FAQ

What is Sound Studies and Sonic Arts?

Sound Studies and Sonic Arts is a low-residency, part-time postgraduate program, that is aimed at professionals working in the field of sound with a university degree or exceeding creative talent. The program serves to deepen theoretical and practical skills of audio related theory and practice, particularly in cultural studies, musicology, aesthetics, sound art, performance, architecture, design and media production.

What is the program duration?

The standard duration of study amounts to six semesters and concludes with a degree in Master of Arts. The academic year starts each winter-semester in October. 

In exceptional cases students may apply for a condensed program duration to a two year full time Master's program concluding with a degree in Master of Arts.

What is the program course?

The academic year begins each winter semester in October.

The Sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master's program consists of alternating study modules (Basic Phase, Focus Phase, Project Phase). The Basic (first Winter) and Focus Phases (first and second Summer) consist of multiple courses for which attendance is mandatory. During Project Phases (second and third Winter) students may work off campus and on their own time. Each module concludes with an exam.

 

In exceptional cases students may apply for a condensed program duration to a two year full time Master's program concluding with a professional degree in Master of Arts.

Semester Calendar

We are located at Lietzenburger Straße 45

 

 

Opening Hours:

When school is in session, opening hours are: 

Mondays to Fridays7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
Sundays11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

 

During recess period, opening hours are:  

Mondays to Fridays7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturdays8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Sundaysclosed

 

Important Dates:

Orientation week16 – 20 Oct 2017
Teaching period winter 23 Oct – 22 Dec 2017
8 Jan – 16 Feb 2018
Kollisionen (optional classes)2 – 5 Jan 2018
Exam12 Feb – 1 Mar 2018
Winter break 23 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
National holidays (Berlin)31 Oct,
25 –  26 Dec 2017,
1 Jan 2018
Teaching period summer16 Apr – 20 Jul 2018

Can I take classes at other universities in Berlin?

Yes. Due to a cooperation of all Berlin universities, students may make use of the extensive curriculum and all courses offered by the Berlin University of the Arts and other Berlin Universities to develop their study emphasis.

What language are classes held in?

Sound Studies and Sonic Arts is an all English program. Classes are held in English and therefor it is critical that our students have an ease and familiarity with spoken and written English. To show English language competency, all applicants must provide proof of language proficiency.

The following are the 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)
e) TOEFL CBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Computer Based Test): 270
f) TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test): 637
g) TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test): 95
h) degree in an English speaking Bachelor or Master's program
i) statement of English as mother tongue

 

Our faculty and staff does of course also speak German and other languages.

What are the application requirements?

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.
  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 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)
    e) TOEFL CBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Computer Based Test): 270
    f) TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test): 637
    g) TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test): 95
    h) degree in an English speaking Bachelor or Master's program
    i) statement of English as mother tongue

 

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. These candidates have to pass an aptitude test to be accepted to the program.

When can I apply next?

The next possible application period will be February 1-14, 2019 for the following winter term 2019.

How do I apply?

Our application period is in February 1-14. Only during this time will you be able to access the application form and apply for the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts program.

 

Applicants holding a degree from a non-German university (international and EU) please translate your university reports to German or English and then apply for a Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD) at uni assist e.V.Please be aware: You are responsible to apply for your VPD early enough to receive it in time for our application period February 1-14. Please calculate at least 8 weeks processing time at uni assist e.V.

International Applicants please also see the UdK International Appllicants Guide for more information.

 

Applicants with a degree from a German university or with no higher education, may apply directly at our department during the application phase.

 

The application period for the winter term 2019 will be between February 1-14, 2019. Only during this time will you be able to access the application form online and apply for the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts program.

After submitting the online application you will also need to supply the following documents by post/mail to the address given on the application form. Please send in your printed application form, documents and work samples (dvd, cd, usb, music scores etc.) to our office by February 14th (arrival date):

- Printout of completed application form (available online between February 1-14, 2019)
- uni assist e.V. Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD), (if applicable from phase I)
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form
- Record of professional experience
- Evidence of relevant professional experience in the field of sound
- University reports and certificates in photocopy
- Letter of motivation

- Work samples (dvd, cd, usb, music scores etc.) 
- Proof of linguistic ability

 

Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must obtain a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) in China. Please see the UdK International Appllicants Guide for more information.

 

Based on the submitted application documents, the admissions committee will ask selected applicants to take part in a one-day entrance examination between 24-28 April 2019. This examination tests the applicant’s ability to evaluate sound environments discursively and conceptually. It is followed by a personal interview.

Notices of admission will be given out shortly after the entrance exam.

Please see HOW TO APPLY for more information. International Applicants please also see the UdK International Appllicants Guide for more information.

Where do I send my application to?

After submitting the online application you will also need to supply the following documents by post/mail to the address given on the application form. Please send in your printed application form, documents and work samples (dvd, cd, usb, music scores etc.) to our office by February 14th (arrival date):

 

- Printout of completed application form (available online between February 1-14)
- uni assist e.V. Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD), (if applicable from phase I)
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form
- Record of professional experience
- Evidence of relevant professional experience in the field of sound
- University reports and certificates in photocopy
- Letter of motivation

- Work samples (dvd, cd, usb, music scores etc.) 
- Proof of linguistic ability
- Certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) in China, if you are an applicant from the People’s Republic of China UdK International Appllicants Guide

 

 

Please send your documents (letters only!) to:

Universität der Künste Berlin
Immatrikulations- und Prüfungsamt
Sound Studies and Sonic Arts
Postfach 120544 
10595 Berlin 
Germany

 

When submitting a portfolio or using a private delivery service please or a service that can not deliver to Postboxes, use the following address:

 

Freight shipping address
:

Universität der Künste Berlin
Immatrikulations- und Prüfungsamt
Sound Studies and Sonic Arts
Einsteinufer 43

10587 Berlin
Germany

 

Please be aware, WE WILL IN NO WAY PAY FOR ANY TOLLS. Please make sure your parcel will not be tolled (e.g. no insurance..), otherwise we will have to deny receiving of your parcel.

Will there be an entrance examination?

Yes. Based on the application documents submitted, the admissions committee will ask selected students to take part in a one-day admission examination in April. This admission examination tests the applicant’s ability to evaluate sound environments discursively and conceptually. It is followed by a personal interview.

 

(1) Candidates invited to the admission examination will be given a choice of exercise in the areas of art, design (design, architecture) or science (text). One week before the examination prospective students are to turn in title, abstract and all written work to the examination committee in digital form. During the admission interview, candidates are to present their work within 10 minutes.

 

(2) In case of an aptitude test (necessary if the candidate does not have an approved university degree) the candidates will in addition receive an exercise to proof their capability of authoring a scientific work in the field of sound. This work is to be submitted in digital form one week before the admission exam.

 

(3) The admission interview will consist of the following aspects:

a)presentation of the submitted work from (1) and subsequent questioning

b) an oral examination in the field of Theory (auditive art and culture), Practice (sound art und auditive design), Listening (basic musical and technical aural skills) and audio technology

c) an interview about the candidates motivation for the study

d) in case of an aptitude test: an interview about the submitted work from (2)

 

(4) candidates, who can not be present at the admission examination because they sojourn outside of the EU, may carry out the examination interview via Skype. Risk and disadvantages arising through this, must be accepted by the candidate.

How many students are accepted each year?

We welcome around 25 new students each academic year.

Is it possible to earn a Ph.D./ Doctoral degree?

At the moment, Sound Studies and Sonic Arts does not yet offer Ph.D. opportunities. While we not plan to introduce a traditional Ph.D. program (with a fixed curriculum and course work), applicants will soon be able to conduct supervised research in independent Ph.D. projects.

Is it possible to attend a course as a guest student?

Sound Studies and Sonic Arts does not offer the possibility to attend courses as a guest student. Instead you have the opportunity to take selected courses as an external participant. For this you will need the approval of the course instructor. 

The tuition for external participants is 600€ or 800€ a course, depending on the credit points earned.

External participants may also earn a confirmation of participation.

How much is the tuition?

Tuition is 16,200€ for the whole three-year Sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master's Program, payable in installments.

 

 

Additionally to the tuition, there are semester fees of 400 € (2017) in total including a semester ticket for all public transportation within Berlin to be paid to the University.

They are comprised of the following:

-Contribution to the student services (social contribution to the “Studentenwerk”) under the ordinance on social insurance contribution
-Student body fee (AStA)
-Re-registration fee in according to § 2(7)of the Berlin Higher Education Law
-Contribution to the semester ticket and for the social fund
-Administrative fee of the student body fee for the semester ticket according to Section 18a of the Berlin Higher Education Law (BerlHG). 

Sound Studies and Sonic Arts regulations DE

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Sound Studies and Sonic Arts regulations EN

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I have more unanswered questions! What do I do?

We invite you to attend one of our events or to contact us to arrange for a private consultation.

For questions about administrative issues or content of the program please contact us at 

ask_ @sounds.berlin

To make an appointment for a private consultation please contact Andrea Hundertmark at the office.

► hundertmark_ @udk-berlin.de

 

For questions concerning international students and study abroad, please also see the UdK International Appllicants Guide for more information or contact the Foreign Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt)

Study and research opportunities at UdK Berlin, application requirements and admissions procedures, Visa regulations and financing, accommodation, health and welfare, scholarship programs of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Fulbright-Commission and government grants, study abroad

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