The role of the Music department is to train musicians for a broad range of music professions.

The BA Composition programme at the IAA is a three-year study programme providing 180 credits. Students can choose between modules with emphasis on instrumental composition and/or electroacoustic composition. The programme is designed to give the student a broad range of subjects and projects as an introduction to the professional career of the modern composer. In addition to the traditional modules in composition, music theory, instrumentation and orchestration, electro-acoustics and sound theory, a varied modules of elective courses are offered, among others courses in composing for Film, Theatre and Dance. The student is offered a chance to collaborate with students from the Department of Performing Arts and the Icelandic Film School.

The application should consist of:
  • Electronic application
  • photocopy of passport
  • learning agreement (suggest which subjects you need to take in addition to your main instrument/core subject)
  • digital sound file, link to a website or a cd recording
  • short letter of motivation
  • C.V. in English

Applicants upload the required documents to the electronic application.

Language of Instruction

The language of Instruction at the Academy is Icelandic. Incoming students must be prepared to meet this challenge. Most of the teachers, students and staff have a good level of English.  The Academy receives a number of guest teachers from abroad every semester, in which case the language of instruction will be English.  Exams and final projects can be delivered in English. For this reason, exchange students are expected to have a good level of English.

Deadlines for incoming applications

April 15 for autumn semester, spring semester or whole year.

October 15 for spring semester only.

The application can be accessed two months prior to the deadline.