MUS4001 – Film music
This course explores the multifaceted relationships between music and the moving image developed during the history of cinema. We will discuss music’s various functions in the history of film music from silent film, through classic Hollywood film scoring, to more recent approaches that inform and challenge our narrative perception. By investigating the historical, technological, and aesthetic discourses surrounding music and image, this course aims to clarify the ways in which music is capable of communicating what pictures ‘cannot say’, and the extent to which the unspoken rules of soundtracks and film scoring make the combination of music and image the powerful pair that it is.
By the end of the course, the student will:
- be familiar with the language and experience of sound and music in film
- be familiar with the elements of soundtrack production and its relationship to the moving image to which it pertains
- have developed awareness of historical, commercial, and social factors in the entertainment industry
- have gained skills in aural and visual perception, critical assessment, and reasoning, and applied these skills to written work
- be able to perform a music-image analysis as a basis for discussion of roles that the soundtrack plays in film
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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
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The teaching will consist of lectures and seminars, with 8 double period sessions of lectures, 8 hours of seminars, and two individual (or small group) coaching sessions of up to 30 minutes each. In addition, weekly film showings will be arranged. Attendance is obligatory.
At the end of the semester, students will be set an assignment in which they will have a choice between three films to analyse (only one film can be chosen). Students will have one week to complete the assignment, which should be limited to a maximum of 15 pages of approximately 2,300 characters (not including spaces). Bibliography, appendices, and/or diagrams are not included in the page count. The assignment must be written in English.
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Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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