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Postgraduate Course: Principles of Composition for Screen (MUSI11058)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide techniques and experience necessary for projects related to film/TV and media music through group lectures and individual tutorials. Group lectures will focus on analysis and deeper investigation into the technique of composers and of particular problems in composition for screen. All musical styles are endorsed and cultivated, especially those that include both electronic and acoustic styles simultaneously. Students with experience in sound design are also encouraged.
Course description Aims of the Course

This supervised course in composition for the screen further develops your portfolio of compositions in areas of composition and/or sound design technique. It aims:

To improve your experience in composition for standard and unusual instrumentations, including the use of electronics
To encourage experimentation of form and style in preparation for the demands of compositional work for screen
To help you to learn to work together to refine your techniques for composing to screen while working in both collaborative and independent environments.

The lectures will be based around techniques and theory used in composing for screen genres. Students will investigate composers and their techniques from the origin of film music (roughly 1900) through the current age. Composers looked at will include, but not exclusively:

Max Steiner
Bernard Herrmann
Henry Mancini
Dmitri Shostakovich
Hanns Eisler
John Williams
Jeff Beal
Jeff Rona

The 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, professional organisation and process related to the realisation of creative vision in a project
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Experience with computer music and composition, including DAW software and related, notation for instruments experience, elementary knowledge of screen music genre and history
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 182 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two projects presented as bounced audio to film and composed during the semester either in collaboration with another ECA student (through a film/animation project or otherwise) and/or internally (within ECA) or externally produced.

The works should demonstrate a full exploration of your creative horizons as well as clear competence in relevant technical areas.

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 labelled 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 includes individual tutorials, you will receive formative feedback throughout the course.

Portfolio of compositions for screen 100%

1. Development of new skills in composition for screen, including production

2. Engagement with new techniques and compositional aesthetics associated with media composition. 33.333%

3. Improvement in collaborative skills when working on a film project with others, while producing a work of high quality. 33.333%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop new skills in composition for screen, including production and managing sophisticated musical projects.
  2. Engage with new techniques and compositional aesthetics associated with media composition.
  3. Improve collaborative skills when working on a film project with others, while producing a work of high quality.
Reading List
Rona, Jeff. 2009. The Reel World. Hal Leonard Books.

Prendergast, Roy M. 1992. Film Music: A Neglected Art. Norton, New York.

Eisler, Hanns and Adorno, Theodor. 2007. Composing for the Films. Continuum, London.

Thomas, Tony. 1997. Music for the Movies, Silman-James Press

Wright, Karlin. On the Track, Routledge

Chion, Michel. 2009. Film, A Sound Art, Columbia University Press

Morricone, Ennio. Miceli, Sergio. Composing for the Cinema, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Historical and technical knowledge of Screen Music
Creative problem solving
Notation, compositional and production awareness
Communication and collaboration when working in a team
Organisational skills in dealing with multiple musical mediums
Ability to see a project through
KeywordsMUSIC,Composition for Screen
Course organiserMr Yati Durant
Tel: (0131 6)50 2427
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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