At the Department of Popular Music we educate musicians, composers, musicologists, music teachers and specialist in music technology. We engage in all aspects of popular music as a genre, and our aim is to provide a creative environment for musical diversity. We offer programmes and courses within popular music at Bachelor, Master and PhD level, as well as a study programme for music teachers.
We are Norway’s largest department for popular music, and proud to have been named one of the University of Agder’s two Signature Studies. We focus on the performer, and can offer state of the art facilities on our campus in Kristiansand. Among our facilities are two professionally equipped recording studios, a room rigged with 3D sound system and a variety of fully equipped rehearsal and band rooms.
Courses for exchange students
As an exchange student in the Department of Popular Music, you may chose courses from a variety of programmes, ranging from bachelor to Master, and from performance-based modules to theoretical coursework. More information linked below.
MUR136 Building a Visual Profile for Musicians (5 ECTS)
Other courses from our curriculum are also available and can be taught in English, but it requires a closer agreement and that the schedule does not collide.
Popular Music, Master's Programme
The course code in the different specializations are the same, but in the course description, you can read about what the different specializations emphasize. The courses listed below are taught in English.
Within the Performance- based Music specialization:
Faculty of Fine Arts reserves the right to make changes in course offerings.
Make sure that you meet the course requirement, which is stated under prerequisites and co-requisites. In certain cases prerequisites may be negotiated for exchange students and on individual bases.
All music students need to send in a recording when applying. Please send the files to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to mark the files with your full name. In the e-mail, please write your full name and which courses you are applying fo