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Study description

The study Music Production combines practical applications and teaching content in the areas of recording and broadcasting with music theory, musicology, entertainment law and creative processes. Music Production serves to educate the technically and musically experienced specialists of the future and lay the foundation for work with bands, studios, labels, radio, theatre, film, production companies, and event managers or for work as a self-employed producer.


Study profile

The particular quality of the study Music Production at the VMI is that students are not isolated from their clients, and work as part of an international community of active musicians and creative artists. The study is neither preoccupied with computer theory nor the workings of expensive mixing desks – contemporary and practically oriented production is at the forefront of the study. This not only means preparing and coordinating the required production stages but also bringing productions to final completion and dealing with the release. The experience gathered throughout the study is an excellent basis for work in diverse areas of music production.


Study focus

- Production and editing of recordings and sound files;

- Examination of studio technology and diverse tools for music production;

- Working with microphones and recording techniques in live situations and in the studio;

- Project oriented production for creative and multimedia music;

- Digital music production, sound engineering, mixing and mastering;

- Working with effects and the possibilities for sound coloration and design;

- Use of computer programmes and new media;

- Examination of of film, TV and stage productions;

- Audio engineering for live concerts and other events;

- Creation and coordination of production processes;

- Commercial marketing and international music collecting societies;

- Acquisition of music theory, media law and economical knowledge;

- Training of the musical ear and acoustics;

- Imparting of practical and instrumental skills;


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: Basic knowledge in music production or sound engineering and 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 music producers, 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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