Music

Composing For Media (Practice)

Module code: 828W3A
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Music has accompanied the moving image since the inception of cinema. This course examines the aesthetics of screen music, moving through practices in the early years of cinema, to music in auteurist cinema (Hitchcock, Kubrick, Godard, etc) and present-day video work by both individual artists and mainstream practitioners.

You will consider musical issues such as developing compositional ideas, small and large ensemble writing, working with computers and electronics, and the significance of the voice in composition for screen media.

In addition, you'll consider historical and technological developments and relate them to current practices in composition for interactive media.

Your assessed submission will comprise:

  • a direct creative project (composition) in a medium agreed in advance with your tutor, for example a film score or music for a gallery, website or game
  • a critical commentary.

Module learning outcomes

  • critically evaluate musical and sound practices in relation to the moving image
  • critically assess specific examples of current practice in film and media composition, demonstrating a broad understanding of creative techniques


  • demonstrate command of methods and approaches in film and screen media composition, informed by current scholarship
  • critically analyse historical and technological developments and relate them to current practices in composition for interactive media
  • critically evaluate and apply appropriate technologies in the context of creative work presented to professional standards