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An opportunity for talented composers to achieve the highest level of specialisation

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performance, Komposition
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
Final application date
Jun 21, 2017
Studying mode
Full time
4 semesters
Teaching language
German, A2 level in German required
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Stay abroad
Possible, not curricular
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF for Swiss citizens and students with legal place of residence in Switzerland | 1000 CHF for students from EU-/EFTA-countries | 1250 CHF for students from third countries


The application window is open from mid-December to the end of February. Information days on the degree programmes are held in mid-January. More information about the info days at

The FHNW Master of Arts in Specialised Music Performance with a Composition Major is aimed at highly advanced composers who, building on the appropriate competencies acquired through successfully completing a professional qualification in composition, would like to specialize at the highest level and are striving to position themselves as an individual voice in the greater context of the contemporary music scene.

Independent project work

Apart from the obligatory principal subjects, the content of the curriculum will be tailored individually. Students are therefore expected to enrol for a comprehensive range of elective subjects, only some of which are in predetermined combinations (depending on the context). Students of the FHNW MA in Specialised Music Performance with a Composition Major are given the space to engage in comprehensive activities in large-scale projects on an independent basis, both on and off campus and can individually configure their study program. On campus, students encounter other highly advanced students from the areas of Performance, Audio Design and Improvisation. The students make significant contributions to the overarching discourse between the different classes through interdisciplinary group projects. Students also have the option of using the Electronic Studio as the focal point of their studies.

Course description

Academy of Music

An international institute of higher education and research

Academy of Music