Advanced Composition Portfolio (W3067)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module develops advanced practices in composition through a portfolio that reflects your own creative interests. Through a range of case studies from early music to contemporary music, including ensemble music, jazz, improvisation and orchestral music, the seminars focus on practical and aesthetic issues and are geared towards assessed projects as well as helping lay the foundations for larger-scale work.  

The seminars provide you with peer and tutor feedback, as well as guidance on your assessed projects. In our sessions we will be looking at case studies to encourage a range of musical perspectives. We will be having practical in class exercises requiring you to use whatever resources you have to compose (software, hardware, instruments, notation). The module encourages you to research – by the end of the module you will have shared a short introduction to a piece of music or a genre (in any style) that is particularly important to you and influential on your own creative work.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: