Integrative Composition (Bachelor of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 1
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 240 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October

Study options (Artistic subjects)

You choose one artistic subject as your central artistic subject:


_Instrumental Composition

_Electronic Composition

_Composition and Visualisation

_Pop Composition

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:


_Evidence of artistic aptitude or outstanding artistic talent respectively by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts.


_Applicants without a general university entrance certificate may also be admitted, provided that they exhibit outstanding artistic talent (see "Rahmeneignungsprüfungsordnung" Nr. 399 §8)

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level B1 with enrolment.


_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


_50 € application fee: For your application a fee of € 50 is due. The amount will be shown to you in the application form.


_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.


_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.


Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 15 January to 15 March.

For the application you have to upload the following in the portal:


_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended

_If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university(ies) attended to date

_If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:

_For the first stage of the aptitude test, i.e. the 'Digital Preliminary Round', you must also already upload a link. You can find more information below at the section "Aptitude Test".


_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test (two-stage procedure)


I. Practical examination in the main subject "Integrative Composition”


The aptitude test takes place as a two-stage digital procedure and consists of a 'preliminary round' and a 'main round'. The first stage consists of the timely electronic submission of a portfolio of the applicant’s own compositions.


Requirements for the aptitude test by instrument (Bachelor_Faculty 1)


The deadline for submission is the same as the application deadline. If the digital preliminary round of the aptitude test is passed, an invitation to the main round will be issued.




The compositions and the project proposal can be submitted in the form of sheet music (PDF), sound and/or video files in one of the standard formats (WAV, AIFF, MOV, MP4).


The evaluation criteria for the first stage are:

- stylistic range

- technical skills




Duration of the examination: 30 minutes


To be presented: new works that have been composed since the application, if any.


Content of the examination: discussion of the submitted own compositions in the chosen central artistic subject (CAS: instrumental composition, electronic composition, composition and visualisation, pop composition)


The assessment criteria for the second stage are:

_Ability to connect with current artistic developments

_Original approach and creative drive


II. Music Theory - "Integrative Composition

Duration of the examination: 60 minutes


Content of the examination: written test on the basics of music theory, specific to each central artistic subject. In the case of instrumental composition as a CAS, the test is identical to the music theory test of the instrumental study programmes.


Sample tests to prepare for the theory test can be found here:


Sample test Instrumental Composition

General sample test (for all CAS except Instrumental Composition)

Sample test Composition and Visualisation

Sample test Electronic Composition

Sample Test Pop Composition


Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.