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The following requirements must be met for the application for the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master's program:

  1. Diploma, Bachelor or equivalent higher-education qualification (completed study from the University of the Arts Berlin or from a different artistic and/or scientific University within Germany or an equivalent national or international degree after at least 6 semesters of study), for exceptions see below.
  2. Relevant professional experience in the field of sound, minimum one year. In case applicant has no higher education (Diploma, Bachelor or equivalent higher-education qualification) a minimum of five years intensively working in the field of sound is required.
  3. Artistic and creative talent, which will be assessed during the entrance examination.
  4. English language competency. It is critical that our students have an ease and familiarity with spoken English. To show English language competency, all applicants must provide proof of language proficiency. The following are the only options for proof of language proficiency:
    a) COE (Council of Europe): C1
    b) ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe): C1
    c) IELTS Academic (International English LanguageTesting System): 6,5
    d) Cambridge English Language Assessment: CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
    f) former TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test): 637*
    g) former TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test): 95*
    h) TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test in a test center): 100*
    i) TOEFL iBT Paper Based (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test in a test center): 100*
    j) TOEFL iBT Home Edition (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test at home): 100*
    k) degree in an Englishspeaking Bachelor or Master's program
    l) statement of English as mother tongue

*TOEFL iBT scores are accepted from a single test date, "MyBest scores" are NOT accepted.


In exceptional cases, admission can be granted even if an applicant has not earned a university degree but all necessary qualifications for the program were acquired on the job, throughout a proven intensive preoccupation with sound over about five years, may that be artistic, creative, conceptual, theoretical or scientific.