Postgraduate Course: Practice of Composition for Screen (MUSI11055)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is a continuation of Principles of Composition for Screen, in which you will work on a portfolio of works for screen and media, utilising advanced compositional techniques, new media skills and collaborative production abilities. The course is based primarily of fortnightly tutorials and interfaces with the intellectual, theoretical and practical aspects in this compositional field.
The course aims to develop compositional skills through tutorial supervision of practical projects, collaborative sessions involving film makers, game developers, sound designers and/or animators while engaging in the technical medium of composing for screen. You will:
Improve your abilities in composing for media, especially those for the screen and musical performance.
Improve your knowledge of the practical skills learned in Principles of Composition for Screen while expanding your intellectual and creative skills therein.
Develop and create your techniques for composing to screen while working in both collaborative and independent environments.
Tutorials support individual creative activity in music composition in composition for screen projects. They will be guided by individual aesthetic choices, as well as project based concerns. Key components addressed include:
1. creative vision
2. appropriateness, technique and association with screen content
3. production quality and professionalism
4. organisation and process related to the realisation of creative vision in a project
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Principles of Composition for Screen (MUSI11058)
||Other requirements|| Advanced experience with computer music and composition, including DAW software and related, notation for instruments experience, Advanced knowledge of screen music genre and history.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||You will be assessed by submission of a portfolio of two to three works completed and comprised of the following:
1. A selection of short works composed and produced as part of the 10x10xproject
collaboration with the animation department.
2. Free projects composed during the semester, either from an in class workshop, internally (within ECA) or externally.
These works will be of a varied nature, both technically but also in genre and should demonstrate and challenge your abilities to compose versatile and contrasting works. They works should demonstrate a full exploration of your creative horizons as well as clear competence in relevant technical areas, while aligning with projected learning outcomes.
The portfolio will be submitted at the end of the course.
You must submit two copies of each portfolio, individually bound and/or in a closed document wallet. Any digital media should be submitted in H.264 video format and/or uncompressed WAV/AIFF audio format within a clearly labeled USB stick or comparable medium, and should have an organized and clear file structure. A cover page should be included which (briefly) explains the submissions included. DVDs or Audio CDs will not be accepted.
As this course is structured around individual tutorials, you will receive formative feedback throughout the course.
Portfolio of compositions for screen 100%
1. Development of a wider understanding of practices and creative aesthetics in composing music for screen 33.333%
2. Demonstration of experience and abilities when working in collaboration with others in a screen media project. 33.333%
3. Creation of a varied portfolio of musical screen works that represent versatility and presentation as a composer for screen. 33.333%
||As this course is structured around individual tutorials, you will receive formative feedback throughout the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop a wider understanding of practices and creative aesthetics in composing music for screen.
- Gain experience and broaden professional level abilities when working in collaboration with others in a screen media project.
- Create a varied portfolio of musical screen works that represent a high level of versatility and presentation as a composer for screen.
|Chion, Michel. 1994. Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. Columbia University Press, New York.|
Sonnenschein, David. 2001. Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema.
Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, California.
Philips, Minifred. 2014
A composers Guide to Game Music
Weis, Belton. 1985.
Film Sound: Theory and Practice
Columbia University Press
Hoffert, Paul. 2007
Music for New Media
Composing for Video Games
Berklee Press Productions
Altman, Rick. 1992
Sound Theory Sound Practice
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Creative problem solving.
Communication and collaboration when working in a team.
Organisational skills in dealing with multiple musical mediums.
Ability to see a project through from vision to creation and realisation on a professional level.
|Course organiser||Mr Yati Durant
Tel: (0131 6)50 2427
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740