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faq B.A. World Music

When is the application deadline?
The postmark deadline is 30 April.

Is there a numerus clausus?
No. There is no numerus clausus for the Music Business programme. However, your final grades will be taken into account during the application process.

Are there tuition fees at the Popakademie?
The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg is a public university of the state of Baden-Württemberg. There are no tuition fees for your first course of study at the Popakademie. However, there are tuition fees for some international students as well as those pursuing a second course of study.

Is the World Music degree accredited?
Yes, the degree in World Music is accredited through ACQUIN.

Degree Information

How many students are accepted?
There are roughly 12 students accepted per year.
How long does the degree programme take?
Three years, i.e. six semesters.
Can I enrol at any time?
You can only enrol starting in winter semester.
Which musicians should consider the World Music programme?
Talented, creative instrumentalists open to other music cultures or with an interest in transcultural, musical and pedagogical content.
Do I have to play multiple instruments to apply?
No, but you will have to learn a second instrument, either guitar or keyboard.
Can I teach music in schools with my World Music degree?
Within the programme, special focus can be placed on transcultural music education. This does not replace the training as a music teacher for public schools. The music pedagogy skills acquired in the World Music degree programme enable one to teach in music schools, special programmes of all-day schools, in out-of-school facilities and for group and individual lessons.
Are there mandatory internships?
Yes, currently there is one mandatory internship of 12 weeks each as part of the project studies.
Will I be assigned an internship?
The students are generally responsible for arranging their own internships. Offers from our cooperation partners and other institutions are posted for the students on our WebBoard.
Can I study abroad?
Students can take a semester abroad at one of our partner universities, e.g. in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, the U.S. and China. In addition, our Band camps offer the chance to make music with musicians from our partner institutions over a shorter time period (one week).
Can I also do an internship abroad?
Yes, of course!
Can I get credits from a different degree programme counted?
For certain subjects, this is possible using a request form. For subjects very specifically oriented toward the music industry, other credits will not be counted. For general, foundational subjects such as History of Popular Music or Music Theory/Ear Training, it is possible.
Is there an Open House?
Yes, our Open House day usually takes place in February. The exact date will be posted on our calendar.

Application

How can I apply?
You can find the application to download on our website. However, we can also send you the application forms by mail if you send us a self-addressed, stamped DINA4 return envelope (1.45 € postage). We are also happy to send you the application forms as an email attachment. Please fill out the application completely and send ALL relevant materials by 30 April to the following address:

Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
Bewerbung Weltmusik
Hafenstraße 33
68159 Mannheim
Deutschland

We kindly ask you to refrain from elaborate designs when sending us your materials (e.g. making your application into a vinyl record, putting each page into a separate plastic folder, etc.). As much as we value your creativity, it is too difficult to distribute these materials to our jury. Any embellishments will not be taken into account in the selection process anyway.
Is there an age limit for applicants?
No.
Do I definitely need the A-level exams (university entrance qualification)?
To enrol in Pop Music Design you must have a general or subject-specific university entrance qualification. Without this qualification, you must take an additional exam and show talent. The additional exam takes place as an oral exam as part of the entrance exam/audition.
What kind of practical experience do I need to apply?
Several years of musical experience.
How important is the technical recording quality of the demos I send?
Only your artistic abilities count towards the application - we understand that not everyone has access to a professional recording studio!
How important is the technical recording quality of the videos I send?
Only your artistic abilities count towards the application - we understand that not everyone has access to high-end video recording equipment! You must be visible in the video, as the focus is on your playing and/or singing. The audio track must be identical to that of the recording and not edited or replaced. The file must be under 200 MB.
What can I do if I don’t have my graduation diploma yet?
In place of your graduation diploma (general or subject-specific university entrance qualification), please attach both semester report cards to your application materials. You can deliver your graduation diploma at the time of the entrance exam or upon enrolment.

International Applicants

Can I apply as an international student?
Yes, of course! In order to apply, you need to get your (foreign) diploma recognised and show evidence of sufficient German language skills if you did not graduate from a German-speaking school.

For refugees, more information can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).
Where can I get my foreign diploma recognised?
The State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart is responsible for the recognition of educational qualifications. Click here to apply for the certificate of recognition for foreign applicants.

Contact
Hr. Rummel
Studiensekretariat der Akademie der Bildenden Künste
Am Weißenhof 1
70191 Stuttgart
Tel.: 0711 28440106

For German citizens with foreign secondary school degrees, please contact:

Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Abt. 7 Schule und Bildung
Anerkennungsstelle
Postfach 103642
70031 Stuttgart
Tel.: 0711 90440700
How do I prove my German language skills?
German language skills are required for studying at the Popakademie. The following certificates are recognised: DSH-exam on a German university, assessment test from the Studienkolleg, German Language Diploma Level II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe II), Goethe Institute’s Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS), Goethe Institute’s Central Upper Secondary Exam.

Entrance Exam

When do the entrance exams take place?
The date for the entrance exam for the World Music degree programme will be posted under Facts.
What does the entrance exam entail?
The entrance exam consists of two main parts:
  • The first part is a written exam. This includes tasks in Turkish-Arabic or Indian and Western music theory, ear training, general music theory and history of Turkish-Arabic music and an essay on a current topic in music business. Intervals, three-voice chords, and scale types are to be heard and classified. Other exam elements of the Turkish-Arab or Indian part are a single voice melodic dictation and a rhythm dictation.
  • The second part consists of the practical exam, much like an audition. This begins with a public, live performance, either with an accompanying band (up to 3 musicians) or solo with playback. Here you have a total of 15 minutes to perform up to 3 titles (either your own compositions or your own original covers of other compositions). After that, an ad-hoc exam will take place in private, during which you will be asked about your musical abilities. The exam ends with a one-on-one interview on musically relevant questions and your personal motivation.
How can I prepare for the entrance exam?
What are the requirements for the live audition?
The following areas are paid close attention: stylistic confidence, good sound and intonation, musicality, enjoyment of playing, good timing, groove, physical technique, flexibility and spontaneity.
Will all applicants be invited to audition?
Unfortunately we will not be able to invite all applicants to an entrance exam/audition, which is why we do a pre-selection based on your submitted application materials.
How often can I take the entrance exam?
You can take the entrance exam twice.

Studying at the Popakademie

How high are the student union fees?
The student union fees are currently 80.90€ per semester.
Can I apply for BAföG funding as a student at the Popakademie?
Yes, as a Popakademie student you are entitled to funding through BAföG.
Is there a semester ticket for public transport?
The Popakademie is a member of the Mannheim Student Union. Since our students pay student union fees, they are entitled to a discounted semester ticket.
Is there a student dormitory at the Popakademie?
The Popakademie does not have its own student dormitories. However, through membership in the Mannheim Student Union, our students can take advantage of its housing referral service. One of the largest student dormitories is located very close to the Popakademie.
Can I audit a lecture as a guest?
Unfortunately it is not possible to audit lectures. However, we offer open lectures during our Info Day, which is usually in February - this is a good opportunity to see what a lecture is like.

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