Rev. of 25/06/2019

Procedure for requesting the Diploma Thesis for first cycle academic courses in Jazz, Popular Music, Composition, Sound Engineering, Electronic Music and second cycle in Jazz. Below you will find the information necessary for the request, drafting, presentation and discussion of the thesis itself.


The final exam of the academic diploma courses consists in the discussion and evaluation of a written dissertation, on a topic relevant to the student's study path.

For the first cycle courses in Jazz, Popular Music and Electronic Music, the thesis dissertation must be supported by a live performance lasting approximately 20 minutes.

For Composition courses, the discussion of the thesis must be supported by a compositional or analytical project.
For the second cycle sound engineering and jazz courses, the thesis dissertation must be supported by a listening-practical demonstration which the candidate provides with his/her own equipment (computer, synth and other suitable equipment that he/she deems necessary).

It is possible, if the thesis requires it, to discuss and perform the demonstration in the recording studio or in a music computer room in Saint Louis. Bodies, board of directors.

  • The thesis must consist of an original written paper, written by the student him/herself, on a topic related to his/her study path, in agreement with his/her supervisor.
  • The approximate length of the paper can be between 50 and 150 pages.
  • The required format is standard, and available in Thesis Template reference, with relative instructions. The template provided is indicative: the student can agree with his/her Supervisor on the changes to the proposed Template as well as the layout and printing methods (single front or double sided).
  • Before proceeding with the request for the thesis, the student must identify his/her SUPERVISOR, an internal teacher at Saint Louis, who will act as a reference for the student him/herself during the drafting phase and who will present it to the Commission in the final discussion phase. The Speaker can be the student's Instrument or Vocal teacher (for Jazz and Popular Music courses) or the Coordinator of your department or any other expert teacher in the chosen field of investigation.
  • Once the chosen Supervisor has been identified, the student must communicate his/her choice to the teacher him/herself. The teacher may or may not accept, based on the number of theses already accepted for the academic year in question. The Direction or the Academic Council reserve the right to verify the congruity of the thesis with the chosen supervisor.
  • In the case of a thesis relating to several areas of study (eg Jazz and Electronic Music), the student may request the Didactic Direction to be assisted by a CO-SUPERVISOR. The figure of the Co-Supervisor is always and in any case optional, to be considered NOT mandatory for any Department.

Only students who have already achieved and recorded a number of academic credits equal to or greater than 60 CFA for 1st cycle courses, equal to or greater than 30 CFA for for 2nd cycle courses, can submit the application for the assignment of the title and the topic of the thesis. The application can be made at any time of the year, starting from the end of the 1st academic year and in any case at least 6 months before the scheduled discussion date, by filling in the thesis assignment request through your reserved area in the Exam Booking section, Management of THESIS and FINAL EXAMINATION.


Starting from the day on which the student will have taken the last exam, also having achieved all the elective CFAs provided for in his/her study plan, he/she will be able to submit the application for admission to the final exam for one of the subsequent sessions. Exceptions are made for students who continue their studies in the two-year second level course or in a first level master who are allowed to take exams in the thesis session with the authorization of the Management

The application for admission to the final exam must always be completed through the students area by clicking on the green button. Go to the application for admission to the final exam which will be activated only once the teacher has accepted the thesis request.

The mandatory deadlines for completing the thesis assignment and admission to the final exam applications are as follows

Thesis assignment application:

-Summer session (July): deadline January 15th
- Autumn session (September / October / November): deadline March 15th
-Spring session (February / March / April): deadline August 15th

Application for admission to the final exam:

-Summer session (July): deadline April 15th
- Autumn session (September / October / November): deadline June 15th
-Spring session (February / March / April): deadline November 15th


Each academic year includes 3 sessions for the discussion of the Theses. In the order:
- Summer (July)
- Winter (February/March/April)
- Autumn (September/October)

At the end of the 3 aforementioned sessions, the student will be considered Out of Course, and will have to settle the registration fee for the New Academic Year and the regional tax for the right to study Laziodisco.
Once the application for admission to the Academic Diploma Final Exam has been submitted, the Didactic Secretariat will notify the Student of the date and time for the Final Discussion. This date may be subject to changes which will be promptly communicated to the student to agree on a possible alternative date.


To be admitted to the Academic Diploma Final Exam, the Student must meet the following requirements:

  • have achieved all the CFA (Academic Educational Credits) required by his/her own Study Plan, including elective credits.
  • having passed the last exam in the previous session at the start of the chosen Final Exam session
  • be up to date with the payment of school fees and the right to study (LAZIODISCO) for the academic year of reference

The paper must be submitted in the following ways:


    pdf sent by e-mail (to at least one month before the discussion date. Any online storage system can be used for sending.


    1 optional copy for the Saint Louis archive

  • The discussion of the Thesis will take place in the Saint Louis premises or in another agreed location, in the presence of a Commission composed of no less than five members, chaired by the Director General or his delegate and composed of the professors who oversaw the preparation of the paper and by at least one teacher of reference of the discipline of address. The commissions are established with the appointment of the Director, ensuring maximum transversality of representation in the various training areas. External experts may also be called to join the commission.
  • The discussion will be contextual to the PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE relating to the topic of the thesis itself. In this sense, the Student must agree in time with the Didactic Secretariat the necessary technical equipment.
  • The total duration of the Final Exam will be about 30 minutes per candidate (to be divided by the candidate, and on the advice of the Supervisor, in discussion and practical performance, where provided).
  • The Diploma mark will be expressed in 110/110 and will be communicated to the Student at the end of the Dissertation session, with the delivery of a provisional certificate (without legal value).
  • The official parchments will be delivered at a later time following their preparation by the MIUR. To request the Diploma parchment, students must pay € 90.84 in government tax to the tax office. The Administrative Manager of the Academic Courses, Alessandra Collatina (, is available to send more information regarding the relative payment methods.
  • The Thesis and the relative Performance can be evaluated with a maximum of 7 points, which will be added to the Weighted Average of Admission to the Final Exam. The outcome of the evaluation may also be negative, by subtracting points from the weighted average of entry to the final exam. - Download the xls file to be able to calculate the Weighted Average Mark of Admission to the Final Exam
  • In the calculation of the Average Entry Mark to the Final Exam via the xls file provided, the marks equal to 30 cum Laude will be inserted with a value corresponding to 33

The renunciation of the requested session can always be done through the student area by clicking on the appropriate Renunciation button. Deadlines for renouncing the final exam: Summer Session - Waiver by 31 May Autumn Session - Waiver by 31 July Winter / Spring Session - Waiver by 31 December

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We remind you that, as a first-cycle graduate, you can enroll in the second-cycle specialization two-year courses, even if you have not yet obtained the first cycle diploma. In such cases, students are admitted with reserve with the obligation to obtain the first cycle diploma by the winter session (February-April), thus optimizing time and reducing the years of study. Those who still have some subjects to attend can contact the Management ( to verify the feasibility of a possible admission with reserve to the two-year period course, concentrating, where possible, the missing subjects in the first quarter of the new academic year