Master of Media Music is the master’s degree program for game and advertising composers, music producers, and electronic artists.
This program brings together pop musicians, music producers, and music managers in a learning environment that reflects all aspects of the media and entertainment industry. This shapes the learning processes and tailors them to professional reality.
Various specializations in the media and entertainment industry can be pursued within the Pop Academy and the Media Music master’s program:
Studio / Recording Musician
Composer & Arranger
Producer & Performer
This program provides a course of study that is at the highest level in terms of course material, technology, and artistry. The masterís program provides space for professional development that is also in line with each person’s talents and goals.
Students develop their own curriculum and determine their own academic goals. The curriculum steers the material in lessons, selection of instructors, focus of projects, and the topic of the master’s thesis and accompanying research.
Each student conducts his or her own research project. This might include research into a studentís own: music or media productions, software creations, self-founded indie label, or learning software. Masterís students work closely together with students from the Academy of Pop Music and the Media Music bachelor programs.
Internships are available to students at numerous well-known businesses such as Poppodium ATAK, Alles Los Agency & Events, Remote Control Studios, Sonic Fuel Los Angeles, The Game Company, Dynamedion and the music software production company Arturia in Grenoble. The masterís program also provides studying opportunities at the University of Twente.
Teachers, coaches, and guest lecturers
Students receive instruction in individual lessons, coaching sessions, workshops, seminars, and master classes from diverse specialists from the national and international media and entertainment industry.
Tony Cornelissen [songwriter/music producer for Sony, Warner, Zooland; including chart hits)
Jennifer Batten [guitarist Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck]
Ron Stoeltie [DJ & head of the Dutch Radio 2 & Radio 5]
Tamar van den Dop [director/actress]
Bart van Gogh [top-format jingles]
Steve Schnur [EA Games]
Joris de Man [game composer – Sony PlayStation Killzone series]
Bas van den Heuvel [producer]
Henk Pool [songwriter/music producer Nashville and LA]
Avid [Pro Tools, Sibelius, M-Audio]
Jay Vandenberg [music producer Universal, Sony, Warner, 8Ball]
The Media Music master’s program is offered at the Enschede campus in The Netherlands, where students have access to five studios with two recording rooms and a large live stage each. All studios are equipped with Apple computers and Avid Pro Tools software and hardware.
In addition, various spaces at the Muziekcentrum, the Nationaal Muziekkwartier, the Poppodium ATAK, and Metropool are utilized.
Students work together on interdisciplinary projects with the video and multimedia departments of the ArtEZ Institute of Arts and the Saxion University of Applied Sciences.
Approximately 1,800 euros per year for students with residence within the EU
Approximately 8,000 euros per year for students with residence outside the EU
Master of Music
Completed Bachelor’s programme in Music
Approved personal study plan
Positive result of the entrance examination
All our study programmes have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. The level for Media Music is:
IELTS 5.5, TOEFL paper 525, – Computer 196, – Internet 70, TOEIC 620 or Cambridge FCE-C, before 1 September
Check exemptions and language courses.
After reading the programme guide you can start to write your personal study plan in the format provided. This will contain your learning objectives, how you intend to achieve them and who your preferred lecturers are. In principle, you will write this plan for the first year. At the end of the first year you will describe the content of the second year, but it is advisable to start thinking now about how you would like to develop yourself in the coming two years.
After completing your plan, e-mail it to your contact person at the education desk in Enschede:
This contact person will send the study plan to the members of the evaluation committee, the head of the Master of Music and the head of MediaMusic.
The entrance examination will take place in February or June and consists of a showreel and an audition interview.
In addition to creating your study plan, as a candidate for the Master’s in MediaMusic you will be asked to set up an online showreel (a digital musical portfolio). This showreel should be a reflection of the musical professional you are at this time, and must relate to your study plan for the Master’s.
The study plan you submit, your showreel and any research ideas are the basis of the audition interview of approximately 30 minutes. During this interview you can explain your choices and ask any questions about the programme. We will see whether the plan matches your ambitions, is realistic and feasible and at the Master’s level. The interview will also focus on the research portion of your studies.
Result and validity
The committee will announce their recommendation to the Examination Committee immediately after the audition. This committee will make the final decision on whether you will be accepted. You will receive a written notification of this decision. You will receive notice of the result of your entrance examination within three weeks. A positive decision is only valid for the degree programme for which you have applied. If you wish to take the entrance examination for a degree programme or specialisation at another location, you will need to register for this separately. Your admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination. If you do not agree with a negative decision due to the procedure followed, you can lodge an appeal with the Examination Committee.
Registration and fee
You must register through Studielink before 1 May. Registrations after 1 May will only be considered if there are still sufficient study places available. After registration we will send you the study guide and the format for creating your study plan. You will also receive information about the admission and the date you are expected at the School of Music. The cost of the entrance examination is 40 €.