B.A. Music Production
B.A. Music Production is a playing field for musical allrounders who want to direct the creative and technical design of songs: From the first idea to the performance or finished production.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration of Study||
Summer term (in English) 1 April | Winter term (in German) 1 October
Qualification assessment via Preselection and admission exam: musical presentation, study-specific tasks/tests and interview
|Languages||German / English|
during the 5th semester
Winter-term: For Non-EU applications: 30 May / For EU: 30 July Summer-term: For Non-EU applications: 30 November / For EU: 30 January
Students from EU/EEA countries: EUR 650,- per month
The artistic-technical music producer: author, interpreter and sound engineer.
The main focus of the study is the combination of sound engineer content with an artistic education in composition and instrumental-vocal music. The work in our studios and at DAWs forms the practical basis for experiencing, training and reflecting on all relevant functions and roles in the music production process right from the first semester.
Additional weekly workshops on a variety of music topics such as songwriting and sound engineering, live panels with music editors, producers, labels and publishers as well as various practical projects in each semester offer the opportunity to try out in front of an audience and to build up a network with representatives of the music business. Professors and lecturers from all areas of the live and recording industry provide support on your own career path.
First semester: Basics in theory and practice
In the first semester, students acquire the basics of recording technology, acoustics and applied music theory. In dealing with DAWs, they learn the basics of music production step by step. Artistic minor subjects such as piano and choir complement the basic design field. Popular music history, ear training and various practical projects such as the first semester concert are also on the agenda.
Second Semester: Discover and Design
In addition to harmony theory and musical-technical ear training exercises, students discover the world of digital audio technology. They will become familiar with the functions and workflows of sequencers. Accompanying sound studies, cross-school practical projects and an optional module open the door to musical experiments and learning experiences. Through individual lessons in the main artistic subject as well as in ensembles, they can fine-tune their own musical material and try their hand at interaction with others. The main artistic subject and the ensembles last until the sixth semester.
Third Semester: Songwriting and Recording
In the third semester the focus is on writing and producing own songs. From the composition to the sounding design of the songs, with instrumental musicians or DAW-based, up to recording, editing and mixing, the students go through the entire production chain of their music. In addition to their own titles, they can also produce a song based on briefings from the music industry. In accompanying courses such as stylistics, aural training, harmony theory and studio practice, urgent questions from the creative process are addressed and solved together. In addition, the students deal with the rights and duties they have as musical authors.
Fourth Semester: Arranging and Producing
In the fourth semester, students train in arranging and producing their own and third-party compositions. For this purpose, they acquire knowledge in dealing with different instrument groups and typesetting techniques and routinise their work with production and notation programmes. Mixing and mastering are two essential process steps. In addition, the critical examination of well-known music titles from a technical recording point of view trains the student's ear and, in retrospect, sensitises the students to the challenges of the music production chain by looking back at the previous production steps of composition, interpretation, recording and mixing. A further optional module offers space for individual development.
Fifth semester: Practical phase
The fifth semester is all about practice. During an internship at home or abroad, a study abroad at a partner university or a practical semester, the students systematically expand their professional repertoire and establish direct contact with the business world, with their colleagues and with different music scenes.
Sixth Semester: Media and Stage Music
In the sixth semester, students enter the broad field of scenic and functional music. In the modules on sound design and orchestration you will learn how to design compositional design tools in a targeted manner, how to use them and how to produce music for different contexts and media applications. They will familiarize themselves with sound synthesis questions, sample libraries and other plug-ins. In addition, they will deal with the basic tools and processes of project organization in order to be able to plan and carry out artistic live productions independently. Their own final concert in their main artistic field is a good opportunity to do so.
Seventh Semester: Individualization and Thesis
Shortly before graduation, the students prove their know-how in planning, calculation and realization of a studio production. In addition, they immerse themselves in the interplay of music and image in the field of film and game music and conclude the field of media and stage music with an independent composition. In the area of portfolio development the students develop their own showreel, individually supervised by individual lessons. At the end of their studies, they write their B.A. thesis, which can also include artistic and creative elements.
Music Production: realistic approach will make dreams come true!
The music market is incredibly fast-paced. We will equip you will the knowledge and the tools you will need in order to succeed. Don’t rely on talent alone!
The study B.A. Music Production offers excellent career opportunities and employment conditions in:
- Production companies, ensembles, concert organizers, training companies
- Phono industry, labels, publishers, distributors, TV and radio stations, PR and marketing companies
- songwriters/composers, lyricists, speakers, bands/music groups, orchestras
- Producers, sound studios, clients from industry and commerce
Freelance activities as:
- author/composer, arranger/editor/orchestrator, performer/musician
- Sound engineer/producer for concerts, events, theatre, radio, television, sound carriers
“Show us, what you’ve got!” – How to apply for the Bachelor programme Music Production at the hdpk:
Our admission procedure is two-tired: a first pre-selection is done based on the application documents and the artistic work samples. If you pass this pre-selection screening we will invite you to come to Berlin for our practical admission exam.
Applicants to the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) must have either general entrance qualification for university or for advanced technical college and, as part of the enrolment procedure, will be asked to provide evidence of their musical-design talents. We will specifically be looking for:
- A strong motivation to express yourself and to design
- Good command of your instrument/vocals
- Basic theoretical and practical knowledge of popular music
Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate German language skills, both verbal and in writing (level B2 minimum).
The following documents will need to be submitted:
- Letter of motivation stating: Why are you interested in studying at the hdpk? What are your expectations? Where do you see yourself professionally in the future? (2 pages maximum).
- Tabular curriculum vitae (with passport photo, place, date and signature)
- School leaving certificate: notarised copy may be handed in later
- In case you have previously studied at another university, please provide de-registration certificate (may also be handed in later)
- samples of your work: two songs in mp3 format, which present your instrumental or vocal skills together with a written description of these submissions. At least one musical example should be an original composition or an independent musical arrangement known to a wider public (third party work).
We’ve compiled all the necessary information concerning your application and your submission at Information on application.
Following your successful pre-selection screening you will be invited to the hdpk for a practical examination. This will allow us to assess your study-programme-specific knowledge, your creativity, your commitment to express yourself creatively and your motivation.
The entrance examination consists of a 30-minute exam focussing on music theory, ear training and sound engineering. The subsequent practical part will focus on your very own presentation with special consideration given to two key aspects, practical ear training and several other tasks or questions, and will be completed by an interview focusing on your motivation to study music production at the hdpk. The above-mentioned presentation needs to include two pieces of music, selected by you, with emphasis on aspects of composition, instrumental/vocal performance and sound engineering. Similar to the preselection-procedure, you are requested to select two of these three emphases and to apply them consistently to the two pieces of music you have chosen. These compositions may be performed live, solo or accompanied, and/or as recording; in any case you will be required to perform live on your chosen primary instrument. This practical examination will be decisive for your admission to study B.A. Music Production at the hdpk.
More detailed information is available at Information on admission exam.
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