Aptitude test procedures with ‘Digital preliminary round’

For admission to studies in the following study courses, a ‘digital preliminary round’ takes place in the aptitude test procedure. For the first stage you are required to produce video recordings and/or own works and submit a link to them by the application deadline with your application documents (see below). The exact requirements can be found under ‘Aptitude test’ on the subpages 'Basic Info & Application' of the study courses’ websites: 

  > Communication Design (M.A) (single-stage*)
  > Industrial Design (B.A.)
  > Industrial Design (M.A.)
  > Instrumental Training (B.Mus.)
  > Instrumental Training (M.Mus.)

  > Integrative Composition (B.Mus.) 
  > Integrative Composition (M.Mus.)
  > Integrative Music Theory (M.Mus.)

  > Musical (B.A.)
  > Orchestral Performance (M.Mus.)
  > Photography (B.A.)

  > Popular Music (M.Mus.)
  > Voice | Music Theatre (M.Mus.)

* Please note: In this degree programme, the aptitude test procedure is single-stage - therefore the linked electronic version of the portfolio and motivation letter is submitted for the main round of the aptitude test and not for a 'Digital preliminary round'! 

Submission of Link for 'digital preliminary round' (by application deadline)

The deadline for your application to Folkwang – and for the 'digital preliminary round' – is 15. November for start of studies in the summer semester and 15. March / 31. May for start of studies in the winter semester. You can apply online using the Folkwang Application Portal at

Here you must enter a link for the above-mentioned study courses, which you must already create before completing the application. The content accessible via the link represents your performance in the first stage of the aptitude test – the 'digital preliminary round'.

In the portal, it is possible for you to provide a link to an initially empty cloud folder or video playlist; however, your files (video recordings, papers, etc.) must be accessible via the link by no later than the application deadline in order for your application to be complete. Therefore, you can already complete the application and only make your video recordings and/or documents available via the link later.

When creating a link, the following should also be noted: 

   a. Link via video platform

Upload your video file to one of the popular video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Depending on the platform, you can make settings that restrict the visibility of your recordings (e.g. deactivate the public listing on YouTube), so that only people who possess the link can access the video. But if you do so or set a password for the link, please ensure that the link is still usable for the Aptitude Test Committee and that you provide us with the password, if necessary.

If you want to provide several individual videos, you can also create a playlist or showcase with your videos in the respective video platform and then provide the link to this playlist or showcase in the application. (Instructions for YouTube can be found here: and Instructions for Vimeo can be found here: and

   b. Link via Cloud

Upload your file/s to one of the usual cloud storage solutions (e.g. Dropbox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, iCloud Drive). If you set a password for the file/s, please ensure that the link is still usable for the Committee and that you provide us with the password, if applicable. In addition, the link has to be usable for people, who do not have an account with your cloud provider or who are not logged in.

   c. Different contents via one link

If you are required to submit both a video recording and your own works in the form of documents, choose the solution via a cloud provider. This way, the link can point to a folder in the respective cloud solution where you can store both your video in a common format as well as other documents that are required to be submitted in your application. 

Please also note these instructions:

_Check the accessibility of your link in a private/incognito browser window before adding it to your application to ensure that the Aptitude Test Committee can retrieve your content. (Firefox: or Chrome:

_Your video recordings do not have to be of professional quality; a smartphone recording is sufficient. Please ensure, however, that you record the sound in the highest quality possible.

_When uploading to a cloud, please make sure to use common file formats such as PDF, DOC or MP4.

_If it is not possible for you to create a link via a video platform or a cloud storage solution, please contact: eignungspruefung(at)