Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
Colleges of art and music
Founded 1897
1.441 Students
30 Study Programmes
The “ear”
Short information

Type of control

under public law



Semester dates

Winter Semester from 1st of October to 31th of March Summer Semester from 1st of April to 30th of September

Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

Neues Haus 1
D-30175 Hannover
Tel.: (+49) 511 3100 1

University - The Particular

As the only institution of its kind, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) occupies a special place on Lower Saxony's academic as well as cultural scene. With up to 500 events open to the public every year, it is one of the largest organisers of cultural events in the federal state. Eleven institutes serve to bring students and scholars together, creating impetus and acting as a catalyst for unique research. The disciplines of Acting and Media Management complement HMTMH's outstanding reputation as a music academy, making it one of Germany's five largest art universities. 

Study Programme - Main Focus

The balance between music, drama, education and academic research, and the commitment to excellence at the highest level of performance and in broader training form the core of HMTMH's understanding of its role. To this end, HMTHM provides a differentiated offering of degree programmes, supplemented by numerous master classes. Music plays the key role. Thanks to many cross-discipline art research projects, almost all fields can be approached in an interdisciplinary manner. 

Background - The Insight

HMTMH traces its history back to the "Landesmusikschule" (State music school) and the "Hannoversche Schauspielschule" (Hannover Drama School), both of which were founded as early as the 19th century. They then formed the "Akademie für Musik und Theater" (Academy of Music and Theatre) in 1950; in 1973, the Federal State of Lower Saxony became responsible for managing the University. In 1978, the University of Music and Drama received the status of an art university, including the right to award doctoral degrees and to confer habilitation qualifications. In 2010, it added the term "media" to its name. Today, its institutes are located in various places around the city – from the east side of Hanover to the Expo Plaza.

What's special here?

Over the years, the "ear" has become the trademark of HMTMH, as a bird's-eye view of the 1972 building on Neues Haus makes clear. In fact, architect Rolf Ramcke was designing an "arena" that would open up towards the Eilenriede city forest.

Studierende mit Streichinstrumenten bei einer Orchesterprobe an der HMTM Hannover

© Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien

Hochschulgebäude der HMTM Hannover

© Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien / Nico Herzog

Studierende sitzen vorm Hochschulgebäude der HMTM Hannover unter Magnolienbäumen zusammen

© Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien

Studierende in Verkleidung auf der Bühne bei einem Theaterstück an der HMTM Hannover

© Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien

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