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Creative Practice Portfolio - MUS00107M

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Martin Suckling
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

Capstone’ composition module: the production of a creative practice portfolio as a springboard for professional or higher level practice research work.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

In this module you will draw on the creative, technical, and research skills you have developed in previous modules to produce a substantial portfolio of compositions. The portfolio may be a single extended work, a multi-movement composition, a collection of independent pieces or some combination of these, but will in each case represent a coherent and unified project of work exploring a particular approach to creative practice. You will build on your experience of writing critical commentaries in CCP1 and CCP2 alongside the tools developed in Research Skills for Musicians to present your creative work as practice research.

Individual tutorials and group seminars continue in semester 2 to support the development of your ideas, but the focus of this module is on independent work.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Display a sophisticated and individual approach to composition.

  • Articulate the distinctiveness of their individual creative practice in terms of practice research.

  • Independently seek out relevant textual and musical materials to support the search for aesthetic and technical solutions to challenges in their creative practice.


Task Length % of module mark
Portfolio : Portfolio of compositions
N/A 90
Essay : Critical commentary
N/A 10

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Portfolio of one or more compositions, presented as a unified single project, of total duration 15-25 minutes (90%)
Critical commentary of c.1500 words articulating the work as practice research. (10%)


Task Length % of module mark
Portfolio : Portfolio of compositions
N/A 90

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Reading and listening suggestions will be made by your supervisor, tailored to your own interests and needs.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.