Integrative Composition (Master of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 1
  • Degree: Master of Music (M.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 120 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October and each summer semester in April

Admission requirements

_Evidence of a first university degree which the Master study course is based on. 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

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 November (for the following summer semester) or on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 1 October to 15 November and 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".


_Your own works in the form of original scores (especially for CAS instrumental composition), recordings, videos etc.

_A concept (project plan) for an artistic development project that describes the topics and intended results of the artistic examination during the Master study programme.


As you can only upload one PDF document of a maximum size of 2MB in the application portal, other file formats such as sound carriers and sound samples must be submitted analogously to the respective Office of Student Affairs before the application deadline, stating your application ID.



_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)





Aptitude test (Two-stage procedure)

The aptitude test takes place as a two-stage 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 and a draft of the master project (file link). The deadline for submission is identical to the application deadline. If the digital 'preliminary round' of the aptitude test is passed, an invitation to the 'main round' will be issued.


Details on how to submit the portfolio can be found on our "Digital preliminary round' website.


The programme-specific requirements can be found here:


Requirements for the aptitude test for the winter semester 2022/23 - Faculty 1 / Master of Music




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:


_Advanced technical and artistic ability

_Feasibility of the project idea within the timeframe of the course




Duration of the examination: approx. 30 minutes


The following must be presented: if applicable, new works that have been created since the original application, or the project draft if modifications have been made since the application


Content of the examination: Colloquium on the submitted works and the project draft


The assessment criteria for the second stage are:


_Advanced technical and artistic ability

_Feasibility of the project idea within the timeframe of the course

_Ability to connect with current artistic developments


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.