The degree programme has an excellent international reputation. In this programme, you benefit from access provided to two excellent universities: TU Graz and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG).
The Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering provides a broad scientific education in the field of audio engineering. Once you have acquired fundamental mathematical and physical knowledge, as well as a basic education in music theory and music practice, you will acquire specialised knowledge in electrical engineering, signal processing, acoustics and computer science. You will deepen your musical expertise through ear training and instrumental lessons. You will also hone your ability to analyse, model and digitally simulate audio-technical or acoustic situations.
Students have access to and the opportunity to use excellent infrastructure. This includes the teaching studios and acoustic measuring stations at TU Graz and the KUG and especially the “CUBE”, a replay room for 3D spatial audio simulation at the KUG. Students can deepen their theoretical knowledge in numerous laboratories and discuss questions that arise as a result of the practical application of this knowledge.
Due to the limited number of students admitted to the programme, individual supervision is possible, which is highly beneficial. This supervision takes the forms of individual artistic training and lessons in small groups (groups of 2, 3 and 6 students), especially in the cases of laboratories and bachelor’s theses.
Curriculum (in German)
You can specialise in the following subject areas:
Basics of Mathematics and Science: You will learn how to use linear algebra, differential equations and probability theory and learn how to look at technical problems from a physical point of view.
Basics of Electrical Engineering: You will learn about DC and AC networks as well as components and devices used in electrical engineering. In addition, you will learn about electrical networks and system dynamics as well as electrodynamics. You will be able to measure, e.g. the current and voltage passing through network components and improve your understanding of electrical and magnetic fields.
Electronics and Information Engineering: You will learn, e.g. how to analyse and scale electronic and digital circuits and gain practical experience with the most important basic circuits used in analogue and digital technology. In the area of communications engineering, you will learn how information is transmitted by means of electromagnetic waves and which interference factors have to be taken into account.
Computer Science: You will learn about the structure and functionality of computer systems and gain fundamental training in object-oriented programming, receiving an introduction to Phyton and Matlab.
Audio Engineering and Acoustics: You will acquire the ability to categorize e.g. musical instruments based on their sound generation and to plan a room acoustically. You will become familiar with acoustic measurement technology, the functioning of loudspeakers and microphones and digital audio technology.
Studio and Recording Technology: You will learn how to independently operate all the equipment normally found in a studio and make recordings from small ensembles to large symphony orchestras.
Basics of Music and Computer Music: You will be introduced to the methods used for sound synthesis and sound design possibilities such as intervals, chords, modulations, timbres and rhythms.
I would recommend this course to anyone interested in the fascinating interaction of art and technology. Students come from many countries to take part in this unique degree programme in Graz. There is a great team spirit which helps us to master challenges together.
Although barriers between technology and art have traditionally been quite rigid, these can be overcome; this can clearly be seen in this degree programme.
Wherever new media technology and art meet, electrical engineers and sound engineers can be found in industry, e.g.
Carrying out innovative research projects in the fields of 3D audio playback and room acoustic design provides valuable results. These have made important contributions to society, for example, support the further development and research on the electrolarynx, a medical device that is used as a speech aid for people without a larynx.
The most exciting thing for me is the combination of technology and art. Fundamental aspects of electrical engineering, music theory and acoustics are brought together more and more often as you advance in the degree programme. I also especially appreciate the laboratory exercises, which give you a chance to apply theoretical knowledge and broaden it. Since Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering is a pretty small degree programme, people get to know each other and meet again and again at events organised by the student representatives or the student teams.
The Bachelor’s Programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering is an inter-university degree programme jointly offered by the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). You can take courses at both universities and can also choose the university at which you register for admission. Student representatives for Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering are available at both universities and help answer questions you may have about your studies.
Requirements for admission to a bachelor's degree programme at TU Graz
Electrical engineering and audio engineering is an inter-university degree programme, which means that you are free to choose the university at which you register for admission (TU Graz or KUG). The TU Graz admission process is described below.
Before taking the entrance examination, you register for the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering at TU Graz. Click on this link to learn how to register for a degree programme for the first time
You will take the entrance examination at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). Please register for the entrance examination by no later than September 3.
Once you have successfully passed the entrance examination, please come in person to TU Graz Registrar’s Office in order to be admitted to the degree programme. Click on this link to sign up for a timeslot.
Admission period: 10 July to 31 October 2023
Admission period: 8 January to 31 March 2024
It is not recommended to start the degree programme in the summer semester due to the STEOP provisions. In addition, no entrance examination is offered at the KUG in the summer semester; you must take the exam in September prior to starting your studies.
Electrical engineering and audio engineers who have received their degrees in Graz are strongly in demand internationally due to their expertise. This degree programme is unique in Europe, and the career prospects in the following fields are correspondingly good:
In addition, graduates of the Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering and Sound Engineering qualify for admittance to the Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering and Sound Engineering and, with additional qualifications, can also apply to enter other master's programmes.
After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can enrol in the following master’s degree programmes without further requirements:
Information on other master's degree programmes with requirements you can find on the respective pages for the master’s degree programmes.
In addition, the bachelor's degree offers you the opportunity to apply internationally for master's degree programmes.