Master Theory and Practice of Experimental Performance

    Extraordinary call for applications:
    MA Theory and Practice of Experimental Performance at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart

    The M.A. programme Theory and Practice of Experimental Performance at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart is calling for applications for thes summer term 2024.

    To apply for the entrance exam, please e-mail the following documents to Bettina Röser/Anne Rabe at aufnahmepruefung(at)hmdk-stuttgart(dot)de until 1st December 2023. 

    For the first round we ask you to hand in the following materials in one PDF file:

    • A tabular CV
    • Certificates (High School Diploma, BA Certificate)
    • A motivational letter (no more than 2000 characters) answering the following questions:

      • How does or could my own artistic work/practice relate to a contemporary practice of performance?
      • What are my reasons for applying to the MA programme now, at this point?
      • What would I like to learn in a two-year MA programme? What are my own personal goals?

    • A portfolio of previous performative work containing short descriptions and links to documentations/recordings of a maximum of three artistic/theoretical works that have been significant for your artistic or academic development.
    • An artistic WRITTEN response to ONE of the three scenarios described below (not more than 2000 characters):

      • Describe an interactive performance that could take place in a public library
      • Imagine and write about a performative moment in everyday life that goes viral
      • Describe a musical performance (not necessarily musical but a performance in which music plays an integral part) that lasts longer than a lifetime

    • Please include proof of payment of the € 50,- processing fee towards the following account:
      Recipient: LOK BA-Wü/MHS Stgt
      IBAN: DE 02 6005 01017495530102
      Reference: 8587200001142 – your surname, your first name – AP Master Performance (It is vital that you include the 13-digit reference number in your transfer.)

    As soon as your documents have been received and examined, you will be informed whether you have been accepted into the second round of the entrance exam, which will be held in person in mid to late January. Please send any queries to campusgegenwart(at)hmdk-stuttgart(dot)de

    If you have any questions about accessibility in the application procedures or regarding the study programme, please contact Britta Wirthmüller: britta.wirthmueller(at)hmdk-stuttgart(dot)de


    The new Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Experimental Performance is existing since the winter semester 2020/2021. The two-year interdisciplinary master's program invites individuals with bachelor's and graduate degrees from all disciplines.
    Experience in performative practice is required; experience in theory work is desired. The master's students will be individually guided in the development of their own performance projects, and the question of "we" in joint project work will also be addressed. Parallel to the performative work, theoretical formats for reflecting on one's own work are developed and basic competencies in various fields are acquired.

    For further information and please contact Britta Wirthmüller or Prof. Dr. phil Christian Grüny.

    Start: Winter Semester
    The deadline for application is April 1st