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).


_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 works and concept) not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester) an November 15th (for the following summer semester).


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

_Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the summer semester the form is open from 1. October to the deadline on 15. November and to start in the winter semester the form is open from 16. 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.

_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.


The works and concept must be submitted digitally with the online application!

Aptitude test (Two-stage procedure)

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 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 digital 'main round' will be issued. The main round takes place through electronic communication (e.g. ZOOM).


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 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