Film Music and Audiovisual Project

Module code: W3069
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically account for and demonstrate, through written and presentation commentary, the role(s) of music in appropriate media through analysis and practical projects.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of specialist skills in electronic music (digital and analogue sound manipulation).
  • Produce advanced musical composition (demonstrating creative flair, the ability to tailor compositional ideas to appropriate formats, large scale structural thinking)
  • Demonstrate a high degree of competence in interpreting visual screen media with accompanying music.