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

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Application deadline

1. March 15. May (secondary)

How to apply for Music Production and Recording

Information regarding admission procedures, requirements etc.

Foto fra Stavanger Symfoniorkester i Fartein Valen, Stavanger konserthus. Foto: Emile Ashley
Students have opportunities to work closely with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in the world class Stavanger Concert Hall.
Photo: Emile Ashley
Jazzensemble som opptrer på en scene. Fotografi.
Stavanger's Spor 5 venue offers students opportunities to work with live jazz concerts. Photo: Morten Berentsen

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 2023/2024 will be published here on 1 February 2023.

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.

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

Admission procedures

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. Here you will find important application information.

The Norwegian Government has proposed to introduce tuition fees for foreign students outside of the EU and EEA in the new state budget for 2023. The budget is still not approved and this issue is still open for debate and negotiation until December 15, 2022. Until that date we do not have more information or details. 

When can I apply?

SøknadsWeb is open from 1. November 2022 until 1.March 2023

The secondary admission is open from 15 April to 15 May - if there are vacancies after the primary admission.

  • Apply through SøknadsWeb as International applicant within 1 March.
  • After completing your registration in SøknadsWeb you will receive an e-mail where you can find a link to the additional application form. Fill out and complete the additional application form within the deadline.
  • In order for your application to be considered for admission, it is required that all the necessary application documents (diploma, transcript of grades, proof of english proficiency, etc.) are uploaded in SøknadsWeb, and that the additional application form is completed by the application deadline.
  • Applicants applying for Music Production and Recording programme are asked to document their music and sound experience when submitting their own work, preferably of more recent date.
  • 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 added in the additional application form before the deadline.
  • Read more about Admission requirements to Music Production and Recording
  • Results of your application will be published in SøknadsWeb by April
  • If you are offered letter of admission or a place on our waiting list, please remember to reply in SøknadsWeb within the mentioned deadline.

Who can apply for Music production and recording

Both international applicants and applicants with a Norwegian social security number can apply for admission through SøknadsWeb, as long as the admission requirements are met. Students with a completed master's programme are welcome to apply. International applicants (without a Norwegian social security number and resident outside the Nordic region) must document proof of English proficiency in accordance with UiS's regulations for international admission, in addition to formal admission requirements. Read more about our studies offered to international applicants.

Applicants with practical education and experienced in the field, which can be compared with a completed bachelor's programme, can be admitted to the programme after individual assessment. Applicants must document a minimum of 2 years of higher education as well as related experience in the field, including performing music skills.

The programme has an international profile, with a limited number of study places.

Application documents - what to upload in SøknadsWeb?

  • Final transcript of record and final diploma of grades with completed and obtained bachelor's degree in music, sound engineering, multimedia or equivalent field of study.
  • References/recommendations (not mandatory).
  • Proof of English language proficiency.

If the bachelor's degree programme is completed in the spring the same year as you apply, confirmation from the educational institution and a preliminary transcript of grades must be uploaded in SøknadsWeb.

File format

All documentation uploaded in SøknadsWeb must be PDF-files. All attachments you upload should be a picture of your original documents (do not scan copies).  We do not accept documents by e-mail. Your documents must be up to date. A check of the original diploma may be initiated at the beginning of the term.

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.

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 tuition will be in English, and thus a requirement for good English skills. 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.

In some cases we offer conditional admission letters if the test results are below the required score. In this case, the Faculty of Performing Arts may evaluate your language proficiency through an arranged interview. You have until 1st of July to show a valid test. After the mentioned deadline, you may contact to ask about the possibility to have your English language proficiency evaluated through an interview. Exceptions for language requirements are made by decision of the dean.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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