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Academy of Performing Arts in Prague - Music and Dance Faculty

In the main field of Composition, the instruction grants to the student latitude in stylistic direction, but requires extemporaneity, technical certitude, responsibility in handing in work and possibly also the ability to understand and make use of various expressions of applied genres and types of music in the student?s work. For the duration of the programme, the student is developed and cultivated mainly by the pedagogue of the main subject in individual lessons (2 hours of instruction per week at the Bachelor?s level and 3 instructional hours per week at the Master?s level). In addition, the department places great emphasis on students? well-founded general and specific scholarly informedness, which helps them to search for and find distinctive paths in artistic practice. The instruction of composers is divided into several mutually interconnected wholes which participate in shaping students? artistic and human qualities. Emphasis is also placed on the creative mastery of present-day digital technologies in compositional practice. Study tasks are selected for students in individual years according to their level of compositional maturity. In the Master?s programme, creative work continues to larger symphonic, cantata or multi-media (final diploma work) compositions. A graduate must demonstrate independence in his or her artistic direction and in resolving technical problems.

Graduate profile

A graduate of the Master?s programme is able to perform independent composing work with differentiated and stylistically distinctive traits; is able to work independently and creatively with modern technologies including programs for working with sound, live electronics, creating professional and stylistically appropriate graphic representations of scores in notation software; is able to offer a qualified and well-argued opinion on the contemporary directions of musical creation; is able to evaluate these impulses in a creative manner and to react to them in his or her work; has a broad overview of the cultural scene and is able to elaborate in his or her own work stimuli from across artistic fields; is able to independently and initiatively organise in introducing contemporary (including his or her own) work into the concert environment; is able to offer qualified opinions in scholarly discussions, including the music-theoretical and analytical rationale for his or her own compositional conceptions and solutions.


Applications start 1st March 2018
Applications end 31st March 2018
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Admission requirements

The entrance examination consists of a presentation of compositions and the demonstration of talents and technical abilities: 1) submission of ones own compositions as scores (or in corresponding graphic form) and their performance on the piano or other instrument, or from a recording; 2) ability to analyse ones own compositions and those of others; 3) a written examination: test of practical skill and extemporaneity in harmony (harmonising with a given melody) and in counterpoint (composing a Baroque fugue). Both without the use of a piano; a test of musical creativity based on an assignment (a short study); candidates for the Masters programme may be granted an exemption on the basis of presented compositional studies;



Degree master post bachelor
Study duration 2 years
Language English
Place Prague
School fees € 7042 per year
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