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MUSC2663: Survey of Film Music

This unit is an introductory survey of the history and aesthetics of film music from the late 1890s to the present day. Topics for discussion will include the dramatic function of music as an element of cinematic narrative, the codification of musical iconography in cinematic genres, the symbolic use of pre-existing music, and the evolving musical styles of film composers.

Code MUSC2663
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop an understanding of the history of the art and craft of screen composition, and its relationship to other art forms and worldwide culture/history more broadly.
  • LO2. analyse film cues, articulating the composer/director’s creative decisions.
  • LO3. understand the concepts relating to the technical skills of screen music: choosing a point of view, expressing drama, realizing intent, trapping, negotiating diegetic music, and using licensed music.
  • LO4. display a working knowledge of the relevant principles of dramaturgy and cinematography.
  • LO5. understand the implications of genre and style in scoring and arranging for the screen.
  • LO6. examine the relationship between the dominant ‘Hollywood’ paradigm and that of independent film/world film, specifically regarding gender, class and culture.
  • LO7. understand the business and commercial aspects of the film and TV industry.