The Institute for Music and Media (IMM) of the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media Düsseldorf offers a four-semester master’s degree program:

 

Klang und Realität, Master of Music (M.Mus.)
Following the principle of the unity of research and teaching, the Klang und Realität master’s degree program combines aesthetic, technical and theoretical approaches. The program benefits from the unique academic situation at the Institute for Music and Media: the multiple facets of time-based art, such as composition, performance, and algorithmic art forms, have been established here for many years.

IMM students autonomously develop their own stance, and learn to integrate it with a range of artistic, technological, economic, scientific and cultural contexts. Graduates of the Klang und Realität master’s degree program are ideally prepared to shape, influence, advance and even anticipate developments in the 21st century.

Musicality is not attached to musical instruments exclusively – it includes many aspects of artistic and scholarly work. That is not least of all the reason why this degree program is generally open to graduates from all disciplines.
It is therefore particularly appropriate for those who are interested in the diversity of media forms, schools of thought and topics. The institution of a Musikhochschule is ideally suited for promoting exchange among interests and abilities in different domains.

Student projects play a vital part in this exchange. In the course of their studies, students learn to re-conceptualize their proposed project on the basis of critical and differentiated feedback and to bring it to fruition at a high level through collaboration with other students. They carry out their project in one of two areas of focus – Epistemic Media or Transmedia Forms – both of which open up completely new perspectives in the environment of a state conservatory.

 

Major concentration Epistemic Media
The Epistemic Media major concentration anchors independent modes of inquiry and knowledge within a variety of media forms. Possible orientations for research projects are, for example:
a) Experimental artistic work forms or the development of methods
b) Interactions with other disciplines and work at the interface between art and science
c) Art with the goal of enlarging knowledge.

 

Major concentration Transmedia Forms
The Transmedia Forms major concentration is intended in particular for students pursuing artistic and compositional interests. Movement, change and oscillation are the basis of time-based art forms, with technical procedures closely interacting with new forms of artistic expression. Possible areas of projects include for example:
a) The interfaces between media (e.g., audio and  video)
b) The relationship between movement and its conditions (e.g., composition and improvisation)
c) The composition of time-based sequences (e.g., narration and dramaturgy).

 

To foster interdisciplinary exchange and closely link research to teaching, the largely elective coursework for the Epistemic Media and Transmedia Forms concentrations overlaps considerably. The two specializations provide the theoretical, artistic and technical background indispensable for artistic and research practice at a high level.
Giving insight into the candidate’s interests, motivation and skills, a detailed project proposal is evaluated as part of the qualifying exam. The proposal also provides a basis for the experimental development of the project during the first year of study. During this open discovery phase, a consistent project design is developed and then implemented during the second year. Students work together throughout the entire process, which is accompanied by a regular colloquium. 

 

> Description of Klang and Realität modules [in German]

> Examination Regulations [in German]

 

Note that the level B2 in German is required, which can be completed over the course of the first semester in courses provided by the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media.

 

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