Continuance Regulations

The regulations applied in the ESEM with regards to continuance are based on Resolution EDU/2536/2010, of the 20th of July, with regard to continuance in higher arts education. 

Calculation of credits

For the purposes of these instructions, all subjects taught for these courses of study are calculated in ECTS credits. The credits obtained by recognition are also taken into account for purposes of continuance. Credits earned by transfer are not calculated for the purposes of continuance.

Study modes

The following two study modes are available:

a) Full-time study mode
b) Part-time study mode

In the first academic year, you may only study in the full-time study mode. After the first year, the student can choose to study part-time. The ESEM may restrict the number of places available for the part-time and full-time study modes for each specialisation, pathway or field. In this event, the number of available places will be published before the start of the annual enrolment process.

Change of study mode

The student may change study mode a maximum of two times throughout their studies. For the second change of study mode, it is necessary for the student to have passed a minimum of 80% of the credits they have enrolled for up to the moment of their requesting a change. To switch from one mode of study to another, the student must request the change by applying to ESEM management with at least one month's notice prior to the start date of the annual enrolment process. Those students with the highest average mark on their academic record shall be given priority when requesting a change of study mode. Authorisation or refusal of a change in study mode is solely the decision of ESEM management.

Calls

Each subject includes two exam session calls per course that a student is enrolled on. Students have a maximum of four attempts to pass each subject. Failure to achieve a pass in any of the four resits shall render it impossible for a student to continue their studies in the same centre. For the final examination resit, the student may request to be evaluated by a tribunal appointed by the centre's management. In the case of students who have made an inter-centre transfer, failed exams at the centre of origin are not counted.

In exceptional cases management may authorise a student to request two extraordinary supplementary examinations as long as they are for justified reasons (illness, accident, caring for relatives or any other serious circumstances that are outside the student's control.

Exam session cancellation

An examination session is considered to be cancelled if the student does not sit the evaluation exams and/or does not do any of the evaluated activities. A maximum of four cancelled examinations are permitted.

Continuance criteria

Full-time students have a maximum of six years to complete their higher studies and part-time students have a maximum of 8 years, with the exception of students who have only done one academic year part-time; these last have a maximum of 7 years to complete their higher studies. Students, who for serious, exceptional and duly justified reasons are unable to finish their studies in the given period of time, can apply to the centre's management to enrol for one more academic year.

Continuance structure

The continuance period for any student while taking their higher studies of Music in our school is structured in three stages: the initial phase, the intermediate phase and the final phase.

Initial phase

This phase constitutes the 60 credits from the first academic year of the degree, which are detailed in the programme structure. In the case of credits recognised for reasons of transfer or change of studies, students must nonetheless pass the 60 credits at the initial stage for the student to be considered for the next stage.

Enrolment

  • First year. The student must enrol for the 60 first-year credits over the two semesters of the academic year.
  • Second year. The student must enrol for all the credits not passed during the first year.

If in the first year the student has passed a minimum of 40 credits, they may enrol for credits corresponding to the intermediate phase, with the obligation of enrolling for all the failed credits, up to a maximum total of 72 credits.

Pending credits

  • First year. In order to continue studying, the student must pass a minimum of 24 credits over the two semesters of the academic year.
  • Second year. At the end of the second year, the student must have passed all 60 credits from the first academic year of the degree. In the event that a maximum of 12 credits are pending from the 60 initial credits, it is possible to arrange one more extraordinary enrolment, without prejudice to the continuance criteria. If the credits are not passed, students shall not be able to continue their studies in the same centre.

Intermediate phase

The intermediate stage starts in the academic year following the year in which students pass the 60 credits that constitute the first academic year of the degree.

At the intermediate phase, in order to move on to the final stage, the student must have passed and/or be enrolled in all previously failed compulsory initial-phase subjects, with the exception of optional subjects. This means the120 ECTS credits from the first two academic years.

Application of study modes

  • Full time study mode:
    Enrolment: over both semesters of the academic year the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 48 credits and a maximum of 72 credits, of which only 60 can be from subjects that the student has not been previously enrolled for. Students are obliged to enrol for all previously failed credits and for all those subjects designated as compulsory according to each programme structure.
    Credits to be passed: the student must pass a minimum of 50% of the credits for which they are enrolled over the two semesters of the academic year. Any student who does not pass at least 50% of the credits for which they are enrolled in two consecutive years shall be unable to continue their studies in the same centre, with the exception of that detailed in the following section.
  • Part-time study mode:
    Enrolment: students must be enrolled for a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 40 credits over the two semesters of the academic year, with the obligation to prioritise enrolment on previously failed credits and those subjects that have been designated as obligatory for each programme structure.
    Credits to be passed: the student must pass a minimum of 50% of the credits for which they are enrolled over the two semesters of the academic year. Any student who does not pass at least 50% of the credits for which they are enrolled in two consecutive years shall be unable to continue their studies in the same centre, with the exception of that detailed in this section.

In the two study modes described, and without prejudice to the decision-making capacity of the institution, the school's management may authorise a student to enrol for two more semesters; but only in serious, exceptional and justified cases, and after meeting with the schools' management team. This will only apply in those cases in which the student has the possibility of passing the corresponding credits within the additional period and without prejudice to the continuance criteria.

When a student has to abandon their studies as a result of the application of the continuance criteria, in order to restart them in the same centre they must pass the corresponding entrance examinations.

Final stage

Students enter this phase upon passing 210 credits.

Enrolment: over the two semesters of the academic year, students must enrol each year for all outstanding credits necessary to complete their course of study, including the Final Project and external internships, if applicable.

In order to enrol for the Final Project (FP), the student must be enrolled in all the outstanding subjects required to complete their studies. To be graded on the FP, the student must have previously passed all required subjects.

Students who are at this stage may choose not to enrol for one academic year and on only one occasion, with no need to provide justification. Once this year has passed, if a student wishes to extend the period of academic inactivity for a second time due to special circumstances preventing their enrolment, the student must apply for an extension to the enrolment period at the ESEM, which in turn must adopt a decision on the matter after meeting with the school management team. The period of inactivity is without prejudice to the application of the continuance criteria.