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Study description

The analysis and work with contemporary compositions, the development of an individual musical language and the creation of new compositions within the worlds of modern jazz and popular music are the focal points of the composition study at the VMI. The emphasis lies in the artistic and creative areas and leads to an advanced level of education. Alongside weekly private instruction in composition, particular emphasis is placed upon the work within a composer ensemble. Various theoretical and practical supplementary subjects (e.g. computer-aided composition, media composition and film music) of this study expand the spectrum and make it a comprehensive and practical education, and an officially recognised degree.




Study commencement: February and September

Study duration: 8 semesters

ECTS: 240

Credit for previous studies: Study programs and/or courses previously completed at officially recognised institutions can be accredited for study at the VMI. The minimum study duration is reduced accordingly.

Requirements: Playing experience, knowledge of musc theory as well passing the entrance exam. Applicants from non-EU countries must have a vilad visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Grants and scholarships: Students at the VMI are entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships in accordance with legal requirements. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: The study is completed with the final exam. The certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those from state institutes of higher education and are internationally recognised.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

€305 monthly tuition fee







Online registration for entrance exams is possible at any time and is free and non-binding. Entrance exams serve to evaluate the applicant's current practical and theoretical knowledge in order to establish whether this is sufficient for a study at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute.

Following online registration, entrance exam applicants are informed of exam dates via e-mail. The main entrance exam dates are as follows:

- For study commencement in September: May and June

- For study commencement in February: November and December

Alternative dates may be offered subject to availability.

Details about entrance exam

On-line registration


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