Application Information

IAA employs a standard electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps. First applicants fill out the application form, pay the application fee and submit the application. Secondly, applicants receive confirmation that IAA has received the application. It is necessary to include a passport photo with the application. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.

The Application

An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants must submit the following documents:
1. Certified copy of programme / course transcript(s) (PDF). 
a) Applicants should submit a detailed record of previous education (final examination or university entrance examination) from secondary education up to the present, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English. Attach to the application.
b) Records of previous education in music. Attach to the application. This applies to applicants that have formal music education. 
2. Portfolio
The Portfolio should contain written scores with or without audio files (instrumental compositions). Applicants for new media only have to submit audio files. The portfolio can either be in digital or physical form. If the applicant chooses to submit a digital portfolio he/she can upload PDF files and/or links to external websites, videos, audios, images etc. Physical portfolios must be handed in/sent to the Music Department Office.

Admission Process

Applications are evaluated on the basis of general requirements:
  • Evaluation exam in music theory (instrumental compositions)
  • Technical evalution (new media)
  • Interviews
  • Final results

Admission Requirements

Basic qualification for acceptance into the IAA is a secondary school exam (Icelandic: Stúdentspróf) or completion of an equivalent program. 
Applicants who do not meet these general requirements must demonstrate maturity and knowledge that can be evaluated as equivalent to the missing education. 
All those who meet the general requirements attend an evaluation exam in music theory, harmonic analysis and aural skills (instrumental compositions) or technical evaluation (new media).
Language Requirements
The programme is conducted in Icelandic.


Opening of application: January 8th, 2024

Application deadline: April 12th, 2024

Admission results: May, 2024

Application fee: 5000 ISK


Application form for Instrumental Composition

Application form for New Media Composition


Application form



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