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Digital Audio Arts Additional Requirements

Application Process

  1. Review your program application and scholarship deadlines prior to applying.
  2. Submit your application for admission to the University prior to submitting portfolio
  3. Upload and submit your portfolio online at Slideroom. This does not need to be done at the same time as your application, but you need both parts to receive an offer from the University.

Evaluation Schedule

Submit your portfolio and essay by 11:59 PM MST on SlideRoom on one of these dates to be included in the evaluation for that round:

Fall Intake
  • December 15*
  • February 15*
  • April 15
  • June 15
  • August 1 – Final Evaluation due to COVID-19

*Line up with University scholarship deadlines

Music Theory Recommendations

It is recommended that you have a background in music, either high school music classes or private instruction. Being able to read music is essential to your success in the program. We recommend enrolling Royal Conservatory of Music Theory 1 or a beginner's piano class prior to attending if you have no music theory background (either option may be available in your community). Contact an advisor about your questions.


Portfolio Content

Essay (600 words)

Dive into the reasons you are interested in wanting to study Digital Audio Arts (DAA). This essay provides insight for the Music Department about your background, experience, inspirations and goals. In approximately 600 words, include:

  • Reasons for choosing this program
  • Music theory background (be specific - high school music classes or private instruction)
  • Areas of interest in DAA (examples: production, film, engineering, composition and/or computer music)
  • All audio and technology experiences in this area of study
  • Any other information that you deem relevant


Examples of your work (3 - 5)

Submit 3 - 5 examples of current audio pieces (try to select from the past three years) that provide a good representation of your range of music and audio interests and skills. Works may be created inside or outside a formal class setting, and can be acoustic or electronic. Any compositions or examples that are not original must have references and credits within a descriptor provided. Videos and other digital imagery are also acceptable.


Examples of the range of options you can submit

Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to use the following options to help diversify your examples

  • Music Production – a piece of music from any genre produced and recorded by you.
  • Audio for Film – remove the sound from a scene in a movie or video and reproduce all dialogue, sound effects and scores.
  • Soundscape – collect and capture sounds that depict an environment to transport a listener to that space.
  • Sonic Art – create an experimental piece that explores ideas of sound that is produced either electronically or acoustically.
  • Radio Advertisement – create a 30 sec. radio advertisement utilizing dialogue, sound effects and music.

Additional Information

Include the following information with your work:

  • Title
  • Year of work
  • Technology or equipment used
  • Brief description of the work – max. 50 words (optional)
  • Names of any collaborators (if relevant)



SlideRoom Information

You may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) and one PDF document file with a maximum 6 pages. SlideRoom links directly to Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud.

For best image quality and fast upload, image files should be about 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. Please keep video files under 60MB and limited to 2 - 3 minute clips. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting your work. For technical assistance, contact

At SlideRoom you can login and edit your portfolio as often as you like; however, once you have submitted it, no changes can be made. 

Submit your portfolio



Admission and Portfolio Advisor
Faculty of Fine Arts
Phone: 403-380-1864