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Study description

The six-semester, modular electronic music and sound design study program offers professional and comprehensive training in new and forward-looking areas of musical expression. The students learn different techniques for sound design on stage, in film, TV and media, the distribution of tracks, the handling of Midi controllers, the creation of creative MidiMappings, integration of internal and external effects, creation of Stems and their integration into Live inputs, professional creation of live and studio projects as well as the implementation of independent and expressive presentations and performances. In addition to weekly lessons in the main subject major, the study program includes various practical and theoretical courses in the fields of electronic music and sound design, music production, music management, musicology, composition, arrangement and performance. Thus, the competencies of the graduates lie in the artistic-performative as well as in the compositional-productive area of cross-genre activities.


Study profile

The special features of the study program Electronic Music & Sound Design lie in the creative implementation of new musical fields of activity, the professional education in electronic music & sound design as well as the integration into a community of different musicians as well as students and professionals in the fields of music production, composition, songwriting or music business. By continuing to work with students from other programs, the electronic musicians and sound designers can not only rely on a comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills, but also on numerous musical contacts and diverse possibilities of practical implementation.


Study focus

- Learn different techniques for Electronic Music & Sound Design

- Dealing with electronic music on stage and in the studio;

- Sound design in electronic music as well as in film, TV and media;

- Fundamentals of sound engineering as well as microphone and recording techniques;

- Instrumental and compositional skills

- Training of the musical ear and the music theory practice;

- Music theory, composition and arrangement;

- Project-related engagement with creative identity;

- Studio technology, music industry and marketing;

- Development of artistic-creative processes and projects;

- Integration into an international community;

- Performance and design of professional stage shows;

- Fostering of an individually and comprehensively trained artist personality;


Study details

Study commencement: September (cross-entry in February possible)

Study duration: 6 semesters

ECTS: 240

Credit for previous studies: Study programs and/or courses previously completed at officially recognised institutions can be accredited for study at the VMI. The minimum study duration is reduced accordingly.

Requirements: Musical experience and knowledge of music theory as well a timely online registration and passing the entrance exam (audition). Applicants from non-EU countries must have a valid visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Tutors: All courses are conducted by professional and internationally active musicians and experienced educators as well as specialists from the creative industry, studio technology, musicology music management and marketing.

Curriculum: Study plan

Grants and scholarships: VMI students who satisfy the necessary legal requirements may be entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: The study is completed with the final diploma exam. The certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those from state institutes of higher education and are internationally recognised.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

€390 monthly tuition fee


Study registration

Online registration for the entrance exam is free, non-binding and possible at any time. Auditions serve to assess whether practical and theoretical skills are sufficient for the chosen study. Should the applicant not satisfy the criteria, or another study is found to be more appropriate (regardless of the study chosen in the online application), an alternative offer can be made. The entrance exams generally take place at the following times:

- For the winter semester (beginning of studies in September): May / June

- For the summer semester (beginning of studies in February): November / December

Alternative appointments can also be arranged.

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