In the BA programme in Composition, students can study conventional composition or new media, where emphasis is placed on the use of electronic and computer technology to create music. Students also have the option of combining the two tracks, as well as taking elective courses in film music, theatre music, and recording engineering.
The programme emphasises providing students with broad-based knowledge of music creation and giving them the tools needed to use it. Students have the opportunity to compose for various combinations of conventional instruments, including solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and the IAA choir. They learn to use digital media for music creation and to combine conventional and avant garde performance practices. The new media track focuses on introductory studies in sound design, acoustics, and interactive music, as well as integration of art/video and music.
Composition studies take place in private lessons and in group lessons focusing on compositional methodology, as well as master classes where students are introduced to a wide range of professional composers and scholars.
Students have the possibility of working on projects in collaboration with the Icelandic Film School, the IAA Theatre Department, the Ungfónía youth orchestra, the Caput chamber ensemble, and various smaller chamber groups as needed.