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Application & Requirements Composition Master

Entrance Examination

Admission Requirement:
Bachelor of Music or Diploma


Language requirements:

For enrolment: Proof of German language skills according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The following language certificates are accepted:

  • TestDaF
  • TELC
  • Goethe certificate
  • UNI Cert
  • ÖSD certificate

In addition, language certificates according to the European Framework of Reference are also accepted by language schools that have recognized quality management certificates.
A list of recognized language schools can be found here
A list of recognized quality certificates for language courses can be found here

Students at the HfM Dresden who have received admission subject to proof of German language skills can take part in the language course offered at the HfM Dresden. Studies can only be continued in the second semester if the German exam at the HfM Dresden has been passed at the required level or, alternatively, a language certificate has been submitted according to the criteria listed above.


Exam Requirements

- Proof of creative abilities and independence by submission of three compositions, at least one of which written for a larger ensemble (extensive scenic or multimedia pieces are accepted instead as well).
- Short oral presentation (10 minutes) about one of these compositions
- A short presentation (5 minutes) of a foreign piece of choice (possibly an excerpt) written after 1945. The stilistic frame can be chosen freely, but it must not be a piece by yourself.
- An interview with questions from the commission about the submitted pieces, as well as planned projects in the Master course of study, and about the short presentation.

The compositions should be available in written form as a score and, if possible, as CD or DVD. Also the presented foreign musical piece should be available in score and audio format.

The exam duration is ca. 25 minutes.