Film Music and Audiovisual Project (W3069)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module you will learn to write music for films and audiovisual media. You will gain a critical understanding of the nature of screen media and the demands placed on music.

This is your chance to really delve, both creatively and critically, into an area of film music and audiovisual relationships of special interest to you, and to develop a portfolio which may be useful to you going forward into further screen music study, or professional practice.

The module explores different approaches to scoring traditional narrative films, and expands to consider music practice in relation to a range of other audiovisual modes, such as documentary, experimental film, music video, games, live video art and TV.

We cover key concepts used in debates on the qualities and values of music for audiovisuals, some of which date back to the beginning of the 20th century, and others concerning theories and practices of newer media. You will learn through viewing and analysing audiovisual material, reading and discussing contextual scholarship, engaging in scoring exercises using digital audio workstations and through producing your individual research projects.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: