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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Music Journalism


Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

Expertise in music and a professional handling of media: This is the aim of the Bachelor’s degree in Music Journalism. The program, which is run jointly by the In­sti­tute of Music and Musicology and the In­sti­tute of Journalism, aims to meet the special requirements of communicating “sophisticated music” in classical music, film, jazz or pop. On this basis, students learn technical and methodical skills with which to use, question critically and explore media in relation to music culture.

How media function and how music is found in media is not only examined from a theoretical perspective: The understanding of different functions goes hand-in-hand with students’ own concert introductions or panel discussions and the composition of programs, critiques and articles. Applied music journalism, with a focus on classical music in radio, on­line, print and TV, takes place primarily in the multimedia train­ing newsroom of “terzwerk”, which is the hub of the program. At the same time, students analyze products generated in artistic and cultural practice from historical, gender-related and contemporary perspectives in the frame­work of tutorials dedicated to journalism and musicology. In order to foster self-res­pon­si­bi­li­ty and personal commitment, the ratio of private study is high.

A two-month journalism internship is already foreseen within the Bachelor’s program, where students can test and put into practice the skills they have learned at the Uni­ver­sity (“train­ing on the job”). Apart from learning more about re­search and production, students also learn the “tricks of the trade” (editing techniques, layout, etc.). At the same time, their team skills and ability to deal with criticism are honed. They learn how to work under the pressure to succeed while keeping to tight deadlines, which is typical in the profession.

Knowledge and skills

Prospective music journalists require both knowledge of music and a recognizable talent in the fields of lan­guage and journalism. Anyone interested in studying Music Journalism at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity must take its aptitude test. This also applies to applicants who have already passed aptitude tests elsewhere. In the frame­work of this aptitude test, which can be taken at the end of the respective previous summer semester, students must produce proof of basic knowledge in the following areas: General aural skills, music theory, aural canon (repertoire) in the written part; instrument playing, singing and sight-singing in the oral part. Prerequisite for the Bachelor’s program in Music Journalism is passing both parts and proof of an internship lasting at least six weeks in the editorial de­part­ment of a media company.

Professional fields

Music journalists who have graduated from TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity can expect to work both in specialist media as well as in other areas of the music and media sector. They are able to report competently, comprehensibly and critically on music topics and forms of expression in all types of media. They work for magazines and newspapers, just as for television, radio and on­line publications. Overall, the spectrum ranges from reporting local cultural news to work in scientific editorial departments. In addition, graduates trained in music and journalism can work in the press and public relations departments of orchestras, opera houses, festival organizers, performers’ agencies, universities, re­search in­sti­tu­ti­ons, interest groups or companies in the private sector. Also possible are activities in the area of event organization, i.e., concerts and educational projects.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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