Portfolio information

BSc (Hons) Music Production (including with Foundation Year)

The School of Arts is ambitious, bold and has an essence of brilliance in shaping Derby as a hub of creativity. We're intrigued by new ideas and concepts, encouraging our students to take risks, experiment with their ideas and processes and develop their creative voice.

Your portfolio is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills, interests, and personality for the course you are applying for.

Offers will be made initially based on your application, including predicted grades and/or grades you have already achieved. Following this, if you submit a strong portfolio we will make you an unconditional offer, to reflect the quality of your work and your potential.

What should I submit for my portfolio?

Portfolio of compositions (approximately 10 minutes duration)

This will include three original compositions that are representative of your stylistic interests.

The compositions should include real and/or virtual instruments, submitted as MP3 audio files.

A piece of written work (approximately 500 words)

This should be a commentary on one of the compositions in your portfolio, outlining the music production techniques utilised.

What are we looking for?

How do I submit my portfolio?

Send us your portfolio via email at myportfolio@derby.ac.uk.

How to create a great portfolio

It can be difficult to know what to include in a portfolio that will best showcase your work and individualism. In the following video, David McGravie, Deputy Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education, provides advice on what a portfolio is and what sort of work you should include.

David McGravie, Deputy Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education and Head of the School of Arts

View How to create a great portfolio video transcript