How to Apply

Applying to study at a BIMM Institute in Germany

If you already know which course you want to apply for, follow our simple step-by-step guide below . We’ve also included our list of application deadlines.

If you are not yet sure which course is best for you, please contact our Admissions Team on +49 (0)30 311 99 186 (Berlin) or +49 (0)40 874 09 632 (Hamburg) or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.


Submitting Your Application

Applications for entry to all courses for the Winter Semester (September 2022) are now open. Please note all BIMM Institute courses have one entry point.

You can apply directly to BIMM Institute Berlin or BIMM Institute Hamburg by completing and submitting our online application forms:

Undergraduate Online Application Form

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Please try not to leave your application to the last minute, as courses fill up very quickly and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed if our places are full.

Writing a Personal Statement

Our application forms for undergraduate and postgraduate study contain a section for you to submit a personal statement outlining why you are interested in studying at BIMM Institute and giving you the opportunity to explain more about yourself and your creative industries journey. You’ll also be able to tell us about your career aspirations and how BIMM Institute can help you achieve this.

Please check out our Personal Statement Guide (PDF) for some ideas of what to include. Postgraduate (Masters) applicants should include one or two academic references in their personal statements.

Applying through UCAS

UK applicants can also apply for BIMM Institute Hamburg or BIMM Insitute Berlin courses via UCAS: the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. When applying for a BIMM Institute Germany course through UCAS, you’ll need to enter our Institution Code (B39) and the Hamburg Campus Code (H) or Berlin Campus Code (B).

If you’re applying this way, you may find our UCAS Application Guide (PDF) helpful. Here, you’ll find useful information about completing your application. However, you may find it cheaper and easier to apply for BIMM Institute Hamburg or BIMM Institute Berlin directly.

Virtual Open Days

We also recommend that you attend one of our Virtual Open Days throughout the year to find out all you need to know about BIMM Institute before you submit your application. We also offer regular individual College Tours in Berlin and Hamburg, providing a great opportunity to see the campus and college facilities.

Early Application Deadline: 31st January 2022

Are you applying from overseas, and interested in studying at BIMM Institute Berlin or BIMM Institute Hamburg?

From 31st January, you will still have eight months before joining our BIMM Institute community and taking your first step towards your life in the creative industries. Tuition starts on the 26th September 2022. Enrolment, Freshers and induction activities run from 12th until 23rd September 2022, and all students will receive their localised Freshers schedule in the lead-up to enrolment.

Although this might sound like a lot of time, we recommend submitting your application by 31st January 2022. Our application process includes specific entry requirements when it comes to submitting your exam grades for different study areas, proof of an English language certificate (e.g. IELTS), and a study visa if you’re planning to move to Germany to study from outside Europe.

Applying by the Early Application Deadline allows yourself enough time to:

  • Arrange your English language test
  • Apply for your visa (if required)
  • Arrange your move to Germany
  • Prepare and succeed in your audition or interview

If you apply on 31st January, this also gives you enough time to listen to our lecturers’ advice, work on your skills, and complete a resit if your first audition or interview isn’t successful. For all applications submitted by 31st January 2022, we can also guarantee availability on your chosen course.

We recommend that all non-EU students review our Visa & Immigration page for further useful advice.

Recommended EU Application Deadline: 25th April 2022

Are you applying from the EU, and interested in studying at our BIMM Institute Berlin or BIMM Institute Hamburg colleges?

There are five months from the 25th April until you start your studies at Europe’s largest music institute. If you are studying for your exams, we hope they’re going well and you can focus on your future studies.

Even if you’re moving from a European country and might not need a study visa, or a study visa is simple to access, there are still steps you should take into account and apply by the recommended date of 25th of April 2022. See our Visa & Immigration page for further useful guidance.

Please note that our application process includes specific entry requirements, such as:

  • Proof of English language (e.g. academic English language results or ESOL/IETLS)
  • An audition for our Performance and Songwriting courses
  • An interview for our Music Production, Music Business and Postgraduate courses

Should your first interview be unsuccessful, you still have time at this point to develop your practice and complete a second one.

Our German colleges are based in the heart of Berlin’s and Hamburg’s creative hubs. So, as finding accommodation might take a while, please allow yourself the recommended time to pass the application process, plan your move to Germany, and begin your career in the creative industry.

Recommended German (domestic) Application Deadline: 13th June 2022

Are you living in Germany/ are of German nationality and interested in studying with us at BIMM Institute Berlin or BIMM Institute Hamburg?

We hope you have successfully passed the first round of exams and wish you the best of luck in your upcoming ones. Knowing that most of you will still be awaiting Abitur results, we would like to encourage you to submit your application for study at BIMM Institute before receiving your final results, and by 13th June 2022 at the latest. If you receive/ are awarded any Abitur results after this date, you can pass them onto our BIMM Institute Admissions Department via email. We’ll help coordinate this with you.

Courses will be filling up quickly by this point, and we recommend you apply by 13th June 2022 to guarantee your place on your chosen course. For all applications submitted after this date, course study is subject to availability.

From the 13th June 2022, there are 15 weeks until you join the BIMM Institute community and complete your first step towards a career in the creative industry. Your first semester starts on 26th September 2022, and there are enrolment, induction, and Freshers activities scheduled from 12th until 23rd September. Our local Events & Guests teams will send you information on these via email.

The application process also includes an audition (for all Performance and Songwriting courses) or an interview (for Music Production, Music Business, Filmmaking and Postgraduate courses). You will need some time to prepare for this. If you are not successful in your first audition or interview, we provide a second chance for you to take our lecturers’ feedback on board, develop your skills, and return for a second attempt. We highly recommend giving yourself time to complete these steps with minimal stress and applying by the 13th June.

Final Application Deadline: 29th August 2022

Are you interested in studying at BIMM Institute but haven’t applied yet? You still have the chance to submit your application!

29th August 2022 is the final deadline to apply and complete the required steps to gain entry at BIMM Institute. Our application process includes different steps and entry requirements, such as:

  • Specific academic entry grades
  • Proof of English language (e.g. academic English language results or ESOL/IELTS)
  • An audition or interview depending on the course you are interested in

Our Admissions Teams in Berlin and Hamburg will do everything possible to still bring you on board for your Semester start on 26th September 2022. However, if you apply from a non-EU country, the Visa application process will require some time to complete.

If you encounter delays, it is possible to begin your studies through to the third week of Semester 1 (week commencing 10th October 2022). If you cannot join by this week, we will advise that you defer your application until September 2023, as we cannot accept any students starting after week three of Semester 1.

Study places will have been filling up quickly throughout the year. If you wish to apply for September 2022 study, and we receive your application after 29th August, then study is strictly subject to availability and capacity on your chosen course. You may have to join a waiting list for course entry if places are full by this point. Please contact our Admissions Team for further information.

We wish you the best of luck throughout your exams period and success in your audition or interview for your studies at BIMM Institute. We look forward to welcoming you as a student at Europe’s largest, most connected music institute.

Early Application Deadline: 25th April 2022

Have you already completed an undergraduate degree, or are in your final year of undergraduate studies, and would like to further develop your skillset and career with the Master’s course at BIMM Institute Berlin?

Then we recommend submitting your application for the MA Popular Music Practice course by 25th of April 2022.

From 25th of April, you will still have five months before joining our BIMM Institute community and taking your first step towards your career in music and the creative industries. Tuition starts on the 26th September 2022. Enrolment, Freshers and induction activities run from 12th until 23th September 2022, and all students will receive their localised Freshers schedule in the lead-up to enrolment.

Our application process includes specific entry requirements when it comes to submitting your degree grade, proof of an English language certificate (e.g. ESOL/ IELTS), and a study visa if you’re planning to move to Germany to study from outside Europe.

Applying by the Postgraduate Early Application Deadline allows yourself enough time to:

  • Proof of English language (e.g. academic English language results or ESOL/IETLS)
  • Apply for your visa (if required)
  • Prepare and succeed in your interview and portfolio review

At this point you still have time to develop your practice and complete a second interview, should your first interview be unsuccessful.

Our Berlin college is based in the heart of Berlin’s music and creative scene. So, as finding accommodation might take a while, please allow yourself the recommended time to pass the application process, plan your move to Berlin, and begin your career in the music industry.

Final Application Deadline: 29th August 2022

Are you interested in studying at BIMM Institute but haven’t applied yet? You still have the chance to submit your application!

29th August 2022 is the final deadline to apply and complete the required steps to gain entry at BIMM Institute. Our application process includes different steps and entry requirements, such as:

  • Specific academic entry grades
  • Proof of English language (e.g. academic English language results or ESOL/IELTS)
  • An audition/ portfolio review and interview depending on the course you are interested in

Our Admissions Teams in Berlin and Hamburg will do everything possible to still bring you on board for your Semester start on 26th September 2022. However, if you apply from a non-EU country, the Visa application process will require some time to complete.

If you encounter delays, it is possible to begin your studies through to the third week of Semester 1 (week commencing 10th October 2022). If you cannot join by this week, we will advise that you defer your application until September 2023, as we cannot accept any students starting after week three of Semester 1.

Study places will have been filling up quickly throughout the year. If you wish to apply for September 2022 study, and we receive your application after 29th August, then study is strictly subject to availability and capacity on your chosen course. You may have to join a waiting list for course entry if places are full by this point. Please contact our Admissions Team for further information.

We wish you the best of luck throughout your exams period and success in your audition/ portfolio review and interview for your studies at BIMM Institute. We look forward to welcoming you as a student at Europe’s largest, most connected creative institute.

All BIMM Institute courses have academic and English Language entry requirements.

Academic Entry Requirements

You can find an overview of our Academic Entry Requirements here.

If your qualification or nationality isn’t listed, no problem, please just contact the Admissions Team by email who will be able to confirm these for you. If you are concerned that you have not met the required academic entry requirement for study at BIMM Institute, again speak to our Admissions Team, as we may be able to give you the option of completing an academic and experience-based assessment as an alternative.

English Language Requirements

An overview of the English Language qualifications that BIMM Institute accepts is listed here.

Please note, if you have formally studied English at school then in some cases you will have met our English-language requirements for entry. Please check our Academic Entry Requirements for further information or speak with our Admissions Team.

BIMM Institute requires all students to have a certain level of English-language in order to study, as all our courses are taught in English and use academic and business terminology. We want all of our students to achieve their best potential during their studies, which is why we have these requirements for entry to study.

For further information speak to our Admissions Team via email admissions@bimm-institute.de or phone +49 (0) 30 311 99 186.

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll invite you to an interview for your chosen course – this can take place at our Hamburg or Berlin campuses. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for an interview to take place with one of our lecturers on your course area in either Hamburg or Berlin via Zoom.

All BIMM Institute auditions/ portfolio reviews and interviews are free of charge. During your individual interview, we’ll discuss your personal and career aspirations, and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals.

After your interview, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for. We’ll then either make you an offer of a place or suggest how you can develop your skills further to meet the required standard for entry to your course.

Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals), Songwriting and Joint-Honours

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for one of the performance-based courses and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an audition in one of our performance rooms. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition and interview to take place. We’ll send you details of the requirements before your audition so you know what is expected on the day.

Music Production

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for the BA (Hons) Music Production course, we’ll want to review a portfolio of work showcasing your production experience.

If you are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an interview. If you’re not based in the EU or if it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place with a lecturer on your course area. An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, portfolio review and a successful interview.

Music Business

For the BA (Hons) Music Business course, you’ll be required to complete an application form including a personal statement. You will also be required to attend an interview in person and present an outline of your experience engaging with the music or creative industries to one of our lecturers. If it’s difficult for you to join us in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place via Zoom with one of our lecturers, and all interview requirements will be sent to you in advance so you can prepare.

An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, experience and a successful interview.

Filmmaking

Applicants for BA (Hons) Filmmaking are required to present a portfolio of their current creative work. Portfolio examples could include showreels, short films, screenwriting pieces, academic film analysis, photography and anything you feel shows your enthusiasm and passion for studying Filmmaking with us. You will also be required to attend an interview in person and present an outline of your experience engaging with the music or creative industries to one of our lecturers. If it’s difficult for you to join us in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place via Zoom with one of our lecturers, and all interview requirements will be sent to you in advance so you can prepare.

An offer will be made based on an applicant’s personal statement, film-making portfolio and meeting the relevant entry requirements, and we’ll send you the portfolio and interview guidelines once we have received your completed application.

MA Popular Music Practice 

For the MA Popular Music Practice course, you’ll be required to complete an application form including two personal statements. You will also be required to attend an interview via Zoom with a BIMM Institute lecturer, and submit a portfolio of your experience or work within your field of specialism in advance of your interview. All interview requirements will be sent to you in advance so you can prepare.

An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, experience and a successful interview.

Visit our auditions, portfolio review & interviews page for further information.

After your audition or interview, our lecturer will inform you immediately if you have successfully met the required entry standard for our courses, and you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team who can also discuss any further questions you may have and advise whether you can be offered a Conditional (dependant on any outstanding proofs of qualifications) or Unconditional offer of study at BIMM Institute. The Admissions Team will follow this up by email.

If you are unsuccessful at your audition or interview, you will be provided with comprehensive development feedback so you know which areas of your practice to work on. You will also be invited back for another audition or interview at a later date. All auditions and interviews can be arranged by contacting our Admissions Team directly on +49 30 311 99 186 or emailing admissions@bimm-institute.de.

Please note that on some occasions, our lecturers may advise a period of development lasting some months. For these reasons we highly recommend submitting your completed application form and arranging your audition or interview at the earliest opportunity to allow time for this if required.

If you are offered a place, you’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email by our Admissions Team. It’s then up to you to confirm if you wish to take up your place and return the signed study contract to us within 14 days of receipt.

Our Admissions Team is available to help with any queries you may have about applying to BIMM. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling +49 30 311 99 186, emailing admissions@bimm-institute.de or filling in the ‘Application Enquiry’ website form.

UK Students should also be aware that BIMM Institute Hamburg or Berlin courses do not qualify for Student Loans Company funding.

Any questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Admissions Team is happy to support you in your application process. You can contact the Admissions Team via admissions@bimm-institute.de or via phone at +49 (0)30 311 99 186 (Berlin) and +49 (0)40 874 09 632 (Hamburg).

 

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