Sonic 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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: