Bachelor Programme in Music
General admission requirements and satisfactory entrance test in accordance with the decision of the Swedish Council for Higher Education, UHR, C2020/117.
Application and tuition fees
- Total fee: 900,000 SEK (approximately €100,000)
- Per semester / First payment: 150,000 SEK (approximately €16,667)
- Application fee: 900 SEK (approximately €100)
If you are an exchange student, or if you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are NOT required to pay application or tuition fees.
EducationThe programme builds on three areas of study involving main instrument, ensemble and musical knowledge. In addition, studies include an optional course and a mandatory independent degree project. There is an emphasis on students' instrument playing skills, rehearsing and interpretation of solo and chamber music. There is also an emphasis on reflections on their own artistic process and development. Students also practice performing to an audience. Furthermore, there are studies of music theory and ear-training, music history in the Western music traditions, digital tools, functional piano training and conditions of the music sector.
Form of InstructionInstruction is in the form of individual (one-to-one) tuition on the instrument, lessons in groups, joint lessons, master classes and special music projects. Mandatory components are indicated in the course syllabi.
ExaminationExamination formats is based on practical music performance, oral presentations and individual hand-in
assignments, presented and discussed in tutorials, seminars and master classes.
Professional ContactDuring the studies, there are many possibilities to co-operate with cultural activities in the established music market.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Ensemble I, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Main instrument I, Western classical music (Obligatory)||22.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Ensemble II, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Main instrument II, Western classical music (Obligatory)||15|
|Musical knowledge I, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Ensemble III, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Main instrument III, Western classical music (Obligatory)||15|
|Musical knowledge II, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Ensemble IV, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Main instrument IV, Western classical music (Obligatory)||15|
|Musical knowledge III, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Ensemble V, Western classical music (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Main instrument V, Western classical music (Obligatory)||15|
|Independent project, Western classical music (End semester: 6)||15|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Main instrument VI, Western classical music (Obligatory)||15|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Employment MarketThe music cultural life in Sweden, as well as in other countries, needs professional artists who can work in orchestras, ensembles, as soloists as well with other music skills and cultural activities in general.
DegreeThe programme concludes with a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music.
Further StudiesUpon completion of the programme, you can go on to further studies at Master's level, such as a Master's programme of Fine Arts (60 or 120 credits) in Music.
Karlstad University currently offers the following program that might be of interest:
Master Programme in Music