Apply to the master’s programme in Music Technology

Admissions guide for the 2.5-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.

Application period: between 7 and 20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET)
Entrance examinations: will be arranged via a remote connection, second stage 22–23 March (preliminary schedule)
Admissions results: published 7 April 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.

Who can apply?

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

All applicants applying for a bachelor’s and master’s degree or only a master’s degree at Sibelius Academy are required to have an educational background relevant to the degree programme in question. You must submit a copy of your existing qualification or degree certificate via the Studyinfo portal to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office by the given deadline.

If you complete one of the degrees mentioned below only after the application period ends, the decision on your admittance is conditional. In this case, you must submit a copy of your degree certificate to the Sibelius Academy after you graduate, but no later than the deadline set for conditionally admitted applicants’ degree certificate submissions. If you fail to produce a verified copy of your degree certificate by the deadline, you will not be granted a right to study at the Sibelius Academy.

Sibelius Academy can also at its discretion accept an official provisory degree certificate that shows you have completed the course and all the required examinations and will receive the official degree certificate or diploma later.

Master’s degree (2.5 years)

To be eligible to study for a master’s degree at Sibelius Academy you need to have completed at least one of the following:

  • A lower university degree in music (Bachelor)
  • A university of applied sciences degree in music
  • A foreign degree or qualification in music that makes you eligible for corresponding higher education in the awarding country
  • At least a lower university or university of applied sciences degree in another field and, additionally, university-level music studies, which serve as proof of sufficient skills and knowledge for a master’s degree in music.

The following exceptions to this rule apply: In the case of Music Technology, a higher education degree in the field of technology or media is also applicable if you also have a sufficient quantity of music studies that have provided you with the capability to complete a Master of Music degree in the degree programme in music technology.

You cannot apply for a master’s degree programme if you have not completed at least a lower university degree.

Sibelius Academy may require you to complete supplementary studies of a scope equivalent to a maximum of one year of studies in addition to the minimum number of ECTS credits required by your degree programme. You will be notified about any supplementary studies required when you receive your admission results. The supplementary studies will not count towards your degree. They are to be completed as specified by the head of department in your first year of study, and they will be entered on your individual study plan.

Other exceptions to eligibility

You cannot apply to both the 2.5-year and the 5.5-year programme of a single main subject, or main instrument in the same year. If you do, only your application to the 2.5-year programme will be taken into account assuming you are eligible. If you are not eligible for the 2.5-year programme, your application to the 5.5-year programme will be taken into account.

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

If you already have a right to study toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Uniarts Helsinki, you need to apply for a change of right to study, or for special permission to pursue two degrees simultaneously. More information on 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 abovementioned 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) 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) 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]

3) CV, detailing your background education and musical education, your artistic work to date, your work experience and your hobbies related to music technology

4) Plan for your final project

  • Write a plan of not more than two A4 pages for the final project of your Master’s studies
  • You are allowed to edit your plan during your studies. Its purpose at this point is to give the Entrance Examination Board the opportunity to evaluate your maturity and prospects of carrying through your studies in the 2.5-year education.
  • The final project can consist of a 40 cr project including a written part or 20 cr thesis. The project may be an artistic project, a development project, a technical project, a theoretical project, a research project, or a pedagogical project. 

5) Study plan

In evaluating your advance assignments, the Entrance Examination Board will consider the clarity of your presentation, your current skills relative to your plan for your final project, the originality of your portfolio and plan for your final project, the diversity of your portfolio, how realistic your plans are, your motivation for music technology studies, and how you have demonstrated your capability for independent work.

In your plan for your final project, the Board will evaluate your written presentation, your ability to outline a research question and place it in a wider context and your ability to plan the stages of a research study or a project. 

The assessment of the portfolio is based on both its content and the accompanying project description.

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

Second stage

The second stage of the entrance examination will be held via a remote connection. You will need a computer with a stable Internet connection for the examination.

The second stage of the entrance examination includes the following sub-tests:

  • Instrument or voice audition
  • Interview (incl. presentation of the portfolio, study plan, and your plan for your final project)

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. 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. 

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.

You are required to present the resources and artistic and technical goals of the project described in the portfolio, your personal review of the project; and, in case of a joint project, of your role and contribution to the project. The presentation is not allowed to exceed 10 minutes. You may be asked questions about other advance assignments in the interview. 

The Entrance Examination Board assesses also your group work skills.

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 sub-tests of the entrance examination by giving points. The components of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

First stage (advance assignments):

  • Portfolio and project description form + plan for your final project + study plan + CV 100 %

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

Second stage:

  • Instrument or voice audition 20 %
  • Interview 40 %
  • Presentation of the portfolio, study plan and proficiency demonstration plan at the interview 40 %

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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