Liszt is to piano playing what Euclid is to geometry.

Alan Walker

Admission requirements for BA - Composing for Theater and Motion Picture

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)
  • 4 short compositions in different classical styles of the candidate's choice (e.g. impressionist, romantic, atonal, classical, baroque, renaissance). Optionally, additional pop or jazz style excercises for those who are interested in these genres.

2.) Incidental music composition excercise:

Accompanying music to a(n excerpt of a) literary work chosen by the candidate, or to one of the 1 minute long film excerpts provided by the Liszt Academy:

To watch the films you will need a media player that supports mp4 files.

3.) Presentation of free compositions (of various characters, suite)

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 musical and general human literacy, with emphasis on knowledge of and interest in the arts of theatre and film.)


Compulsory subjects

a) Ear test – 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:
Sight reading – singing – of a Viennese classical or a baroque melody.
Singing intervals and triads and their inversions from given pitches
Clapping rhythm by hearing.
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

Demonstration of performing skills, primarily on the piano, but other acoustic or electronic instruments are also options.


  • One piece of J.S.Bach: Two-Part Inventions
  • First movement of a classical sonata or sonatina
  • One piece of Bartók Béla: one piece from Microcosmos III. of your own choice


c) Folk music

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