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Application & Requirements Composition Meisterklasse

Entrance Examination

Admission Requirement:

A prerequisite for application to the Artistic Graduate Studies (3rd Cycle) Meisterklasse is a completed university degree.


The following documents must be submitted with the application for the entrance examination:

  • a curriculum vitae with essential details of previous education and, if applicable, practical training/activity;
  • a passport photograph of the applicant;
  • copy(s) of the most recent academic degree certificate;
  • a statement as to whether the applicant is enrolled at another German university of music at the time of application;
  • proof of payment of the processing fee in the amount of € 50.00;
  • the program prepared for the entrance examination (see appendix to the study regulations);
  • Expert opinions from two teaching and/or artistic personalities not older than one year;
  • Proof of German or English language skills at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;

German Language Requirements:

For applicants who have not completed their Abitur or previous university degree at a German-speaking institution: Proof of German language skills corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Proof of German language skills is possible in all other cases through the following certificates:

  • TestDaF
  • TELC
  • Goethe Certificate
  • UNICert
  • ÖSD-Certificate

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

English Language Requirements:

For applicants who have not taken their high school diploma equivalent or previous college degree at an English-speaking institution. Proof of English language proficiency is possible in all other cases through the following certificates:

  • Cambridge Certificate
  • TELC



  • Submission of at least 5 compositions for various ensembles, two of them with audio- or video recordings included


On-site examiation:

If the submitted works have been evaluated as "passed", you will be invited to the entrance examination at the HfM Dresden. The entrance examination includes:

  • Presentation of the submitted composition with listening- or video-material


The entrance examination consists of two parts:

  1. An artistic presentation (up to 20 minutes) in the artistic focus. The commission selects parts from the prepared program.

  2. An oral examination (approx. 10 minutes), which can be conducted either in German or English. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following competencies in rudimentary form in an interview with the commission members:

    • Present, discuss and defend findings from their art discipline,
    • identify artistic issues independently,
    • Ideas for developing new repertoire,
    • Ideas for the innovative design of programs,
    • Ideas for the further development of artistic methods,
    • Ability to relate theoretical and methodological knowledge to the goals of master class study,
    • Ideas for the implementation of tutorials for or in cooperation with students of the HfM Dresden and/or students of the Sächsischen Landesgymnasiums für Musik,
    • Reflection on one's own artistic work,
    • examination of the role of the artist in society.