Admission requirements for BA - Composing for Theater and Motion Picture

Please note that Composing for Theater and Motion Picture BA will not be launched in English in the academic year 2024/25.
In case of non-instrumental majors, tuition is only offered in English if there are a minimum of 3 international students admitted in a given year to the same major.
The programme is organized in collaboration with the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts


Main Subject

1.) Classical composition exercises:                       
  • 1 classical minuet with Trio (in the style of J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart or Ludwig von Beethoven)
  • 3 short compositions in different classical styles of the candidate's choice (e.g. impressionist, romantic, atonal, baroque, renaissance). Optionally, additional pop or jazz style exercises for those who are interested in these genres.
2.) Incidental music composition exercise:

Please submit composition exercises for an excerpt of a freely chosen literary work, or for one animation AND one short film excerpt from the four film excerpts through the link below.

The excerpts are available here.

In case the applicant cannot download the videos, please contact the international study department at renko.roberta[at]


3.) Presentation of free compositions
(e.g. compositions, suites of different characteristics and moods)
4.) Curriculum Vitae
5.) Motivational letter with photo

In the letter, please detail your motivations for choosing composition for theatre and motion picture as your career and your inspirations. Elaborate on what you expect from this study programme and what opportunities you expect to have after finishing your studies. 2500-5000n.


6) Entrance examination interview

Interview with the candidate about the content of the motivational letter, and evaluation of the candidate's creativity, musical literacy and general literacy in the humanities, with emphasis on knowledge of and interest in the arts, primarily theatre and film.


Compulsory subjects

a) Solfege – Music Theory:

Written part:

  1. Notation of a two-part baroque or Viennese classical piece by ear. The piece will be played 8-10 times. E.g. J.S. Bach:  dance movements or 2 part inventions (10-12 measures), the two outer parts of a W.A. Mozart or J. Haydn piece - 1 period.
  2. Notation of a one-part extract of a 20th century piece by ear. The piece will be played 8-10 times; (8-10 measures)
  3. Interval hearing test, tonal interval chain, triads and their inversions from given pitches (played 2-3 times).
  4. Rhythm dictation – played 6-8 times.
  5. Working out a four part harmonic progression – Roman numerals are given (level: triads and their first and second inversions, four part chords and their inversions.
  6. Notation by ear and naming the chords of a four part chord progression based on the style of Viennese Classicism.  Level: triads and their inversions, four part chords and their inversions.  6-8 measures.

Oral exam:

  1. Sight reading of a Viennese classical or a baroque melody  – Literature: Agócsy László: Szolfézs középfok II-III. (Editio Musica Budapest)
  2. Singing intervals and triads and their inversions from given pitches.
  3. Clapping rhythm.
  4. Harmonic dictation on the piano (the candidate plays) level: triads and their inversions, four part chords and their inversions.


b) Piano as a compulsory subject

The candidate is to prepare from the pieces below, or the candidate may also play pieces of higher difficulty level.

Expected minimum level:

  • One piece of J.S.Bach: Two-Part Inventions
  • First movement of a classical sonata
  • One piece of Béla Bartók: Microcosmos III. of the candidate's own choice


c) Folk music

  • Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidate's country.