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Postgraduate Course: Music on Screen (MUSI11045)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to introduce Masters students from a range of programmes to key issues concerning the analysis and interpretation of music for screen(s), within a historical and institutional context. The course is organized around a series of lectures, seminars and set readings. Students will be asked to lead on specific issues with the support and guidance of staff. Throughout the course, students will also be expected to audio-view appropriate A/V material. Relevant screenings are provided and additional reading materials suggested week by week.
Course description The course is organized around a series of lecture-seminars, set readings and screenings. Students will be asked to lead on specific issues with the support and guidance of staff.

We hope to run at least one class as a debate, 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

There are 3 components:

Assignment 1 (weighted at 25%):
Analysis of a sequence chosen by the tutors (due during week 6) up to 2000 words.

Assignment 2 (weighted at 25%):
Presentation/audio-visual essay during class time, within second teaching block.

Assignment 3 (weighted at 50%):
Audiovisual essay 3000 words - due week 12/13 (exam weeks on timetable).
Feedback The student will receive feedback on each of the assessed components.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate your understanding of a wide range of contemporary and historical academic writing concerning music on screen(s).
  2. Demonstrate that you are able to use this knowledge in a sophisticated manner to articulate and develop cogent arguments concerning the aesthetics of music on screen.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of historical, technological, and economic issues affectig the development of music composed for screen (whether film, television, videogames, webpages, apps etc.)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use audio-visual evidence in the development of musicological arguments.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsScreen Composition Analysis Interpretation
Course organiserDr Annette Davison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2426
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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