Admission rules of EAMT

ADMISSION RULES OF THE ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THEATRE

I General provisions

1. The Admission Rules of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (hereinafter referred to as the Academy) regulate admission to bachelor, master's and doctoral studies.

2. The Admission Rules consist of the main part and an Annex. The Annex, which determines the specialist fields open for admissions in the following year, the schedule and the requirements for the entrance examinations, shall be approved by the Academic Council at the latest by the end of the autumn term.

3. Admission to the Academy takes place on the basis of an open application procedure according to the terms and conditions specified in the curriculum and these Admission Rules.The duration of the admission period is from 1 March to 1 July.

4. The Academy is entitled to announce additional admissions to specific curricula or fields.

5. An Admission Committee shall be established by Rector’s decree for the start of the admission period. The Committee shall include: the Rector (chair), the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research (vice chair), the heads of academic departments, up to five members of the academic staff appointed by the Rector, and the Secretary of Admissions.

6. The Admission Committee shall monitor compliance with these Admission Rules, resolve issues related to admissions, and approve the list of admitted students. Minutes shall be taken at the meetings of the Admission Committee. The resolutions of the meeting shall be passed by simple majority votes if at least two thirds of the members of the Committee are present.

7. Access to studies in music fields at bachelor and master’s level is based on an admission threshold:students receiving the required number of points in the entrance examination will be admitted.In the bachelor and master’s level curricula in Dramatic Arts and Cultural Management, as well as Doctoral Studies, a maximum limit of admissions shall be established and the study places shall be filled on the basis of a ranking of entrance examination results.

8. The Academy offers full-time and part-time studies in curricula with Estonian or English as the study language.A candidate shall choose his or her study load for the first academic year during the admission procedure.Full-time studies in curricula with Estonian as the study language shall be free of charge if a student collects at least 30 cumulative credit points in a semester.Part-time studies and curricula with English as the study language shall be subject to a tuition fee according to the rates established by the Academic Council.  

8.1 Repeat studies at a previously completed level of tertiary education are generally subject to a tuition fee. The Secretary of Admissions shall notify student candidates of the tuition rates and any special requirements applicable to certain fields as established by the Academic Council. An application for admission cannot be submitted for a curriculum that has been previously completed by the candidate, except in cases of changing the specialist field to Voice in the bachelor studies or to Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting or Contemporary Improvisation in the master’s studies, or if the Admission Committee grants the candidate a special permit to study a different field under a previously completed curriculum [11.12.2013]

9. Admission to joint curricula shall be subject to conditions specified in respective cooperation agreements establishing the joint curriculum.

10. Admission to the Academy shall be announced in the national press and on the internet (http://www.ema.edu.ee, http://www.lavakas.ee). The Secretary of Admissions shall arrange for the publication of all information concerning admissions, including the schedule of admission, a list of curricula and specialist fields, the conditions of admission and requirements for examination, on the website of the Academy.

II Applying to study and documents required

11. For admission to the Academy (matriculation), a student candidate shall:

  • possess the required level of education or qualifications;
  • be sufficiently proficient in the study language;
  • submit an application for admission and any other documents listed in these Rules within the established term and according to applicable format requirements;
  • pass the entrance examinations and satisfy other admission criteria specified in these Rules.
  1. A student candidate to the Academy shall submit the following documents to the Admission Committee through the Admissions Information System SAIS (curricula, which language of instruction is Estonian) or Dream Apply (curricula, which language of instruction is English) [28.10.2015]:
  • an electronic application (processed on the spot);
  • electronic photo;
  • a copy of an identity card or passport;
  • a copy of a document certifying change of name, if the applicant has had a name change;
  • a copy of a document certifying completion of the previous educational level with a certificate of grades or a diploma supplement (both the original and a copy); NB! starting with the graduates of upper secondary school from 1997, the leaving certificate of upper secondary schools in the Republic of Estonia is valid only with a state examination certificate;
  • any other documents or information specified in the admission requirements for the respective curriculum [11.12.2013].

Student candidates who wish to enroll in a curriculum with Estonian as the study language and whose data is not inserted into state registries, shall submit the enrollment documents in printed form to the Admissions Secretary personally. (28.10.2015)

  1. Copies of documents can be submitted in an electronic format together with the application. Foreign student candidates may also send their documents by post.The Admissions Secretary shall compare the originals and copies of submitted documents to verify the accuracy of the copies.Copies of received documents shall not be returned [28.10.2015].
  1. A student candidate shall submit a notarised translation into Estonian or English if there exist any documents that are not in Estonian or in English. The Admission Committee shall decide about approving documents certifying education in foreign states; if necessary, the Committee shall base their decision on the assessment and recommendation of the ENIC/NARIC centre in Estonia.
  2. Secondary education or equivalent qualifications from a foreign country shall be required for admission to a bachelor programme.A bachelor degree, higher education based on an a professional higher education curriculum or equivalent qualifications shall be required for admission to a master’s programme.A master’s degree or equivalent qualifications shall be required for admission to a doctoral programme.
  3. An application may also be submitted by a student candidate who is still in the process of acquiring the required qualifications if it can be assumed that the qualifications will be acquired before 1 September in the same year.A student candidate without the required education shall not be matriculated.
  4. Proficiency in the study language shall be at least at intermediate level in music fields and at advanced level in the fields of Dramatic Arts, Musicology and Cultural Management.Sufficient language proficiency in the student candidates shall be verified during entrance examinations.
  5. A student candidate may apply for studies in up to two specialist fields.If a candidate meets the admission criteria in both fields, the candidate shall notify the Secretary of Admissions of his or her preference by the end of the admission period at the latest.Student candidates shall not be matriculated simultaneously into two specialties.19. The deadlines for submission of other admission documents shall be specified in an Annex to these Rules. [28.10.2015]. 
  6. After expiry of the term for the submission of documents, the Secretary of Admissions shall provide the Admission Committee with an overview of the applications, documents and examination results of student candidates.The Admission Committee shall approve:
  • a list of student candidates whose documents comply with requirements;
  • a list of student candidates whose documents were incomplete but who retain the right to apply for admission;
  • a list of student candidates whose documents were incomplete and who lose the right to apply for admission.
  1. The Secretary of Admissions shall notify all candidates about the decision concerning their application through the Admissions Information System SAIS or Dream Apply [28.10.2015]. 
  2. Applications for matriculation outside the admission period may be accepted on the basis of the programme for the recognition of previous studies and work experience (hereinafter RPL; Estonian abbreviation is VÕTA ) if the student candidate has completed subjects of the respective curriculum for at least 15 credit points and his or her professional qualifications meet the admission criteria. In this case, the RPL Committee shall submit a proposal for the matriculation of the student candidate.

III Entrance examinations

  1. All student candidates, except for candidates applying for matriculation on the basis of RPL, shall pass entrance examinations before they can be admitted to the Academy.One or two examinations shall be required for admission to a bachelor programme, and one examination (in the respective field) shall be required for admission to a master’s or doctoral programme.In addition, a professional competence test shall be completed by student candidates for master’s programmes in pedagogic fields.An examination may consists of several rounds and be held on several days.
  2. Entrance examinations shall be held during the admission period.By the start of the admission period, the Secretary of Admissions shall prepare a schedule of entrance examinations, to be approved by the chair or vice chair of the Admission Committee.The schedule of entrance examinations shall be published on the website of the Academy.
  3. The Academy shall offer consultations for the entrance examinations in all bachelor programmes. The Secretary of Admissions shall prepare a schedule of the consultations in co-operation with the heads of departments and shall publish it on the website of the Academy.
  4. Subject to an agreement with the Tallinn Music High School, Tallinn G. Ots Music School and Tartu H. Eller Music School, the final examinations of the above schools in the same academic year may be combined with entrance examinations for a bachelor programme.Such combined examinations shall be evaluated by or the respective examination committees shall include representatives of the Academy.
  5. In Annex 2 of the Admission Rules, the Academic Council determines the curricula in which the result of the bachelor examination is considered equivalent to the result of the entrance examination to the master’s programme in the same year. [25.11.2015]. 
  6. Examination of student candidates for curricula with English as the study language may take place outside of Estonia or via electronic communication channels.In addition, candidates for curricula with English as the study language may submit a recording for the specialist examination program (a video recording in the case of performance fields, sheet music with an audio or video recording in the case of composition fields).The recording shall be submitted at least 3 weeks before the approved date of the entrance examination.International applicants are allowed to submit an original video recording of their performance as a substitute of a live audition. Candidates can only pass the entrance audition by video recording if the examination panel has no doubts about authenticity of the recording, the quality of the recording is sufficient for evaluation and the candidate's performance meets the highest standards, clearly exceeding the admission threshold. [23.11.2016]. 
  7. A student candidate shall have only one attempt at passing the specialist examination during the admission period.Up to two attempts per admission period shall be permitted in the case of an examination in music theory (incl. one attempt as a group examination) and the result of the last attempt shall be used.The result of an examination in music theory shall be valid for thee years.
  8. With his or her decree, the Rector shall establish committees, consisting of at least two members, for evaluating the entrance examinations of all student candidates for a particular study level in a given field.
  9. Access to an entrance examination shall be subject to presentation of an identity document.
  10. Any evaluation sheets and written examination papers shall be brought to the Secretary of Admissions by the examination committee after the examination.Examination papers shall not be returned to student candidates.
  11. Student candidates shall be notified of the results of an entrance examination via the website of the Academy no later than the day following the examination.34. If a student candidate is late to an examination, the examination committee shall have the right to refuse the student candidate access to the examination.35.The examination committee may remove a student candidate from the examination if the student candidate violates the rules of the examination or behaves in an undignified manner.36. If a student candidate disagrees with the result of an entrance examination, the student candidate may submit a written appeal to the Admission Committee no later than the day following the examination. The chair of the Admission Committee shall appoint a panel for reviewing the appeal and the panel shall issue a written response to the appeal within five working days.

 

IV Evaluation of entrance examinations and admission criteria

  1. Specialist examinations for bachelor programmes, for master’s programmes in Dramatic Arts and Cultural Management, and or doctoral programmes shall be graded on a scale of 0–10, other examinations on a scale of 0–5 (only whole numbers shall be used as grades).
  2. The following admission thresholds shall be used for music specialties at Bachelor’s level:
     Curriculum  Examinations  Admission threshold
    Music Performance Specialty
    Music Theory
    Specialty - at least 7 points, Music Theory - at least 1 point, total - at least 9 points
    Composition and Electronic Music Specialty
    Music Theory
    Specialty - at least 7 points, Music Theory - at least 1 point, total - at least 9 points
    Musicology Specialty
    Music Theory
    Specialty - at least 7 points, Music Theory - at least 1 point, total - at least 9 points
    Musical Instrument Teacher Specialty
    Music Theory
    Specialty - at least 7 points, Music Theory - at least 1 point, total - at least 9 points
    Music Education Specialty
    Music Theory
    Specialty - at least 7 points, Music Theory - at least 1 point, total - at least 9 points
    Jazz Studies Specialty At least 7 points
    Traditional Music Specialty At least 7 points
    Music (English curriculum) Specialty At least 7 points
  1. A specialist examination shall be organised for admission to the Dramatic Arts curriculum at bachelor level and a ranking of all student candidates receiving between 1 and 10 points shall be compiled based on the results of the examination. The 17 highest-ranked student candidates shall be admitted to the Academy.
  2. In music fields at the master’s level, the admission threshold shall be 3 points, except for the joint programme in Contemporary Performance and Composition where admission shall be based on a combined ranking created by the four partner institutions [11.12.2013]
  3. In the field of Cultural Management at the master’s level, a ranking of all student candidates receiving between 7 and 10 points in the specialist examination shall be compiled.Up to the 18 highest-ranked candidates shall be admitted to the Academy. [11.12.2013] 
  4. In the field of Dramatic Arts at the master’s level, a ranking of all student candidates receiving between 7 and 10 points in the specialist examination shall be compiled.Up to the 10 highest-ranked candidates shall be admitted to the Academy. [11.12.2013] 
  5. In doctoral studies, a ranking of all student candidates receiving between 7 and 10 points in the specialist examination shall be compiled. Up to the 5 highest-ranked candidates shall be admitted to the Academy[11.12.2013].

 

IV Admission and matriculation

44. After the entrance examinations, the Secretary of Admissions shall prepare ranking lists of student candidates who met the admission criteria for the curricula with a maximum limit of students. Based on these lists, the Admission Committee shall decide on nominating student candidates for matriculation.

45. The lists of student candidates nominated for matriculation shall be published on an information stand in the lobby of the Academy and on the website of the Academy on the day following the respective meeting of the Admission Committee. Student candidates who have not submitted documents certifying the required level of education or qualifications shall be nominated for matriculation on a conditional basis.

46. Student candidates shall be required to confirm their intention to study at least 1 week before the start of the academic year. By the same deadline, student candidates conditionally admitted for immatriculation have an obligation to submit any missing enrollment documents. In the case of vacated study places that were filled on the basis of a ranking of student candidates, the candidate who was next in the ranking shall be invited to that study place (25.11.2015)

47. The Secretary of Admissions shall order the admission documents within a week after the expiry of the admission term. The following documents shall be preserved:

  • an aggregate folder of admission (the Rector’s decrees concerning admission, the resolutions and minutes of the meetings of the Admission Committee, reports and correspondence);
  • records of entrance examinations and personal folders of student candidates (submitted documents and examination papers).

The examination papers of students who were not admitted shall be preserved for three years.

48. After the main admission is completed, the Admission Committee shall decide if there is a need for a complementary admission, and if so, the time when it shall be effected and the procedure of it.

49. Admitted student candidates who have confirmed their intention to study shall be matriculated by the Rector’s decree during the week preceding the start of the academic year.

 

 

 

Approved by the EAMT Academic Council on 21.11.2012