Music Production and Recording

This fulltime study is designed to build upon a 3-4 years bachelors in music or a related field and provides a viable alternative to a professional internship.

The program provides students with different backgrounds a combination of musical and technical study and experience, enabling the production and recording of various musical styles. Elements of the study can be modified to allow for specialization based on a student’s individual experience and interests.

Applicants must document experience and education in music and sound. International applicants, including ERASMUS students, are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The program is taught in English and has hosted students from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Scandinavia. The program is limited to ten qualified students per year.

The 60 ECTS program develops the musical and technical skills required by the music recording professional. It also includes a review of relevant music and engineering topics, music recording and production techniques, studio and musical acoustics, critical listening and interpretation, and practical work.

Course objectives:
To advance a student’s competency in the production and recording of music performance.

The program consists of four main subjects:
Music Production and Recording Research I (15 ECTS - autumn term)
Music Production and Recording Practice I (15 ECTS - autumn term)
Music Production and Recording Research II (15 ECTS - spring term)
Music Production and Recording Practice II (15 ECTS - spring term)

Teaching Methodolgy
The education includes group lectures, individual and small group instruction, study tours, and cooperative practical projects. Practical exercises are emphasized, and all students have generous amounts of studio time. The program has included cooperative projects with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the NuMusic Festival, the Siddis Brass Festival, the Mai-Jazz International Jazz Festival, the Shell Music Prize, the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, and other regional musical events.

The Department of Music and Dance houses the following:
o Blackbox auditorium, 155 square metres, used for jazz and other small group concerts and recordings.
o Concert recital hall, 350 square metres, with a seating capacity of 220.
o Church simulator, for music requiring a live acoustic setting, equipped with an 8-stop organ, piano and harpsichord.
o Large teaching rooms for jazz and pop music.
o Two control rooms with state-of-the-industry analogue and digital equipment linked to various performance spaces, including the Stavanger Concerthouse.
o Editing studio for post-production, pre-mastering, transferring, and copying.
o Additional facilities for research and work-study including the Norwegian Sound Institute.

Students are evaluated with a combination of papers and projects in music production and recording, critical listening, and studio acoustics. In addition, students are required to complete a variety of live and studio productions.

STUDY PLAN - Music Production and Recording

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Admission information

Application deadline for international applicants:


All international applicants need to apply by using our


All application documents must be uploaded in the application web within February 1st, also sheet music if you are coming for live auditions in week 10.

The electronic application form must also be submitted within the deadline for uploading.

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Questions regarding practical aspects - such as accomodation, arrival, visa procedure, expenses, scholarships - of your future studies in Stavanger: you will find more information on the website to the International Office at the University.

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The Bachelor Programmes at the Department of Music and Dance are only available for Norwegians, and for applicants from the Nordic countries who have good knowledge to the Scandinavien language. See Norwegian Language Requirements. If you know the Norwegian language please read more about the Bachelor Programmes on our Norwegian website

You will find detailed information about being an international student at the University of Stavanger in our International Student Guide.