Study Bachelor's degree in Pop Music (B.A.)

Bachelor's Degree in Music with specialisation in Pop Music

Packing emotions into creative artwork and inspiring an audience of millions; this is what every musician dreams of. In the Music B.A. course with a specialisation in pop music, you lay the foundation to achieve exactly this. Stylistic diversity, interdisciplinarity, the use of new media and an international approach are all important aspects of this course. To ensure a stable career, you will also learn about pedagogy and music production.
The course is based on the Popular Music course at the former "Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik" (hKDM for short) and is continued by the Macromedia University with its top-class team of professors and lecturers.

Creating your own compositions as a pop musician

In the Music B.A. programme with a specialisation in pop music, the focus is on stylistic diversity, interdisciplinarity, new media and an international approach. You will perfect your skills on your main instrument and acquire in-depth knowledge of pedagogy and music production.

The aim of the first five semesters is to lay a solid foundation. During this time, the artistic and technical groundwork is established. In addition to the technical and theoretical basics, this includes the ability to express oneself authentically in a wide variety of musical styles. In semesters 6 and 7, students gain practical experience in the music business and work on sharpening their personal artistic profile. Artistic crossover projects and unique music research projects offer a special practical relevance during their studies.

Graduates of the Pop Music programme are well trained to work successfully as music artists or music teachers in the fields of stage performance, film and recording studios, music publishers and educational institutions. Our networks and cooperation partners, such as the Berklee College of Music, also make it possible to enter the international music business.

Content of the Music course with specialisation in Pop Music

During the seven semesters of your studies, you will be taught a large amount of theoretical and practical knowledge, from the basics to the finer points of pop music.
The content ranges from working on your main instrument or vocals to sight-reading, experimental classes, pedagogy and music production. The modules Intercultural Competences and Intercultural Communication are taught in English. The 6th semester focuses on communication competencies, a student initiative project and practical experience. Modules include:
  • Main instruments/vocals
  • Music production
  • Intercultural Competences and Communication
  • Experimental 2D, 3D, 4D
  • Pedagogy/Music mediation
  • Music theory
  • Practical experience
Throughout your studies you will be accompanied and taught by professors with many years of practical experience. You will apply your theoretical knowledge directly in various projects. You can discover previous projects on our projects portal and the get first impressions of what you can experience at Macromedia University.

In addition, there are a number of top-class workshops and excursions as well as interdisciplinary tasks for teams from different courses of study.


Career prospects after graduation

If you decide to study the Music B.A. with a focus on pop music, the doors to the music industry are open to you both nationwide and abroad. Possible professions include:
  • Live or studio musician (m/w/d)
  • Music lecturer (m/w/d)
  • Composer (m/w/d)
  • Orchestra or ensemble leader (m/w/d)
  • Music producer (m/w/d)
  • Solo musician in bands or or orchestras (m/w/d)
  • Accompanying musician in bands, ensembles and for theatre and musical productions (m/w/d)
See for yourself. The graduate portraits of Macromedia University tell exciting career stories.

Auditions and interviews

Auditions and interviews are free of charge and part of the application process for Music B.A. studies at Macromedia University.
Our student Pascal Haas talks about his audition:
"I didn't see the audition as an exam, but as a chance to show what I can do. I kept reminding myself that the professors once were in the same situation. That made me calmer. Of course I was a bit nervous and tense anyway. But that doesn't hurt. It only goes to show that you are concentrated and aren't taking the audition too lightly."

Contact our study advisors for information about the next Audition & Interview.

Berklee College of Music

Our cooperation partner in Boston, USA  
Macromedia students benefit from our cooperation with the Berklee College of Music. Numerous famous musicians such as Melissa Etheridge and Quincy Jones studied at this world renowned university for popular music.
Macromedia students can spend a semester abroad or even study at Berklee College and are given preferential treatment when awarding scholarships to Berklee College of Music.

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Study Programme
Music B.A.

Pop music

  • Academic Degree

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Programme format

    Full-time (on campus)

  • Duration of Study

    7 semesters (including 1 practical semester)

  • ECTS


  • Starting

    Winter Term

  • Location


  • Tuition fee

    4,100 € per semester
    plus 500 € registration fee
    (for students from EU countries)
    200 € per month for individual private lessons on instrument/vocals.
    Individual lessons are allocated during the semester.
    More information here

  • Language


  • Application deadline EU

    15.02. (for programmes starting in March)
    15.08. (for programmes starting in October)

  • Application deadline Non-EU

    15.12. (for programmes starting in March)
    15.06. (for programmes starting in October)

  • Application process

    Higher education qualification, participation in audition and interview, submission of application documents.
    Admission also possible without A-levels, with proof of special artistic talent and sufficient general education.
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