The Berlin School of Popular Arts in Berlin-Schöneberg offers Bachelor's and Master's programmes in German and English, corresponding 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. Supported by teachers who are well networked in the music and media world, you can start your career in the music and media industry with us.
Why study at the Berlin School of Popular Arts?
Projects and practical experience
Our professors are professionals and practitioners and will accompany you on 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'll be able to apply in your professional life.
Quality is the main focus at SOPA: Our first-class, high-end sound, photo and design studios as well as digital workstations ensure that you can study under professional conditions.
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 study projects and giving insights into the working world of the media, music, events and design industries. Bands of our students and teachers provide the right festival feeling on the 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 invite you to our virtual campus tour
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.