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).


_For questions regarding language certificates, please contact Stefanie Melters (melters(at)


_50 € application feeFor 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.

Application documents

Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form (except your own works) not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester).


For the study course “Integrative Composition (B.Mus.)” you will need the following documents:

_Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the winter semester the form is open from 15. January to the deadline on 15. March.)



_One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)

_Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school

_Graduated students: Leaving certificate(s) (simple copy) 

_When changing the university/study programme or resuming your studies (in each of these cases) on the same study cycle with the same main subject (instrument/voice): Transcript of Records of the previous studies (simple copy)

_Receipt for payment of the application fee (bank statement)

_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 (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:


_Your own works in the form of original scores (especially for CAS instrumental composition), recordings, videos etc. - The work must be submitted digitally with the online application!

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 (Bachelor_Faculty 1) - (Please note that the requirements are subject to change)


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 and information on the procedure.


You must provide the following document for enrolment:


_completed application for enrolment AND Folkwang Card (you received both applications together with your certificate of admission)

_Evidence of a German health insurance OR an exemption from the compulsory health insurance (i.e. recognition of your foreign health insurance by a statutory health insurance in Germany – refer to information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in this regard)

_The original OR certified copy of the general university entrance qualification certificate (a certified German translation is essential for such certificates acquired abroad)

_If not already provided during the application procedure: Language qualification for the language entrance level required in the study course (only required if you did not acquire your university entrance qualification in Germany). The table provides you with an initial overview of all language requirements. Further information on language qualifications at Folkwang is available on the 'German as a foreign language (GFL)' page.

_Evidence of payment of the semester contribution