Film Music Beyond Hollywood (W3039)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Film Music Beyond Hollywood explores some of the exciting and experimental developments in film music practices emerging in the second half of the twentieth century. During this time cultural changes and expectations were reflected in greater experimentalism and innovation across society and art forms, including film music and sound, following the so-called 'Golden Age' of classical Hollywood film scores in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

We begin with a brief review of 'Golden Age' film music, and the established continuity system of musical editing. We then examine case studies of film scores from several different countries, including USA, Britain, France, and theformer Soviet Union. We consider fragmented, composite, formalist and popular music solutions. Finally, we also consider the growing influence of sound design and the blurred boundaries between music and sound in some contemporary cinema.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 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.


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