Music Composition and Theory

  • Department/School
  • University of Music of Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Music Composition and Theory
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (120 ECTS over two years)
  • Language
  • Italian
  • Application fee
  • The application fee amounts to CHF 100.
  • 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 Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory is a full time degree course. This course requires total dedication from the student in terms of time and emotional commitment, to achieve not only technical but also artistic maturity.
    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana only offers in-depth study (Major) in composition.


This is a specialist course with a Major in Composition. Particular focus is placed on the creative dimension of composition, the integration of contemplation and skilled craftsmanship. The electronic music component of the course is conducted in collaboration with the IRMus of the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano (Scuole Civiche).


Admission requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music or an equivalent musical education;
  • pass an admission examination;

Applicants with equivalent BA qualifications from other Higher Music Education institutions will receive equal treatment. For further details, please refer to the programme’s page on the Conservatorio website.

Career prospects

Graduates with a Major in Composition work in the various fields of musical composition.