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Gheorghe Dima Music Academy is an educational institution in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Founded in 1919, nowadays it has various sections, including composition, conducting, musicology, musical pedagogy, canto, coregraphic pedagogy, and opera. Notable alumni include Christian Wilhelm Berger, Boldizsár Csiky, Tiberiu Olah, and Anita Hartig.

The Academy supports scientific research in the areas of musical creation, performance and musicology, being the first Romanian institution to organize doctoral studies in the musical field.

Geographical position of the institution

AMGD is situated in Cluj Napoca, the main regional centre and historic capital of Transylvania, a city with 350.000 inhabitants, university centre with eight public and private universities, serving nearly 60.000 students. The teaching and administrative activities are carried out in one building, located in the downtown area. AMGD has a hostel located in a relatively central neighbourhood. Its branch (university extension) is located in Piatra Neamţ, the Neamţ county capital, about 300 km away from Cluj-Napoca.

Current status of AMGD’s programs of study:

The Faculty of Music Performance

Undergraduate university studies: 

 “Music Performance – Instruments” (violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion instruments, piano, organ, harpsichord) – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits.  “Music Performance - Singing” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits.  “Musical Performing Arts” – 4-year full-time courses, 240 ECTS credits Master’s university studies:

  Postgraduate studies:

“Music Performance - Instruments” – 2-year full-time program, 120 ECTS credits.  “Music Performance - Singing” – 2-year full-time program, 120 ECTS credits “Musical Performing Arts” – 2-year full-time program, 120 ECTS credits: Musical Theatre Direction, Choreographic Direction and Choreographic Pedagogy.


The Faculty of Theory

Undergraduate university studies:

“Music Composition” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits. “Musicology” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits  “Conducting” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits  “Music Pedagogy” – 3-year full-time program, 180 ECTS credits Music (3 years), in English ) – 3-year full-time program, 180 ECTS credits

Postgraduate studies:

“Music Composition, Musicology, Conducting” – 2-year full-time program, 120 ECTS credits “Music Pedagogy” – 2-year full-time program, 120 ECTS credits.


Piatra Neamţ Branch (extensions of the faculties of music performance and theory) Undergraduate university studies:  “Music Performance - Instruments” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits.  “Music Performance - Singing” – 4-year full-time program, 240 ECTS credits.  “Music Pedagogy” – 3-year full-time program, 180 ECTS credits.

  'The Autonomous Department for Continuous Education and Distance Learning (D.E.C.I.D.)
Distance education is provided in four fee-based undergraduate programs of study that have the same curricula as those offered by the similar, accredited, full-time programs: 

 “Music Pedagogy”, 3 years, 180 ECTS credits. “Music Performance – Instruments - Singing” – 4-year program, 240 ECTS credits

Admission 2019 - 2020:

“Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy organizes the following study cycles: - Undergraduate (BA) studies (3/4 years, full-time learning) - Graduate (MA) studies (2 years, full-time learning) - Doctoral studies (3 years, part-time and distance learning)

Undergraduate (BA) Studies

The Faculty of Music Performance organizes entrance examinations for the following study programs (specializations): - Music Performance - Instruments (4 years, full-time) - Music Performance – Opera Singing (4 years, full-time) - Musical Performing Arts (4 years, full-time)

The Faculty of Theoretical Studies organizes entrance examinations for the following study programs: - Music (language of tuition: Romanian) (3 years) - Music (language of tuition: English) (3 years) - Composition (4 years) - Musicology (4 years) - Conducting (4 years)

Piatra-Neamţ Branch, consisting of extensions of study programs similar to the ones offered within the two GDMA Cluj-Napoca faculties (Faculty of Music performance, Faculty of Theoretical Studies), organizes entrance examinations for the following study programs: - Music (language of tuition: Romanian - 3 years, full-time) - Music Performance - Instruments (4 years, full-time) - Music Performance – Opera Singing (4 years, full-time)


Timetable for the admission process; undergraduate (BA) studies – 2019: Undergraduate - 1st session: 16th -19th of July: registration for admission to a BA program 22nd -26th of July: audition and entrance examination to the Faculty of Music Performance 29th of July-1st of August: entrance examination to the Theoretical Faculty 24th -27th of July: registration for admission to the Piatra Neamţ Branch - undergraduate 29th of July-1st of August: audition and entrance examination to the Piatra Neamţ Branch

Undergraduate – 2nd session: 9th of Sept.: registration for admission to a BA program 10-11-12th of Sept.: audition and entrance examination – all faculties

9th of Sept.: registration for admission to the Piatra Neamţ Branch - undergraduate 10-11-12th of Sept.: audition and entrance examination to the Piatra Neamţ Branch

Graduate (MA) Studies

The Faculty of Music Performance organizes the following graduate study programs in the art-music field: - Music Performance, with two lines of study: Instruments and Opera Singing (2 years, full-time learning) - Musical Performing Arts, with three lines of study: Musical Theater Directing, Choreographic Directing, Choreographic Education (2 years, full-time learning)

The Faculty of Theoretical Studies organizes the following graduate study programs in the art-music field: - Musical Art in Romanian language (2 years, full-time) - Musical Art English language (2 years, full-time) - Composition, Musicology, Conducting, with three lines of study: Composition, Musicology, Conducting (2 years, full-time)

Timetable for the admission process; graduate (MA) studies – 2019: Faculty of Music performance and Theoretical Faculty 2-3rd of Sept.: registration for admission to a MA program 5-7th of Sept.: audition and entrance examinations

“Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy is a doctoral studies organizing institution (D.S.O.I), including in its structure the “Sigismund Toduţă” Doctoral School. The unit organizes and runs doctoral programs of a scientific and professional type, conferring the title of Doctor in Music.

Timetable for the admission process; doctoral (PhD) studies – 2019: 2-5th of Sept. – registration period 9, 10, 11th of Sept.: audition and entrance examination


Undergraduate (BA) study programs organized through Distance Learning are accredited to function on the basis of Governmental Decree 158/29.03.2018. Curricula are approved by the Music Academy’s Senate and the National Ministry of Education, being identical, in terms of structure and number of credits, to the GDMA’s undergraduate study programs. The Department for Distance and Part-Time Learning (D.D.P.T.L) organizes entrance examinations for the following specializations:

Undergraduate (BA) Studies - Music (language of tuition: Romanian - 3 years, DL) - Music Performance - Instruments (4 years, DL) - Music Performance – Opera Singing (4 years, DL)

Graduate (MA) Studies – Part-Time Learning - Musical Art – ((language of tuition: English – 2 years, PTL)



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