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Study description

Subject to availability, it is also possible to become a so-called NON-REGULAR student. This means that requirements for regular studies have not been met: minimum/maximum age limit; not being able to take part in enough of the lectures/lessons due to time restrictions; or maybe the entrance exam criteria are not yet fulfilled. Non-regular students are able to attend the same lectures as regular students but cannot graduate. However, in the case of successful completion of the course, non-regular students have the chance to apply for regular status by taking an exam. If this is passed, students may go on to graduate and receive an officially recognised diploma and/or teaching qualification.


Study details

Study commencement: September (cross-entry in February possible)

Study duration: 1-8 semesters

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: Musical experience and knowledge of music theory as well a timely online registration and passing the entrance exam (audition). Applicants from non-EU countries must have a valid visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Tutors: All courses are conducted by professional and internationally active musicians and experienced educators as well as specialists from the creative industry, studio technology, musicology music management and marketing.

Grants and scholarships: VMI students who satisfy the necessary legal requirements may be entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: No degree is possible for this type of study.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

The study fees depends on the selected study


Study registration

Online registration for the entrance exam is free, non-binding and possible at any time. Auditions serve to assess whether practical and theoretical skills are sufficient for the chosen study. Should the applicant not satisfy the criteria, or another study is found to be more appropriate (regardless of the study chosen in the online application), an alternative offer can be made. The entrance exams generally take place at the following times:

- For the winter semester (beginning of studies in September): May / June

- For the summer semester (beginning of studies in February): November / December

Alternative appointments can also be arranged.


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