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Jazz composition, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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You can develop into a professional jazz composer under the guidance of Finland’s leading musicians and international top names. 

You will learn to express yourself in your own unique way through your compositions.

You will learn how to combine the form, harmony and melody of jazz music. Through your compositions and arrangements, you will come up with creative solutions for challenges concerning rhytmic jazz expression. 

Jazz composition students complete studies in ensemble playing, aural skills, rhythm and arrangement that support their major subject. You will also complete courses of your own choice as well as studies in another instrument. 

The Jazz composition programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki also includes language and music technology studies.


As a student, you will receive the necessary knowledge and skills in African-American music, music culture and performance practices to become a professional. Upon graduating, you may take on demanding roles as a musician, orchestra conductor and pedagogue. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Jazz Composition
  • Basics of jazz improvisation and theory
  • History of jazz
  • Aesthetics of jazz
  • Jazz business

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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