New Master in Composition with Focus on AI

HfM Trossingen


Submission period

Fri Mar 17 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Apr 1 at 10AM UTC

Results date

Wed May 31 at 04PM UTC


musical-artistic or musical-technical Bachelor's degree required
Application period March 1 - April 1, 2023

Starting in October 2023, the University of Music (HfM) Trossingen (Germany) will offer a master's degree program that is unique in Europe and aims to train a new generation of artistically and technically competent composers, sound artists, and music designers, especially by critically exploring the creative possibilities of AI-based technologies.

This program (Master of Music in Composition) builds on the music technology teaching foundations of the HfM Trossingen and takes place in close cooperation with Furtwangen University. The students are taught by an internationally renowned team of researchers and experienced artistic practitioners, first and foremost Prof. Dr. Luc Döbereiner and Prof. Dr. Joachim Goßmann. In addition, this course is being developed within the framework of a cross-university project funded by the BMBF (KISS - Artificial Intelligence Service and Systems), whose long-term goal is to establish a center of excellence for the sustainable development of AI.
As part of the master's program, interested students with prior musical and/or technical experience at the bachelor's level can choose one of three concentrations: Music Design, Instrumental Composition, or Electroacoustic Composition. Available modules of study range from Digital Lutherie, Experimental Sound Synthesis, and Interface Design to Sound Ecology and Digital Ethics. In addition, a new space for the conception, experimentation and realisation of artistic projects ("Latent Space" - Space for Artistic Research and Design in Music and AI) is being created.

The entrance examination consists of two phases. In the first phase, in addition to the general application documents, the following documents must be submitted (via Post, USB-stick with max. file-size of 1 GB):

Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
Curriculum vitae including chronological overview of musical/artistic development
Media documentation of own works with explanation (min. 2 pages)
Exposé - description of the planned artistic project (max. 3 pages)

After reviewing the documents, the examination committee selects candidates for an in-person examination in Trossingen. This second phase consists of an interview about the submitted work and the exposé (approx. 30 min).

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