenhagen Oslo
Gothenburg Copenhagen Oslo Gothenburg
Copenhagen Oslo Gothenburg Copenhagen

The studies to be pursued by each student during semesters 2 and 3 are regulated in the Learning Agreements. All exchange semesters must be approved by the end of each semester, and documented in the Transcript of Records.