Music journalism

Study content:

Expertise in music and professionalism in creating media products – that is what the Bachelor and Master programmes in Music Journalism focus on. The main aim is to educate students for the mediation of „demanding music“ in classic, film, jazz or pop. This is done by interlocking theory and practice and a close cooperation of the Institute for Music and Musicology and the Institute for Journalism at TU Dortmund University. The students become enabled to research media related to music culture scientifically, to question them critically and to produce them themselves. Therefore they learn how media work and how music is represented in media. This is not only done theoretically, but also practically by visiting panel discussions, writing own texts for program booklets and producing journalistic articles like critiques. The applied music journalism especially takes place in the multimedia newsrooms of “terzwerk”, where the students work for the university-owned media such as a radio and a tv station, an internet site and print products, with a focus on classical music.

Curriculum design B.A.:

The first few semesters of the B.A. programme in Music Journalism offer introductory elements, thus giving students the opportunity to orient themselves with the wide range of topics. From the first semester on students participate in instrumental classes. Courses in voice and speech training are also offered, preparing students for such demands within the field of journalism. In both the journalism and musical courses, artistic and cultural practice are historically analysed and compared to the present time. There is a high level of autonomous study to encourage independent learning schedules. In the training newsroom, students become familiar with newsroom methods and workflows during their study. There, students can transfer their acquired knowledge to their own journalistic product. At the end of the study period, students write a bachelor thesis.

B.A. at a glance:

  • standard study period: 6 semesters
  • study start: winter semester
  • admission requirements: general university entrance qualification, passed aptitude test at the Institute for music and musicology at TU Dortmund university, evidence of a minimum six-week journalism internship

Curriculum design M.A.:

The M.A. programme allows students to deepen and expand the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor course. A major element of this study stream is the practical component where acquired skills are applied to real-life situations. The practical section will primarily take part in institutions and companies which already work closely with the journalism and music institutes. A close cooperation exists with culture radio station WDR3 (Westdeutscher Rundfunk). Knowledge gained from the practical is to be discussed and will be reflected on in seminars from a scientific perspective. The Master’s thesis concludes the programme. With outstanding achievements, students are entitled to join a doctoral programme afterwards.

M.A. at a glance:

  • standard study period: 4 semesters
  • study start: winter semester
  • admission requirements: B.A. Music Journalism with an average grade of 2.4 or better

Career opportunities for graduates:

Possible occupational fields for graduates are for example: music journalism in different media, moderation in media or of events, press and public relations in concert and opera houses, marketing in artist agencies, dramaturgy in concert and opera houses or at festivals, work in artistic offices or at artistic labels.