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

The BA Composition Programme at the IUA 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.


IUA only accepts applications in the online application system EASY. IUA does not accept applications through email or regular post.
When applying online, make sure to double check that you have chosen the correct home institution. 
Prepare the following before starting your online application. Your application may be discarded if you fail to provide the required documents and files:

  • List of subjects for the online study plan
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Audition Recording
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photocopy of passport

You will find the application here.

If you are unable to apply to IUA from your home institution in the online application system, please have your local international coordinator contact IUA's International Office at

Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at the IUA is Icelandic. Incoming students must be prepared to meet this challenge. Most of the teachers, students and staff have a good command of English. The IUA receives a number of guest teachers from abroad every semester who teach in English. Exams and final projects can be delivered in English. Exchange students are therefore expected to have a good command of English.

Deadlines for incoming applications

16  April for the autumn semester, spring semester, or whole year.

15 October forthe spring semester only.

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