College for Music and Art Montepulciano
The College for Music and Art Montepulciano is an academic institution comprising art and music universities of the federal state of NRW. It was founded in 2010/2011 by the Detmold Academy of Music, the Robert-Schumann Music Academy Dusseldorf, Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the Academy for Music and Dance in Cologne, The Art University for Media in Cologne, and the Art Academy Munster.
The organisation offers particularly highly qualified students and lecturers of the associated institutions an intensive working visit over several days at the Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano (Toscana). Within the scope of various projects, these individuals will be able to work in an interdisciplinary artistic and academic environment to allow them to discover new ways of understanding art and music. The College furthermore provides an extension of the study schedules of the associated institutions, as these working visits in Italy can be recognised as part of their course work.
The organisation has the additional objective of intensifying the partnerships between the individual music and art universities and academies. Furthermore, it is designed to foster international cooperation in the area of artistic learning and encourage the mobility of students.
Projects & Study Trip Options
The College for Music and Art Montepulciano undertake a so-called 'Year Project' annually. The project is developed by a work group appointed by the presidents of the associated universities and academies, and must be related to Montepulciano in some way. In The Year Project generally concluded during a two-week work period in Montepulciano.
In perannial rotation Montepulciano will also host large-scale projects with a focus on music and art involving all of the associated universities and academies. The project's main focus will be on the interdisciplinary visualisation of the work of art and music institutes of higher learning.
In addition, the Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano is made available for use by each of the faculties of the associated universities and academies: Teaching staff can use the facilities and services of the academy with their groups (classes, ensembles, or interdisciplinary project team).