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Learning Opportunity: Music – Composition - Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo

Music – Composition - Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo

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The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Music – Composition.

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The Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP) was created in 1985 in order to offer excellence in qualified education.

IPP is the largest Portuguese Polytechnic Institution, with the most students, teachers, courses and schools. The outcome is a highly diversified offer of training profiles, contexts, targets, extension activities and geographic implementation – in six Municipalities of the Porto District.

IPP is the polytechnic with highest number of recognized research units in Portugal. Our students, professors, and researchers have received important prizes in Science, Arts, Culture, and Sports.

The School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) was created from the School of Music, established in 1985, following a tradition of music education in the city of Porto.

ESMAE was born with the aim of extending training to Theatre and Dance in order to meet the need for local development.

ESMAE pays particular attention to activities in connection with the outer world which are essential to fulfill the objectives of the courses and fosters a close and constant contact between young actors and musicians and their future audience, thus, allowing for an enriching experience for all future professionals in the performing arts.

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6 semesters, 3 years

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Have successfully completed secondary school or have an equivalent qualification

Have completed one of the following university entrance exams (central exams prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science): History of Arts and Culture; or English Language; or Portuguese Literature; or Mathematics; or Portuguese Language

Admission Procedure: 

Applications are done through the national admission contest (concurso nacional de acesso) organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES), or through special higher education contests.


There are some institutions in Portugal that give scholarships to international students and it is advisable that applicants confirm every year whether these grants are available and the eligibility terms: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Foundation for the Sciences and Technology; Fulbright Commission; Instituto Camões; Luso-American Development Foundation; Fundação Oriente.


950 €/academic year


180 ECTS

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Instituto Politécnico do Porto
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Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor in Music – Composition
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The graduates in Music – Composition will be capable of:

 - experience in musical composition outside of what has been generally termed "classical contemporary music", namely in music for theatre, cinema, and jazz;

 - keyboard skills in sight-reading and improvisation;

 - practice in choral and instrumental conducting;

 - good organizational capacity and team-work spirit.

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Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo do Instituto Politécnico do Porto

Rua da Alegria, 530

4000-045 Porto – Portugal

Tel.: +351 225 193 760 – Fax: +351 225 180 774

E-Mail: esmae@esmae-ipp.pt

URL: http://www.esmae-ipp.pt

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Special arrangements:

The Polytechnic of Porto provides assistance to international students in finding accommodation. Students may be lodged in Halls of Residence depending on yearly availability.

There are other forms of accommodation options available throughout the city, at very affordable prices. Students may opt to choose a room in a family home or rent an apartment with other students.

Schools International Offices are also involved in the accommodation process and help students finding private accommodation in the vicinity of the Schools.

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