• Department/School
  • University of Music of Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  • Qualification awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts SUPSI in Music
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (180 ECTS over three years)
  • Language
  • Italian. For admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music, candidates who are not native speakers of Italian must present a certificate proving that their level of Italian language is at least B2 according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages.
  • Course fee
  • Application fee CHF 100. One off matriculation fee CHF 250. Tuition fee CHF 1500/semester (international students). Tuition fee CHF 750/semester (Swiss nationals and residents). Administration fee CHF 250/semester.
  • Centre
  • Lugano
  • Start date
  • 7 September 2020
  • Application deadline
  • 31 March 2020
  • Description
  • The course is offered with two Majors:
    - Performance
    - Theory and composition


The course offers a basic artistic and musical education, essential in order to continue professional training in the fields of:

  • Musical Pedagogy;
  • Interpretation;
  • Theory and Composition.

The qualification also entitles graduates to enter professional fields associated with but external to the field of music (for example, music criticism) or to music-related scientific or technical areas of study.


Admission requirements

Applicants must have a high school or vocational school diploma, a diploma from another general second level high school, or a recognized general education certificate. These educational requirements may be waived in exceptional cases, should the applicant shows extraordinary musical talent.

Applicants must also sit and pass three admissions exams:

  • a music theory exam (harmony and ear training);
  • a solo performance (of at least 30 minutes);
  • an interview.

Career prospects

Completion of the course may grant graduates access to professional activity (for example, Performance Studies, instrumental branch). The course is an essential step for those wishing to pursue further study at the Master’s level.