Pre-Academic / Foundation Course


The pre-academic course of Composition lasts from 1 to 2 years, depending on the level of access of each student. The Course can be accessed through audition and admission tests.
The Composition Course is seen as a merger between traditional studies, such as counterpoint, harmony, orchestration, with an attention towards contemporary professional issues in order to supply each student with the instruments and the skills to turn their music ideas into practice.


Each subject is always targeted to applied music, and therefore music for films, advertisements, short films, and documentaries will be included.

The student will be able to develop his/her own composition knowledge with the support of real music ensembles and by deepening the solutions offered by virtual instruments and new information technologies.

The study of the different techniques (Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration, Basic Techniques of Orchestra Direction, Hard Disk Recording, Virtual Instruments, etc.) will enable the student to enlarge his/her own specific knowledge, to gradually reach an overall professional preparation that will enhance him/her to turn the composition ideas into practice in the most complete way.

An important yearly event and real strength of the Course is the real string orchestra experience, with soloists (woods and brass) and percussionists who perform the scores written by all students, thus enabling a real perception of all that was written, providing a large impact on the educational experience.

Before registering to the course it is possible to participate in our orientation meetings with the Didactic Direction or in the OPEN DAYS, an entire day to live as a Saint Louis student, attending classes, lectures, labs, and meeting the responsible of one’s own instrument course.


The pre-academic course can be attended as follows:

  • ordinary attendance, 5 to 7 hours per week, from September to June
  • long-distance attendance, 6 to 8 hours fortnightly (Friday or Saturday, every second week), from September to June



At the end of the pre-academic course the student can gain direct access to the:

    • Composition 1st cycle academic Diploma (Bachelor’s level)
    • Applied Music 1st cycle academic Diploma (Bachelor’s level)