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Faculty of Music


Apply Now! The HfK's online portal for applications for the winter semester 2020 will remain online. Please note the deadlines.
Students applying to one of HfK’s study programs submit their applications please exclusively online at this point.
Currently, we are working hard to ensure a safe and reliable solution in respect to all subsequent steps of the applications process concerning both departments.
You will receive more information on this in due time and as soon as possible.

The Faculty of Music at University of the Arts Bremen is a truly unique learning environment with a warm and welcoming atmosphere combined with the cosmopolitan outlook of a Hanseatic city. Frequent cross-campus projects and lectures staged in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts & Design provide regular opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary work alongside students from other programmes. Our programmes are bolstered by strong cooperative ties with international partner universities and institutions in Bremen, including the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra (the partner organisation of our “Master of Music Orchestral Academy” programme), the Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie BremenMusikschule Bremen, Amadeo musical kindergarten, the University of Bremen and a number of other schools in the state of Bremen.

Requirements entrance examination 2020

Date of examination Faculty of Music 2020

Submitting an application

Much of the application process for the Faculty of Music is conducted online. Candidates are requested to submit their application through our dedicated online platform ARTIST.

Prospective students who want to start studying at the University of the Arts in the Bachelor's or Master's programme from the winter semester 2020/2021 onwards must apply for admission to the entrance examination and study before 04 May 2020 via our ARTIST platform.

In addition to online registration, applicants are requested to upload the following documents. Application documents sent by post will not be accepted and processed:

  • a personal résumé (bullet-point format)
  • your programme for the entrance examination (audition)
  • one passport photograph
  • copies of relevant qualifications and certificates
  • details of your school qualifications and any previous tertiary
  • qualifications that are relevant to or required for the programme you wish to attend

Foreign applicants are requested to send certified copies of relevant qualifications and certificates.

A fee of 30 € is charged for participation in the application procedure. After checking your application, you will receive information on the bank details and the intended purpose by e-mail. This fee must be transferred to the account of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen at the end of the above application period. Otherwise there will be no further processing of the application and therefore no participation in the entrance examination.

Prospective students wishing to apply for a place at the Faculty of Music of the University of the Arts for the concert exam 
in the summer semester 2021 must submit an application for admission to 
the entrance examination and the course of study between 01 November 2020 and 30 November 2020 at ARTISTInformation about the concert exam can be found at concert exam

The entrance examination

The entrance examination takes place in the Faculty of Music, Dechanatstraße 13-15, 28195 Bremen.

The actual entrance examination for our Bachelor programmes generally consists of three or four parts:

  • a practical performance examination in your Major subject(s)
  • a practical performance examination in your instrumental/vocal Minor subject
  • a written examination on music theory and aural skills
  • applicants for the following programmes will also undertake an examination on music education and performance: Bachelor of Music, Music education for instrumental and vocal performance (MEIVP), MEIVP/Music theory, and Music theory /composition

Candidates undertaking practical entrance examination(s) in their respective instrumental/vocal Major(s) will be required to perform several works for the examiners (approx. 20 minutes). The selection of works chosen for this examination should reflect the major stylistic periods of the respective subject area and include one work from the twentieth century. Candidates will be appraised by the examination commission on the basis of their technical accomplishment and artistic quality. Individual candidates may also be required to demonstrate their ability to sight-read or sight-sing as applicable.

Candidates for our Performance and Church Music Masters programmes will be tested in their Major subject(s) only. Candidates for the Master of Music Education and Performance programme are also required to take an examination in Music Education.

Eligible candidates will be notified of the precise examination dates in an email containing their invitation to take the entrance examination. For detailed information on the audition repertoire for the entrance examination and sample questions for prospective students undertaking examinations in music theory and aural skills, please see the Application tab on our website.

Recognition of music theory, aural training or minor subject

Graded examinations in music theory, aural training or minor subject that are part of the curriculum at your previous study can be regognized for these examinations either entirely or in part. You can send am email to the Campus Office Music () no later than June 14th 2020. Please note that we need a corresponding certificate (transcript of records) with proof of attendence and a grade. We will be getting in touch before the entrance examination.

Acceptance for a placement

Admission to a place after passed the entrance examination

Successful candidates will receive an email from the University of the Arts confirming that they have passed the entrance examination and take place on allocation for place to studies.

Admission to a place and acceptance for a placement

If you are awarded a placement at the University of the Arts, you should inform us of the acceptance of the place of study. You will receive information on this with the admission letter

Candidates that receive a letter of rejection will be placed on a reserve list and may be offered a placement in the event that a successful candidate does not take up their placement. If a follow-up procedure takes place, you will be notified automatically. We promise that all available placements will be filled!

Information for foreign applicants

Please Note, the proof of German language skills as obligatory pre-requisite for enrolment. Foreign applicants for a course of study at the University of the Arts must prove that they have good knowledge of the German language in oral and written communication.

Important dates for the Digital Entrance Examination 2020

  • 1st Febraury 2020 until 4th May 2020 (extended)
    Application for admission to the entrance examination
  • In the beginning of June 2020
    Invitation to the entrance examination
  • 15th June 2020 until 19th June 2020
    Period of time for the upload of videos and documents for the applicants in the entrance examination portal
  • Approx. end of July 2020 until beginning of August 2020
    Announcement of the entrance examination results and allocation of placement
  • 1st October 2020
    Beginning of the Wintersemester 2020/21