Composing For Media (Practice) (828W3A)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Project)

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: