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Independent master project

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Master’s in opera

Brief course description

During the Independent Master Project, students shall

  • rehearse and perform a part in a production, culminating in the performance of this part in a full on-stage format accompanied by an orchestra
  • independently rehearse a role of their own choosing, or create a project of their own and finalise it with a public performance
  • engage in a written reflection, with each student choosing the topic of their text on the basis of their assigned role or self-defined project

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • demonstrate vocal and musical abilities at a high level
  • demonstrate extensive knowledge of the style of the chosen work
  • relate deliberately and clearly to all the components in a complete opera staging
  • be able to formulate, document and present artistic problems and demonstrate critical reflection and artistic integrity
  • be able to work as an independent opera artist in larger works

Teaching and learning methods

Coursework will consist of independent work and supervision. Educator-led teaching may also take place. The learning methods primarily be independent artistic work, project work, written assignments and independent study.

Each student will have a supervisor for their Master’s project. Students are responsible for their own progression during the project and must themselves set up regular meetings with their supervisor, and submit material to him or her, so that the planned progression is maintained.

Coursework requirements:

  • submit an independent artistic work
  • submit a written reflection assignment
  • mandatory presence and active participation


The coursework requirements must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment.

The student’s coursework is supervised and assessed on an ongoing basis. The assessment is based on the course’s goals and on how the achievement of these goals is manifested in the Master’s project.

The Master’s project is assessed by three examiners, of whom at least one is external. Both the artistic work and the reflection assignment must be passed in order for the student to pass the course.

The course uses a pass/fail grading system.