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Bachelor's Degree Programme Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering

Are you fascinated by the acoustic design of your surroundings, for example, the sound design in vehicles or the acoustics in all kinds of event rooms? Or perhaps you’d like to improve the communication between humans and machines? Are you tracking new hardware and software developments for audio and multimedia processing in infotainment and professional studios? In the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering, you can combine your interests in music and technology. You immerse yourself in this unique field that builds a bridge between technology and music, science and art, reason and emotion and develop your intuitive talent for bringing these fields together.

Recording studio with mixing desk. Behind a disc two musicians with instruments sit in the recording room.

Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 6 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 180
  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Bachelor's Programme

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)

Semester plan

Focus Areas

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.

Martina Kreuzbichler, Source: Hollinger
Martina Kreuzbichler, graduate of the bachelor’s degree programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering

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.

Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering in Research and Industry

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. 

  • as studio, live recording and HiFi equipment developers.
  • as acoustic specialists who work in the automotive industry, in fields where noise reduction or customised room acoustics are needed, in the development of measurement applications and psychoacoustic test series, in industrial sound design or in the development of hearing aids.
  • as signal processing specialists for the development of communication technologies, speech and audio processing algorithms.
  • in the field of multimedia as sound designers and music producers, radio and sound engineers, or developers of audio applications.

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.

Joint Degree Programme

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.

Admission

Admission

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.

1. Entrance examination

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.

2. Personal admission in the Registrar’s Office

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 Deadlines

Summer semester 2021

General admission period: 11 January to 5 February 2021

Additional admission period: 6 February to 30 April 2021

Winter semester 2021/22

General admission period: 12 July to 5 September 2021

Additional admission period: 6 September to 30 November 2021

 

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.

Admission and deadlines for international applicants

Information and Advice

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Perspectives for Graduates

Professional Fields

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:

  • Vehicle acoustics and automotive industry
  • Room and building acoustics planning
  • Electroacoustic development
  • Digital signal processing
  • Speech communication
  • Software development
  • Sound synthesis and sound design
  • Sound engineering and studio technology
  • Installation art and multimedia
  • Sound installations and live electronics

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.

Advanced Master’s Degree Programmes

After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can directly enrol in the following master’s degree programmes at TU Graz:

If you are interested in other master’s degree programmes at TU Graz, you can find information about admission 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.