What does the future sound like?

Music and sound are part of the audiovisual media we use every day – as information, as an acoustic background, or as an art form. As a cultural mediator with an immediate, highly suggestive impact, music and sound have a strong influence on people in our globalized media society. What does the future sound like? The MA in MusicDesign offers students the opportunity to play a role in the fascinating area of conflict between functionality and cultural identity. Topics covered on this course include auditive product and communication design, sound branding and the acoustic design of living spaces.

Quick Information

Degree awarded Master of Arts (MA)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree postgraduate
Duration of programme 3 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Furtwangen
Programme begin winter semester (October) Additional summer intake if places are available
Application deadline(s) 15 July (15 January for summer intake)
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German and English
Academic entry requirements Bachelor's degree in Music, Digital Media or in a related field
Language requirements Excellent written & spoken German & English: German min. level TDN 4 (TestDaF Level 4) or equivalent; English min. level TOEFL 76 points (internet-based) or equivalent
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Prerequisites for admission At least 3 self-composed works including reflection in order to demonstrate eligibility for programme
Contact Studieninfo-mum@hs-furtwangen.de

Analysis, design and production of auditive media

The MA in MusicDesign teaches conceptual, strategic, reflexive and creative methods of handling music and sound interactively in both real and virtual surroundings. The course has a duration of 3 semesters.

The first semester, taught in German at Furtwangen University, provides a solid foundation in the various areas of music and interaction design, as well as in the physical processes of sound effect and perception. In addition, scientific methods will be taught using specific music design scenarios.

The second semester can be taken either at the Trossingen University of Music or at Tongji University in Shanghai, China (planned). This semester builds upon the knowledge gained in the first semester courses, and in design or research projects students gain experience and insights into the planning and execution of various sound and music applications within complex environments.

During the third semester, students will write their Master’s thesis in either English or German. This written paper is a reflection on the student's own project work. Students must also be prepared to take part in a critical discussion of their final work.

10 good reasons to take an MA in MusicDesign

  • Exciting field of research at the interface between culture, economy, education and media
  • Application-oriented programme providing comprehensive know-how in the areas of planning, design and production of auditive media
  • Development of technical, methodological and social skills
  • Team-oriented learning and research in projects
  • Small groups and personal mentoring
  • High-tech media labs and cutting-edge equipment
  • Interdisciplinary degree programme: Furtwangen University and Trossingen University of Music
  • International programme with opportunities for studying abroad, e.g. with Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Close cooperation with the Centre for Music Design and Performance
  • Outstanding careers perspectives

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the M.A. in MusicDesign are a relevant professional diploma or a Bachelor degree.

Duration of the programme

The standard duration of the MusicDesign Master's programme is 3 semesters.

Springboard into the future of auditive media

MusicDesign graduates can look forward to careers in many different fields, for example in music or audio book production, or in film, TV or radio scoring. The development of sound concepts and installations for various environments and media, theatre or museum projects, event or creative environments, as well as games development and the design of virtual environments and interactive media, are also growing areas. Additionally media agencies or audio branding departments within companies can also offer MusicDesign graduates excellent perspectives.

There is also the option of becoming self-employed in any one of the above-mentioned areas, particularly in the analysis, planning and realization of auditive and interactive media for companies in various fields.

Doctoral opportunities:
Graduates of the MusicDesign Master's programme can continue on to do a PhD.

Further Information in German

As the MusicDesign Master's degree programme is also taught in German, please click here for information in German regarding the programme.

Contact and Application

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wölfel
Faculty of Digital Media
Tel: 00 49 (0)7723 920-2885
Furtwangen Campus, Room I 1.08
Email: woma(at)hs-furtwangen.de