Music Production and Recording

The programme emphasizes the recording of acoustic music with a focus on jazz and classical, and provides practical opportunities for advanced students to improve their audio education and experience.

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1 year/2 semesters

ECTS credits


Number of study places


Language of instruction


Application deadline

1. March Local admission

Application opens from 1. January

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Students have opportunities to work closely with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in the world class Stavanger Concert Hall. Photo: Emile Ashley

Study Music Production and Recording in Stavanger

A study programme for applicants who have a special interest in music production, recording and audio technology.

Smilende studenter og lærere. Foto.
Students and teachers enjoying a visit to the annual European Audio Engineering Society conference.

About the study programme

The unique programme is for those with special interests in music production, recording and audio technology. Throughout the study you have a variety of practical opportunities. You will learn about different techniques for recording music at concerts and in the studio. Performance venues for practical work are diverse, and the faculty has well-established collaborations with partners such as the Stavanger Concert Hall, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Jazz Forum, and others.

Collaborating with the most active music venues in Stavanger, students get plenty of practical experience recording concerts. In addition, they are expected to pursue their own projects.

Mark Drews , professor for Music Production and Recording programme.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at maturing audio engineers and musicians with different backgrounds and experience. The programme's activities are divided between group work, practical exercises, and individual mentoring,

During the study students gain experience with the best practices for working with different music genres and music productions styles.

International profile

Internasjonale studenter på Musikkproduksjon og opptaksteknikk høsten 2020. Foto: Mark Drews
The Music Production and Recording class year 2020 consisted of students from Japan, Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and Norway. Photo: Mark Drews.

The one-year programme is known internationally and is limited to 15 qualified students. All instruction is given in English, and therefore a high level of English proficiency is required. International students, including Erasmus exchange students, are welcome to apply. The programme can serve as an alternative to a traditional studio internship.

Photo: Mari Hult

Bjergsted Culture Park

The Faculty of Performing Arts is part of Bjergsted Culture Park. For students, this means that they become part of a larger music and art environment that provides a good framework and opportunities for development in their music area. There are close ties between the professional art and cultural life in the region and the faculty's activities.

All study programmes affiliated with the Faculty of Performing Arts are under annual revisions. Revised study plans and course descriptions for the academic year 2024/2025 will be published here on 1 February 2024.

Career prospects

This study will enhance participants' abilities to work professionally with music production/recording and other related fields.

Programme's goal

The program develops and enhances a student's competency to produce and record music performance in both concert and studio environments.


Priscila got to work with high-level musicians and performers

MPR was an opportunity to increase experiences in the field

Frida runs and administrates a sound studio

She loved all the opportunities that was in front of her

Study plan and courses

Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Obligatoriske emner

    • Music Production and Recording Research I

      Year 1, semester 1

      Music Production and Recording Research I (MPR501)

      Study points: 15

    • Music Production and Recording Practice I

      Year 1, semester 1

      Music Production and Recording Practice I (MPR541)

      Study points: 15

    • Music Production and Recording Research II

      Year 1, semester 2

      Music Production and Recording Research II (MPR502)

      Study points: 15

    • Music Production and Recording Practice II

      Year 1, semester 2

      Music Production and Recording Practice II (MPR542)

      Study points: 15

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Autumn semester is open for incoming exchange students.

Student exchange

  • All countries
Application and admission

How to apply for Music Production and Recording

To apply for admission to studies at the Faculty of Performing Arts, you must apply via local Søknadsweb.

Please note! All information under ''How to apply - Step by step'' will be updated from 1. January. Information published before 1. January is from the previous application period.

The application and admission process for Music Production and Recording programme is processed by the central admissions office at UiS. For questions related to application and admission, please contact

When can I apply?

SøknadsWeb is open from 1 January - 1 March.

The secondary admission will open from 15 April to 15 May - applies to study programmes with available capacity after the main admission period.

The faculty publishes important news and information concerning application and admission during the application period and until the start of the semester.

  • Apply through Søknadsweb and submit the Specification form within 1 March
  • Check the study's admission requirements - see ''Admission requirements to Music Production and Recording''
  • In order for your application to be considered for admission, it is required that all necessary application documents have been uploaded to Søknadsweb, and that the Specification form has been submitted within the application deadline. Information regarding documentation requirements etc. can be found further down on this page
  • When you have submitted an application in Søknadweb, you can find the link to the Specification form in the application receipt. The link can also be found in the confirmation e-mail sent from Søknadsweb
  • Applicants for Music Production and Recording are asked to document music and sound experience when submitting their own work in the form of audio and/or video of maximum 15 minutes (no older than 12 months). Links to own work must be shared in the Specification form within the deadline
  • Read more about ''Admission requirements to Music Production and Recording''
  • Results of your application will be published in Søknadsweb by April

Who can apply for Music Production and Recording

All applicants with a Norwegian identification number, as well as applicants from Norway, Denmark and Sweden, can apply for ordinary admission via SøknadsWeb, as long as the admission requirements are met. The programme has an international profile, with a limited number of study places. Students with a completed master's programme are welcome to apply.

Please note!

The Music Production and Recording prorgamme is carried out as an on-campus study. This means that attendance at the faculty is required during lectures and project weeks.

Please note!

Applicants with citizenship outside of EU/EEA and Switzerland must pay tuition fee.

Application documents - What to upload in Søknadsweb?

  • Final transcript and final diploma from your higher secondary education
  • Transcript of record - Upload the final transcript of record from your bachelor's degree in music, sound engineering, multimedia or equivalent field of study
  • Diploma - Upload the final diploma from your bachelor's degree in music, sound engineering, multimedia or equivalent field of study.
  • Copy of passport - The passport must be valid at the time of application
  • Documentation of proof of English proficiency - Read more about how to meet our English language requirement
    *If you plan on taking the language test after the application deadline, please upload a copy of your test registration receipt with ETS TOEFL/IELTS Academic/PTE Academic/Cambridge English Qualifications as a PDF to Søknadsweb within the application deadline
  • Documentation of Financing (only required for non-EU/EEA applicants) - for more information, please see here

If the documentation is not in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English, it must be officially translated into English. Both translations and originals must be uploaded in the same PDF file.

If you have not yet graduated:

Please upload a confirmation from your place of study stating completion of bachelor degree during the spring semester together with a preliminary transcript.

File format:

We want you to use the PDF file format. All attachments you upload should be a picture of your original documents (do not scan copies). A check of the original diploma may be initiated at the beginning of the term.

Important notes:

By applying to the University of Stavanger you agree to allow the University of Stavanger to verify the authenticity of your documentation. The University of Stavanger maintains the right to contact governments, agencies, institutions and associations in order to verify your documentation.

In case it is not possible to verify your documents, your application may be rejected. Submission of fraudulent documents is illegal, and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

NB! Random selection and verification of education documents may happen during the semester start.

Specification form - What to submit?

  • Personalia - name, address, phone etc.
  • CV - information about your dancing and educational career
  • Music and sound work - document music and sound experience when submitting their own work in the form of audio and/or video of maximum 15 minutes (no older than 12 months)
  • Motivation letter

Achieved bachelor degree

In order to be admitted to Music Production and Recording programme (60 ECTS) a completed Bachelor Degree in Music Performance, Sound Technology, Multimedia or similar fields (minimum 180 ECTS) is required.

Music and sound experience

Applicants must also document music and sound experience when submitting their own work in the form of audio and/or video of maximum 15 minutes, no older than 12 months.

Application on the basis of practical experience

Applicants with a minimum of 2 years of relevant higher education with experience in the field can apply for admission. If experience in combination with education can be equated with a completed bachelor's programme, admission to the programme may be granted after individual evaluation. Applicants must document previous education and relevant experience in the field, including music performance skills.

Language requirement

All applicants must document proficiency in English on advanced level through an international test, recognized by the University of Stavanger. UiS does not offer any preparatory courses in English. Please see English language requirements for detailed information regarding required score.

Exceptions for language requirements are made on the basis of the dean's decision.

Who are offered admission?

The head of department appoints an academic commission, which evaluates and ranks all applicants. The head of department and academic commission evaluates the applicants as qualified/not qualified based on the academic commission's evalutaion and rankings, submitted own work and application documents. Final admission is decided by the dean.

Qualified applicants are then offered a study place to the extent that there are available places on the applied study programme. If the faculty has more qualified applicants than the admission framework indicates that we can offer, the applicants are put on a waiting list based on the commission's ranking list.

If the faculty has available study places after primary admission has been completed, secondary admission will be opened from approx. April 15.

See supplementary rules for admission in the admission regulations in the article further down.

Admission letter, Rejection letter or Waiting list letter will be published in SøknadsWeb under ''My applications''. You will receive an e-mail when the results are ready.

If you have any questions about your offer, refusal or waiting list place, you can send us an e-mail to Please notice: the faculty does not give out information regarding placement on the waiting list.

If you fail to submit a successful application to the faculty within the deadline, your application will be withdrawn from the application system.

Remember to reply

If you are offered letter of admission or waiting list letter you must remember to reply ''Yes'' or ''No'' in SøknadsWeb within the mentioned deadline. Information regarding deadline is shared in the admission letter/waiting list letter.

Students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who start their studies in autumn 2024 are required to pay tuition fees at the University of Stavanger. For more information regarding the tuition fee, please see here.

Rules and requirements for Faculty of Performing Arts

This regulation applies for admission to the study programme Music production and recording techniques at the Faculty of Performing Arts, UiS.
Approved by the Quality Committee/Faculty of Performing Arts 7 December 2018

These rules and regulations apply for admission to the following study:

  • Music production and recording techniques

The admissions regulations for the Faculty of Performing Arts are based on the FOR-2007-01-31-173: Regulations relating to admission to higher education, and the current supplementary rules established by the UiS Regulations last updated February 2018.

1. Basis for admission

1.1 Applicants for music performance must document completed lower degree studies in music/audio- or media production, preferably a 3- or 4-year Bachelor's degree

1.2 Applicants experienced in the field and with a minimum of 2 years of relevant higher education can apply for the study. An individual evaluation of a combined experience and education can be compared with a completed bachelor’s program in order to obtain admission. Submitted documents of previous educaiton and relevant experience, including skills of perfoming music are required.

1.3 Applicants must document their experience in sound and music by submitting some off their own projects/producitons

1.4 All tuition will be in English, and thus a requirement for good English skills, cf. UiS language requirements

1.5 Applications for approval of other education/courses as part of the programme they are applying for, wil be decided in accordance with the Faculty's guidelines. Information and application forms can be found on the Faculty's website. The application deadline is 20 August the year you start your studies.

2. Admission

2.1 The academic administrator submits a proposal for admission to the head of department, who then recommends admission to the dean. This is based on an overall assessment of the number of study places and budgetary consequences. The dean determines the proposal for admission.

2.2 The study administration pass on responses from applications to the applicants, decided by the dean. Applicants who receive an offer of an admission/or a waiting list must register an answer in SøknadsWeb within the specified deadline.

2.3 The study administration communicate the dean's decision to the applicants. Applicants who receive an offer of admission/or a waiting list must register an answer in SøknadsWeb within the specified deadline.

2.4 Case processing of applicants is confidential and exempt from public disclosure.

3. Appointment of Committees

3.1 The academic administrator is the committee for the Music Produciton and Recording.

3.2 The committee is responsible for:

1) assessment of qualifications and skills
2) ranking of applicants.

The Committee assesses the applicants to be qualified or ineligible. The results are collected by the study administration and presented to the leaders of the departments, with a final decision by the dean.

3.3 Formal errors in the completion of the admission can be appealed (cf. section 6).

4. Offer of Admission

4.1 Applicants are informed by e-mail and in SøknadsWeb about offers, waiting lists or rejections.

4.2 If an applicant does not confirm the offer of admission, it will be offered to another approved applicant or secondary applicant.

4.3 The right to commence study programmes is reserved.

5. Admission of exchange students

5.1 International students who wish to study through exchange programmes are assessed academically by the academic administrator. Own projects/productions with good sound quality can be used as a basis for admission.

6. Access to complaints

6.1 Complaints about formal errors in admission are first dealt with by the faculty. If the faculty's original decision is upheld, and the applicant chooses to uphold the appeal, the appeal will be forwarded to the university's appeals board. Pursuant to Sections 28 and 29 of the Public Administration Act, decisions may be appealed in writing within 3 weeks after the letter is received. The complaint is sent to the University of Stavanger.

Where there are linguistic differences the Norwegian version is the official version.

The Faculty of Performing Arts has different language requirements for its studies. The language requirements are based on the university's regulations, and must be passed no later than 1 July of the year for which admission is applied for.

For detailed information regarding how to meet and document English proficiency for the Music Production and Recording programme, please see here.

The faculty has adopted exceptions for language requirements for certain studies, see § 3.6 of the admissions regulations for Music Production and Recording. This means that applicants for the Music Production and Recording programme, who do not pass the language test, can apply to have an interview on the basis of the submitted test results. Applications are sent by e-mail to and the test results must be attached to the application. The application deadline for exceptions to the language requirement is 20 July.

On the basis of the dean's decision, applicants who pass the interview can be found eligible for admission.

Rules and regulations for interview:

  • Admission officer organizes the interview (time, place etc.) together with the applicant and interview commission
  • The interview commission consists of the head of the department, study coordinator and/or one person from the study administration
  • Minimum score requirements 5,0 IELTS and 60 TOEFL. If the applicants test results are lower than this, then the applicant is not qualified for an interview
  • As a rule, the applicant will be informed about the interview (time, place, general info about the interview etc.) no later than one week before the actual time of the interview
  • Interview duration: minimum 15 minutes
  • The applicant and the interview commission must have their webcam turned on
  • The applicant must be clearly visible, and the sound must be good
  • If the internet connection is unstable the interview must be rescheduled

What can you expect to be asked during the interview?

  • Who are you - tell us about your hobbies, where are you from etc.
  • Talk about yout favorite topic. Minimum 2 minutes without any interruptions.
  • Do you have a person you look up to (within the field of music/dance/music production) and why
  • Prepare 3 questions regarding Stavanger, the faculty and/or the studies

There may come additional questions during the interview.

Questions and Answers

Can I combine my studies with work or band activities? When do I get access to my schedule? Below you will find answers to these questions.

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Where does the teaching take place?

As a student at the Faculty of Performing Arts, you will have all your teaching on campus Bjergsted. On campus, we have concert halls and ensemble rooms, in addition to good capacity for rehearsal rooms that you as a student can use both on weekdays and on weekends. In addition, during project weeks you will participate in various performances and events associated with other cultural institutions and stages in the Stavanger region.

Where can I find Campus Bjergsted and the Faculty of Performing Arts?

The Faculty of Performing Arts has its own campus (Campus Bjergsted) which is located in a park (Bjergstedparken) close to Stavanger city center. Campus Bjergsted is located very close to Old Stavanger and has Stavanger Concert Hall as its nearest neighbor. Check out UiS's interactive map for information about the location.

When will I have access to my schedule?

The schedule will be ready in the beginning of the semester in August. You will gain access to this as soon as you have finished the registration in StudentWeb. The schedule for project weeks will be available no later than three weeks before the project takes place.

Is it possible to study MPO part-time? 

Music Production and Recoring is a full-time study.

Can I combine my studies with work or band activities?

All tuition at the faculty is compulsory, with 80 percent attendance requirements. Absence can be applied for for up to 8 days during a study year. Each application must be professionally substantiated and submitted within two weeks before the absence takes place. For more information, please see Attendance Rules and Requirements for Students.


If you have questions concerning admission procedures, audition or the study programme, please contact:

If you have questions related to the study, contact Mark Drews, associate professor for Music Production and Recording programme.

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Bjergsted campus
Faculty of Performing Arts
Avdeling for jazz, dans, PPU og musikkproduksjon


Students gain diverse experience from recording concerts from many different stages in the city, including Stavanger Concert Hall.
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Music Production and Recording can be a foundation for further studies in performing music. We can offer Extension Studies in Music Performance, Master's and Postgraduate Diplomas in Music Performance.

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