MUSV3016 - Portfolio of Compositions


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The Portfolio of Compositions is the equivalent work load of one full academic year. The student chooses, in cooperation with his or her academic supervisor, one large, or several smaller, composition projects that are to be completed during the studying period of the master's degree. Regardless of whether the decision falls upon one large or a number of smaller compositions, the completed works must show a certain breadth regarding the choice of ensemble combinations and formal solutions.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3016

  • has knowledge of the relationship between personal need for expression and musical means
  • has knowledge of creative processes in music, and processes of musical form
  • has advanced knowledge of instrumentation, orchestration and compositional techniques
  • has advanced knowledge of musical notation


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3016

  • can carry out his/her own compositions for smaller and larger ensembles independently
  • can create different types of musical progress
  • can create a musical expression that is in accordance with what the candidate wishes to express him-/herself
  • can utilize his/her musical experience and competence in music theory and music analysis in the creation of his/her own material
  • can find and assess relevant recordings, scores and music literature as inspiration and support for his/her artistic work

Learning methods and activities

Individual instruction, guest lecturers, and potentially seminars.

Compulsory assignments: during the first year, the student must present an agreed upon number of smaller works or part(s) of a larger work. The same applies at the end of the third semester. At the end of the forth semester, the student delivers what he/she has produced during the period of study for a final assessment (the Portfolio assessment).

Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master's thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • Submitted works

Further on evaluation

If the master's thesis is not passed, a new or reworked master's thesis with significant changes must be handed in for grading one more time.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Musicology (MMUSV) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Musicology, programme option Composition.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Musicology
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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