The Institute for Popular Music is a central institute of the Folkwang University of the Arts, financed by supplementary funds provided by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and was officially established in December 2013 by a Folkwang Senate decision. It started its teaching and learning activities in 2014/15 winter semester in the Bochum campus with a 4-semester Master study course in „Popular Music“.
As an interdisciplinary project-based course of study, the artistic practical "Popular Music" Master's course is is unique to Germany. The study course is aimed at artists with a Bachelor degree and artistic experience and is conducted in close partnership with the ecce (european centre for creative economy) as well as in cooperation with the SAE and other partners.
This new institute is designed as a place for young creative talents, for artists and innovative pop music actors and stands for a high artistic quality of Popular Music in teaching and studying. The purpose of the Master study programme is to foster outstanding young personalities and stimulate the music scene in Germany.