Our Master's program enables you to specialize in your professional life, pursue an academic career and qualify for management and leadership positions.


Professional Media Creation (M.A.)



The Master's Studies Program for Professional Media Creation (M.A.) is a project-focused arts curriculum. During the course of the program, an extensive project will be developed and completed using professional methods and will eventually be presented to the public. This artistic project will focus on one of the following fields: music, film, video, installations and media art, sound art, visual arts, photography, game art, or a comparable artistic discipline.

The successful public presentation of the project will result in the granting of a Masters of Arts degree from Folkwang University.

Note: The Professional Media Creation Program is only offered at the campous in Bochum, Germany.


  • 24 months


This cooperative study course can be used to attend lectures at the SAE Institute as well as at the Folkwang University of the Arts.


  • Winter semester 2019:
    • October 2019
    • Application deadline: June 15, 2019


  • German

The program is conducted in cooperation with the Institute for Computer Music and Electronic Media (ICEM) of the Folkwang University of the Arts.


The curriculum includes artistic support as well as specialized modules for deepening narrative and communicative skills as well as management, law and marketing. In a compulsory elective module, additional technical subjects with subject-specific focuses in the areas of audio, video, multimedia and light as well as artistically shaped subjects in perceptual psychology, design, application of real-time systems and media history are offered. While the compulsory modules are being attended at the SAE Institute in Bochum, the elective modules can be attended at all SAE institutes in Germany as well as at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

All contents of the MA PMC lead to the successful, public performance of the project, by which the student proves to be able to market and present himself professionally. 

Study scope: 120 ECTS

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Admission requirements for the Master's program Professional Media Creation are a professional qualifying university degree with at least 180 ECTS and an artistic qualification. Course of the artistic aptitude test: The applicant applies with a written idea for an artistic master project. Thereupon a colloquium will take place on the basis of the project idea in order to better get to know the applicant, his previous works / activities and the project.


Application process

The following documents must be submitted for application:

  • Hochschulzugangsberechtigung
  • CV
  • Written idea for a master project (about 1 to 3 pages)
  • If possible, portfolio with previous work.

The transmission of the documents can be done either by e-mail or by post.

Information for students from abroad

For students from abroad, the same entrance requirements apply as for students from Germany.

Students from non-EU countries have to prove that they have completed the bachelor's degree equivalent to 180 ECTS.
The study is conducted in German.

At the beginning of the study, the language level A1 must be proven. After 2 semesters the target level of B1 has to be reached.

Fees & Funding

Is the degree recognized by the state?

Yes, the academic degree "Master of Arts" is granted by the Folkwang University of the Arts and is therefore state recognized.

Can admission to the Master's program also take place without a university degree but with correspondingly long professional experience?

Unfortunately, this is not possible, a university degree with at least 180 ECTS is required.

Is work experience mandatory for this degree program?

No it is not. In addition to the artistic aptitude, only the professional qualifying university degree is a prerequisite for admission.

Is it also possible to study the study part-time?

Since the compulsory modules take place in block form at the SAE Institute in Bochum on the weekend and the courses for the elective module can be chosen freely, it is possible to pursue a job in addition to the studies. If necessary, discuss this with your employer.

What is needed to apply?

To apply for a place to study, you need a written idea for an artistic project. Toll is also, if there is already a portfolio to your previous work. Together with your CV and your BA certificate (or comparable degree) you send the idea and possibly the portfolio by email or post to the course director Florian Hartlieb.

How is the creative aptitude test structured?

This is a colloquium in which you present your project idea to a panel of examiners consisting of members of the SAE Institute and the Folkwang UdK. Of course, in this colloquium, you can also present your existing artistic work to give the Commission an insight into your work to date.

Is it advisable to move to the Ruhr area for your studies?

This depends primarily on the extent to which you would like to use the courses of the Folkwang UdK as part of the elective module. You can attend the elective courses at the SAE Institute by appointment at one of our German locations. A stay near SAE Bochum and Folkwang UdK will certainly facilitate your studies. However, living outside of NRW is not necessarily a problem if there is an SAE institute in your area, and it is OK to come to Bochum once a month for a block seminar weekend.

The SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information herein as part of ongoing improvement actions and in line with stakeholder feedback