1st Cycle Academic Diploma

An academic path that introduce the students to the job market which is always in constant evolution, to provide artistic and compositional support to various entertainment industries (Cinema, Television, Gaming, Prose, Musical, Communication).

Technology has a fundamental role in applied music as the composer must have extensive competence in composing and orchestrating virtually,also in processing a sound through a synthesis and / or sampling technique, in processing and assembling all the sound information in a mix. multichannel or 3D

Duration 3 years

Frequency Lessons of 50 minutes/weekly or fortnightly

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

It is a limited students number course, open to a maximum of 10 students, coming from Saint Louis pre-academic courses or selected through audition.

Technology has a fundamental role in applied music as the composer must have extensive competence in composing and orchestrating virtually, also in processing a sound through a synthesis and / or sampling technique, in processing and assembling all the sound information in a mix. multichannel or 3D.

To the classic subjects of musical compositional orientation, technological subjects are therefore added to allow the student to be able to gain confidence and competence with musical computer science, sound design, electronic music, virtual fonia.

  • Study of harmony, counterpoint, creative writing with 2, 3 and 4 voices, piano writing and free composition
  • Virtual orchestration, music for media and video games, sound synthesis, projects that work on music for theater, cinema, TV, commercials.
  • Musical composition techniques of an electroacoustic nature, with a historical overview of the various editing techniques and of “tape music” and electronic music.
  • Study of the piano as an instrument for composition
  • Realization of applied music in partnership with Italian and European institutions for gaming, cinema, TV and multimedia production.

At the end of the three-year First Cycle academic diploma, the student can continue his / her specialization studies in a two-year Second cycle academic studies (aut. Mur) in: Applied music, Composition and Film Scoring, Music Production

  • Soundtracks for cinema and television (films, series, fiction, documentaries, broadcasts and columns)
  • Music in support of advertising, commercials, trailers, theme songs
  • Music for radio broadcasts
  • Soundtracks for video games
  • Realization of music for theater, prose, musicals
  • Music and demos for the music industry linked to the production of virtual musical instruments and various apps, sound libraries, synthesizers and hardware samplers
  • Realization of music to support communication (internet, telephony)
  • Music for sound archives and music libraries

Matteo Balani

Elio Rivagli

Roberta Montanari

Michele Braga



Personalization of own study path choosing from over 200 different courses from the various departments of St. Louis, a unique opportunity to expand the own skills and build a future as a professional, able to operate in multiple sectors of Music Business.

  • Popular Music Department: Music Management courses, choir writing and arrangement, Black Music, Neo-Soul, Writing and arrangement for pop orchestras, Digital Marketing, Konnakol, Ethnic Music, Creative Writing.

  • Jazz Department: Jazz improvisation courses, jazz harmony studies, jazz arrangement for rhythm section and 5 horns, arrangement for big band.
  • Composition and Applied Music Department: Courses in music for images, music for video games, music for films, sonorization of commercials, orchestration, traditional harmony studies, contrapuntal techniques.
  • Electronic Music Department: Electronic music courses, Live Electronics, Ableton, Reaktor, Max for live.
  • Sound Engineering Department: Microphoneing courses, mixing management, home studio management and Mastering.

Since 2012 Saint Louis has participated in the Erasmus + program, which offers the possibility to every student of Academic level to live periods of mobility in other European and Extra-European Higher Education Institutes for study or internship projects.

Each student can therefore benefit of a maximum of 12 months of study or internship abroad for each study cycle (12 months max in the three-year first cycle, 12 months max in the two-year second cycle of academic studies), choosing one’s destination among a wide and excellent offer of foreign partners that Saint Louis has established and consolidated over time.

  • Special International Projects: European Jazz Contest, Italian Jazz on the Road, Italian Jazz C.R.E.A”, Minus One – Italian Jazz on the Road to… Tbilisi, Body Sound DiVision

Mostly fortnightly classes concentrated in 3-4 consecutive days. Mandatory attendance to the minimum extent of the 80% of the lessons.

  • FULL-TIME ATTENDANCE: Classes are mostly held with fortnightly cadence, organized in alternate weeks, with the exception of the instrument / singing lesson which can be organized at the student’s choice on a weekly or fortnightly basis. About 300 hours of classes per year.

  • PART-TIME ATTENDANCE : Students who, for work or distance reasons, are unable to attend all the lessons provided for in the study plan can personalize their own study plan choosing how many subjects to attend from year to year. Part-time attendance implies a probable extension of the course of study beyond 3 years.

  1. Consult the study plan and admission tests:Check that your self-preparation is in line with the skills required for the individual tests by clicking below on Admission tests and study plan.
  2. Fill out the application form: It is possible to submit an application for participation at the admission exam to I and II cycle academic courses from the 3rd of February to the 30th of April. Subsequent applications will only be considered on the basis of the remaining places available.
  3. Wait for the call and take the admission tests: The admission exam to the three-year first cycle of academic courses is divided into several tests, aimed at verifying the candidate’s personal skills and which exactly reflect the contents of the entire pre-academic path of Saint Louis.




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