Closing date for applications is every April 15.
Musikdesign considers working with sound as part of an overall performance, being experienced by the observer both multi-sensory and in a multimedia-based way. Music designers cooperate in conception and realization of this performance with other artists, experts for marketing and product acoustics in various sectors such as brand communication, product development, architecture, multimedia installation, motion picture, interactive application and mobile content. Music designers create sound using the elements (composed) music, speech, noise and are able to analyze as well as evaluate such aesthetically and psychoacoustically.
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Musikdesign is a course of studies by the Trossingen University of Music in cooperation with the Furtwangen University (Faculty for Digital Media). After eight semesters, graduates receive the degree ‘Bachelor of Music’. Centerpiece of the programme comprises a solid education in aural theory, composition and orchestration/arrangement. Consequently, the artistic focus may be considered as being on musical composition. Further contents will be audio and video technology, market knowledge, media and project management.
We’re looking for creative minds with sound in their blood, craving to be different from mere interpreters: be it graduates, dropouts, career changers, adepts of music, composers, sound designers, DJs, sound artists, media designers or scenographers.
Music designers will be working salaried or self-employed in sectors ranging from composition, media production, project management, conception, audio supervision and sound design in production environments (audio, video, computer applications and games, advertising), agencies (advertising, web design, event-planning), radio and TV stations as well as music schools.
Please be advised that the most current and therefor binding information on the application procedure is to be found at the info-center of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen.
The Musikdesign programme launches each winter semester. Every year, up to 15 students are being accepted.
Closing date is April 15 of the correspondent year (based on postmark).
Applications consist of the following documents:
Please send your complete application documents to: Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
Stichwort: Bewerbung Studiengang Musikdesign
Only applicants with documents revealing an appropriate talent and aptitude for the course of studies will receive an invitation to the entrance examination.
General information concerning applications at the Trossingen University of Music can be found at the info-centre.
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Innovative studies in tune with modern times
The Musikdesign programme has been developed to master the ever-changing challenges of the music and media industry. Students are being equipped with interdisciplinary skills covering the areas of art and economy, music and media, creation and technology, science and practice. For the first time in the territory of german Universities of Music, a laptop is regarded a fully-fledged music and sound instrument for an entrance examination. What counts most is the artistic talent, especially in unconventional shape: The ability to read notes is not a prerequisite. Musikdesign opens careers in the music and media business. Music inventors and sound designers of the future are being trained. For a best possible learning opportunity, expectations of potential clients, the knowledge of well-established music professionals as well as the experience of university graduates have been incorporated in the development of the courses offered.
High orientation on practical experience through project work and workshops
Musikdesign studies are highly oriented on practical experience: project work on actual assignments straight out of business, internships at companies both in industry and media plus interdisciplinary research occupy a central position in this programme. This is completed by frequent workshops led by specialists and successful personalities of the trade. A major factor of the studies will be the conception, development and optimization of discrete sound, being implemented not only in media application but also in sound design for commercial products. The parameter of ‘sound’ is becoming an important tool of product development and differentiation in a competitive environment at a progressive rate.
Prof. Dr. Pierre Funck - Instrumentation, Musical theory
Prof. Florian Käppler - Music design, Composition laboratory, Soundalikes
Prof. Norbert Fröhlich - Musical theory, Texture, Aural theory, Instrumentation
Luís Antunes Pena - Composition & Sound interaction
Prof. Dr. Bruno Friedmann - Psychoacoustics, Audio and media technology
The entrance examination comprises of three parts:
a) Aural theory and theoretical knowledge (duration: about ten minutes)
b) Practical part (duration: about ten minutes)
c) Colloquium (duration: about ten minutes)
The result will be assessed as follows:
When can I apply? Applications for the follwing winter semester are being accepted until April 15.
How many places will be assigned? Every year, up to 15 students will be accepted.
Is there an age restriction? No.
What’s the final degree of the studies? Musikdesign concludes in the officially recognized ‘Bachelor of Music’ (B.Mus.) only being bestowed by artistic universities of music.
What’s the number of semesters needed to complete the course? Eight semesters (four years).
Will all applicants be invited to the entrance examination? Unfortunately, not every applicant can be invited to the examination. Therefore, a preselection will be made on the basis of the application documents provided.
Where will I study Musikdesign? Courses take place at the Trossingen University of Music and the Furtwangen University, with the major part happening in Trossingen.
How much is the tuition fee? Federal state government approved the annulment of tuition fees in the summer semester of 2012. Consequently, no tuition fees have to be paid. However, small fees are collected every year for administrative expenses and the student union.
Am I as a student of Musikdesign entitled to a student loan? Yes, the studies entitle to student loans.
Do I need a qualification for university entrance to study Musikdesign? If a special artistic talent and a sufficient educational background can be verified in the course of an academic aptitude test, applicants without such qualification may be admitted to studies.
Do I have to be able to read music? What counts is musical talent - even or especially in unconventional shape. Being able to read music is not necessarily a requirement in the entrance examination.