Musical Culture (Joint Bachelor of Arts)
(Musikalische Kultur, J.B.A.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: Completing an internship or even several internships throughout the program is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation. With a duration of four weeks or more, full-time internships in the optional area of the program can be recognized; internship regulations.|
Requirements for Admission: |
1. general university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information;
2. Admission exam (proof of a specific artistic aptitude) in either June or September. Please check the requirements of the application process early with the Akademie für Tonkunst.
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted, but be aware of the preceeding point “Requirements for admission”.|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|Application: online application|
|Particularities: English language skills on a B2 level (CEF) are an admission requirement for the last subject exam.|
Degree Programme Structure (please click to read on)
The Joint Bachelor of Arts is an interdisciplinary programme at the TU Darmstadt. It consists of the studies of two different subjects/components. At least one of the two subjects has to be chosen from the programmes of the Department of History and Social Sciences.
The folloging subjects can be chosen as first component:
- Digital Philology
- German Studies (Germanistik)
- History (Geschichte)
- Musical Culture (Musikalische Kultur)
- Philosophy (Philosophie)
- Political Science (Politikwissenschaft)
- Sociology (Soziologie)
As second component, the subjects named under “first component” can be chosen and, additionally:
- Computer Science (Informatik)
- Sports Science (Sportwissenschaft)
- Business Administration and Economics.
That means, the latter three subjects (Computer Science, Sports Science, Business Administration and Economics) cannot be combined with each other.
The combination of two subjects provides students with the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary course of study. The students can also obtain cross-subject knowledge or knowledge from a different subject by means of internships, excursions, language courses, etc. An interdisciplinary specialisation is not required until the Master of Arts programme.
The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.
The component Musical Culture represents a cooperation of TU Darmstadt with the Akademie für Tonkunst (Academy of Musical Arts) located in Darmstadt. The component contains a range of courses offered by the Institute for Philosophy as well as the Akadmie für Tonkunst and combines artistic practice, reflection on society, theory of music as well as aesthetics and musical philosophy.
In order to be admitted to the programme, prospective students are required to pass an artistic subject-related practical aptitude test that will be held at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt.
See the course structure and content in detail on the schedule aside (click to enlarge)
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Further information may be found at: Programme information page of the department
Advice for Prospective J.B.A. Students
Note: Before the start of the programme, students are required to prove their special aptitude in an aptitude test!
Prospective students should have an interdisciplinary interest in cultural-artistic phenomena but also possess good practical music skills (to be proven in an admission/aptitude test at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt).
As the study programme contains philosophical and theoretical parts on top of the practical ones, it requires a willingness to spend a sufficient amount of time on reading demanding texts which require an above-average willingness to concentrate and reflect intellectually for their comprehension. Students thus need strong language comprehension skills as well their own linguistic precision and the ability to think in an abstract and structured way.
Related Degree Programmes
|Philosophy (J.B.A.) (Philosophie, J.B.A)|
General information: With the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further information and in cases of doubt, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Philosophy (M.A.) (Philosophie, M.A.)|
Graduates of the degree programme can apply themselves in different professional fields. They may be working as music teachers at private or municipal music schools but also with musical organisations and institutes or in exhibition, art, culture or event management.
Depending on the second component the students choose in their Joint Bachelor of Arts programme, other career opportunities can be found in schoolbook and textbook editing, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in radio, TV and newspaper editorial teams, in PR and advertisement agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organisations, at Goethe Institutes as well as in the cultural sector (e.g. as dramaturge at theaters). With additional business qualifications, they can find employment in business enterprises (e.g. in marketing and distribution or in human resources).
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. This way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Bundesverband Musikindustrie e. V. (Associaton of the Music Industry)
Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Musikverbände e.V. (Confederation of German Musician’s Associatons)
Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband e.V. (German Music Publishers Association (DMV))
Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V. (Cultural-political Associaton)