Musical (Bachelor of Arts)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 3
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters full-time
  • Workload: 240 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each summer semester in April

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. 388 §8)

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 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 not later than the application deadline November 15th (for the following summer semester).


For the study course “Musical (B.A.)” 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 1. October to the deadline on 15. November.)



_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:

Aptitude test

The entrance examination usually takes place in February. Please note that applicants will have to be on site in Essen Werden for the entrance exam. Please be aware that the entrance exam is a multi-stage process in which a candidate can be eliminated at any time.


Pre- and Preliminary selection (1st and 2nd Rounds)
The preliminary selection process consists of the following 4 successive tests, which are built upon each other:

a) Vocal/Singing examination: Candidates will be tested on two contrasting pieces (preferably from musicals, one of which has to be in German), which they have memorized. Sheet music for the chosen pieces should be a.) Legible  b.) In the proper key  c.) Properly taped/bound together for easy page turning. Loose pages are not allowed!  Candidates may not use recorded accompaniment nor may they bring their own accompanist.

b) Dance examination: Candidates will take part in a group class where elements of classical dance (prior knowledge is essential), modern dance and jazz dance will be tested.

c) Musicality examination: Candidates will undergo a test for musicality, quick musical learning (melody, rhythm) and concentration through short non-written music dictation and melodic improvisation exercises.

d) Acting examination: Candidates will be asked to perform by memory excerpts of two roles in German taken from the traditional theater repertoire, which they have prepared themselves (ca. 10 minutes in duration). One of these excerpts must be from the classical era up to and including the 19th century, and one must be taken from the literature of the 20th and 21st century. Additionally, the candidate might be asked to improvise on a given theme. Poems and original, self-written texts will not be allowed.

Please note: Should a candidate not pass one of these tests, he will be disqualified from further tests.

Final Selection Round

During the Final Selection Round, candidates will be tested again in singing, dancing, acting and ensemble work.  Should a candidate be deemed unqualified during one of these tests, he/she will be disqualified from further testing.


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