Application Process

IUA employs a standard electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps, first submit the application and then pay the application fee. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.
There are two application rounds. All students are encouraged to apply in the first round as availability of  study places cannot be guaranteed for those applying in the second round. 
Please note: Non-EU/EEA applicants need to apply in the first round in order to obtain a student residence permit before classes begin in August. Processing of a student residence permit takes 3 – 6 months.

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 degree certificate(s) and programme / course transcript(s) (PDF)
Applicants should submit a detailed record of higher education up to the present, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English.
2. Reference from one referee (PDF)
Applicants must submit one reference. The reference should not exceed one page. The reference can be submitted in Icelandic or English. Former students of the IAA don’t have to submit a reference.
Applicants add the referee (name and email) in the application form. When applicants have submitted the application, the referee will receive an email from the IAA asking him/her to submit a reference for the applicant.
Applicants will receive a confirmation when the referee has submitted the reference.
3. Letter of Motivation (PDF)
The Letter of Motivation should be written in English.
4. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Applicants must submit a CV of relevant education and professional experience, language proficiency and general information about the applicant. The CV should be written in English.
5. Portfolio of works (PDF/URL)
Portfolio of 5 scores with or without audio files are required for applicants in instrumental composition.
Applicants in electronic composition and sound art must submit 5 works.
Applicants for interdisciplinary studies (composing for film, theater etc.) must submit 5 original works.

Admission Process

An admission committee assesses applications on the grounds of assessment of the submitted material, the applicant’s motivation and aim with the studying at the IAA and the interview(s) with the applicant.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will have completed a BA or BMus degree in music or related fields of art and theory.
In exceptional cases an applicant, with an established career and considerable experience, who does not hold a bachelor degree can be admitted to the programme providing he/she demonstrates broad knowledge of music, musical skills and experience in music performance - or a hybrid form of artistic performance built on a strong musical foundation.

Language Requirements

The Master Programme of Composition is an international programme conducted in English.
Students must be proficient in spoken and written English in the academic context. If there is doubt concerning language skills, applicants may be required to submit evidence of English proficiency.




Practical information

Opening of applications: January 9th, 2023

Deadline: April 12th, 2023

Application outcome: May 2023

Application fee: 5000 ISK


Electronic Application


Department of Music


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Atli Ingólfsson, atliingolfs [at]