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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.

Concentration: Epistemic Media

The subject Epistemic Media is dedicated to free research and the development of new methods in humanities, science and artistic practice.

Research projects address topics like:

  • Experimental artistic approaches or the development of methods
  • Interactions with other disciplines and work at the interface between art and science
  • Art as an epistemic endeavor

Next to classical forms like text, a rich field of epistemic media is covered. Composition, film, installation and performance are important means of insight and discovery. Projects outcomes also include practices, formats and collectives.

Students and teachers work on projects such as an acoustically oriented field research, sound and image in documentary film, artistic thought with mathematical methods, open research and artistic commons, algorithmic music and the semiotics of sound, and the refinement of artistic research.

Concentration: Transmedia Forms

Conceived as an extension of contemporary compositional environments, the Transmedia Form concentration aims to actively translate and integrate media, musical and artistic processes. Projects and working areas are highly diverse, offering many possibilities for connection, networking and collaboration. Areas of application and teaching include:

  • Performative elements of audio and visual composition (e.g. video, VR/AR, gaming, installation, public art, turntableism);
  • Composition, improvisation and experimentation in various (electronic/electroacoustic) performance practices;
  • Narration, storytelling and dramaturgy (e.g. text, fanzine, radio, podcast, sound design, performance).   

Transmediality here means the opportunity to enter into a conversation about society, space and time through interaction and immersion. It means sounding out the established limitations and questioning the concatenations of forms of knowledge in music and art. And it means transgressing norms to open up new avenues of process-based exchange. 

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.

Proficiency in German

International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.

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.


Application for the summer semester 2021 is only possible online. Further information and the access to the online application portal can be found here.
For instructions on how to use the Muvac platform, click here.

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