Music Information Science

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-31 - Computer science
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The degree is organized in a single learning path, which guarantees homogeneity and cultural coherence of the graduates, both when entering the job market after graduation and when continuing with a subsequent degree programme, with specific reference to the master degrees belonging to the LM-18 Informatica class.
The main learning goal of the degree is to provide solid general cultural skills aimed at in-depth disciplinary competences of the main areas of information technologies for musical heritage, multimedia, internet and databases, complemented by elements of semiotics and formal linguistics, and on thorough practical and theoretical mastering of multidisciplinary methodologies and technologies related to the multifaceted aspects of music informatics. The objective is to ensure that graduates have a solid cultural and methodological background aimed at both continuing academic studies and providing skills and the tools to assimilate scientific and technological advancements and to tackle at an advanced level problematics related to the applications of computer science and information technologies to music.
An equally important learning goal of the degree is to provide specific vocational education, focused on solid competences as well as on applicative and operating abilities, which are immediately expendable in the job market, with specific reference to the transfer and application of scientific and technological know-how to music. Vocational learning goals are aimed at forming graduates that have technical-operating competences, experts in specific application domains (communication, publishing, musical and multimedia production and post-production, new media, e-commerce, television, wired and mobile telecommunications, advertising, cultural heritage, pedagogy).
Expert of information technologies for music in the publishing and recording industry, web, and new media.
Role in a professional context.
Professional figures in this category manage activities related to design and development of services and systems based on integrating technological solutions for music publishing, such as processing, retrieval, and preservation of music information.
Associated competences.
They have in-depth knowledge of methodologies and technologies related to musical heritage, music and multimedia production and post-production, social and economic implications related to the development of web and multimedia systems as well as the effects of their adoption by user communities.
Employment opportunites.
They are able to work individually as consultants, or in a team within public or private enterprises, in a job market that is rapidly evolving regarding both technological and communication aspects.

Expert in information technologies for the analysis, processing, and synthesis of sound and music information.
Role in a professional context.
Professional figures in this category manage activities related to design and development of services and systems based on integrating technological solutions for:
- digital processing of audio signals and music symbols in the field of recording, production, post-production, reproduction, visualization, restoration of supports and contents;
- classification and retrieval of audio and music contents
Associated competences.
They have in-depth knowledge of methodologies and technologies related to representation, processing, automatic recognition of features of music information (audio, audio-video, sheet music, catalogues, music structures, MIDI, ...), with specific reference to fields related to human-computer interaction, and web and multimedia systems.
Employment opportunites.
They are able to work individually as consultants, or in a team within public or private enterprises, in a job market that is rapidly evolving regarding both technological and communication aspects.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree programme in Music Information Science, you must have a high-school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004.

Admission is capped in order to meet high-quality teaching standards relative to the available resources. Therefore, you will have to take a TOLC - CISIA Online Test before enrolling.  There are 150 places available for the first year of the programme.

You can sit for the TOLC test at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA (inter-university consortium for integrated access systems). You can register to the TOLC test on the CISIA website (https://www.cisiaonline.it/).

The test providing access to the degree programme is TOLC-S, consisting of the following sections: Basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), Reasoning and problems (10 questions - 20 minutes), Reading comprehension (10 questions - 20 minutes), Basic sciences (chemistry, physics and geology - 10 questions - 20 minutes ).

Each question has 5 answer options, of which only one is correct. Score: correct answer +1, wrong answer -0.25, no answer 0.

If you take the TOLC-S and apply for admission to the degree programme in Music Information Science, you will be included in a merit ranking based on the test score. The score will be weighted, for each section, according to the criteria set out in the call for applications. The winners will be able to enrol, in compliance with the deadlines.

There are three selection windows: May, July and September – 20% of the total places will be made available in the May window, 30% in July, 50% in September.

Students who have not achieved at least 10 points in the Basics mathematics module will have to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA).

The TOLC test includes an additional English section, consisting of 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. This section does not count toward the overall test score.

Detailed information, registration procedures, dates, deadlines and other information are published in the call for applications and at the following addresses:

https://www.unimi.it/en/study/enrolment

https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/degree-programme-enrolment/enrolment-first-degree-programme

Remedial activities and tests

Students with additional learning requirements will have to carry out remedial activities in the period October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled their gaps. Otherwise, they will not be able to take any second-year exams before passing the Continuum mathematics exam.

For information: https://informaticamusicale.cdl.unimi.it/it/studiare/le-matricole

The education program can be enriched by educational activities abroad both to deepen some topics and as socialization experience in international environments. WIthin the Erasmus+ program study periods can be taken in over 50 universities in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary. Courses will be recognized in the personalized study plan. These periods abroad are typically 5-month long and include courses for about 30 CFU, in the area of information and communication technology and related applications. Recognition of these educational activities will be based on the Learning Agreement, to be defined in advance by the student and the Erasmus coordinator at the Computer Science Department before starting the period abroad: course in the learning agreement with passed exams will replace the educational activities of the study plan ("manifesto"), either by covering the same topics or complementing the acquired basic competences. The Erasmus Committee at the Computer Science Department will perform the recognition of CFU obtained abroad and the definition of the personalized study plan. Similarly, stages to prepare the final dissertation are allowed in the same foreign universities. Recognition will be performed by the Department Erasmus Committee.

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Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer programming 12 120 Italian INF/01
Continuum mathematics 12 112 Italian MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
Music semiotics 6 48 Italian M-FIL/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Acoustics 9 72 Italian FIS/01 FIS/02 FIS/03
Computer architecture i 6 48 Italian INF/01
Elements of musical goods economics 6 48 Italian SECS-P/07
Models of music perception 6 48 Italian M-PSI/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer science applied to sound 12 96 Italian INF/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Algorithms and data structures 6 48 Italian INF/01
Databases 6 48 Italian INF/01
Operating systems 6 48 Italian INF/01
Signal processing 6 48 Italian INF/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer science applied to music 18 144 Italian INF/01
Statistics and data analysis 6 60 Italian INF/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer networks 6 48 Italian INF/01
Elements of musical information law 6 48 Italian IUS/01
Methods and technologies of music publishing 6 48 Italian SPS/08
Web programming 6 48 Italian INF/01
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Training 15 0 Italian
Final exam 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Cryptography i 6 48 Italian INF/01
Digital image processing 6 48 Italian INF/01
Information systems 6 48 Italian INF/01
Multimedia information 12 96 Italian INF/01
Multimedia publishing 6 48 Italian INF/01
New media sociology 6 48 Italian SPS/08
Programming languages 6 48 Italian INF/01
Security and privacy 6 48 Italian INF/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Declarative programming 6 48 Italian INF/01
Development of music production technologies 6 48 Italian INF/01
Discrete mathematics 6 56 Italian MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
Languages and compilers 6 48 Italian INF/01
Operations research 6 48 Italian MAT/09
Scientific visualization 6 48 Italian INF/01
Study plan rules
2 - Free choice courses.
Students will have to achieve 12 free cfu among the courses of the previous tables, among the following courses activated by the Department, or among all the courses activated by the university.
Students can request the recognition of credits for training activities at external institutions, presenting a certification. Each certification can give rise to a maximum of 3 credits, and up to 2 certifications can be recognized. The students who intend to request the recognition of the certifications must complete the "application" form available on the page https://www.unimi.it/en/study/student-services/welcome-desk-infostudenti/general-forms and send ver to the secretary of his / her degree together with a copy of the certifications achieved.
The evaluation will be carried out by a special commission based on the following parameters:
- Validity: the certification must have been obtained for a maximum of 5 years.
- Specificity: the object of the certification must be those referable to those required by the degree course in which the student is regularly enrolled.
- Specialization: the certification must concern specialized and / or professional skills.
- Level: the certification must attest to skills of a medium or advanced level. Basic and entry level certifications are excluded.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Cryptography i 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Digital image processing 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Information systems 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Multimedia information 12 96 Italian First semester INF/01
Programming languages 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Security and privacy 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Declarative programming 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
Languages and compilers 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
Operations research 6 48 Italian Second semester MAT/09
Scientific visualization 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
1 - Table 1. Students must obtain 6 credits from the following courses for the guided choice.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Multimedia publishing 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
New media sociology 6 48 Italian First semester SPS/08
Development of music production technologies 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
Discrete mathematics 6 56 Italian Second semester MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
Vengono illustrate le propedeuticità obbligatorie e consigliate tra i corsi che garantiscono un percorso d'apprendimento ottimale.
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (compulsory)
COMPUTER SCIENCE APPLIED TO SOUND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (compulsory)
SIGNAL PROCESSING CONTINUUM MATHEMATICS (compulsory)
STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS CONTINUUM MATHEMATICS (compulsory)
WEB PROGRAMMING COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (compulsory)
Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede dei corsi di area informatica: via Celoria 18 - Milano.
Altre sedi di svolgimento delle lezioni: Settore Didattico, via Celoria 20; Settore Didattico, via Golgi 19; Didatteca, via Venezian 15.
Laboratory locations
Laboratorio informatico (Silab) presso il Dipartimento di Informatica, via Celoria 18, Milano.
Laboratorio di Informatica musicale (LIM) presso il Dipartimento di Informatica, via Celoria 18: http://www.lim.di.unimi.it/
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 150 plus 5 reserved to extra UE students, 1 reserved to Marco Polo students
Session: 1
Call for applications: how to do
Application period: from 04-22-2020 to 06-15-2020
Enrolment period: from 06-17-2020 to 06-23-2020
Session: 2
Call for applications: how to do
Application period: from 06-24-2020 to 07-22-2020
Enrolment period: from 07-23-2020 to 08-07-2020
Session: 3
Call for applications: how to do
Application period: from 08-10-2020 to 09-14-2020
Enrolment period: from 09-17-2020 to 09-23-2020