Study structure

The study programme describes the studies in detail. It contains a table listing all the modules that have to be completed to receive the Bachelor or Master title (module plan). The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is used by the UAB.


ECTS is a system that is used to credit, transfer and accumulate course elements a student has completed. It states the amount of time that students ideally have to spend, or have already spent, on a degree programme and on its individual modules. ECTS is an information system designed to support mobility and lifelong learning. In the event of a student switching universities, the ECTS system makes it easier to assess the course work the student has completed at their university of origin and to classify this in terms of the degree programme at the guest university.


The ECTS system comprises

  • the Learning Agreement: a list of the courses to be completed, which is agreed on between the student and their home and guest universities
  • the Transcript of Records: documentation on the work the student has completed, i.e. the modules, together with the ECTS credit points acquired and their grades
  • the Diploma Supplement to a university degree certificate: a standardised description of the course of study that has been successfully completed, which serves to provide transparency and facilitates the recognition of diplomas or academic degrees


A module is a teaching, learning and assessment unit, defined in terms of content and time. It can comprise several courses. There are compulsory, elective compulsory and elective modules. Compulsory modules must be taken by all students of a given degree programme. Elective compulsory modules can be chosen from a range of available courses and elective modules cover individual further interests the students may have. There is a description for every module, outlining the prerequisites, the content, the number of credits and the form, in which it is completed. Every module has to be completed with a proof of competency. The credits are awarded to students who have successfully completed the module.


One ECTS credit corresponds to 30 student work hours within a semester, of both contact study and independent study. An academic year is generally estimated at 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to 1800 hours of work. Students pursuing artistic studies, however, generally devote considerably more time to their studies, particularly to their independent work. BUA programmes are usually pursued on a full-time basis. Part-time study is possible in most programmes, in agreement with the respective Heads of Studies. Part-time studies take longer – how much longer depends on the course of the individual student`s studies. A Bachelor’s degree requires 180 ECTS credit points, and a Master’s degree 90 to 120 ECTS credit points.



The BUA uses the numerical grading system. Many modules are evaluated on a pass/fail basis only, but students receive a detailed oral or written feedback.

Grade 6 excellent

Grade 5.5 very good

Grade 5 good

Grade 4.5 satisfactory

Grade 4 sufficient

Grades 1 to 3.5 count as insufficient. Grade 3.5 can be followed with the comment „subsequent improvement possible“.


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