Since 2005 the IMWI (Institute for Musicology and Music Informatics) at Karlsruhe University of Music offers a course of study in Music Informatics combined with Musicology, thus promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and research between music, arts, computer science, history and music theory. The masters in Music Informatics includes the opportunity to select a focus of either sonic arts/composition, software for creativity, music, artificial intelligence and creativity or an independently defined topic. The institute also offers study at doctoral level (Dr. phil. or PhD).
Music Informatics at the IMWI is conceived not only as a technical discipline, but above all, as an artistic and humanities related concept. Even software programming is considered as an act of artistic creativity – as can be seen in the live coding domain, where technical skills are seamlessly combined with an artistic approach.
Presently there are more than eighty students on the bachelor and masters courses and around twenty on the doctoral programme, supervised by roughly two dozen teachers.
Karlsruhe, located in the south-west of Germany, is not only widely known as the center of the german judiciary but also for its many universities (including a renowned department of computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as three distinct universities for music, fine arts and applied arts). The Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Center for Art and Media), which is located in Karlsruhe, is one of the leading centres for media art in the world.