The Berlin School of Popular Arts in Berlin-Schöneberg offers bachelor's and master's programmes in German and English, which provide a competent and perspective-rich response to the diverse demands of the cultural and creative industries. At our school you will find professional working conditions and a high level of practical relevance. You can start your creative career with the support of teachers who have excellent connections in the music and media world.
Why study at the Berlin School of Popular Arts?
Projects and practical experience
Our professors are professionals and practitioners who will guide you through your first steps into the world of music and media. Whether you are photographing on the red carpet at the Berlinale or performing at our annual festival, at SOPA you will learn skills that you will be able to apply in your professional life.
Quality is a priority at SOPA: with our first-class, high-end sound, photo and design studios as well as digital workstations, we ensure that you study under professional conditions.
Steps Ahead | Event series
With this event series, we offer you the opportunity to meet face to face with music editors from radio and print, A&R from labels and publishers, as well as songwriters and producers, to showcase your musical skills and receive immediate feedback.
Our school opens its doors annually presenting exciting student projects and giving you insight into the working world of the media, music, events and design industries. Bands of students and teachers provide the right festival feeling on our in-house concert stage.
IWK – Institute for Advanced Training in the Creative Industries
Whether for starting a career or expanding your skills: Our internal institute offers advanced training and additional qualifications for personnel and organisational development as well as management development. The focus here is on the "cross innovation" approach.
Well connected for success
SOPA is a member of the following associations: berlin music commission – DEGEM - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik e.V. – Deutscher Bibliotheksverband – ELIA - The European League of Institutes of the Arts – media.net berlinbrandenburg – Verband privater Hochschulen – VDT - Verband Deutscher Tonmeister e.V.
Study programmes Do you want to make music, produce, write, design or manage?
At our school we offer a diverse portfolio of study programmes in the fields of music, media, events, writing or creative industries management.
We create art, culture and experiences for a wide audience and take entertainment seriously. At the Berlin School of Popular Arts, passion and talent meet vocation and profession.
My studies at SOPA laid the foundation for my professional career. I wanted to study "something with media" and started into the working world with a sharp profile, a clear vision and a skill set that has been tried and tested in practice. In addition to my business partner, I also made other personal connections that strengthen me to this day.
I learned a lot during my time at university. I was able to take my first steps in the music scene with the help of wonderful, supportive teachers. And I got to know people with whom I still make music and work together.