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Composition Portfolio MUSIC5083P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The portfolio is an independent student-led project developed under the guidance of a supervisor. The portfolio normally comprises several compositions in notation-based or electroacoustic media, accompanied by a critical and reflective commentary.


1 briefing session, followed by five hour-long meetings with supervisor as necessary, together with self-directed study.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level and entry to the MMus in Composition and Creative Practice


A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the portfolio only if he or she has obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio of ca. 20 minutes duration (80%), with accompanying critical commentary of ca. 2000 words (20%).

Course Aims

The overall aim of the portfolio is to provide students with an opportunity to develop their own individual practice to an advanced level. In particular the portfolio aims to:


• develop students' individual creative identity

• enhance students' independence in honing creative and critical perspectives

• enable students to explore in greater depth issues and practices covered elsewhere in the programme

• create a body of work that can prepare students for building their careers beyond the end of the programme

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

• work independently to plan and create a substantial portfolio of creative musical work

• deploy rigorous technical, design, experimental and evaluative processes in realising original musical outputs

• deploy advanced technical skill and aesthetic judgment in creating and manipulating sonic materials, forms, media and processes

• apply critical evaluation, reflection and analysis to their own creative practice, relating it to appropriate contexts and concepts

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.