Apply to the degree programme in Music Technology (Bachelor + Master)

Admissions guide to the 5.5-year Music Technology programme.

New students will not be selected for this programme in 2022. The next application period for this programme is currently scheduled for January 2023.

Changes to the admissions criteria due to the coronavirus situation

The dean of the Sibelius Academy has decided on 15 March 2021 that the last stage of the entrance examinations to this programme will be conducted remotely in order to secure the safety of both the applicants and the staff in the deteriorated coronavirus situation. More information will be provided to the applicants also by email.

Application period: between 7 and 20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET)
Entrance examinations: second stage 26 March, third stage 3–6 May (preliminary schedule)
Admissions results: published 2 June 2021

While the application form will not be graded as such, you are advised to complete it with meticulous care. The Entrance Examination Board will base its evaluation on the information given in the application form, and an incomplete form might have an effect to the evaluation of different sections. The key items with regard to the Music Technology programme are the following:

  • Your general education in music and your previous music studies
  • Your earlier activities in music (e.g., jobs, voluntary work, interests)
  • Your specialty in the field (if any)

Who can apply?

A person with the background education required for the degree programme in question and sufficient language skills may apply for studies.

In addition, a person who completes the required background education after the end of the application period, but no later than 15 July 2022 at 3 pm EEST is eligible to apply. In that case, the admission decision is conditional until the applicant submits a certificate of the completed degree. If the applicant fails to submit the certificate by said deadline, the study place will be cancelled.

The Sibelius Academy may, at its discretion, also accept a temporary certificate issued by the educational institution if it indicates that the applicant has completed all studies required for the degree and will receive the degree certificate later.

Sibelius Academy will check every applicant’s eligibility before the entrance examination.

Students are admitted to the Sibelius Academy based on their performance in the entrance examination. Certificate-based admissions or quotas for first-time applicants are not in place.

Combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees (3 + 2.5 years)

A person who has completed at least one of the following is eligible to apply:

  • The Finnish Matriculation Examination
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma at a European School
  • A Reifeprüfung or Deutsches Internationales Abitur (RP / DIA) diploma
  • A Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification, or a specialist vocational qualification defined under the Act on Vocational Education and Training
  • A foreign degree or qualification that makes you eligible for corresponding higher education in the awarding country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate (AICE)
  • A degree at a Finnish higher education institution or a degree abroad corresponding to at least a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, a person who has been granted the right to study in a university in Finland is eligible to apply.

Other exceptions to eligibility

The applicant cannot apply for both 5.5-year and 2.5-year programmes of a single major subject or main instrument in the same year. However, if the applicant submits an application to both programmes, the Sibelius Academy will

  • take account of the application for the 2.5-year programme if the applicant is eligible for it, or
  • take account of the application for the 5.5-year programme if the applicant is not eligible for the 2.5-year programme.

If the applicant has completed a higher education degree at the Sibelius Academy, they cannot apply for the same main subject again, or the same main instrument in the case of Classical Music Performance.

The student admission for bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes applies to applicants who do not have a valid right to study at Uniarts Helsinki at the beginning of the applied right to study, with the exception of persons who have the vice rector’s permission to complete two degrees simultaneously. A degree student registered at Uniarts Helsinki may apply for a change of right to study within the Sibelius Academy or between academies. There are separate instructions for applying for a change of the right to study and for applying for a permission to complete two degrees simultaneously. More information about the rule of one study right can be found here.

Language requirements

The languages of tuition in the Music Technology programme are Finnish, Swedish, and English. You must demonstrate your language proficiency in one of the above-mentioned languages by the given deadline. However, the majority of group tuition at the Sibelius Academy is provided in Finnish or English.

How to apply

Submit your application in the spring’s first joint application period from 5 to 19 January 2022 by 3 pm EET in the Studyinfo portal.

Submit the supporting documents and any advance assignments in accordance with the instructions provided.

Supporting documents

Submit the supporting documents via the Studyinfo portal as PDF files by 3 pm EET on 26 January 2022. If the documents are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, append a translation by an authorised translator into one of these languages.

Documents required from all applicants:

  • Degree certificate of the background education and a transcript of study records
    If you complete your degree after the end of the application period, it is adequate to submit the degree certificate by 3 pm EEST on 15 July 2022.

    In case of a foreign degree, the Sibelius Academy may request clarification on the degree’s status within the awarding country’s education system.
  • Certificate demonstrating language proficiency
    If you demonstrate your language proficiency based on your previous studies, the degree certificate or its appendix must clearly indicate the language in which the degree was completed. The degree demonstrating language proficiency must be completed by 3 pm EEST on 15 July 2022.
  • Official proof of identity
    Append a copy of your passport, EU identity card or Finnish driving licence to your application.

Applicants to programmes organised in English are also required to submit:

  • A document exempting from tuition fees
    If you apply to study in English, you will be liable to pay tuition fees unless you submit a document indicating that you are exempt.

Refugees, persons in a refugee-like situation and asylum seekers:

If you are unable to submit documentary evidence of your degree, you may still be deemed eligible to apply. Submit a reliable report on the completed degree that grants you eligibility to apply and an additional report explaining why the documents are not available. In addition, submit an official decision on your refugee status (asylum decision or residence permit based on protection, or a proof that such an application is pending). Submit the required documents by email to the Admissions Office by (date and time). The Sibelius Academy will make a decision on your eligibility based on the submitted report. Applicants with refugee status must provide proof of their language skills required for the studies in one of the ways specified in the selection criteria (in Language requirements).

Advance assignments

Any advance assignments are mentioned in the target programme’s admissions criteria. The advance assignments must be submitted as attachments to the application.

The advance assignments must clearly state the applicant’s name and the programme to which they relate. Do not submit any other advance assignments than the ones requested. Upload the materials to the Studyinfo portal as early as possible. Large files may take several hours to upload if there is a lot of traffic in the system.

Entrance examinations

You can be invited to the entrance examinations if:

  1. you have submitted an electronic application form and the required attachments at Studyinfo portal, and
  2. the Dean of the Sibelius Academy deems you eligible based on the submitted documents.

The implementation of the entrance examinations for each programme is described in the programme’s admission criteria. Preliminary schedules will be published in the programmes’ admissions guides in January. The entrance examination schedules of separate programmes may overlap. If the applicant has applied for multiple programmes, they must choose which examinations they attend in case of overlaps.

A programme’s entrance examination may consist of several stages and contain multiple sub-tests. If the applicant does not participate in all of the examination’s compulsory sub-tests, they cannot be admitted as a student.

The Sibelius Academy will send applicants instructions and schedules for participation in entrance examinations in the entrance examination invitation. The exact times for individual entrance examinations are confirmed at the latest in the morning of the entrance examination day. Individual examination times cannot be changed except for compelling reasons not attributable to the applicant. Such reasons include the matriculation examination (or a corresponding event) and an accident or sudden illness (a medical certificate is required). In such cases, the examination time can only be rescheduled within the limits of the Entrance Examination Board’s working timetables.

The entrance examination is a closed event attended by the applicant, the Entrance Examination Board and the agreed assistants (for example, an accompanist, a training choir, a board assistant or the applicant’s assistant). Entrance examinations may not be recorded.

If you wish to cancel your participation in the entrance examination, notify the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office by email as soon as possible.

Individual arrangements in the entrance examination

If you require individual arrangements in the entrance examination because of a sensory or physical disability or other corresponding reason, more information on individual arrangements can be found here.

First stage: Advance assignments

Advance assignments must be submitted to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office online via the Studyinfo portal by the given deadline. Advance assignments cannot be submitted by e-mail.

Assignments must clearly state your name and the main subject or instrument you are applying to study. Do not submit any other advance assignments than the ones requested.

Please reserve enough time to upload your advance assignments. It can take up to hours to upload larger files if there is a lot of traffic in the system.

Submit the following advance assignments to the Sibelius Academy via Studyinfo portal no later than 27 January 2021 (at 3pm EET):

1) A work demonstration in the form of a portfolio

  • The portfolio documents your artistic work, parts of it, or other music technological works. The portfolio must include a sound recording, a video recording, and/or other hypermedia or multimedia document.
  • The accepted formats are mp3, mp4 (video: H.264 or x.264 codec, audio: AAC) and pdf which can include a hyperlink to a website
  • The Entrance Examination Board will assess the portfolio for a maximum of 10 minutes. The portfolio will be assessed during the second stage of the entrance examination.

2) A project description form

  • The portfolio must include a completed project description form. The form must include unambiguous information about your role and responsibilities and other participants’ roles in the production of the material. You are also required to describe the significance of the material in your artistic production.
  • [Project description form]

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your portfolio for diversity, originality, and quality of execution. The Entrance Examination Board will also take note of your self-assessment ability, your analysis of your role in producing the material, and your ability to verbalise the artistic and technical choices you have made. 

You may be asked questions about the advance assignments at the interview in the third stage.

All eligible applicants who have submitted their application and advance assignments before the given deadline will be invited to the second stage of the entrance examination. Applicants invited to the second stage will be notified by e-mail.

Second stage

The second stage of the entrance examination consists of a written examination of music and technology via a remote connection. You will need a computer with a stable Internet connection for the second stage.

In the written examination of music and technology, you will demonstrate your learning and deduction abilities, and basic knowledge of technology and music, for example, on the basis of recommended literature. The exam includes open-ended questions that you will answer in writing. You are also required to write about your objectives and aspirations in the music technology field and your contribution to and responsibilities in the work demonstrated in the portfolio you sent.

Recommended literature:

  • Huber, David Miles & Robert E. Runstein. Modern Recording Techniques. 8th edition or newer.
  • Gibbs, Tony. The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Sound Design. Ava Publishing, 2007.
  • Sider, Larry, Jerry Sider, and Diane Freeman. Soundscape: The School of Sound lectures, 1998-2001. Wallflower Press, 2003.

Approximately 20 applicants will be invited to take part in the third stage of the entrance examination on the basis of the scores awarded in the first and the second stage. Applicants invited to the third stage will be notified by e-mail.

Third stage

The third stage of the entrance examination will be held on site at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. However, the manner in which the entrance examination is arranged will depend on the then current pandemic situation. Uniarts Helsinki will monitor the progress of the pandemic and will re-evaluate in spring 2021 how to arrange the entrance examinations. If Uniarts Helsinki concludes that entrance examinations cannot be held on site in Helsinki and that all sub-tests of all entrance examinations will have to be arranged via remote connection, all applicants will be informed of this no later than 16 March 2021. The aim will then be to change the content of the entrance examinations as little as possible.

The third stage of the entrance examination includes the following sub-parts:

  1. Workshops
  2. Instrument or voice audition
  3. Interview

Workshops

The workshops include practical assignments and discussions in group or by yourself, studio assignments, and other sound-related assignments. In these assignments, the factors to be assessed include your aptitude for group work, the technical and creative solutions you select, and for the analysis and communication of aural perceptions.

Instrument or voice audition

The instrument of the audition can be an orchestral or soloist instrument used in western classical music, jazz, ethnic music, popular music, or electronic or other device used in musical performance. The Sibelius Academy will not provide any other instruments than a piano and a drum kit to the audition. The Sibelius Academy will not provide an accompanist for the applicants. You may bring one (1) accompanist with you to the entrance examination if you wish. You will be responsible for obtaining the accompanist.

Your instrument or voice audition will be evaluated with a view to its musical diversity, rhythmical precision, instrument control and sound, your musicianship, and your harmonic and melodic skills. The length of the audition should be about 10 minutes. If the audition is longer, the Entrance Examination Board will only listen to part of it. Please note that the setting up and taking down of any setup you use must be included in the maximum time given to you for the entrance examination. If necessary, you may arrive ahead of time to make preparations. 

Interview

In the interview, the Entrance Examination Board will assess your chances to succeed in studies of the Music Technology programme and later in the work tasks to which the programme qualifies. Your communication skills and clarity of presentation will also be evaluated. Before the interview, the Entrance Examination Board will examine your portfolio and project description form more closely.  The Board may ask you questions about your performances in other sub-tests in the entrance examination. 

Entrance examination assessment

Applicants’ performance in the entrance examinations is assessed by programme-specifically appointed Entrance Examination Boards. The boards assess the knowledge, skills and capabilities of each applicant and their capacity to complete the degree studies within the normative duration for the completion of a degree. The assessment takes account of how the applicant’s previous education and experience reflects in their competence and assesses their competence in relation to the objectives set in the curriculum.

Evaluation criteria

The purpose of the entrance examination is to evaluate your basic capabilities in music, general knowledge and music technology, your educability, and your motivation for music technology studies in particular.

The Entrance Examination Board will assess all subparts of the entrance examination by giving points. The scores for the third stage will determine the final student selection. The assessment of the portfolio is based on both its content and the accompanying project description.

The components of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

First and second stage:

  • Portfolio and project description form 50 %
  • Written examination of music and technology 50 %

Applicants are invited to the third stage according to the points awarded in the first and the second stage.

Third stage:

  • Workshops 25 %
  • Instrument or voice audition 25 %
  • Interview 50 %

Admissions results

The boards rank the applicants of each programme based on their entrance examination score. The final decision on students admitted to the programmes and those placed on the waiting list is made by the dean of the Sibelius Academy.

A study place is offered to highest scoring applicants who meet the selection criteria. Applicants ranked behind the admitted students may be placed on a waiting list in the order of their score. The waiting lists are either programme-specific or group-specific if there are several groups in a single programme. A study place will become vacant and can be offered to an applicant on a waiting list only if one of the applicants admitted to the same degree programme (or group) chooses not to accept the study place, or if someone who has been conditionally admitted fails to submit the necessary documents by the end of the deadline.

If there are no applicants who meet the admissions criteria, some programmes may choose not to admit new students. If a specific degree programme does not admit any new students, applicants to that programme cannot be placed on a waiting list.

Announcement of results

Admission results, including the names of the applicants who have given the permission to have their names published online, will be published on the Uniarts Helsinki website. In addition, each applicant can view their situation in the Studyinfo portal. Admitted applicants and those placed on the waiting list are informed of the results by email.

Feedback

Applicants may request feedback on their entrance examination performance. The feedback provides the applicant with information on how the evaluation criteria stated in the admission criteria were applied in the assessment of their entrance examination. Instructions for requesting feedback will be published on the Uniarts Helsinki website in connection with the publication of the admission decision.

Rectification procedure

If you believe that the Sibelius Academy has acted contrary to its admission criteria, you can request for rectification to the student admission decision from the Sibelius Academy in writing within 14 days of the publication of the admission results.

The rectification procedure is not intended as a means for receiving feedback, asking for further information about the admission or requesting unjustified re-evaluation. Instructions for submitting a request for rectification will be published on the Uniarts Helsinki website in connection with the publication of the admission decision.

More information about the rectification process can be found here.

Accepting the offered study place and starting your studies

An offer of admission can be accepted either via the Studyinfo system or by filling in the confirmation form attached to the letter of acceptance and by delivering it to the admissions office. You must accept your study place by the given deadline. If the confirmation arrives late, it will not be considered.

Accepting an offer of admission is a binding choice, which cannot be changed or cancelled later on.

You must also register as attending at the Sibelius Academy before the academic year begins – more information will be sent to you along with your acceptance letter.

First-year studies begin in mid-August with an orientation period that is compulsory for all new students.

More information on accepting the offered study place and starting our studies at the Sibelius Academy can be found here

Questions or comments?

You can contact us via e-mail at siba.admissions@uniarts.fi.

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