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Study Performing Arts in Germany: 21 Universities with 30 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2024/2025)

Updated: 02-27-2024 | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Studying music, dance, or theater at one of Germany’s universities of the arts is very popular among international students who seek to thrive and develop their skills in the free-spirited and diverse atmosphere present among the artists working and studying at these schools. Competitive entrance procedures are sometimes viewed as a sign of prestige of the schools and talent of the students who made it through the process.

For those interested in Performing Arts beyond its more conventional branches, there are also Master’s programs offered in English focusing on film, photography, digital animations or serial storytelling.

The schools offering these programs are often located in Germany’s bigger cities with vibrant cultural scenes and many opportunities to connect with other artists, such as Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg or Cologne. View all programs in our study finder and dive into your Performing Arts studies in Germany.

Overview

masters
30

Study Programs in English

universities
21

Universities

ranking
5

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (14 programs for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Maximum:

€ 6,840 per semester (4 programs for EU citizens, 1 program for Non-EU citizens)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between March 01 and January 20

Summer Semester

between April 01 and October 01

View all 30 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Performing Arts

#51-100 By SubjectQS World University Rankings
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

public University

No. of Students: approx. 3,700 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #, Times Higher Education Ranking #
#74Times Higher Education Ranking
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 36,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #128
#83Times Higher Education Ranking
Freie Universität Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 38,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #127
#351-400Times Higher Education Ranking
Justus Liebig University Giessen

public University

No. of Students: approx. 27,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #396, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #601-700

Tuition Fees

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14
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4
10
2

3 English Degree Programs for Performing Arts in Germany

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

Application Requirements

Master degrees in Performing Arts are targeted at students who fulfill the academic requirements (usually a first academic degree, a transcript of records), the language requirements (usually a good level of English [B2]) and can produce a CV or a letter of motivation, sometimes letters of reference. Probably more important than these standard documents are artistic talent and previous works of the applicants: Many programs require their applicants to hand in portfolios or digital copies of their previous work and furthermore perform at an entrance test, that means to dance, play music or act in front of an examination committee. Contact the program directly to find out if they have a solution for international students who are not in Germany at the time of these tests.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
26.7% local admission restriction (local NC)
10% no admission restriction
63.3% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

76.7% directly at University
13.3% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
10% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Performing Arts in Germany

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

3.5 (2 programs )

Minimum:

50 (1 program )

Minimum:

B1 Preliminary (PET) (3 programs )

Maximum:

7 (2 programs )

Maximum:

95 (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (1 program )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

3.5 (2 programs )

Maximum:

7 (2 programs )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

50 (1 program )

Maximum:

95 (2 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B1 Preliminary (PET) (3 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (1 program )

3 English Degree Programs for Performing Arts in Germany

Program Features

2-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Education

Master of Fine Arts

Master of Music

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Music

Beginning

Winter intake

50%

Summer intake

10%

Winter & Summer intake

40%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Performing Arts

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Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences

private (state-approved) Academy of Fine Arts · No. of Students: 1,800

Program Fees: € 1,506

M.Ed. (Master of Education)

Bard College Berlin

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 300

Program Fees: € 0

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Barenboim-Said Akademie

private (state-approved) Academy of Fine Arts · No. of Students: 100

Program Fees: € 0

B.Mus. (Bachelor of Music)

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

public University · No. of Students: 3,700

Program Fees: € 0

M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)

Berlin School of Popular Arts

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 600

Program Fees: € 4,740 - € 5,700

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

B.Mus. (Bachelor of Music)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

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