Public Universities HfMT University of Music and Theatre

The HfMT is one of Germany's largest academic centres for the performing arts.

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Hamburg University of Music and Theatre (HfMT)

Founded in 1950, HfMT University of Music and Theatre offers a variety of courses in and relating to the performing arts, ranging from classical training in disciplines such as singing and drama, to theatre direction and music teaching. Located on the Outer Alster lake, the HfMT provides students with the highest level of artistic education. HfMT boasts 83 classrooms, theatre, voice and dance studios, and a main concert venue which seats over 400 people. Furthermore, the university hosts hundreds of cultural events every year, making it one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Hamburg.


In 2005, the Theaterakademie was founded to teach singing, dramaturgy, opera and a range of other theatrical subjects. Housed separately from the university's main building on the Alster lake, the Theaterakademie has a range of courses, including directing for film and musical theatre. Students gain practical experience right from the start of their studies through performances and internships, and in a city as culturally rich as Hamburg, they are in the perfect environment to enhance their studies and artistic pursuits.

Tuition fees and entry

Like many other universities and academies in Hamburg, HfMT doesn't charge tuition fees. In addition to the artistic entrance exam, students must prove their German language proficiency (site in German). Most courses require a B2 level of German (according to the Common European Framework Reference for languages); however, some courses, such as composition, music theory and all doctoral courses have their own custom requirements.

For further information see the official website.

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