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Portfolios for Music and Performance courses

Clearing portfolio guidance for a Music and Performance programmes at Bath Spa

We look for evidence of your interest in the relevant subject area and how it relates to your own work, how you develop and work through your ideas, and how your practice might benefit from a course of study at Bath Spa University.

Your portfolio should be available as online links to video or a SoundCloud account that can be attached and sent via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please include:

  • Your full name
  • The course you are interested in
  • Your UCAS Personal ID in the subject line of the email.

Please be assured that the guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive. We do expect and encourage considerable variation in individual presentation, which will reflect the variety of backgrounds and experiences of applicants.

Some courses may also require a telephone or Skype interview, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible following review of your portfolio.

Please find some further tips on what to include by course below.

We look forward to receiving your portfolio.

Guidance by course

BA (Hons) Music

Please submit the following:

  • Recorded performances of two contrasting items of repertoire at Grade 8 level. These may be classical (musical theatre or opera), jazz or world music - approximately 6 minutes each. At least one of the two items should be performed on your first study (instrument or voice) but you may choose to perform one of the two items on a second study if you wish. You may also choose to play excerpts of pieces rather than entire works.
  • Examples of one (or both) of the following:
    • Original compositions - you should supply a score (this can be an electronic version using Sibelius or similar) and may additionally include an MP3 if you wish
    • Theory work - such as exercises in arrangement, harmony or counterpoint in PDF format.

BA (Hons) Commercial Music

This course is now full, and not available in Clearing.

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology

The audio portfolio may consist of up to four tracks and we ask you to offer us further information and background on this form, which should also be completed and attached to your email when you send in your portfolio.

The audio portfolio should represent your compositional achievements to date.

Please note that the material need not necessarily have been completed in your current period of study. We are not seeking evidence of wide stylistic ability, but by all means provide a variety of approaches if this best describes your output.

We hope to hear something that demonstrates that you are listening closely to the music you make and that there is evidence that you have used technology to explore composition and some aspects of production.

Your course may have enabled you to record ensemble playing or bands – but this is not relevant in this instance – it is your own recorded compositions/re-mixes which are of particular interest.

BA (Hons) Theatre and Digital Production

You could include evidence of your involvement in Theatre and Digital Production from one, but not all, of the following areas:

Costume portfolio:

  • Costume or fashion designs
  • Life and or figure drawing examples
  • Photos or showreels of costume makes, sewing or textile projects
  • Evidence of wardrobe experience on productions, photos of cast, hair, makeup and so on
  • Evidence of working process

Scenography portfolio:

  • Evidence of working within either of the disciplines of scenic design, scenic construction or prop making
  • Designs and working drawings relating to either discipline
  • Photographic, drawn or software based evidence of working process
  • Photographic or showreel evidence of productions or events worked on
  • Photos of finalised designs, makes or builds
  • Evidence of problem solving skills.

Sound portfolio:

  • Recordings of soundscapes worked on
  • Recordings of any shows that you have mixed
  • Evidence of paperwork to go with shows, such as schematics, input lists, equipment lists, stage plans and so on
  • Documentation of written work that might have accompanied the process of a sound design such as screen shots of any Qlab files with recordings if possible - (at least a section if not the whole thing).

Lighting portfolio:

  • Photographs of show lighting that you have engaged with, either as lighting designer or technician (indicate the role undertaken)
  • Example stage lighting paperwork for design and/or planning purposes, for example plans, lists and so on
  • Bullet point list of relevant lighting roles undertaken and duties involved (include show title, venue and any relevant technical details such as equipment you have experience with)
  • Highlights of any work, paid or otherwise, that you have undertaken outside of your school or place of study

Stage management portfolio:

  • Photographic evidence or show reels of productions or events worked on
  • Photographs of props tables, stage props and evidence of stage management paperwork.

BA (Hons) Dance

Please send a range of work with online links in order to support your application for this subject. This should include 2-4 pieces of work (at least two minutes per performance) from your dance repertoire. You should ensure that the material allows you to demonstrate:

Technique:

  • (Essential) demonstration of your knowledge and ability of 20th/21st century dance styles such as Cunningham, Graham, Release or Ballet
  • We are looking for your ability to work on the ground as well as moving through space.

Performance:

  • (Essential) creative and performance work in an appropriate contemporary style (school musicals and musical theatre are generally not advisable submissions)
  • (Desirable) examples of your experience in partner or group work, contact improvisation and/or somatic improvisation. If there is more than one person on the footage then it must also be clear who we are observing – you should indicate this with an accompanying note informing us of what you are wearing, where you are in the space, if you are part of a duet trio, solo and so on.

A video statement is also required. You should submit a short video telling us a little about yourself and your feeling towards dance, creativity and performance (resembling a verbal rendition of your personal statement). Please submit your audition via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk with direct URL links to your submissions (e.g. on YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox). Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

We will evaluate the following qualities:

  • Your understanding of, and ability to work in, a contemporary dance style
  • Technical ability (physical evidence of a dance training to an appropriate level)
  • Focus, alignment, energy and accuracy
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Creativity and originality
  • Ability to work with others.

BA (Hons) Drama

A video submission is required.

Your submission should include 2 contrasting monologues of not more than 2 minutes long. Please be sure to adhere strictly to this time limit when selecting and preparing your audition speeches. The monologues should be from contemporary plays (post 1970s) and we advise you to perform in your own accent and playing range. Please consider movement in your presentation - while a head and shoulders view would be good in one monologue, in the other it would be good to see you move. 

Begin each video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting.

Based on your audition we may then offer you an interview by Skype. Over the two elements the qualities we are evaluating are:

  • Responsiveness to ideas and direction
  • Creativeness of responses
  • Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks
  • Proficiency of skills
  • Breadth of knowledge
  • Approachability

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links to each of your two monologues. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

BA (Hons) Acting

A video submission is required.

Your submission should include 2 contrasting monologues of not more than 2 minutes long. Please be sure to adhere strictly to this time limit when selecting and preparing your audition speeches. The monologues should be from contemporary plays (post 1970s) and we advise you to perform in your own accent and playing range. Please consider movement in your presentation - while a head and shoulders view would be good in one monologue, in the other it would be good to see you move. 

Begin each video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting.

Based on your audition we may then offer you an interview by Skype. Over the two elements the qualities we are evaluating are:

  • Responsiveness to ideas and direction
  • Creativeness of responses
  • Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks
  • Proficiency of skills
  • Breadth of knowledge
  • Approachability

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links to each of your two monologues. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

BA (Hons) Drama (Musical Theatre)

A video submission is required.

 

Your submission should include a video recording, with reasonable audio quality, of you singing some scales and the first 32 bars of a musical theatre song (any style, any show). Begin the video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting. Please provide Youtube links and/or links to SoundCloud.

In addition, please complete and return questionnaire via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links where applicable. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

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