POP Projects

‚ÄčPOP Projects offer students and graduates an opportunity to work interdisciplinary together to gain additional knowledge, receive feedback from experts and professional credits for their curriculum vitae. The terms and conditions vary depending on the different projects. There is always a release or presentation of the final work at the end of each POP Project. POP Projects are an additional feature and participation is optional.

Current projects


On our yearly „Campus Calendar“, we feature 12 outstanding works of our students from the photography and design sector. The photo calendar is available on all campuses.

Until 1st December 2020 you can submit your work for admission. Please send an email with a download link for your work in high resolution to popproject@united-pop.com

An international jury of experts from the industry will select the final works for the calendar.

This year's jury:

  • Antje Schröder (Designer - Beatsteaks, Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Bruno Mars, Green Day, The Roots, Mando Diao, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jet)
  • Steffen Müller-Klenk (Photographer - D&AD Award "Pencil Short List", Red Dot Award 2010 "Design Quality")
  • Helge Strauss (Photographer - Sony, ARTCologne, EMI, Sat.1, Rewe, Wella, Mercedes, Universal, Playboy, Warsteiner)

The best designs and works appear on the calendar. Each participant receives 10 printed calendars. The winning designer or photographer receives an iPad Air (WiFi, 64 GB)


The most outstanding projects on one sampler.

The "Campus Compilation" in its fifth year offers our students from all Campuses the opportunity to present their projects on a collaborative CD. For many students, this release means the first commercial publication that already becomes an important reference during their studies.

An expert jury selects the winners from all submissions and the sampler will be officially released on 30/06/2020.

Jury (selection):

Henning Rümenapp (Guano Apes), Edric Hwang (Pentatonix, Jude Young, Falling Feathers), Marin Gospic (United POP Adriatic / EMI Institute), Gerhard Wölfle (Marit Larsen, Alanis Morissette).

Participate now:

All current students and graduates can enter and send in their song until 8th June 2019 (non-mastered - WAV / 24bit) via a download link (e.g. WeTransfer) to popproject@united-pop.com.

Who gets picked for the sampler will receive:

  • Worldwide (non-exclusive) release on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.
  • 10 free copies of the compilation CD - manufactured by MastersHome
  • Professional Mastering of the track in the Dorian Gray Studios
  • Feature in our #topofthePOP section on our social media channels

All revenues generated by the compilation will be donated to a non-profit organization.

A selection of previous projects


360° Virtual Gallery

Students from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles programmes exhibit their projects in this virtual exhibition.

Take a Virtual Tour at www.bachelor-exhibition.com


On our "Campus Calendar" we publish 12 outstanding photography and design works by our students every year. The picture calendar is available at all locations.

More than 60 students had applied for the Campus Calendar 2019 with their works and an international panel (e.g. Benjamin Jaworsky, Dr. Jamari Lior, Ildikó Sopranfalvi) of experts selected the outstanding works for the calendar.

The winning motives:

Cover: Julia Gahleitner (Vienna)

January: Esther Appel (Hamburg)

February: Anastasiia Bodnia (Frankfurt)

March: Levente Bösz (Hanover)

April: Sabine Sattlegger (Vienna)

May: Alejandra Stefanny Moreno (Vienna)

June: Stefan Johannes Brauner (Hamburg)

July: Patricia Burkhart (Munich)

August: Chirly Hübenthal (Cologne)

September: Sarah Kleinewiese (Bochum)

October: Torsten Richertz (Cologne)

November: Steffi Lau (Leipzig)

December: Huy Nguyen Quang (Leipzig)


One creative space, 80 different urban warriors.

The Bachelor Students from "BA (Hons) Graphic Design", "BA (Hons) Photography" and "BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles" showed their projects, which were created as part of the Bachelor's Programme (in cooperation with the University of West London).

We create and develop, we question and challenge, we shape and design. We are urban warriors of the creative industry - individual, unpredictable and simply awesome. With this exhibition in the metropolis Cologne, we combine contemporary perspectives of an urban lifestyle with the main problems of our time and our visions of a warrior.

We invite you to take a step further, to look behind the obvious and to notice your surroundings in a different way. Let your surroundings, your life and yourself be inspired by various approaches of people from different ages, nationalities, backgrounds, and personalities. Enjoy the opportunity to explore visual concepts and be reminded of the power a photograph, a design, a garment or any other creation can have. Let this exhibition make yourself aware of what we are, what we want, what our connections are and what matters.


It's the 4th time now, that the best students from United POP & Deutsche POP join forces on our "Campus Compilation": During their studies, every student in the music & sound courses produces a music track as a project work.

With the compilation, every student additionally get's the chance to be officially released on a real record. It is available on music streaming services like spotify & itunes or you can simply buy it on amazon or at all of our Campuses.

But not only the sound is produced by students, also the artwork and the whole project management is a student's work. This year, we feature a track from our educational partner, the University of West London - their students also had the opportunity to be part of this year's global release.

Download & Streaming:
Spotify - iTunes - Amazon - Goole Play - Tidal - Deezer


One creative space, 25 different visions of love.

The Bachelor Students from "BA (Hons) Graphic Design", "BA (Hons) Photography" and "BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles" showed their projects, which were created as part of the Bachelor's Programme (in cooperation with the University of West London).


The German synchronisation of the English movie "Half Brothers" (Derek Dean, Matthew Smiley, Jürgen Prochnow) will be done by the voice talents of our students from "acting, voice & communication". 

Students and Graduates applied by sending in a voice sample and director Christoph Lehmann choosed the suited voices. The overdubbing of the movie starts in Mid 2018.

The Participants will also get an exclusive coaching with professional Voice Actor Bernd Rumpf (the German voice of Liam Neeson or Alan Rickman, with title roles in Star Wars, Harry Potter or Batman).


The best projects from our students in music & sound together on one compilation!

We are looking for outstanding student work for our third "Campus Compilation". For many students, the release is the first commercial publication that already serves as an important reference during the courses at the Academy and after their graduation. The design as well as the entire project management was also implemented by our students . The jury picked the best 15 tracks out of more than 100 exciting projects. The sampler was released on Open Day in July at all Campuses worldwide.

The Jury:

  • Mitch Doerfler (Producer, u.a. Thomas D, Roman Lob)
  • Gerhard Woelfle (Senior Audio Engineer, u.a. Alanis Morissette, Marit Larsen)
  • Laila Samuels (Songwriter, u.a. Lena Meyer-Landrut, Stefanie Heinzmann)
  • Woflgang Gottlieb (Course Leader Sound, u.a. Motörhead)
  • Joerg Gruensfelder (Sound & Live Engineer, u.a. Milow, Rea Garvey)
  • Luke Aaron Mayer (Musician, u.a. Mozarteum, Eduard Zaid Conservatory)
  • Costa Schley (Music Manager, u.a. MachtRAP, Jaysus)


Your fashion layout professionally produced and released - a dream for every young fashion designer. This dream came true for Julian Wotjak while studying at Deutsche POP. He won with his POP Project the creative competition of MEIN FISCHER.

As a final exam, he designed T-Shirts together with his classmates from Leipzig. He was chosen by MEIN FISCHER and despite of getting his release was awarded with a purse of 500,- Euro. All other finalist received 100 Euro each during the competition.

The shirts with the final motives are sold for 19,99 Euro at the online shop and in all branches of MEIN FISCHER in a limited edition.



Typical for books and matching the storyline, fashion design students made spectacular dresses out of (news)paper. An amazing competition from Piper Verlag together with Deutsche POP.

The Youtube Artist and MTV host Melissa Lee picked the winning designs and gave insights in her YouTube Channel BreedingUnicorns.


13 outstanding projects of all our students on one sample – the campus compilation goes to the next round! Graduates from the department “music & sound” could apply for this compilation with their latest projects.

Beside the official release of the sampler on July 1, 2016, all students, who feature the CD, get a professional mastering of their own track, free samples and media promotion. The winner of the jury’s voting wins also an AKG C414 studio microphone.

All proceeds from the sale of the sampler are donated to a non-profit organization.


The "Fashion & Dance Festival" is an interdisciplinary show of contemporary fashion "designed and made in Hanover".

Designers, dancers, models, actors, musicians, choreographers, stylists, photographers, filmmakers, and stage designers create a lively international fashion & dance show. At the end of the project, an event took place on June 25, 2016 in Herrenhausen.


There was a great disturbance in the Force. Have you felt it?

This is the trailer for the official "Star Wars Fan Film Award 2016". Sven Knüppel, trainer from our Campus in Hamburg worked together with his Gula Mons Filmsyndikat and students from diverse deparments on this 15-minute epic blockbuster based around his two crazy birds Eggers & Lenni and their battle against the dark side of the Force.

We keep our lightsabers crossed for the competition, which was anounced by J.J. Abrams and is arranged by Disney & LucasfilmMay the bird with you!


A special practical unit took place at the academy in Cologne facilitated by trainer Markus Schulze. Through his long-term work as a photographer for the music project "Mrs. Greenbird" (Sony Music), an opportunity arose for students to photograph a live concert and to put their learning into practice.

In the video, Stefan explains some of the basics of concert photography. Mrs. Greenbird share their thoughts and some of the resulting images captured at the event can be viewed.

www.markusschulzefoto.de // www.mrsgreenbird.com


On the “Campus Compilation” sampler, our students from all campuses have the opportunity to submit their best project work, which they’ve developed in class, for consideration for publication on one CD. Out of the several pieces submitted, a jury made up of Deutsche POP staff and music industry experts had the task of selecting the twelve submissions which received at minimum a 90% positive rating

For many students, the release is the first commercial publication that already serves as an important reference during their course of study at the Academy and after graduation. The design as well as the entire project management was also implemented by our students.

The Sampler is available as a digital download in all major stores, at Amazon and through all Campuses. All proceeds from the sale of the sampler are donated to charity.


In cooperation with the Audiobook Publisher “Ohrland” from Cologne our students had the opportunity to demonstrate their creative skills in the sci-fi radio play “The Tail of the Diabolus”. Students took on the voicing of minor character roles, as well as sound production tasks including recording, mixing, composing an atmospheric score, creating sound effects as well as designing the CD art work.

The result was presented at the Campus in Cologne. Besides an autograph session with the Narrator Florian Mischa Böder and an information event with the Author Helga P. Schubert, the visitors were able to gain insights into the multifaceted layer s of a radio play production across many fascinating workshops.


True to the motto ”creative – open – regional”, our dedicated Event Managers put their final project into practice: they organized the Campus Festival with live acts by the academy, well known DJs, exhibition of project works and many numerous professional workshops. For all friends of HipHop, Jaysus (appointed by Bushido as a rap instructor by Kay One) gave exciting insights into the business.

Beside Swabian dishes, several hundred guests were spoiled and the following Summer Rave Open Air was celebrated until late into the night at the Salamanderareal in Stuttgart.


Taifun Haiyan claimed in 2013 many victims in the Philippines and devastated entire country areas. Inspired by the images broadcast by the world media, an idea was created spontaneously during the project management course: Based on the motto “Help for the Philippines – Pay what you want”, visitors to the inner city of Stuttgart could enjoy a warm meal for a voluntary donation.

With the energetic support of “Malteser Hilfsdienst”, the radio station “Big FM” and a significant word-of-mouth campaign, the team managed to draw attention to the creative fundraising campaign resulting over 12,500 euro donated.