Institute for Pop Music

“Pop führt weiter” – Pop leads further.

The Institute for Pop Music at the Folkwang University of the Arts offers a unique, post-graduate Master study course for pop artists. Under the supervision of a team of highly qualified lecturers, students extensively develop their artistic personalities and projects in four semesters – from a content-related, organisational, aesthetic and legal perspective. This culminates in the Master of Music degree.

“Führt Pop weiter” – Lead pop further.

The Folkwang University Institute for Pop Music is not only a place of learning but also a place of reflection. Pop music is not perceived as an inflexible "style" but rather as a dynamic form of contemporary art, which is constantly evolving – technically, discursively, politically and aesthetically. The Institute for Pop Music lays claim not only to pursue the development of pop into the future but to continually shape it as well.



"Popular Music" Master's course

As an interdisciplinary project-based course of study, the artistic practical "Popular Music" Master's course is is unique to Germany. The study course is aimed at artists with a Bachelor degree and artistic experience and is conducted in close partnership with the ecce (european centre for creative economy) as well as in cooperation with the SAE and other partners.

  • Study course starts in the 2014/15 winter semester
  • Application deadline for 2015/16 winter semster is 15th March 2015

This new institute is designed as a place for young creative talents, for artists and innovative pop music actors and stands for a high artistic quality of Popular Music in teaching and studying. The purpose of the Master study programme is to foster outstanding young personalities and stimulate the music scene in Germany.