Application Portfolio for MACFTV

If you are applying to the MA in Composition for Film and Television (MACFTV), read on!

If you are interested in the MA in Music (Composition Pathway), please go to the page further details for composers.

How do I apply for the MA in Composition for Film and Television at Bristol?

First look at the section entitled How to apply on the Postgraduate prospectus website.

Composers on the MA in Composition for Film and Television come from very varied backgrounds. To make sure the course will be suitable for you, we want to hear your music as well as read about your qualifications.

Along with your online application, send a hard-copy portfolio of your compositions. We are looking for flexible and imaginative composers who can show varied work for a range of forces and media.

What to include in your portfolio

A strong portfolio will include:

  • compositions for acoustic forces, showing good control of instrumentation, "classical" in the broadest sense. These should be presented in printed score and, if possible, with recordings of live performances. A MIDI realisation may be substituted if a live recording is not available;


  • pieces realised in the studio, rock / pop / jazz / electro-acoustic etc.

A portfolio with a different balance may also be acceptable. Our programme includes options for students to play to their strengths and fill in the gaps in their training.

If you already have made music to picture, include a short film or excerpt.

Send your best work: quality, not quantity. Typically not more than 4 pieces and 15 minutes total playing time.

How to present your media and scores

Media recordings may be presented as one or more of the following:

  1. an audio CD;
  2. a DVD (PAL or NTSC) containing audio-only tracks and/or video;
  3. a data-CD or data-DVD containing named audiofiles and/or QuickTime movies.

If possible, combine your media recordings on a SINGLE clearly labelled disc.

Scores should be typeset or in fair-copy manuscript (i.e. suitable for presentation to a performer), and be in standard double-sided format on A4 paper or similar; preferably bound (e.g. comb binding); and NOT placed in individual plastic sleeves. If possible, bind all scores as a single volume.

List the portfolio contents on a single sheet of paper, and including track numbers, names and durations for CD / DVD. Make clear on this list whether each item is presented as score, recording, or both.

CDs and DVDs: use only good quality new media, and use the "write once" type (e.g. CD-R) not the re-writeable kind (CD-RW). Ensure your disc is clean and free of scratches, and enclose it in a jewel case, NEVER loose nor in a thin envelope. Please write your name and "MACFTV application" on the disc using a CD-writer pen. Do not use sticky labels, and don't write with ballpoint / roller-tip / pencil etc or washable ink: these can all cause damage to the disc and / or player. You are strongly advised to test your disc before sending it, by playing it right the way through on a variety of playback systems.

Be Warned that

  • submitted materials will NOT be returned unless you include a stamped self-addressed envelope, or arrange for collection.
  • you should never send unique or top copies.
  • you should package your materials carefully for mailing. Damaged materials will lead to delay in processing your application.

Further questions...

If you have any further questions about the portfolio of work required please contact the Programme Director, Justin Williams.

WHERE to send your portfolio

Send the materials by post to the Graduate School of Arts & Humanities, 7 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB. Include a cover note that states your full name, student number and the programme you are applying for. Graduate School staff will then match your portfolio with your online application. Do NOT send materials to the Music Department address.

WHEN to apply

Applications for the MACFTV are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full.


If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary, note the deadlines in the list of 'Funding options'. You need to have been offered and accepted a place on the course before you submit your funding application. That typically means your application should have reached us by the end of February at the latest.

We do not usually interview MA applicants, but you are very welcome to attend one of the Faculty's postgraduate open days, when you will have the opportunity to meet academic staff in the music department. Details are available from the Graduate School.