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Postgraduate Course: Music on Screen (MUSI11045)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMusic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed to introduce Masters students from a number of programmes to key issues concerning the composition, analysis, and interpretation of music for screen(s). We have elected the term &«screen&ª purposely in that it allows discussion of a variety of formats and institutional frameworks (e.g. feature films and cinema, shorts and YouTube, television, audiovisual commercials, videogames, web-pages), though we expect the primary focus will be on music for film.
The course is organized around a series of set readings. Students will be asked to lead specific classes with the support and guidance of staff. At least one class will be organized as a debate. This will involve exploring contrasting responses to the music for a specific film/format such as are available for The Piano (1993), for example, or defending/critiquing musical approaches for specific formats, such as video games. For such classes, readings will be distributed, with students required to speak for (and against) the article they have been assigned.
Throughout the course, students will also be expected to view appropriate A/V material (we will supply a short list of films/shorts etc. that students should familiarize themselves with over the course of the semester).
The course is core for students on the MSc Composing for Screen programme, but is also optional for students on the following programmes: MSc Film Studies, MMus Musicology, MMus Composition and MSc Sound Design. As a result, we do not require that students be able to read or analyse music notation in order to take the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes

&· To introduce students to a broad literature relating to music on screen and the variety of formats that includes
&· To bring together students from a variety of programmes for whom music on screen is relevant, and to assist them in developing the skills necessary to talk about music on screen in an articulate and relevant manner
&· To offer students the opportunity to articulate their understanding of key issues through guided discussion and debate, and ultimately through formal assessment
&· To develop skills in critical thinking and in developing a well-formed argument with the support of relevant audio-visual and written evidence.

Learning outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course will:
&· Demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of contemporary and historical academic writing concerning music on screen
&· Demonstrate that they are able to use this knowledge in a sophisticated manner to articulate and develop cogent arguments concerning the aesthetics of music on screen
&· Demonstrate awareness of historical, technological, and economic issues affecting the development of music composed for a variety of screens (e.g. film, television, videogames, web-pages)
&· Demonstrate their ability to use audio-visual evidence in the development of musicological arguments.
Assessment Information
Assignment 1 (weighted at 40%)
A $ùpractical analysis&©: each student should do a short presentation in which they analyse the use of music in a moving image clip (any medium) of an agreed length. They can use whatever analytic methods they choose. They should provide supporting documentation for their presentation, which is to be submitted. The mark given will be for the presentation (25%) and the supporting documentation (up to 1,500-2,000 words) (15%)
Students will receive feedback on the $ùpractical analysis&© (presentation and documentation) prior to the submission of the second assignment.
Assignment 2 (weighted at 60%)
An essay of 3,000 words, on a subject/question agreed with the course organizer. This essay will be submitted at the end of the course.
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsScreen Composition Analysis Interpretation
Course organiserDr Annette Davison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2426
Course secretaryMs Karen Bradley
Tel: 0131 221 6085
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