Bachelor’s Degree L3

RULES (updated May 17, 2022)
Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, the Academy has established courses of three-year duration that allow students to obtain the degree equivalent to the Bachelor’s Degree of Class L-3 Disciplines of Figurative Arts, Music, Performing Arts and Fashion, divided into 8 different branches: PIANO, FLUTE, VIOLA, VIOLIN, VIOLONCELLO, GUITAR, CHAMBER MUSIC AND COMPOSITION, as per Art.1 of Decree 177 of 1/03/2019 of the Ministry of Education, University and Research.

For the purposes of participation in public competitions, Imola Academy’s Degree Diplomas are also equivalent to Level I and II Academic Diplomas awarded by AFAM Conservatories (Art. 1, co. 102-107, Stability Law 2013 L. 228/2012).

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For enrollment you must hold a High School Diploma or equivalent/equivalent degree, and be between the ages of 18 and 23 (subject to exceptions at the discretion of the Dean in consultation with the Academic Council).

Access to courses equivalent to the L-3 degree is subject to passing the entrance examination in instrumental practice in accordance with the regulations of the address Academies. The respective entrance examination programs can be found at the “The Academies and Courses” section of the website . For guidance regarding the music program to be submitted for the entrance exam, it is necessary to follow the criterion of age according to which the Advanced Courses are divided. For further clarification, it is possible to contact the Teaching Secretariat directly by calling 0542/30802 or writing to

The deadline for registration for the admission exams  can be found on the Admissions page. The date of the entrance exams will be communicated by the secretariat to each candidate. The results of the exams will be announced by the date of October 10.

For Academy students already enrolled in Traditional Courses who intend to enroll in the respective Equivalent Degree Program, passing the entrance exam is not required but official notification to the secretary by the date of September 1 is required. Even for internal students who intend to apply to transfer to the Equivalent Courses, however, the same entrance requirements remain mandatory.

The Academy reserves the right not to activate the equipollent courses of the first year if the minimum number of students admitted upon passing the entrance examination is not reached.

In case of non-activation of the equipollent courses, admitted candidates will be notified by the date of October 10. For them, however, the possibility of attending the academic courses of instrumental practice within the Academy will remain guaranteed, as well as the right to attend the Equivalent Degree courses as soon as the first activated year becomes available, including the recognition of the acquired credits of the courses of practice and the reduction of the tuition fees.

Students are required to attend at least 80 percent of each of the courses included in the teaching plan, failing which they will not be able to register for the compulsory verification examinations for each course, which will be held at the end of the year, according to a schedule established by the secretariat. Two examination sessions per year will be guaranteed for each course.

Failure to pass the verification exams at the end of the year of the practice courses related to the SSDs L-ART/05 does not provide any possibility of recovery, not even in the second available session (subject to exceptions at the discretion of the Dean in agreement with the Academic Council), and results in the inability to continue studies within the Academy.

Failure to pass the placement examinations for all other courses provides for the possibility of making up only in the next scheduled and available examination session within the same academic year of attendance (subject to exceptions at the discretion of the Dean in consultation with the Academic Council), and results in inability to continue studies within the Academy.

All specifics regarding the schedule of classes and programs of individual courses, will be communicated by the secretary to the students, and managed via portal in ‘cloud’ in the specific area reserved for teaching.

Given the high selection required in entrance examinations and the target audience of students at the Imola Academy, the institution makes itself available to dialogue with each individual student in order to allow him or her a program of course attendance and passing examinations that is sustainable in accordance with extra-academic artistic commitments – concerts, competitions, tours, etc.etc. – agreed upon by the student with the instrument teacher within the ‘Academy (exceptions and exceptions to the regulations are at the discretion of the Dean in agreement with the Academic Council).

No exceptions will be possible under any circumstances regarding the failure to achieve the total credits required by the regulations in order to obtain the degree equivalent to the L-3 Class Degree.

Courses are held in Italian and English. In the case of group courses, the teaching language is chosen according to the composition of the class. However, students are guaranteed the opportunity to study and test exams following a bibliography in both Italian and English.

Students are required to pay the following fees specified below respecting the due dates:

A fee of €100 must be paid at the time of registration to register for the entrance exam. The secretary’s office will specify all details at the time of application.

  • REGIONAL RIGHT TO STUDY FEE – Scholarships and Study Support Once the admission exam has been passed and the activation of the course has been guaranteed, the student is required to pay by November 10, 2023, the mandatory fee of € 140 directly to the Right to Study Service of the Emilia Romagna Region ERGO. The right-to-study service provides amounts to support study, which can be accessed through a call for applications. All specifics can be found on the Emilia Romagna Region’s dedicated website
  • !! NOTICE TO NEW CANDIDATES: Those who intend to take advantage of the scholarship provided by ERGO as early as the first year of attendance are required to notify the ERGO office by July even if they are not yet aware of the outcome of the entrance exam or have not yet taken the entrance exam because it is scheduled in September.

The total annual tuition fee for courses equivalent to the L-3 degree is set in the ‘amount of:

  • total of € 3,700.00 for the addresses piano/violin/viola/cello/flute/guitar/chamber music divisible into three installments according to the following schedule:
    • October 15 due date I installment € 1,250.00
    • February 15 due date II installment € 1,250.00
    • April 15 due date III installment € 1,200.00
  • total of € 4,500.00 for the Composition major (specialization New Writing or monographic Conducting) divisible into four installments according to the following schedule:
    • October 15 due date I installment € 1,100.00
    • December 15 due date II installment € 1,100.00
    • February 15 due date III installment € 1,100.00
    • April 15 due date IV installment € 1,200.00

Payment of the tuition fee is compulsory in all cases, under penalty of not being able to attend the courses and take the exams. The Academy is willing to consider a larger, interest-free installment plan upon specific request by the student.

See the EDUCATION PLAN in the dedicated section.

The lecturers of the praxis courses related to SSD L-ART/05 of each address are listed in the section of the website ‘the lecturers‘ .

In case of more than one lecturer, the candidate may indicate a specific preference which will be respected within the limits of class capacity. The possibility of taking practice courses with more than one faculty member is provided. Assignment of praxis teachers is at the discretion of the Academy Director of each address.

The lecturers of the theoretical teachings and their syllabi are listed in the ‘Teachings and Lecturers‘ section of the website.

Upon enrollment, the student agrees to sign and abide by the official Regulations governing the teaching and organizational aspects of the courses attended.  Each year the Academy reserves the right to make changes to the Regulations in order to improve the service for students. Any changes will be promptly communicated by publication on the website and direct communication to students through the teaching secretary.