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Mas­ter of Music in Per­form­ance Tech­no­logy and Elec­troacous­tic Com­pos­i­tion

120 ECTS.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in

  • Performance, or
  • Composition, or
  • Technology

(or equivalent as recognized by the Norwegian Academy of Music) with a minimum of 80 credits (ECTS equivalent) in music performance, composition or technology subjects.

The application must include an individual project proposal with the cover sheet and supporting documentation of fulfilment of formal requirements. The applicant’s artistic and music technological skills will be tested.

Programme description

The programme offer is for students seeking to specialize in composing and performing with music technology. The programme is aimed at practical artistic work qualifying students as performing musicians, electroacoustic composers, and music producers.

The student must complete a master project, an original artistic project with subprojects. The master project will be an elaboration of the project proposal that the student hands in with their application and it will be developed further during the first semester of studies.

Examples of master project areas, the areas may be combined:

  • music technology in individual instrument performance
  • electroacoustic or acousmatic composition and performance
  • music production where computing technologies are core tools

Learning objectives

Students graduating from the Master of Music in Performance Technology and Electroacoustic Composition degree programme should demonstrate:

  • Ability to realize and convey artistic intentions with a clear profile
  • Advanced technical abilities in digital composition techniques, and the ability to implement these in a creative manner
  • Autonomy when meeting demanding artistic and technological challenges, and by initiating, implementing, and directing a variety of projects
  • Ability to meet the demands of music life and the music industry
  • Ability to contribute to innovation and advancement in their field
  • Ability to apply new knowledge to expand their academic, artistic, and creative perspectives, and conduct independent artistic research/development activity
  • Ability to discuss issues concerning music as an art form and its functions in a societal context
  • Ability to articulate and discuss musicological and technological issues in a thoughtful, reflective manner, both within the music community and in the public sphere
  • Ability to critically assess material from artistic development activity and research, and to use this in their own work
  • Understanding of ethical concerns in their own creative activity, as well as in artistic research and development activity, and work in concordance with ethical norms and regulations.


The study programme consists of individual instruction/supervision, lectures, masterclasses, workshops, and seminars. Group projects may periodically substitute the ordinary schedules.

As a general rule, class attendance at the Academy is not compulsory. However, there are certain courses in which attendance is required.

Study credits are used as the unit of measure to express the scope of the courses in the study programme. The complete Master’s degree programme is 120 credits. One year of full-time study is equal to 60 credits. One credit corresponds to 27-30 hours of work, including classroom instruction and independent work.


Courses at the Academy use one of the following two grading systems (with the exception of non-credit courses):

  • Final mark of “passed” or “failed”.
  • Final mark on a scale of A to F, where E is the lowest passing mark.

The individual course descriptions must state which system of marking will be used.

Additional provisions on assessment and examination are laid down in Chapter VI of the Regulations Governing the Programmes of Study at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

A diploma will be issued when the student has passed all the courses required for a degree.

Education quality assurance

The Academy has a system for educational quality assurance and development that applies to all aspects of the education provided. Students play a vital role in these efforts by, among other things, participating in student evaluations of courses and programmes.

Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Apr 28, 2021