Application “Voice | Music Theatre” (B. Mus.)

Amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the 2020/2021 winter semester:

In accordance with § 4 Section 1 of the Exceptions Regulations issued by the President's Office in the implementation of the Corona Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance (Official Notification No. 364), on 10th June 2020 the President's Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts has decided to adopt the proposal of Faculty 3 and make the following amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the Faculty 1 study courses:

“Voice | Music Theatre” (B.Mus.)

Supplementary to the regulations laid down in the Framework Provisions for the Determination of Artistic or Course-specific Aptitude and Special Artistic Talent from 6th June 2018 in conjunction with § 3 of the Examination Regulations for Voice | Music Theatre Bachelor of Music study course (B. Mus.) from 31st October 2018, the aptitude testing procedure will take place as a two-stage procedure.
The first stage will be digitally conducted and consists of the timely submission of applicants' own re-cordings by electronic means (video links).
The following subject-specific regulations apply to the recordings

- Should not be more than 6 months old
- May be created using simple technical equipment
- Must not be edited in any way
- Total length up to 10 min

- One must be a piece in German
- One must be an unaccompanied folksong (a song in the student’s native language will be welcomed)
- All pieces may also be performed without accompaniment

Assessment criteria:
- Vocal technical abilities and sound quality
- Technical and artistic handling of the repertoire
- Artistic expressiveness and stage presence
- Stylistic confidence and musicality
- Vocal and artistic potential

If this first stage of the examination procedure is passed, the candidate is invited to the second stage. The examination in the second stage of the aptitude testing procedure takes place with the candidate physically present as laid down in § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the Voice | Music Theatre bachelor study course.

On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Application | Registration
For the study course “Voice | Music Theatre” you will need the following documents:

    • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (open from 16. November to the deadline on 15. March)
    • CV/Résumé
    • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
    • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
    • Where applicable leaving certificate or certificate of enrolment of your former university/ies
    • 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:

    Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester).

    Application fee

    For 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.

    Aptitude test

    The aptitude test usually takes place in mid/end of May. Please note that you will have to be on site for the aptitude test.

    The aptitude test for the study programme Voice | Music theater – Bachelor of Music consists of two parts: a vocal performance and a music theory test. There is no test for the subsidiary subject piano.

    For the vocal performance candidates must prepare 3 works from 3 different stylistic epochs of a level of difficulty that they are comfortable with. One of the works has to be a recitative with aria, one work an art song and one work must be presented in German. Please bring a handwritten or typed, up-to-date aptitude test programme with you on the day of the aptitude test. The aptitude test committee will select works of the prepared programme to be presented and reserves the right to interrupt the presentation of an item. Following the vocal performance a short talk with the aptitude test committee will take place.

    A sample test to help you prepare for the theory test can be found here:

    Aptitude test music theory

    Documents for enrolment

    • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Proof of existing health insurance
    • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
    • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
    • Proof of payment of the social contribution

    If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:

    Tabea Maciolek

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs & Examinations Office | Fac. 3 & Institutes


    +49 (0) 201_4903-308