Film Music and Audiovisual Project

Module code: W3069
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Tutorial *
Assessment modes: Coursework

Film Music and Audiovisual Project is a composition module with a special emphasis on the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to complete successful scores and soundtracks to screen-based media. Success in this context is deemed to include demonstration of a critical understanding of the nature of screen media and the demands placed on music in this context.

The module is assessed through Presentation (PRE 30%) and Portfolio (POF 70%). You demonstrate your critical understanding through an oral presentation and by completing a portfolio of between 5-10 minutes of original composition/s, with commentary, which engage meaningfully with screen media and articulating your research, principles and practical approach. It is important to absorb key concepts used in debates on the qualities and values of film and screen media music, debates which date back to the beginning of the 20th century. At the same time it is your responsibility to develop a viable and focused project in an area of your choosing which demonstrates how you have built on these critical foundations.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically account for and demonstrate, through written and presentation commentary, the role(s) of music in appropriate media through analysis and practical projects.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of specialist skills in electronic music (digital and analogue sound manipulation).
  • Produce advanced musical composition (demonstrating creative flair, the ability to tailor compositional ideas to appropriate formats, large scale structural thinking)
  • Demonstrate a high degree of competence in interpreting visual screen media with accompanying music.