You choose one artistic subject as your central artistic subject:
_Composition and Visualisation
_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html)
_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)
_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. If you apply for multiple study courses simultaneously, the fee is € 50 for the first application and € 15 for every additional study course. The amount will be automatically calculated and 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.
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:
A) YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
_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: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html
_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".
B) COMPLETION OF APPLICATION
_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)
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.
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.
Stage 1: DIGITAL PRELIMINARY ROUND.
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
2nd stage: MAIN ROUND ON SITE
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
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:
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.