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Klang und Realität (Master of Music)

The Klang und Realität master’s degree program is offered by the Institute of Music and Media. It combines aesthetic, technical and theoretical approaches. The program benefits from the unique academic situation at the Institute for Music and Media: the multiple facets of time-based art, such as composition, performance, and algorithmic art forms, have been established here for many years.

IMM students autonomously develop their own stance, and learn to integrate it with a range of artistic, technological, economic, scientific and cultural contexts. Graduates of the Klang und Realität master’s degree program are ideally prepared to shape, influence, advance and even anticipate developments in the 21st century. Further information can be found in the Klang und Realität module overview.

Musicality is not attached to musical instruments exclusively – it includes many aspects of artistic and scholarly work. That is not least of all the reason why this degree program is generally open to graduates from all disciplines. It is therefore particularly appropriate for those who are interested in a wide range of topics, media forms and schools of thought. The institution of a conservatory is ideally suited for promoting exchange among interests and abilities in different domains. Student projects play a vital part in this exchange. In the course of their studies, students learn to reconceptualize their proposed project on the basis of critical and differentiated feedback and to bring it to fruition at a high level through collaboration with other students. They carry out their project in one of two areas of focus – Epistemic Media or Transmedia Forms – both of which open up completely new perspectives in the environment of a state conservatory.

Major Concentration Epistemic Media

The Epistemic Media major concentration anchors independent modes of inquiry and knowledge within a variety of media forms. Possible orientations for research projects are, for example:
a) Experimental artistic approaches or the development of methods
b) Interactions with other disciplines and work at the interface between art and science
c) Art as epistemic endeavor.

Major Concentration Transmedia Forms

The Transmedia Forms major concentration is intended in particular for students pursuing artistic and compositional interests. Movement, change and oscillation are the basis of time-based art forms, with technical procedures closely interacting with new forms of artistic expression. Possible areas of projects include for example:
a) The interfaces between media (e.g., audio and video)
b) The relationship between movement and its conditions (e.g., composition and improvisation)
c) The composition of time-based sequences (e.g., narrationand dramaturgy).

To foster interdisciplinary exchange and closely link research to teaching, the largely elective coursework for the Epistemic Media and Transmedia Forms concentrations overlaps considerably. The two specializations provide the theoretical, artistic and technical background indispensable for artistic and research practice at a high level.

Giving insight into the candidate’s interests, motivation and skills, a detailed project proposal is evaluated as part of the qualifying exam. The proposal also provides a basis for the experimental development of the project during the first year of study. During this open discovery phase, a consistent project design is developed and then implemented during the second year. Students work together throughout the entire process, which is accompanied by a regular colloquium.

Commencement of studies and application deadlines

The proficiency test can only be taken in the summer semester for Klang und Realität master’s program candidates. The application deadline for the summer semester is October 31. The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.


The completed application form and supporting documents should be sent to the following address:

The Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
Registrar’s Office
Fischerstraße 110
40476 Düsseldorf, Germany

The individual documents that must be submitted are listed on the application form.

Further information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum content please send them to the program coordinator for Klang und Realität Prof. Dr. Heike Sperling.

Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf
Fon: +49.211.49 18 -0 Fax: +49.211.49 11 6 18