Overall structure and curricula
Level I academic diploma [Bachelor’s degree] courses (“Triennio”) and Level II (“Biennio”) are structured around a university model: to achieve this qualification, you will require 60 credits for every academic year. There are curricula in place for each course (Level I and Level II) specifying the classes you must take, the number of credits for each one and the examinations you need to sit. Every year, as well as obligatory classes, you must choose one or more minors to reach a total of at least 60 credits. You can choose from a list of free courses which is published every year; you can also choose any other class taught at the Conservatory, as long as there are available places. At the start of each academic year, by the date published on the web site, you need to complete your study program and present it to the Secretary’s office. The study program will then be assessed by the relevant Course Council which will either approve it or help you to make the necessary changes.
If for one or more classes you already have an Italian qualification or equivalent from a foreign institute, or you have proven experience of activities carried out outside the Conservatory, you can ask for these classes to be added to your credits.
You can ask for some types of Conservatory activity – not included in the study programs – to be recognised as part of credits (for example, participation in productions and public events, or collaboration in group music classes or other).Recognition of credits is assessed by the Course Council, based on the guidelines set down by the Academic Council.
Lessons and absences
To obtain credits for each subject or to be able to sit an examination, you need to attend a sufficient amount of lessons: the minimum attendance level is 80% for Level I courses and 60% for Level II courses.
Repeated classes and courses over the prescribed time
The number of lessons for each year must be completed within the same academic year (usually mid October). If you have not completed the minimum number of hours required for a specific subject, you cannot take the exam or you will not be awarded the course credits (if the course does not involve an exam.) In this case, you can repeat the course in the following year, but only once. If at the end of the three years of the Level I course or the two years of the Level II course, you have not obtained all of the credits you need, you will not be able to take the final examination. In this case, you can register for following years as a student over the prescribed time limit (so-called “fuori corso” student), by paying an increased fee.
There are three exam sessions: summer, fall, and winter. There are usually two calls per session, which are held within periods set year by year.
To take an exam, you must have attended the minimum number of lessons set down for this subject (see above). You can also take an examination after the end of the relevant academic year. Remember that you are not automatically registered for examinations: you must go to the reserved area of the website and register within 5 days of the date given. If you change your mind and want to cancel your registration for the exam, you must do so within the same 5-day period; if you fail to do so, you will have to attend the exam and withdraw by signing the report. If you fail to attend an examination after registering for it, you will have to miss two exam sessions before you can register again.
If the exam consists of a performance, give the commission the program of pieces you will be playing, in fair copy (you can download a template here).
To sit the final examination, you must have all of the credits envisaged in the study programs.
Final examinations are held in the same three sessions available for the other exams, usually in July for summer, in November for the fall and March for the winter. You can take the final examination by the winter session after the end of the academic year. If you wish to postpone your final exam beyond this time, you must enrol for the next academic year and pay the increased fees as a student over the prescribed time limit (“fuori corso”).