Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Sound Engineering Department


Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: og√≥lnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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The Major of Sound Engineering offers education for sound engineers at two-cycle intramural studies. First cycle (BA) studies last 3 years (6 semesters) and they provide a unitary degree, i.e., without a specialty singled out. BA-level studies develop basic music recording-making skills (for classical and light music) and basic film sound-making skills. The education is complemented with the necessary knowledge from selected fields, e.g. acoustics, electronics and electroacoustics. Students develop skills in music solfege and score reading; there are, among others, classes on timbre solfege and sound editing. This stage ends with a BA examination, which consists of a presentation of original work and a self-review on one of selected sound-making examples.

Candidates are required to present a secondary school-leaving exam certificate with basic level in Mathematics and it is recommended that candidates choose advanced level in Mathematics or Physics.

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • ear training and harmony – online test
  • instrument – candidate sends an audio-video recording
  • knowledge of the media – oral test online: candidate prepares a speech (approx.. 10 minutes) on a given topic (one of three topics sent earlier to candidates). The test will be a component of the major test taking place online, with an independent assessment
  • mathematics and physics knowledge – online test (for candidates with the secondary school-leaving certificate issued before 2006)
  • major testoral test (online)

Scope of material

  • ear training and harmony:
    • oral online test in ear training — two exercises: singing at sight and rhythm reading at sight
    • oral online test in harmony — recognition of chord types and harmonic combinations, harmonic analysis of fragments of works, cadenzas, progressions and modulations
  • instrument playing – presentation (in a form of an audio-video recording) of prepared programme (any two pieces, preferably representing different styles, short forms) on a chosen instrument (agreed upon with the Dean’s Office). Candidates’ musicality will be the main focus of assessment, not virtuosity in instrument playing. Candidates who may have problems with access to their preseffed instrument (e.g percussion instruments, organ, harpsichord, double-bass, harp) are asked to email or phone Dean’s Office of the Department and report the problem. Information about the way of sending recordings will be given in a separate announcement.
  • knowledge of the media (oral, online) — selection of one of several subjects concerning familiarity with music works, cinema, theatre, television and radio musical recordings, history of culture,
  • major test (oral, online) – test of candidates’ predisposition to the sound engineering studies, their sonar imagination, sensitivity to tone colour and general knowledge of culture and the media (duration of speech: 10 minutes maximum). The committee may also additionally ask a candidate about matters concerning their audio-video recordings which they sent for their instrument playing test.
  • mathematics and physics knowledge (oral, online) — for candidates with a secondary school-leaving certificate issued before 2006:
    • mathematics part — trigonometry, function property analysis and domain iden-tification, equations and inequalities, trigonometric equations, calculus of probability,
    • physics part — physical units, mechanics, optics, acoustics, electricity,

Exceptions from admission procedure

Prize winners and finalists of artistic “Olympics” competitions at the central level will be exempt from the enrolment procedure from the subjects the competition pertained to. In such a case they obtain the highest number of points for these given subjects.

Date of exams

06.07.2020 - 10.07.2020 (on-line)

Additional information

Details on how the final results are calculated as part of the enrolment process for first cycle studies for the major of Sound Engineering.

Exams are marked in the 25-point scale.
The final mark from the exams is the sum of:

a. the mark obtained during the major test multiplied by 3
b. the mark obtained from the knowledge of the media test multiplied by 0.8
c. the mark obtained from the ear training and harmony test
d. the mark obtained from the selected instrument playing test
e. result of the secondary school-leaving (“matura”) exam in physics or mathematics (converted into the 25-point scale) or mark from the mathematics and physics knowledge test

The maximum number of points to obtain is 170.

A candidate gets qualified if he/has taken all tests and received:

  • at least 16 points as the mark for the major test
  • at least 12 points for each of the remaining tests (except knowledge of the media test)

The results of audiometric test are auxiliary during the interview.

Details of how the result is calculated:

W = 3K + I + SH + M + 0.8P


K - number of points obtained from the major test (at least 16 pts required)
I - number of points obtained from the selected instrument playing test (at least 12 pts)
SH - number of points obtained from the ear training and harmony test  (at least 12 pts), whereas SH = 0,5(S+H), where:
     S - arithmetic mean from marks for ear training
     H - arithmetic mean from marks for harmony test
P - number of points obtained from knowledge of the media test
M - number of points obtained from the mathematics and physics knowledge test or number of points obtained from the conversion of results from the written “matura” exam in mathematics or physics into the 25-point scale according to the rule given below

     M = 0,18Mp + 0,7(Mr)0,5       (at least 12 pkt.)

Mr - number of percentage points obtained from the “matura” exam in mathematics or physics – advanced level
Mp - number of percentage points obtained from the “matura” exam in mathematics or physics – basic level, where for candidates who took their “matura” exams in the period between 2007 and 2010 (advanced level) the conversion is made according to the following formula:

     Mp = (53 - 0.53 x PG) + PG

PG - lnumber of percentage points converted from the advanced level to basic level according to the chart provided by the Ministry of National Education in the Regulation of 8 September 2006 changing the Regulation on the  terms and conditions of grading, classifying and promoting pupils and students and performing tests and examinations in public schools.

If a candidate did not take the advanced level of mathematics or physics on their “matura” exam, then Mr = 0