After your degree in Music Production you will be able to move routinely and flexibly in the fast-moving music market. As a composer you will write music for events and publications, as a performing musician you will take over the direction of your musical contribution as well as the of concerts and sessions. As a sound engineer you will be responsible for recordings and mixes of productions under your own direction, as a producer you will become familiar with all necessary management tasks.




Basics in Theory and Practice

  • Recording Techniques5
  • Musical Analysis5
  • Music Theory5
  • Practical Project I5
  • Instrument Minor I5
  • Pop Music History I5

In the first semester, you will acquire the basics of recording technology, acoustics and applied music theory. In dealing with DAWs, you will learn the basics of music production step by step. Instrument minor subjects such as piano and choir complement the basic design field. Popular music history, ear training and various practical projects such as the first semester concert are also on the agenda.



Discover and Design

  • Music Theory - Harmony5
  • Digital Techniques5
  • Elective I (Choir & Body Percussion)5
  • Practical Project II5
  • Instrument Major I / Ensemble I5
  • Musicology5

In addition to harmony theory and musical and technical ear training exercises, you will discover the world of digital audio technology. You will become familiar with the functions and workflows of sequencers. Accompanying sound studies, cross-school practical projects and an optional module open the door to musical experiments and learning experiences. Through individual lessons in the main artistic subject as well as in ensembles, you can fine-tune your own musical material and try your hand at interaction with others. The main artistic subject and the ensembles last until the sixth semester.



Songwriting and Recording

  • Songwriting5
  • Composition5
  • Studio Techniques5
  • Practical Project III5
  • Instrument major II / Ensemble II5
  • Media Law5

In the third semester your focus is on writing and producing own songs. From composition to the sound design of the songs, with instrumental musicians or DAW-based, up to recording, editing and mixing, you go through the entire production chain of your music. In addition to your own music, you can also produce a song based on briefings from the music industry. In accompanying courses such as stylistics, ear training, harmony theory and studio practice, urgent questions from the creative process are addressed and solved together. In addition, you deal with the rights and duties you have as musical authors



Arranging and Producing

  • Arrangement5
  • Production5
  • Elective II5
  • Practical Project IV5
  • Instrument major III / Ensemble III5
  • Language / Physiology5

In the fourth semester, you will practice arranging and producing your own and third-party compositions. For this purpose, you will acquire knowledge in dealing with different instrument groups and typesetting techniques and routinise your work with production and notation programmes. Mixing and mastering are two essential process steps. In addition, the critical examination of well-known music titles from a technical recording point of view trains your ear and, in retrospect, sensitises you to the challenges of the music production chain by looking back at the previous production steps of composition, interpretation, recording and mixing. ?A further optional module offers space for personal development.



Practical Phase

The fifth semester is all about practice. During an internship at home or abroad, a study abroad at a partner university or a practical semester, you will systematically expand your professional repertoire and establish direct contact with the business world, with your colleagues and with different music scenes.



Media and Stage Music

  • Sound Design5
  • Orchestration5
  • Elective III5
  • Practical Project V5
  • Instrument Major IV / Ensemble IV5
  • Project Organisation5

In the sixth semester, you enter the broad field of scenic and functional music. In the modules on sound design and orchestration you will learn how to design compositional design tools in a targeted manner, how to use them and how to produce music for different contexts and media applications. You will become familiar with sound synthesis questions, sample libraries and other plug-ins. In addition, you will deal with the basic tools and processes of project organization in order to be able to plan and carry out artistic live productions independently. Your own final concert in your main artistic field is a good opportunity to do so.



Individualisation and Thesis

  • Film Music / Game Audio5
  • Elective IV5
  • Portfolio Development5
  • Production Management5
  • Bachelor's Thesis10

Shortly before graduation, the students prove their know-how in planning, calculation and realization of a studio production. In addition, they immerse themselves in the interplay of music and image in the field of film and game music and conclude the field of media and stage music with an independent composition. In the area of portfolio development the students develop their own showreel, individually supervised by individual lessons. At the end of their studies, they write their B.A. thesis, which can also include artistic and creative elements.



  • uthor: composition/musical adaptation
  •     Performer: instrumental performance - at least one song must feature the main instrument
  •     Performer: vocals
  •     Producer: sound engineering/production



  • FCE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A): 59 points 
  • Duolingo 95 Pts
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Centre's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)


Entrance examination

The following is important:

  • a strong will to express yourself and create
  • good knowledge of an instrument/vocals
  • basic theoretical and practical knowledge of popular music

The entrance examination includes a 30-minute written exam with music theory, ear training and sound engineering content.

This is followed by the 30-minute practical component consisting of:

  • your self-made presentation with two main topics
  • practical aural training
  • further tasks and questions
  • a personal conversation about your motivation to study Music Production at the Berlin School of Popular Arts



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