How to apply

The master recruits every two years. The online application period for the academic term 2022-2024 will be open by the end of 2021. 

For reference, the phases of the previous selection process (for the academic term 2020-2022) were as follows:

Phase 1: submitting application and documents online

Applicants complete and submit their application online (in English or with a qualified certified English translation). With it, they must pay €88,00 application fee (2020 official fee for the Lyon CNSMD de Lyon) and submit the following documents: 

Administrative documents (to be uploaded on the application platform directly)

  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • ID picture
  • Certified copy of the first cycle (bachelor) diploma or degree in music, with transcripts in the original language. If you have not yet received your diploma, a document is needed stating when you are expected to obtain it, signed and stamped by the school awarding the diploma
  • If your diploma and transcripts are not already in English, French, Italian or Dutch, a correct English translation of your diploma and transcripts

Artistic portfolio (to be uploaded on a cloud via a link sent to the applicants who have completed the online registration)

  • Document presenting the student’s proposed artistic research project, with title + description (max 2000 words)
  • At least one piece of music with image (score and video). Instrumental or electronic pieces (score, simulation, recording) will be accepted
  • In total, between three (3) to five (5) pieces should be submitted, corresponding to a total of approx. 20 minutes of music (please select the most representative excerpts if the pieces are longer). For as far as is possible, please provide links to visual or audiovisual files. If sending in your documents, please submit them in MP3, AAC, FLAC, MP4 or PDF format (files should not be greater than 1GB).
  • Declaration of honour concerning the authenticity and artistic authorship of all scores and/or recordings
  • Cover letter (max 1000 words) presenting:
    – the experience, education, and motivation for attending InMICS
    – the applicant’s motivation regarding the two specific institutions he or she hopes to attend
  • Complete curriculum vitae, listing the applicant’s experience and education in the field of music for screen

For all documents, including the artistic portfolio, your legal name must be used, not a pseudonym or artistic name. This certifies that you are the authentic author of the works submitted.


The recruitment committee will announce the names of applicants who are to be invited for interviews with the jury. Together with the invitation to the interview, these applicants will be given a compulsory assignment to be completed by a given deadline (before the interview). It will entail composing music for a short animated film of five to ten minutes.

Phase 2: Interview with the recruitment committee

The selected applicants will be invited to 40-minute interview, following a specific time schedule. The times will be communicated to selected applicants together with the announcement of the results of phase 1 applications. Phase 2 interviews will take place at CNSMD de Lyon (Lyon, France). Should an applicant be unable to come to the interview, a Skype interview with the recruitment committee can be scheduled.

Based on the results of the interviews, students admitted to the programme will receive a letter of acceptance, also stating the two hosting institutes the student is to attend. They will be asked to proceed with their registration according to the procedures of both hosting institutions prior to beginning the two-year programme.