Music

Jazz | Performing Artist (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 (Main subjects)

The following instruments/specialisations can be choosen as main subject:

 

_Jazz voice
_Jazz electric bass
_Jazz guitar
_Jazz piano
_Jazz double bass
_Jazz trombone
_Jazz saxophone
_Jazz drums/percussion
_Jazz trumpet
_Jazz violin

 

_Composition/Arrangement - In combination with one of the main subjects listed above.

_Important note: For the main subject "Composition/Arrangement" there are currently no free capacities and therefore no applications are possible.

Admission requirements

_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)

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level A2 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)folkwang-uni.de)

Costs

_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

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 (optional)

_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

B) COMPLETION OF APPLICATION

_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test

The aptitude test is usually held in the first weeks of May for the winter semester and in late January for the summer semester. Please note that you must attend in person.

 

The aptitude test consists of a practical and a theoretical examination:

 

I. Practical examination in the artistic main subject - "Jazz/Performing Artist".

 

Applicants perform two out of three prepared pieces of their choice. These must be jazz (or related styles) pieces at different tempos and must to be performed with theme and improvisation. One of these pieces must be a jazz standard. Sight-reading or sight-singing will also be tested with pieces of music provided during the examination. The duration of the exam is about 15 minutes. Accompanying musicians will be provided (current students).

 

II. Music Theory - "Jazz-Performing Artist

 

Students must demonstrate aural recognition skills (ear training) and basic knowledge of jazz theory. The area of ear training includes the recognition of intervals, scales, harmonies and simple chord combinations. For theory, questions about scale and chord formation as well as basic functional harmonic connections will be asked. The theoretical examination follows the practical examination of the artistic main subject.

 

Requirements for the aptitude test (Bachelor_Faculty 1) - (Please note that the requirements are subject to change)

Enrolment

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