Requirements for the Music and Media bachelor’s program
The proficiency test for the program in Music and Media covers the following two areas:
Determination of artistic aptitude for media-related work (i.e.: work samples and application interview) and
Determination of artistic and musical suitability for the proposed instrumental or voice specialization (i.e.: Instrument or vocal audition).
1. Two work samples
Candidates for the Music and Media program must first submit work samples. If the examination board evaluates these work samples positively, the candidate will be invited for an interview. The examining board decides on suitability for the program of studies on the basis of this interview.
At least two work samples must be submitted from two different areas of the following eight majors:
- Classical Music Recording
- Media Composition
- Music Informatics
- Music Production
- Music and Audiovisual Production
- Music and Media Management
- Music and Text
- Visual Music
The content of the work samples must be clearly assigned to the majors listed. The work samples must be submitted in duplicate on a USB stick. The USB stick must be labeled with the major and the name of the applicant. Unless otherwise stated, each of the work samples submitted must be accompanied by an A4 page explaining how it was produced. In detail, the following requirements must be observed:
Classical Music Recording: A production in the field of classical music (i.e., such as chamber music, orchestral or choral works – not a popular music production) or a self-produced radio play (up to 10 minutes). In order to document the diversity of their work, candidates may also submit various shorter work samples with a total length of under 10 minutes in the respective category (chamber/orchestral/choral). The work sample should be submitted with written documentation (a maximum of two A4 pages).
Media Composition: A portfolio of the candidate’s own compositions or music arrangements with a functional character (for film/video/text) as a production (on a USB stick) and/or as a score/lead sheets.
Music and Computer Science: A work in the field of computer music* or algorithmic sound art: such as a composition no longer than 10 minutes in length as a recording (USB stick) and an accompanying text, an interactive work as executable standalone software (with simple instructions as well as technical and content documentation and source code on a USB stick) or (for installation-based, stationary work) documentation which presents the work (e.g., a simple film recording such as a QuickTime movie).
* If a computer or a DAW such as Logic, Nuendo is used for composing/producing a jazz/pop music production, this on its own does not constitute programming in the sense of music informatics and is also not classified as belonging to the genre of computer music. Such pieces are considered part of the Music Production major.
Music Production: Independent production of one to two jazz/pop music titles such as a recording of acoustic instruments, a MIDI computer-enhanced music production or a live recording. Submissions should be at least two minutes but no longer than five minutes in total length. In the case of longer submissions, at least one or possibly both titles must be faded out so early that the total time of five minutes is not exceeded. The USB stick that is submitted must contain the following information: Family name, first name, proficiency test (EP), Music Production (MP), year. In addition, the documentation (a DIN A4 page about the technical procedure and the design of the sound, not a work analysis) as a PDF file along with the music production as an MP3 file (bitrate of 160 kbit/s) must be emailed to the following address: eignungspruefung-musikproduktion(at)rsh-duesseldorf.de. The MP3 file can be generated using a free MP3 converter program available online. The files must be named as follows: family name-first name-EP-MP-year.mp3 and family name-first name-EP-MP-year.pdf.
Explanation of abbreviations: EP = Eignungsprüfung (proficiency test), MP = Music Production, DAW = digital audio workstation.
Music and Audiovisual Production: A work no longer than 10 minutes in length, created using audiovisual media (short film, multi-camera recording, animation, documentation, etc.). Format: Quicktime movie on a USB stick. The clip must be compatible with Quicktime on a Mac or PC.
Music and Media Management: Concept for a company in the field of music and media.
Music and Text: A free artistic work created by the candidate; e.g., a short radio play, acoustic art, the candidate’s own song texts or lyrics, language games, text sound experiments, etc.) – at least as audible sketches. Also possible is an essay or feature in acoustic form (audio file) about a particular topic, preferably related to sound, language or music. Preference is given to short, informative work samples based on the candidate’s own ideas. Original and courageous approaches are more important here than technical perfection.
Visual Music: A visualization of music or sound in moving pictures (video) or animations (motion graphics) no more than 3 minutes in length; audio and video must have a clearly recognizable relationship. Format: MPEG file on a USB stick. The clip must be in VLC format and be playable on a Mac or PC.
2. Music audition
In an additional test, artistic and musical suitability for the intended instrumental or voice major will be determined. The degree of difficulty of the pieces is taken into account in scoring.
The following applies for all jazz/pop instruments: In the case of prepared pieces, in each case 6 copies of the sheet music or lead sheets must be brought to the exam. The prepared pieces should be specified in the application for admission to the program. If an accompanist is desired, this should be stated in the application for admission. The accompanist will be a lecturer at the university.
The requirements for the artistic-musical proficiency test can be found here:
String Bass (classical)
Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.
Please also note: FAQs concerning the majors Music and Media and Audio and Video